Theories of Everything Mapped

Mapped Theories

This is something for science wonks. The Map is a good way to get an overview of where we are at in our knowledge of the universe.

I find the comments, for this magazine at least, are equally stimulating.

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Some graphics links

Since I posted the Volvox fractals, I thought I’d post a couple of links to programs I have enjoyed and played with¬†with over the years.

Persistence of Vision Raytracer
Ultrafractal – Fractal renderer
Apophysis
Bryce 7
Thumbs Plus media cataloguer
Paint Shop

and for those who wonder what the Mandelbrot set is:

The Mandelbrot set

I’d love to say I am an expert on these, but in most cases, time to play with them has been less than I would have liked!

another beauty from the Volvox gallery

another beauty from the Volvox gallery

Rendered Beauty and the Natural World

A wonderful aspect of the Internet is the access one gets to amazing art of all types. I can spend hours looking at renders of fractals, raytracing, photography, etc.

As I said in a previous post, I do share art that is not mine because I find it beautiful and unique. ¬†(I probably ought to post some of my photography!) Here’s a page of fractals, beautiful and an example of art mimicking nature.

Volvox Fractals

Volvox – actually a microscopic unicellular life form that lives in colonies. The colony takes the shape of a ball, created by thousands (8000 to 17000) of single cell creatures. Webster dictionary says “Type genus of the Volvocaceae; minute pale green flagellates occurring in tiny spherical colonies; minute flagella rotate the colony about an axis.

The more I post, the more I see I am posting content I personally tag as beauty. Of course, the beholders eye on these posts is not mine, but yours. I hope you enjoy these.

Volvox fractal

Volvox fractal


thought to words… almost, well sort of, could be better, maybe…? tell me

it seems as though there are some people who ascribe to cancer patients, some wisdom learned because one has had cancer. it may be deep or not.

do we ascribe wisdom to other disease, afflictions, chronicities such as diabetes? fibromyalgia? brain injuries? malaria?

what has happened to me, is not that I have become a wise old man. i’d hate to think one needed cancer to get there! what cancer, or other serious afflictions or traumatic events do.

because of cancer the range of emotion and thought have been increased, on the low end and the high end. so in these cases because you are forced to experience (hopefully) a wider range of emotions, you increase your understanding of them, and thus people.

this might give the experience of being “special” but it’s not. these are accessible to each and every one of us.

the hope would be, we have the chance to experience this wider range of emotions without a traumatic experience to present them to us.

Unfortunately some of us get cancer and thus come to this understanding.

bunches 'o beauty

bunches ‘o beauty