Bugs #28

Bugs Fractal 102

Nerdtalk: a = 2, center = (-1.55, 0.33). Formula information can be found in earlier post Bugs_#14. cos() is used instead of sin(), but the results are similar.

Solipsism: Yep, still talking to myself. Unique non-bot page hits have dropped back down to between five and ten a day. No one is leaving comments. I kept up the one-post-a-day pace for over 100 posts, but I have slowed down in the last two weeks. I am going to take a break for a little while. No not for a decade like last time, just for a few weeks.

I still have ten or so finished images to post in the bugs series, I will get those posted, slowly, not daily. I also need to generate a gallery page for the series. So the blog will not be entirely quiet.

It is not that I am burnt out, just the opposite actually. I have been working on my program. Not in the art algorithm / generative aspects, but more in the fundamentals. There are always bugs to fix, and tests to write to keep the bugs out. The fun part is that I am adding a layer to help with organizing my recipes/formulas. The program now (well soon) will track and categorize images/recipes by those that have been published, are queued to be published, need little tweaks before sharing, ideas for a new series, etc. I will be able to select formulas, palettes and similar things by clicking a representative image, rather than remembering the name.

I want to make changes to the site as well. WordPress has been great for getting me started again. Back in the day, the site was all static html files. That was a really energy drain when I wanted to post something new. But WordPress has its own kind of energy / productivity drag. The WordPress web interface dashboard is great for non-programmers. But it quickly becomes too much clicking and form-filling-in for me. The default gallery sucks. There are numerous third party plug-in galleries, but none do want I want. You get the idea, I will stop whining about why I want to make changes.

I envision a day when a button in my art program will automatically generate the image at multiple resolutions (thumb, mobile, gallery, full), ftp them to the web site, give them reasonable and trackable automatic names, add to a gallery page, and generate html for a notes and comments page.

So, the bottom line is, my posts will slow down while I am working on these background tasks.

Galleries

I missed a day’s post. That is just how it looks on the front page / news feed. There are several new gallery pages. You can view them here: Galleries or by clicking the “Galleries” link in the top tool bar.

So far, all of the images have been previously published as feature images in blog posts. Sections for upcoming posts (blog post planned, but words not ready yet) and previously unpublished art (no words or blog post) are planned. 

If you click on a picture in a gallery you get a full resolution version, and from there you can right-click to download a copy. If you right-click in the gallery you may get a reduced-bandwidth low resolution version, so do the extra click to get a good copy. Please be careful what you do with the downloaded image. Remember that is has a copyright.

This site is built with WordPress, and the galleries are the default WordPress gallery. As with everything, there is a tradeoff. The default gallery is easy to get started. They are easy to put up, but there is lot of mindless repetition involved. I am sure I forgot to click a box here, or fill in a field there. I would like to have a link from the gallery to the original blog post. Also, each image has a, currently inaccessible, page for user comments. It would be nice to have links to those locations as well. But the default gallery widget only allows one link per picture, and I figure the high quality image is the best choice. Still, without the easy default tool, the galleries would still be empty.

The same is true for WordPress in general. It is almost easy enough to use that I can just start typing a blog post, and it takes care of the rest. But then I need to attach the feature image, set tags, categories and other easy things that become annoying with repetition. Of course if I had to DIY the user registration, comments, and database programming, the site would be single “under construction” page.

I also added a couple of widgets on the right to help navigate to older posts. Not the best, but they were built in WordPress options.

Enough talking about myself to myself. More pictures tomorrow…

Favorite Fractal Program

tl;dr: Do you have a favorite fractal program? Do you want to talk about it? Please let me know.

Sometimes I am not sure to whom I am writing. I am just trying to make it a habit to write and create art, and to not get bogged down by introspection and planning.

The recent posts have been like a tutorial. I plan to continue this theme for a few more days. Writing a tutorial implies someone, the reader, you, wants to know “how”. And that implies someone wants to make similar images.

I know that when I see art I like, after simply appreciating its existence, I want to know the “how”. What materials were used, whatever the origin, brushes, computer programs, mathematics? What was the artist thinking? There will be many days when I post a picture on this blog without any explanation, after all, that is better than a blank page. But I will strive to add a few words when I can. These “how” pages, has value. Even if incomplete.

What if someone wants to create pictures like these? Well first, I think that would be great. Please create and share. If you want, you can share them here. I would be honored to host them.

You do not have my software, and my software will never be ready to share. You do not have to write your own software, you can but it is not necessary. There are plenty of free and commercial programs you can use. I am not familiar with most of them. If anyone is interested, I could do some research and create a resource page.

I need help from you. The tutorial would be better with specific examples. Something the reader can build and experiment with. Software that only runs on my computer does not meet that need. If you have a favorite program that is available to the public, would you be willing to show how to apply these concepts in that software? Just to be clear, leave the full “how to use the program” tutorial to the publisher. I am thinking just a quick “In software ___ this concept is called ___, and it is found in menu/form ____”

Solipsism

This site is getting ten non-search hits a day, with three to five spam comments in Russian (deleted).

So I am probably all alone here, and I am writing this post to myself. I will go ahead and be self-indulgent, after all, no one will notice. If you happen to read this, and you are not me, go ahead and skip to the next post. I will not be insulted.

The low hit rate is OK, I do not expect more at this time. I have not started promoting the site yet. I really need to be consistent and regularly put up new posts. My last posts were two months ago. Interestingly, the hit rate was slightly higher for a short time.

So I need to make posting a habit. This is the usual “I have been busy / I will get better” post that you see in blogs that are dying or never get started. I know, I have been there myself several times. I do not want that to happen again.

So, starting now, at least one post a day. Even if I have nothing to say I will write something. Even if it is solipsistic introspection like this. Things improve with practice. Hopefully, both the quality and quantity of my posts will improve with practice. Hopefully this public commitment keeps me going.