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August 20, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Fractal Fun With Oxidizer


The above image, Love Is Blue is also available as a Desktop

Today's song is One Less Bell To Answer by The Fifth Dimension, released in 1970.

For more than a week now, I have been working with Oxidizer. That program uses fractals as the basis for images. I published about twelve new Desktop Backgrounds so far using it and have many more waiting to be published here in the near future.

I find that the Pareto Distribution is somewhat related to fractals. I learned about the Pareto Chart from my project management courses. It's a curious coincidence to have my project management knowledge intersect with a new dimension of my art!

Using Oxidizer to create art is a tedious process. It's not as straightforward as using Bryce or Carrara Studio to achieve satisfactory results. Mostly it's experimentation and not direct manipulation of objects until I render the final art image.

An artists should always be on the lookout to express what dwells within. With Oxidizer, each result is pretty much a surprise to me. Hopefully my readers will appreciate my efforts in this new approach.

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Last year about this time, Sherry and I attended the wedding of our friend's daughter. Her husband, a member of the U.S. Navy, recently became a Orthopedic Surgeon and is now a Lt. Commander. They just moved to Italy and started a blog of their adventures while stationed there. Sounds like they are having a great time.

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U.S. politicians continue to make various points on the War on Terror, especially Iraq. One day America will figure out how to fight wars to win in a very short time. But until that day, we are stuck fighting wars in the old-fashion way and paying a high price to achieve a stalemate or loss in the process.

Unfortunately, I feel many more Americans will die and be injured until we have a change in approach for fighting wars--to win. One lesson we should all have learned in the Iraq War is to not try to impress democracy on other nations. I'm not sure we have learned that lesson yet. Some of the politicians talk as if they haven't learned that lesson yet.

Ask your favorite Presidential candidate if they will fight wars to win. Also ask them if they have learned not to impress democracy on other nations. To me, those are two of the most pressing issues of fighting the War on Terror.

Those are fair questions. When President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to Congress on December 8, 1941, he said we should fight to win. He didn't say, let's fight to a stalemate or loss. He didn't say, let's defeat the enemy and force them to be democratic. He had a single purpose, to win the war. I wasn't alive then, but that's the history that took place. I think he was right to stay focused on the task at hand. Our next President better do the same.

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The terrorists known as Hezzbollah are adapting to fighting wars they hope to win. Last year, they fought a war with Israel to a stalemate, because Israel fought in the old-fashioned ways.

I wonder if Israel will break the mold for fighting wars in the next round?

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EyeTV 250 Plus looks interesting if you're looking to save video from your TV onto your various devices. Consumers want ways to do this easily without restrictions.

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Fuel cells are powering a campus in Sunnyvale, California.

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John Dvorak writes that Dell is like a Buick. He's even picking on Microsoft in that same article! John is finding out the world has changed.

I was surprised to read that John recently started to use a Mac! It only gets better, John.

Don


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