Fractals are fascinatiing. Something about a statement as simple as x->x^2+c creating an object as beautiful as Mandelbrot's allows for belief in god.
All of these images were generated with some version of fractint, animation by GIMP. I am indebted to The Stone Soup Group for creating the former, and to Spanky for always having a good source for xfractint and pointers to xmfract and other goodies. I am indebted to GNU for GIMP and about 80% of the other SW I use (even my MacOS audio recorder!). The xfractint source has allowed me (though not without a _little_ pain) to run this beautiful piece of number smashing software on platforms from my venerable SUN 4/300 to this iMac running hacked ppclinux/RedHat. And xmfract just seems to work out of the box on every platform it supports.
If it seems that I am obsessed with the Mandelbrot set, it is because I am. I am no master of mathematics, but I can understand the math required for these, and that is what is truly mind-boggling for me. Also, there's no end to the variety from this simple statement, so it stays interesting. For me anyway;)
I still owe alot to spanky and stone soup, but now I'm playing with
truly awesome Mac imaginary number smasher. Ditch your PC. Now. My argument
used to be the price. I got an iMac233 for $800. Here's