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Just a rant, again.

While browsing the stats reports for the site, I found that there was a visitor a couple days ago that came from an odd search entry: “fractal mindo”. I went to Google to replicate it and see what happens… only to find that there’s a religious site (in portuguese, unfortunately) that appears first when you search for “fractal mindo” (and probably fractal mundo, but I have to check this)… disgusting. Of course I won’t tell its name, it doesn’t need MY free promotion.

Mundo Fractal or Fractal Land websites are not related to any of that bullshit. God doesn’t rule this place neither is the webmaster and these stupid subjects won’t be discussed here. Fractals are science, not religion.

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Mandalas Gallery 01

Sorry for the long time without any posts but this is not a daily job, is it? OK, enough rantings.

As I said in the previous post I tried the Mandala Project or something. I opened all my UPRs one by one (well not all yet) and applied a kaleidoscope transformation on each layer to create the mandala-like images. Some images work better than others, some images don’t work at all, some give birth to a lot of new images and so on.

For the creation process, I didn’t change any of the original image’s fractal parameters, I just applied the kaleidoscope on the layers and that was it. In very few cases, I did some extra zooming when I thought I could find something more interesting a little deeper, but this wasn’t the case with all images. Of course, lots of panning work was a must to find good images, but there are some images that are just the original image with the transformation without any panning, applied to the image with its original coordinates. Also, I made the “mandalas” in the same order as I made the original images, I started with my very first (saved) image, and went on from there. I’m not sure where I am at this point now (I have about 50 images already made), but I think I’ve tried at least a whole year of images or maybe half a year of UPRs. And this is… still 2002? I think so.

For me, it’s a bit easier to spot the original image that was transformed, but sometimes there aren’t much hints and the new image is a bit different, although it still can be recognizable maybe from its colour scheme. Some “mandalas” kept some parts (or visual characteristics) of the original images a bit intact, like mandelbrot shapes, etc. etc. and this was done on purpose sometimes.

This project is something I’m doing just for fun, while I don’t have enough new images to be added to new fractal galleries.

Here are the first gallery, with 15 images (I guess 16 will look better… maybe I’ll change that):

As some people with some a good attention span might have noticed, the watermark now shows “www.mundofractal.com”. I could grab this domain name and now you can use both the .net or the .com extensions. Hopefully Google won’t get pissed at me for redirecting a domain to this URL.

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Last tweaks done

To make things more consistent I’ve finished renaming all the galleries, now they are called “Fractal Gallery XX” instead of just “Gallery”. The reason for this change is quite obvious when you think about searches in Google for fractals and image galleries. Also, another page for the galleries 21 to 30 was added to the main menu. It seems that it’s the preferred way to browse and find the images, as it’s not easy to go through all the posts to find the galleries, and the search and tags isn’t very precise (it’s not the right word though) at times and gives more results than you would like to visit if you are looking just for an image gallery. If a post is tagged with “image” or “fractal” or “gallery” (lots of posts have the first two tags) it will appear in the same search along with the actual gallery posts. Tags are really strange… I’ve also just found that in WordPress the tags for the images in the image galleries aren’t the same as tags used in posts and are in fact different entities, like for example the tag “abstract” that appears in a lot of images in the galleries, but it isn’t listed in my most used tags list. In fact, it has zero entries in posts, so making a search like “abstract fractal” won’t return any results… same happened with some other relatively important tags, like “3D/3-D”.

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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.

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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 fractalland.com 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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