Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Cracking the Bible Code

Cracking the Bible Code - Cover

Have recently finished reading a book titled "Cracking the Bible Code". This is certainly a book that I would recommend to anyone who has heard about / wants to know more about the code phenomenon.

The book is written from a Jewish perspective with a healthy dose of statistics and cryptology thrown in for good measure.

The book is very readable and I enjoyed it precisely because the author is exceptionally clear on what the codes are about, how they have been uncovered and how they have been misapplied by well meaning but ill informed enthusiasts.

Dream Weave

The graphic above is entitled Dream Weave. It has nothing to do with the book reviewed above.

Am grateful for the fact that at work today I got paid to watch videos with my students. Sometimes life is very, very good.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Rock Concert Rocked!

Went to the Johnny Clegg concert tonight and it was great. The music was wonderful and the atmosphere was amazing. The stories behind some of the songs was fascinating and the entire evening was very special and worthwhile.

Blue Green Weave

Today I am grateful for my really awesome friend. She is kind, caring, compassionate and fun to be with. She know who she is! Thanks for a great night.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Gratitude Experiment

I have decided to try something a bit different. Under my graphics have decided to mention one thing for which I am grateful.

Marine Marvel

Today was pretty horrible. Am grateful that it is over. I am not trying to joke or be cynical. Thats just the way it is.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Digital DNA

This post is dedicated to Rosalind Franklin, the "unsung" heroine of DNA discovery. Not only was she a brilliant woman, but she was Jewish as well! You learn something new everyday.

Digital DNA

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Men in Tights

The title of this post does not refer to the movie but rather to the fact that, according to recent news reports, the All Blacks may end up playing their test match against Scotland wearing training tights. This is due to the freezing temperatures / snow that are currently a feature in Edinburgh.

The funny thing is how this piece of information made the news headlines over here. This country is seriously nuts about rugby. Sometimes I feel very out of place as I am not a fan and could not care less about the game. Having said that, I still want the All Blacks to win. I am a Kiwi after all.

Space Ball

If you use your imagination, the above could be an over decorated rugby ball heading toward the viewer at top speed. Note that rugby balls are not round, but are oval shaped. I have no idea why this is.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Warm Fuzzy

Ever wondered what a "warm fuzzy" looks like?? These critters are generally responsible for feelings of satisfaction / good will after a job well done.

Warm Fuzzy

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Extreme Close Up

Below is an Extreme Close Up of a fractal flower. Created with Mind Boggling Fractals.

Extreme Close Up

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Statistical Spike

I have heard it said that statistics is when you torture numbers until they confess to anything. Bearing this in mind, I keep statistics on this blog and was really surprised to see a major "spike". Overall my number of visitors per day (based entirely on cookies) is fairly constant. Today was not different. Only somone out there must have really liked what they saw as they hang around and visited most of the pages on this blog. I can tell because my number of hits today shot up to a record 385 when it is usually around 95. Weird.

Silver / Gold Spiral

The graphic above was created with Mind Boggling Fractals and edited in Paintshop Pro. I played around with the brightness and contrast first. Then I used the "Gamma Correction" feature to change and got the graphic you see above.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Shrink Wrapped

This one took three quarters of an hour to render. Am wondering if it was worth it.

Shrink Wrapped

Monday, November 21, 2005

Twisted Twighlight

Had a quiet day today. It involved doing laundry, going for a walk and tutoring two students. I am hoping that there is more to life than this. The pessimist in me says that today was actually good. It could have been a lot worse.

Twisted Twighlight

The image above was created with Apophysis and is titled "Twisted Twighlight".

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Peach Blossom

I have been inspired by Wasted Days to try out a "new" fractal generator called "Mind Boggling Fractals".

Below is the result.

Peach Blossom

Saturday, November 19, 2005

For Others they Sing

*If you came for the artwork, simply scroll down. Its under the story.

This post is dedicated to my dad and my dad's dad (my late grandfather). Its for my dad because he washed and waxed my car for me this morning. I did not ask him to do it. Its his way of "saying" that he loves me.

