Archive for August, 2010

A bit of boredom that might be useful

Some say that good ideas came out of boredom. I’m bored. So I had this idea while there aren’t new images enough for a new gallery… I’ll try to find as many fractal softwares as I can using the links here (that are by far not a full list of all the fractal softwares available) and some extra Google searches and see what happens. Just like when I found Fractint by accident, this might happen again and I can hopefully find some new toy. Or get even more bored. I might write a few comments about some of the most interesting ones and write also some bad comments if I really don’t like some. But there won’t be a step by step review of each one or any kind of comparison between the softwares, I’m doing this just for fun.

Tags: , , ,

Thank you Google! (Not really…)

Yesterday I had another peak of visitors, around 40. Not bad. But when I went to check my stats tracking software for the reasons why I had these visitors… there it was, all about Mandelbulbs again.

What I don’t understand is that there is much more content about the other kinds of fractals here than about Mandelbulbs, but still it is what is listed the most and the best in Google – I redid most of the searches used by the visitors, and my site appears in the first page of results in most of these. I have some plans related to redoing and changing some of the tags of the images and the posts that seem that don’t work like I expected, but as there are about 500 fractal images here it’s not easy to do it at once. Sometimes posting one image at a time with some description even if it’s short seems to have more impact and better results for it to be found in search engines than the tags in the whole gallery post where the image is.

I’m starting to wonder what will happen if I start writing “Mandelboob” instead of Mandelbulb. Is porn still attracting visitors? There is as much porn in here as Mandelbulb images, I suppose.

Edit: I told you this would work. Some people already visited the site looking for boobs.

Related Images:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Visions of Chaos

I’ve discovered this new (not so new it seems as it’s already in version 40 or something) fractal software a couple days ago called Visions of Chaos, and was having some good fun with it mostly with its simulations and the “genetic” mutations. Until I installed another trial copy in a PC with Windows 7 which is kind of my “main fractal workstation”. And it’s crashing like crazy, without any possible fix so far. Even setting it to work in compatibility mode doesn’t work. I guess it’s something about the 64-bit stuff, not sure yet. But it’s a pity, a very interesting software with such annoying bug(s). I was even considering registering it in the future although it’s a bit expensive mostly in the updates, 25% of the price of a new version just for a single update… and considering it’s in version 40 do the math and see how many upgrades existed so far. No thanks.

Edit: I’ve made it work with Windows 7. I had to uninstall the previous installation, then reinstall it in a different folder other than the (default) Program Files\Visions of Chaos folder. When the software asks you in what folder it should be installed, just remove the “Program Files” or the “Program Files (x386)” part of the install path and let it be installed at C:\Visions of Chaos instead (or any other custom folder you wish), this should work. It now doesn’t crash immediately after starting, but it still crashes quite often mostly while using the Genetics options. Annoying, but at least it’s working in Windows 7 pretty much the same way as it works in the Vista. If it wasn’t for all these crashes, it could be a very nice fractal software. Considering it’s in version 40, there shouldn’t be that many crashes like that. I guess.

Related Images:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Menus updated

A few more entries added to the galleries menu in the front page, soon I’ll have them all listed there. Hopefully these will get as much attention as the single posts about my attempts with the Mandelbulbs. Sad, really. Mandelbulbs aren’t my cup of tea and will be restrained to these 2 images only (well not really just 2 images, I’ll be posting some Mandelbulbs here and there as I get how that thing works, but it will not be the main kind of fractal imagery you will find in here). Those who are looking for the Mandelbulbs here could at least have a look at the other galleries. I’ll stuck with Ultra Fractal and Fractint and the Mandelbulbs will be done just for fun, not because they are the latest trend. I can’t stand even Apophysis at the moment.

Related Images:

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Some more of Mandelbulb

My second attempt with the Mandelbulb. I’m not really interested in this thing. This one looks like a cross of a broccoli and Macchu Picchu which is as awful as it gets.

Mandelbulb attempt #2

Macchubrocco

Related Images:

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,