Following up on yesterday's fractal fun, here's a real-time fractal zoomer on the web.
Use the arrow keys to pan, A and Z keys to zoom, S and X keys to change the threshold.
It's by Jonathan Alpers, using WebGL and Three.js, and was featured on Chrome Experiments in November. Read the rest
You like zoning out in front of fractals, right? Of course you do!
FractalJS is the easiest fractal zoomer yet: just pinch-zoom or scrollwheel and watch it go. There are several sets to choose from, a smoothing option, lots of color schemes, and it's all open-source.
Alternatives: Calvin Metcalf's Leaflet has Google Maps-style controls and Alson Kemp's WebFract3D renders sets in three dimensions for an especially bizarre experience.
Bonus: Here's a Mandelbrot set being generated on a 50-year-old IBM mainframe.
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Liabru's Fractal Gears is a beautiful webtoy that draws randomly meshed gears of descending ratios, with a set of sliders you can use to tweak their parameters. (via Kottke)
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"Poetic Fractals," writes Julius Horsthuis. "I use fractals for developing skills – they are exercises in framing, composition, typography, color and style."
In this four-minute journey through a computer-generated world, we see landscapes and massive fractal structures that seem eerily reminiscent of abandoned human places.
The music is "Reaching Land" by Patrick O'Hearn; the software used to render the world is Mandelbulb3D—available free of charge! Read the rest
Nullify your coffee with Musicians With Guns's Overstepping Artifacts
. Musicians With Guns is a project by a Ricardo Montalban
; see Astroblast
for more of the same. Read the rest
I still don't
understand it, obviously, but "the sierpinski triangle page to end most sierpinski triangle pages
" has some sweet
fractals on it! The one above clearly depicts the optimal pattern of berms and defenses to be constructed
around the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in New Mexico
, lest future generations wander too close to its irradiant embrace. [Oftenpaper] Read the rest
The Indie Games Weblog
offers 5 tips for using procedurally-generated content
--think fractals and L-systems--in game development. Read the rest
A three-dimensional, modular origami fractal has taken form for the first time in the history of the world—and perhaps the universe—at the USC Libraries in Los Angeles.
The second item of note from my rummage on Shapeways this morning is Wahtah's Sierpinski tetrahedron, a fractal pyramid with 499,994 faces.
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Todd Johnson's Shockfossils are "multimillion volt Lichtenberg figures in acrylic." He masks acrylic slabs with lead and then rents time on a commercial particle accelerator and the result are beautiful, fern-like fractals.
Shockfossils on deviantART
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