Monthly Archives: November 2013

Aurora’s Dance, fractal master piece.

An artist I have known for some time, since the halcyon days of Zaadz, just released a new piece which I think is particularly striking, the current final piece in a long series of striking fractal art.

It came up on one of my feeds, and I stared at it for quite some time. I decided to go grab the link and post it.

Keep in mind, it’s just the math that made this. This is not photoshop, not a construction. I don’t understand much about the way the fractal generation tools are used to make something like this, but, I gather it takes a long process of trial and error, of exploring beautiful oddities and mistakes and learning how to use them intentionally, days, months, and years of practicing with the tools until you operate them intuitively. This is so far beyond mandelbrots and the early fractal forms that they don’t seem like they could be connected.

But they are.

Art Prints

Sell Art Online2015-01-18 04_34_48-Aurora's Dance by Amorina Ashton - Aurora's Dance Digital Art - Aurora's Dance F

You should go look at it in a larger size. It’s worth the click, if you like that kind of thing.

By comparison, a mandelbrot:

Still pretty amazing, true enough. This one is from wikicommons mandelbrot zoom set.

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Buckminster Fuller, one of the brilliants who taught me how to use my brain and minds – a signifier

I was looking thru the internet to see if anyone had quickly available a few of the lines written by Bucky Fuller that had huge, paradigm rstructuring impact on the way I think, how i think about thinking, and the relatively uncommon ways I use my minds (note the plural), intelligences, and the body which hosts them.

So far I have not found those particular quotes, paragraphs, and stories. I may have to go to paper, and write them out myself, as a signifier and signal, to those who will find them useful in the future.

In the meantime, here are a few quotes, a preamble to the signal, bait for the elven and the edge.

“Most importantly we have learned that from here on it is success for all or none, for it is experimentally proven by physics that “unity is plural and at minimum two” – the complementary but not mirror-imaged proton and neutron. You and I are inherently different and complimentary. Together we average as zero – that is, as eternity.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

“The universe is non-simultaneously apprehended”
Richard Buckminster Fuller


“Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller
“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller

If, when you hear the name “Buckminster Fuller”, you think first of the geodesic dome and fullerenes, you have been cheated and robbed. Geodesic structures were one of his little things, a simple application of a way of thinking.

It is the way of thinking that was his great discovery, and we have mostly lost it.

You could find it again, you know. It’s not at all difficult to master. All you need do is try it. It starts working almost instantaneously.

Do you dare? Go to the paper.

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As fate has it, I am helping an old friend revive an old old website,

This is the "The Sorcerer": from the original letter/article by the Abbe Breuil, the grand old man of Cro-Magnon art studies.

This is the “The Sorcerer”: from the original letter/article by the Abbe Breuil, the grand old man of Cro-Magnon art studies.

As fate has it, I am helping an old friend revive an old old website,

You know how it happens, one event leads to another, there is a small change in one’s typical patterns leads to a sudden flurry of interaction, and from that, because now “the time is ripe”, an old homeostasis is tipped into a new flow, and some new thing fires up like a launched missle.

(In this case, something happened that lead me to start watching my facebook news feed, something I usually avoid, because I don’t want that particular collective to overly influence the other things I write in various facebook groups – block out the feedback, and I write and conduct experiments without that thought “what if so-and-so sees this…” arising to contaminate my mental workspace. Whatever, right – I scanned my news feed one day, and a post about a new text for Transpersonal Psychology led me to start to write.)

One of my alternate self structures is a web developer and internet marketing consultant. I had been working all day on this and that, wordpress and databases and content writing and blah blah. That personality was charged up, grabbed my hands, and typed something elaborate that condensed down to “dammit let me fix that fucking website, it’s been driving me crazy for years”.

The magic words… And soon the keys were in my webdev geek memory, and I could play.,

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