Had to tutor this morning so I drove to my student's house in my pristine, better than new car. Did not even make it to the motorway when a seagull decided to use my newly washed car for target practice. Most of the 'missile' missed, but not all of it. So my beautiful clean car was no longer beautiful and clean.

I could almost hear my grandfather say "for others they sing". Hence the dedication.

Needless to say dad noticed that my car was no longer beautiful and pristine when I returned home. My dad is a bit like "Sherlock Holmes". He notices EVERYTHING!!! We laughed about it. After all, short of using seagulls for target practice, what else can you do?

Wrapped Diamond

Graphic above is called "Wrapped Diamond". It is designed to take one's mind off the desire to shoot seagulls.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Shabbat Flower

Have absolutely nothing of value to say right now. Enjoy the graphic below.

Open Flower

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Virtual Starfish

I know that real starfish only have five "legs". Clearly the starfish image below is not real, therefore, it must be virtual.

Cosmic Starfish

The image above was originally titled "Cosmic Starfish".

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Subtle Storm

This one is dedicated to all those students out there who are in the midst of writing / studying for exams. Rather you than me!

Subtle Storm

Monday, November 14, 2005

Synergy

Sometimes the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Synergy

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Picnic

The title of this one is ironic, as creating the graphic below was certainly no picnic.

Picnic

It is hard to belive that yet another weekend is gone! The coming week promises to very busy (again). In my line of work, busy is good.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Intuition

First of all, a big thanks to those who commented on my "Distortion" piece. The encouragement is deeply appreciated.

Intuition

Today's offering is called "Intution". Often people ask how I get my textured effects and it is really hard to explain, mostly because it is a matter of trial and error and learning to predict when a flame can be "played with" to get an interesting effect. In short, some days its all down to intuition.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Distortion

Below is another computer generated, curve stitched design. If you look at it for a minute or so, it grows on you.

Distortion

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Avatar

Used Context Free to create the image below. It took me about three days to figure out how to do it.

Curve Stitched Avatar

Those of you who are observant, will notice that this image is an electronic version of my "avatar" (top LHS of this blog). The original version was first drawn by hand and then stitched using a needle, thread and dark cardboard.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

E-Mountain

You've heard of E-mail. Here is an "E-Mountain".

E-Mountain

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Digital Quilt

The image below was really fun to make. Pity this kind of quilt does nothing to keep one warm. Not that being warm is a problem right now. Summer is pretty much here and it is wonderful.

Digital Quilt

Monday, November 07, 2005

Red Ridge

This week is going to be as busy as last week. I can't believe it! Was thinking things would calm down abruptly but they have not. Am already booked all the way through to Friday and my private students are still stressing about their forthcoming exams.

Red Ridge

Today's flame was a test done several weeks ago to see if the latest Beta version of Apophysis worked as expected. It did :)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Fractal Crochet

This one is from the same flame as Fanned Feathers but I used a different gradient for the colours and zoomed in on a different spot.

Fractal Crochet

Have had a great weekend and am ready for a new week.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Guy Fawkes

The graphic below was made with the sound of exploding fireworks in the background. The digital version is safer, lasts longer and is of course free.

Guy Fawkes

Today is special for another reason as well. It is my brother's birthday. Happy Birthday Bro!! The image above is dedicated to you.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Fanned Feathers

Am more grateful than usual that the weekend is upon us. This week has probably been my busiest on record. I would have posted a graphic last night but for some reason, when I finally got round to it, flickr, gmail and blogger were all "down". Guess the universe was telling me to take a break and get to sleep.

Fanned Feathers

The above effort is called Fanned Feathers.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ice Matrix

Survived today. Think it was my busiest ever. Left home at 6.30am and only got back at 9.30pm. Gives new meaning to the word "insane".

Ice Matrix

The image above is called "Ice Matrix". I am off to bed now.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Going Postal

The stamp below was created using Context Free Design Grammer. The code took four sessions to write. The title is perfectly apt!

Going Postal