I hate election time. I can't watch TV for more than 5 minutes without hearing some politician bitching and carping about how some other politician slighted him/her, and then doing some slighting of his/her own in return, of course.
To make it worse, the right wing conservatives are in the lead on the polls at the moment. In Canada
of all places. Of course the possible future PM has to rehash a bunch of social issues we've already settled that don't fit in with HIS Canada: gay marriage, abortion, etc. Does anyone remember when Jean Chretien got a pie in the face? I would personally like to nominate this guy [link]
for a coconut cream on the nose.
I mean, come on! Wake up and smell the Timmies! There is good reason why the Alliance party wasn't taken seriously when they first started making a ruckuss in Parliament (remember them? anyone? Preston Manning ring any bells?), but now that they've joined forces with the old Tories (and dropped the 'Progressive' bit from their name I might add, I wonder why they did that....
) they're suddenly a force to be reckoned with.
Anyway, I doubt much of anyone reading this is going to have any idea what I'm talking about and anyone that does may be thoroughly alienated by now so I'll end it there.
Timmies = good coffee, you foreigners are seriously missing out! [link]*Free* FRACTAL RESOURCESApophysisGet Apophysis,
you can also check out a few tutorials, links, and it's a good idea to join the mailing list too. Pick up ApoMap while you're there downloading Apophysis, so you can make your own custom gradients. You might not use it when you first start out with apo, but eventually you'll want it.Beta releases can be found here,
I highly recommend you download the newest version, it is greatly improved over the old one on apophysis.org. Get them both and keep 2.02 or whatever it is as a backup.
<~~~ join that group, also check their gallery out for some cool artwork and lots of resources. Apophysis Resources
on the #Apophysis
There is a lot more out there but I think that is enough to get anyone started, I have more links and things if anyone wants them, just ask me.Fractal ExplorerGet Fractal Explorer,
also spend some time wandering around that page and clicking links, there's some really useful stuff on there.Fractal Explorer Turorial
- An excellent FE tutorial, it tells you all of the basics and a bit more so you can get working with it. Read it. VchiraYou can get Vchira here.
Sadly enough, I haven't seen a single tutorial for Vchira but it is similar to Sterlingware (another program by Stephen C. Ferguson), so you may find this tutorial
of some use. Chaoscope
Chaoscope renders 3D strange attractors, it is fun to play with and some people manage to do some truly amazing things with it.You can get Chaoscope here,
also navigate around that page for tutorials and things to help you get started.The GIMP
The GIMP is an open source graphics creation and editing program, with many of the capabilities you'd find in Photoshop. The best part: it's free to download and use.
You can get the GIMP here: [link]
That's all for this time, mainly because I'm tired of typing at the moment. I'll add more next time I update my journal, of course. That should be enough for anyone that's looking at fractal work and trying to figure out how to get started with it. Most importantly, roll up your sleeves and start PLAYING!
The best way to learn anything is by experience. Experiment and have fun.