wizzleworld Fractals


As in the flower, not the part of the eye. I’m not certain this piece actually looks anything like an iris, but it has a similar color scheme to some of the ones that grow in my backyard. Of course, those irises are some weird cultivar with lots and lots of ruffles, so my idea of what an iris looks like and your idea of what an iris looks like might not mesh.

Vacuum Moth

I like to think of this flame as being a photograph (or other image capturing technology of your choice) of some little wisp of living energy flitting through space. Why would there be such a thing? Well, nature abhors a vacuum. Almost as much as people, probably. I don’t think anybody is truly comfortable with the idea of a vast expanse that contains absolutely nothing at all. Imagining that that vacuum is filled with pretty little fluttery things tickles my fancy.

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Flower’s Pearl

When I make a flame like this, I start thinking I don’t know nearly enough about the possible tricks and techniques of this art form to say I have anything resembling a ‘style’ yet. There are so many wildly divergent possibilities, and I’ve only scratched the surface. Maybe that’s a good thing; if this stopped being a learning process, it wouldn’t be as much fun.

When I re-rendered this piece in the 16:10 ratio, something surprising popped up: A line spiraling outwards from the center of the pearl. It’s repeated elsewhere in the piece, although the distortions make it difficult to pick out. I have no idea where it came from, or why it doesn’t show up in the only-slightly-smaller 5:4 render. It doesn’t mar the piece any, but I’d very much like to know why it’s there.

Fireworks Bombardment

This piece is hot off the processor, to use a horribly trite metaphor. I did it this afternoon, and I’m pretty happy with it. My brother pointed out to me that it’s got a similar spiral pattern to what you’d see in the seeds on a sunflower–fractal shapes are everywhere, folks.

On the technical side, this flame is pretty tame. That’s probably why it’s more obviously fractal. No truly distorting variations are used; the least fractal element in here is probably the ‘radial blur’ variation that produces those lovely starburst effects. I generally don’t like flames that have this little deviation from the perfect geometric shapes, but I think the colors and the starbursts are enough for me to make an exception.

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If there were such a terribly unscientific thing as an ‘ether’ in the first place (And you never know, physicists come up with any number of crazy ideas that they claim to be able to fit to mathematical models.

They probably can, but nobody but the other physicists would be able to tell if they were full of nonsense.), I think it would have various ethereal beasties living in it. Beasties that leave footprints. Some of these footprints would be very large. Some would be very small.

The beasties that leave large footprints would eat the beasties that leave small footprints. It’s only natural, after all. I submit for your consideration the image above, wherein we see footprints marking the passage of a Very Large Beastie chasing after various smaller beasties. The remarkable resemblance in color to rainbow sherbet is purely an artifact of our Etherscope, which must use false color to present interpretable images.

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Simply stated, fractal pieces of art are graphical representations of mathematical equations. Fractal art has basically infinitely diverse forms, lighting, color, and detail level. Due to its mathematical basis, a fractal may contain infinite detail: theoretically, you can zoom in and out a fractal without any limit. Fractals are self-similar without being identical, and certain regions of fractals look similar to some other regions.

In the 1980s, new computer technological developments unleashed a phenomenal new direction of art that was based on mathematical algorithms. We named this new art form Fractal Art. Very often, the images of Fractal Art are splitting, kaleidoscopic, and spiraling in beautiful symmetrical patterns.

Fractals are computer generated images, or designs, complex patterns and forms that are of amazing detail, color, and light. Fractal Art is created by using mathematical formulas and are infinite as to ever-increasing detail. The closer you will zoom or look into a fractal, the more details you will discover. Different types of fractals may be created by different mathematical formulas.

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Today, you can find hundreds of digital artists all across the world who are making art that is incorporating fractal elements, and all these artists come with their own styles. Just take a look how many fractal art examples are on Pinterest or check out this video:

While algorithmic art is objectively showing the mathematical or geometric structure in a highly pleasing aesthetic way, there are also fractal artists who are daring to take it all to the next level and use fractal elements in their artworks that are appealing in a subjective way to spectators’ emotions and feelings.

In this article, I review the styles of Kerry Mitchell, Mark Townsend, and  Janet Parke, and you’ll notice that all three fractal artists come with their own recognizable and well-developed styles.

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We live in a country in which many are deeply religious, yet so few actually know about religion. According to a recent survey, not only do Americans know very little about people of other faiths and what they believe, they also know precious little about their own religions!

That’s why I am glad for this new project, called Faithbook:
PBS (the Public Broadcast System, a TV station that is supported by donations (rather than advertising), for those readers outside the US) is hosting a new feature on their website, called Faithbook. Subtitled “God in America” it certainly is full of assumptions, but I will assume good intent.

The project is documenting how Americans actually feel about religion and spirituality in their own words, and you can browse what others believe, too. They ask a series of guided questions and people create their own profiles to answer them, so we get to see the diverse mosaic that is US culture. I have started my Faithbook page, and am answering the questions slowly.

I encourage all of you out there reading this to create a Faithbook page and answer the questions. If not for anyone else, certainly for yourself!

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