Fractal a-610
Fractal a-610

If you click on the image in the post you get a full size image. I have it set to open in the same tab, you will need to hit the back button to get back here. Would opening in a new tab be better? (You can get a new tab with control-click.)

Most of the fractal images are rendered at 1600×900 pixels. If your screen is not large enough, the image is scaled down to fit. Click a second time and you can scroll the full image. Right click and select save image to download a copy.

I retain the copyright to the images. They are not public domain. I plan on releasing most of the images with a CC BY-NC-SA license. However this license is way more complex than I remember. I need to read it when I am in the mood to make sure it says what I think it says. Until I get the full legalese posted, here is an informal license. You are free to use the images for personal use such as your screen saver, or printing for your scrapbook or wall. You can use the images on your personal web page as long as the accompanying text acknowledges my copyright and provides a link back to my web page ( It would be polite, but is not required, that you notify me in that case. For any other use, please contact me for permission. 

Did I mention that the page is under construction? That is the default state. I do not like how WordPress stores media. I plan on changing that. Links to images will break. For that matter, someday I will be close to a final product. At that time I will probably delete all of these early rambling, I-don’t-know-what-I-am doing posts. So, if you like something, copy it to your hard drive now.

Under Construction

Fractal a-496

If you know fractals, I get the membrane effect by applying the real sin function to one of the real or imaginary components of the complex number between each iteration. If you don’t know fractals, it doesn’t matter. If you want to know more, well that is a topic for a future blog post. Today’s topic is about building a web site.

Is anyone reading this? I kind of doubt it. But if so, please drop a comment. Any comment is welcome, the web page, the art, the mathematics, the state of health care in the US. Although today what I value most is comments on how the web page looks.

I chose WordPress to avoid all the rookie mistakes I would make if I built the site from scratch. For example, I certainly did not want to hand build a comments section and user management. However, the simple things become more complicated. I have not idea how to do some things in WordPress that would be simple HTML or CSS tweaks on a static page.

I like how the site looks now. Pages should work equally well on a phone, tablet, or monitor. So please let me know if you notice something broken. Also point me towards web pages that you think have nice design for ideas.

From The Hard Drive

fractal a-407
Fractal a-407

I still worked on fractals, even though I put the web site on the back burner. I have several fractal images sitting on the hard drive that I plan on posting here. This is mainly an exercise for me. I need to get into the habit of posting regularly. Like anything, that takes practice. It needs to become a habit. 

Last year I was working on a custom theme for the web page. Now I no longer remember the changes I made, or where I was headed. After trying out some standard themes, I do remember why I wanted to make a custom theme. I also upgraded to WordPress 5.0. The big deal in the new version is a new editor. The editor is getting a lot of buzz. It must be good. But it is also another learning curve, and more friction slowing me down. 

Hello world!

Here we go again. About a month ago I had a failure while updating WordPress that left the web page in a non-functional state. It turns out that somehow my directory on the server was locked and I could not make changes. This required someone at the hosting company to fix. Apparently either this was a very difficult problem to fix, or the hosting company was trying to punish me for not buying a premium service contract. Anyway, it took them three weeks to make what should have been an easy fix.

In the process, I blew away the old web site and decided to start over. This may take a while…