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Amazing (mass-produced!) collection of fractal art

Pretty isn’t it? But guess what was my involvement in all this? A few clicks. To be precise, just 3. One to open Apophysis, other in the menu to select “Scripts”, and the last one to select a script. (OK,  there was another one, to run the script, it’s 4 clicks actually, sorry!). There were a few more clicks required to render the images, but these aren’t related to the actual creation of the images. And these images look quite similar not only to each other but to most of these so-popular “amazing-whatever” batches of fractal “art” spread all over the internet. So sad.

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I’m officially old.

Here goes another rant.

As I’ve been a little away from the fractal world for the past years, I am doing some updatings on my pretty old fractal links and lists of resources and I’m trying to find new stuff like tutorials, galleries, etc. that might be appearing here sometime as most of my old links like that seem to be dead. So I went to look for “UF tutorials”. “OK. Here are some. Let’s try this one at DA” I said.

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Some more weird Google stuff

Again, a brief new check for the indexing of the site (as it says it had 100 visitors in a day!). While doing a search using my name and the word “fractal”, I discovered that my old Renderosity account is still alive. I thought it was deleted (by myself or by them) as the link pointing to that at wasn’t working, it said that the requested artist wasn’t a member of Renderosity or something. I don’t remember its password and its assigned e-mail address is wrong and gone, so I think I won’t be able to change anything there. Not that I want to, actually. But I found a few images posted in these galleries (3 or 4 actually) that I should also add here, and they might only exist in that gallery… I’ll have to find their sources here again, re-render and post some updated version if I can. If not, I’d have to recover these images from these “originals”, unfortunately.

Anyway, here’s the link to the gallery.

It used to have a lot of images in there, then I just made some major cleaning and let just those that could be some of my best images that at the same time could be shared without fear (I had a couple images posted there that were “borrowed” by others, to use a kind word), because I just didn’t want to simply close the account – which I must say that was also considered. I let that just as sort of a “public advertisement” for the site, kind of a teasing page. Didn’t work much I think, not many visitors came from that place looking for more.

I was even re-reading some of the comments posted, and I found interesting to find one that says “incredible undercommented image” or something, which again proves my point that these places are just a bunch of friends commenting on each other’s images only, most of the times. If you’re not part of their team, you’re ignored. Orbit Traps blog said exactly the same about this, in other words. In Brazilian Portuguese, we use the word “panelinha” to describe that.

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Fractint and the new Windows versions

I was very disappointed when one of my favourite fractal generators, Fractint, was not behaving nicely after I moved to Windows XP. No matter what I did, it refused to work. It sometimes barely worked in very low resolutions or something, but it used to lock up not too much after a few things were done.

After some Google searches (I’m not even sure if Google was so good in helping fixing things back then) I learned that it was because mostly of the lack of support for VESA graphic drivers starting with XP. What could I do? Nothing, or else try to use it with these low resolutions or these odd IBM presets (that somehow didn’t use the VESA I think, some of the presets at least) or the mysterious and unpredictable “render to disk” feature of Fractint.

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This is really annoying.

I was searching for some fractal related words in Google to check if Mundo Fractal was already being listed (it is!), and it surprised me the amount of sites, blogs, image galleries, personal sites and everything else that has the word “fractal” attached to their names and brands when their main subjects, products or goods they sell etc. have absolutely NOTHING do to with fractals. Of course most are somehow related, but there are a few sites ranked quite high at Google that are absolute garbage, but the worst is that they aren’t about fractals at all. Not Google’s fault though, it’s the same as in the past, pre-Google days, when people used to disguise a bunch of “hot keywords” in their pages (mostly using text in the same colour as the background of the page), with a huge list of porn-related words. This used to work for some time, until they started ignoring keywords and started indexing actual content instead.

Some people like to use the most modern and technical words they can find (meaning? who cares) to sound “hip” and “cool” or as their main “brands” or just to place these words here and there in their “about me” pages to look smarter, if you look or sound outdated on the interwebs you’re doomed. But calling your pet shop (or something so distant from fractals as that) “The Fractal Dog” or something like that is just stupid. It might sound nice as a band name, but as a brand or a serious magazine about something absolutely different from fractals? Not really.

Some (most) people don’t have any idea about what a fractal might be (let alone a more or less accurate description – it’s not required that everyone knows exactly what it is though), but it sounds nice and smart and “scientifical” to name my blog The Fractal Porn, so let’s use it. I just found for example about a psychology magazine in Portuguese that is called just that – Fractal. As I’ve mentioned before, you have the right to name your kids anything you want, and it applies to your creations as well – they’re your kids too, in a sense. WTF, whomever came up with that magazine name even knows how to use Apophysis, their banner has a flame fractal. Why can’t they call it Fractal? They can, that’s for sure. But it’s like calling a McDonald’s “Vegan’s Place” just because “Vegan” is a nice and healthy word.

I wouldn’t like to be diagnosed with a “fractal” personality, mostly by a shrink that is a subscriber of this Fractal magazine. I’m still not that crazy or stupid. Oh and BTW they would love to test this software at that magazine.

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