I've always been intrigued by Greek religious icons. Growing up and living in a predominantly Protestant and Catholic environment, I found the concept of revelation expressed in pictures to be one of the most interesting aspects of the Greek Orthodox "distro" (to use a Linux term) of Christianity.

I haven't done much reading about it, but what is there to read? You don't need to understand Greek to look at a Greek icon. That's what's so fascinating about it. Being a speaker of English, a relatively new language, there's no layer of translation between my mind and the icon like there is with the Coinic Greek New Testament text. Although it might help to know something of the cultural and historical context of the icon maker, just as it helps sometimes to understand the context that some Bible passages were created in, I'm guessing that some icons deal with ideas that are within the grasp of all generations.

Can a fractal be an icon? If fractals are capable of expression, then they can be anything that the regular, hanging in the Louvre, stuff can. I would say that whatever properties can be posessed by photographs can also be attributed to fractals. Can a photo be an icon? Icons are just a genre of art. Enough questions.

It all happened when I downloaded the latest revised version of Xaos, which is 3.2 (up from 3.1). What's new in 3.2? They added a couple of formulas. A formula parser would have been great, but I appreciate anything that increases the capabilities of this great fractal program.

I generally use the little triangle things called biomorphs for the outcoloring method, and the squares for the incoloring method. There's not too many options in Xaos like there is in Sterlingware or Tierazon so I tend to try out even the most ridiculous things to see if it can add some variety to the images. Bailout is 4 by default. It's just a number, doesn't cost you anything to change it, why not say, make it 40?

Or 400. When the bailout is set to 400, the biomorphs become long bio-spikes. Freaky. Their circular arrangement around the central fractal image can sometimes cause them to take on the appearance of a halo. Or even a thorn-like crown.

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