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  1. During the mid-1980's I was dabbling quite a lot with hallucinogens, which gave me the first internal insight into 'chaos patterns'. I knew about the popularity of the paisley patterns with people taking hallucinogens, and along with mandala's these were really the poor persons fractals of the time. Repetitious and iterative colourful tiles, or rings, on which to focus and allow your 'reducing valves' (as covered by Aldous Huxley in Doors Of Perception) to dilate and open yourself up to the ever-present stimuli which your valve protects you from. The hallucinogens I was taking were allowing me to see the next-generation of the paisley and mandala patterns (without them being there!). 'Chaos patterns' were the term I used at the time to describe them to others, and often the skies could be an absolutely overwhelming sight of these patterns, in all colours know to man (including Octamarine!). During the early to mid-1980's in the US, Benoit Mandelbrot was discovering some REALLY remarkable and seemingly magical geometries, as a result of simple iterative algorithms. As far as I know, he wasn't using hallucinogens to make this discovery, although that is a possibility (Ralph Abrahams is a mathematician who does value the insights they provide him). It was still very early days in the use of supercomputers, but Mandelbrot managed to get enough computing power to enable him to run a large number of tests, with some stunning results. Very unusual images were emerging which had some amazing properties. These structures were called Fractals, and one of the most interesting ones was named the Mandelbrot Set, and they all contained infinity in a beautiful but bizarre way. Over the coming years the world went fractal mad, including me. I learned to program computers using the Sinclair Basic of the ZX Spectrum, and even then I would try and make interesting images with my own code. Those images were really simple geometries, but with a random element (which I loved watching). When I had discovered proper Fractals, I bought a book called "The Science Of Fractals (published 1988)" which contained pseudo-code for making these mini applications yourself, to enable exploration of the Mandelbrot Set and other related Sets. I spent days and days with my head in books learning how to program these into C++, and then sometimes waiting days and days for images to be revealed. It was exciting for me to see that these things were hidden in the world between numbers and nature. Seeing them in an application you have created yourself allowed much better understanding of these insane structures. The world soon provided me with fast computers and really, really clever people created stunning computer programs I could use (e.g. Fractint, Tierazon, SterlingWare, Ultra Fractal, Fractal Extreme, Kalles Fraktale, Xenodream and Mandelbulb 3D). I am still being amazed by the fractal artists I see and these days we have such powerful computers and really ingenious programmers, that we are able to see things never seen before. Fractals are a discovery of a magical multi-dimensional landscape, and if you share my never-ending hunger for them, please post here on a regular basis, and share with the community. Some Free Tools: Kalles Fraktale http://www.chillheimer.de/kallesfraktaler/ * Ultra Fractal http://www.ultrafractal.com/ MandelBulb 3D http://mandelbulb.com/ * Fractal Extreme http://www.cygnus-software.com/ * Are not free but do have some free trial options Documentaries to begin with: The Strange New Science of Chaos (1989) Arthur C Clarke - Fractals - The Colors Of Infinity (1995) I will post some contemporary zoom animation videos here shortly, but I wanted to give some details in an introduction for those who are interested, and especially those who are yet to discover.
  2. Hi guys, i just wanted to introduce myself and my ongoing project. I know a lot of people will want to follow my progress with this and i’m pretty sure i’ll need some contributors before the end of this project. I’ve read a few other threads here and there but not seen any that have actually gone somewhere and produced any results although some are ongoing and look rather promising. So i’m going to take the time to let you all know what I’m up to and what i want to achieve so that anyone else who is interested can join in and reap the benefits. This project was born out of a frustrating lack of control systems that operate on a day and night basis as well as controlling heaters and extraction fans. I’m not even aware of a commercially produced system that performs this job under £1000. I know how important it is to have a controlled night time drop in temperatures so why doesn't anyone cater for this? I plan to use a raspberry pi as my main controller. The basic requirements i’m looking to achieve with my project are; Lighting control Separate night and day temperature settings Separate night and day humidity settings Must have full and independent and automatic control over extraction, heaters and humidity foggers All data must be fully logged Full web interface for controls and monitors LCD screen readouts and basic settings control on the unit itself At the minute i’m in the ‘proof of concept stage’. I’m buying components bit by bit and proving to myself that what i have in my head will transfer to practice. For example how do you get a raspberry pi to record a temperature? Or how do i measure the moisture level of the soil? These are the questions that need answers before even thinking about putting the whole thing together. Then when each of these all work i can start to buy everything i need to build the system and start on the main code. The next few posts will explain the steps I've been through already.
  3. Hey everyone, I hope you're having a great day! My question goes as follows; I've recently updated my macbook pro to the OSX Lion setup through the app store so I could install TraktorPro 2. After I did this I noticed as I would be in Safari searching the web, or playing mine craft, or basically doing anything, my mac would bring up the "finder" tab at the top of the mac as if I clicked from inside the current open window to the background. As I'm sitting here typing it has done it once already and I had to click in this text box to be able to continue typing. If I'm playing mine craft the game will pause itself, and if I look at the top left corner of the screen it doesn't say Minecraft, it says Finder.The same thing happens when I have any window open for any duration of time…it appears as if the timing of this occurrence is random. I've searched google stating "mine craft keeps pausing itself" and that resulted in finding some mine craft forum user saying that the mac is losing track of where the mouse cursor is thus causing the game to pause and if one were to go through some folders and find this certain file then move it to the desktop then restart, the problem is solved.. but I'm not sure if that is the actual problem I'm encountering and don't want to risk ruining my mouse control stability or whatever else that could go wrong by doing that. Plus who wants that mouse file thing on their desktop forever? Another time when I've searched google I came up with some other forum and someone mentioning a game icon for God of War was the culprit..& the only games I have on here is Minecraft and Angrybirds. If anyone has any idea on what could be going on I would be most appreciative if you could help me out with anything. Thank you so much for your time!