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Archive for February, 2011

I nicknamed this fractal “wheat-field” –  and if you look at the full size image, it isn’t hard to tell why.  Wheat-fields, aside from reminding me of long, boring drives across the prairies, remind me of my early teens.  I spent a decent chunk of my summers in those years visiting one uncle or another […]

Better “done” than perfect – Why software is broken.

Posted by grelmar on February 24th, 2011

I colour shifted this fractal a bit.  It reminds me of a slightly distorted Yin without the accompanying Yang.  (Or is it Yang without the Yin?) I was flipping through my feeds, and came across an interesting bit of a rant against Facebook and they’re poor security implementation on a security research blog.  I found […]

Ahh, the bliss of extreme fatigue.

Posted by grelmar on February 22nd, 2011

This is kind of an ugly fractal – something I rendered out from XaoS, ran through some colour shifting, de-selected the centre, and then distorted the heck out of the surrounding field. Can’t even remember what fractal it was based on, other than I seem to remember zooming in near endlessly on a tiny dot. […]

Why are tech pundits so predictably wrong?

Posted by grelmar on February 21st, 2011

I took a couple of days off from posting, so let’s get back into the swing of things with some vague thought waving. I spend far too much time reading tech-centric news and forums.  And one of the things that strikes me, is how often the tech pundits, professional journalists, and industry insiders so completely […]

Coffee snobbery.

Posted by grelmar on February 18th, 2011

Another XaoS rendered fractal.  Reminds me of a Mardi Gras face mask. A colleague from the U.S. was up for some meetings this week, and brought me a mighty fine pound of coffee from a boutique roaster in San Francisco.  It’s kinda an inside joke about the fact that I work really weird hours, and […]

Modern Art for the Masses.

Posted by grelmar on February 17th, 2011

I really, really, like this fractal.  It has a beautiful colour palette, and the texture resembles brush strokes. Normally, it would be really easy to get me going on a rant about the pointlessness of modern art.  Randomly slapping a paint brush against a canvas, throwing paint at a wall sized canvas, etc., to me, […]

New Fractal Software… And a plug for the GIMP editor.

Posted by grelmar on February 16th, 2011

So, I started messing around with some new (to me) fractal software, XaoS, on my Linux box, and this is the first one I’ve rendered out and captured. Like a lot of things in Linux land, the UI for this software leaves a lot to be desired, and there’s a bit more of a learning […]

Is “Free” Worth the Cost?

Posted by grelmar on February 15th, 2011

We live in an age of instant gratification.  We want it all, we want it now, and quite often, we want it for free.  In many cases, we’ve come to expect it for free. But invariably, someone has to foot the bill for all the free things we receive.  Quite often, we ourselves pay for […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by grelmar on February 14th, 2011

What could be geekier then posting a Valentine Fractal to your wife on your blog? Here you go “Sleeps like Starfish” – saved this one for you: Fractal Heart – 1920 x 1200 – Click for Full Size Happy Valentine’s!

Stop living in fear! You’re safer now than ever.

Posted by grelmar on February 13th, 2011

I know a few people who are so scared of pretty much everything, that it takes an intense act of fortitude to even leave the house. They worry about muggings, terrorism, the weather, disease (which often, weirdly and irrationally, goes hand in hand with fear of vaccinations), children getting hung up in drop rail cribs, […]


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