Well, I never made to outer Mongolia to search for fossils, but the Dinosaur National Monument was a great substitute. Things were at such a scale, it was hard to capture it during a tourist’s walk through. All these bones collected from various rivers, floods and settle to the waters bottom. Then those surfaces were pushed up to form walls to what’s called the quarry. All this happened on the other side of 125 million years ago. Then the bottoms were forced up when the Rockies came along. You can walk various trails and see fossils emerging from the canyon walls. And this is all just a portion of a vast amount of fossils to be examined. . more black and white images to follow.
Last week I met Tom Beddard, a physicist turned web developer turned artist (and friendly guy). He creates fractals — those recursive shapes that infinitely repeat at every scale. They’re based on simple math, but they can create some amazing images.
Says Beddard: “I don’t seek any new mathematical insight into the resulting structures, it’s a purely aesthetic pursuit to scratch a creative itch. Part of the fascination with fractal exploration is when … amazing and completely unexpected structures can pop out and surprise you.”
Some of the fractals look like Gothic architecture. Some of them look like alien seed pods. All of them are mesmerizing. You can see lots more on Beddard’s flickr page. You can actually fly through the fractals and see them morphing in these videos. And now, thanks to a new app called Frax that Beddard helped develop, you can make fractals of your very own.
I’m a slouch. I have not individually responded to all the follows and notes over the past year or so. The fact that a few people think I’m actually contributing anything is flattering and rewarding. I’m a lazy content provider.