Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Early Mandelbrot Plots (part II)

and here is another plot made with a non-speckle noise, on a color inkjet printer, circa 1991.

My Early Mandelbrot Plots (part I)

This was a plot made with a speckle noise pattern.  I think the colors were assigned using RGB sinusoidal waves (i.e. the frequency of the R, G, and B waves were varied independently).  Then the actual color was assigned based on a random value.

This was done circa 1991.  I remember there was another plot I had made with purplish colors, that I really liked, but I gave it to someone...

Friday, March 04, 2011

My Work TimeGlider

Having just figured out how to embed.  Now if I could figure how to not show the annoying introduction box...

Reading about Rudy Rucker's Lifebox

Lifebox Immortality & How We Got There

I like the fact that he talks about the lifebox as being a sort of digital-immortality lite, because it sidesteps the question of embodying a full human being (with all concomitant rights and responsibilities) in a digital form.  I think it cuts to the heart of the issue, which is that a human being, in life, has a lot of baggage that may not be desirable to transcribe to a different form.  Rather, the transcription may want to 'filter out' parts that won't translate well across time...

Plus it reminds me of what I was aiming for with theWeel and now fatline, which is an interactive presentation of the things that have interested me in my life.  Ted Nelson's Xanadu concept seems to fit with this idea.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Fatline Events

Have been arranging timelines on TimeGlider, because they let me expand / contract events based on relative importance (which of course seems to change over time anyway) which is I think one of key features of fatline. In TimeGlider I can arrange to have work / school related events on top of the timeline, and personal events on the bottom, like this:
I started contemplating the various categories of things I included on the fatline, and a set of tags that capture them.  I think the main ones are:

Using these as axes, I can define a set of coordinates for each event in this 7-dimensional space, and then perform an SOM for the events.  The SOM could be 2-D, and include time / place for each events, or it could be 1-D and use the timeline itself as one of the dimensions.

A picture of IEC Table rotations

I have always struggled with a mental picture to help understand how rotation directions work in IEC table coordinates.  As we were looking...