The mathematical sun, and the disappointed Chinese guy.

Apophysis Midnight Sunstroke I call this one “Midnight Sunstroke”. Dunno why. It’s round and red, I suppose, so it looks like the Sun. And “Midnight” because that’s arty, man. This one took about 34 hours to render to a 1024 x 1024 .jpg file. I actually used to almost understand the mathematics behind this stuff (plotting the output of a spherical or sinusoidal or whatever chaotic system onto an image plane), but it has long since faded from my mind. If you’re after a good primer on Chaotic systems, have a read of Chaos by James Gleick. My copy is well loved being read once every couple years since 1989.

One cool thing that happened today was my first Chinese phonecall. I politely informed the caller I did not speak Mandarin, and asked him if he spoke English. I knew he could understand me because I could sense the disappointment in his voice. He thanked me, I thanked him and said goodbye. At least, that’s what I hope I ┬ásaid. I could have been quoting dimensions on Playmate of the Month.