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They came, they saw, they squeaked

Nov 15, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

World domination just wasn’t a realistic goal for the squiggle people. Download parameter file squeaked01.loo Sure, the entire voyage had been financed on conquering new lands. But the frenzy of excitement at the first sight of land… Weeks later they were still running down the beach and tasting every new fruit they found. The ship’s […]

I like Christmas junk

Nov 14, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Imagine an ICBM silo. Imagine a Christmas tree. Now, with your mental graphics program, start to morph them together and stop half way. Download parameter file xmas01.loo Well, you don’t get this image, although it has a Christmassy look to it also. I saw this cheesy, singing, 8-inch, ornamental Christmas tree for sale. You press […]

Autumn in fractal land

Nov 14, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

With the last of the leaves, goes the memory of summer.     -Shakespeare, Hamlet IV Download parameter file spiral11.xpf The sun, upper right quadrant. Just a distant glow, and in it’s departing wake comes night and wind. What are the seasons really? Are there just four? Maybe two? Summer is the time of cold-seeking. […]

Square machine

Nov 11, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

I love the paintings by Chirico, or whatever his name is, the Italian surrealist painter. Why are there so few artists like him? Download parameter file cubic.xpf Sometimes the first edge detection filter in Xaos produces a chalkboard like style on dark backgrounds. It then takes on this handmade look. When the subject matter is […]

The humble Mandelbrot

Nov 10, 2005 - Fractals - 0 Comments - Standard

I used to think it was cliche and juvenile, but after three and a half years I’ve never tired of seeing new variations of the classic mandelbrot man. Download parameter file brot02.xpf Maybe it’s the shape: well balanced, curved, pointed, detailed edges, solid spaceous center. Also, for reasons beyond my mathematical capabilities to explain, the […]

Zippy, the happy fractal giant

Nov 09, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Aw shucks, everybody loves Zippy. Download parameter file zippy.xpf Where does he come from, and what does he do? He just walks around whistling a cheerful tune and smiling at everyone he meets. You’re in the kitchen, working away, you hear a noise, turn around… it’s Zippy! He’s just popping in to say hello and […]

Die Fractelung

Nov 08, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Supposed to be German. I think it’s close enough. Download parameter file shadow.xpf Once upon a time, back in university, down a remote and rarely used hallway was an art gallery. It was always closed when I walked past it. The whole campus was generally in a state of semi-hibernation. Twice in the four years […]

Radio, live transmission

Nov 07, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

It’s a detail of a detail. The pattern reminded me of the speaker covers on a portable radio or the metal mesh of an old fashioned satellite dish. Can satellite dishes be old-fashioned? Download parameter file radio.xpf Or maybe a tiny part of a towering antenna. Far from the ground, alone in the air. The […]

What hath Xaos wrought?

Nov 06, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

I checked the spelling on that last word and it’s correct. I was sure some of those letters had to go since they’re clearly vestigial. Download parameter file spiral30.xpf If you try out the parameter file, I suggest you start by just pressing the random palette hotkey “P” a few times to see what radical […]

Ice

Nov 05, 2005 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

It used to really bug me to see an image on a fractal site and hear how the artist really liked it because it looked like something real, like a flower or animal. It bothered me because fractals don’t have to impersonate or represent “real things” to have artistic value. Download parameter file ice.xpf But […]