A brief history of fandom, for the teenagers on here who somehow think tumblr invented fandom:
- 1960s: with the advent of Star Trek, fandom moves into the public sphere for the first time with a television in almost every home, creating a large group of people all excited…
Math Is Pretty
Last week I met Tom Beddard, a physicist turned web developer turned artist (and friendly guy). He creates 3D 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.
The enchanted forest from “Bent” by concupiscence66.
Monkeyface Prickleback (Cebidichthys violaceus)- San Mateo County, CA
(Please raise your right hand.) Under the all-seeing eye of the Internet, we unite upon our Tumblr thrones, unfettered by the limits of time and space. Like a stately herd of matriarchial elephants our presence commands. Our wisdom endures. Minions of Nanatoo, proud and brave —…
"Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away."
Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.
I’m sorry this is a bad day, depression gives you no warning and no choice. Hope that black dog gets off your shoulders soon and lets you start having fun again. I am rubbish at sympathy but you’re welcome…
Well hi there, I’m from a small market town near the south coast of England and this is one of my favourite blouses although it looked better before I spilt first milk and then icing sugar down the front of it while attempting to cook a Lebanese dessert dish… Just stick the kettle on while I go and change. Builders’ tea is fine, milk and no sugar, thanks. Now, tell me about what you’re writing, sounds very interesting, how many chapters before we get to the smutty part?
*cheers you on all the way for not letting the black dog destroy your sense of humour*
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