Welcome to The Buffalo Readings Homepage Tuesday, June 15 2021 @ 08:05 am PDT
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"Graffiti Archaeology is a project devoted to the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The core of the project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of graffiti taken at the same location by many different photographers over a span of several years. The photos were taken in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and other cities, over a timespan from the late 1990's to the present."
I heard about this site on Systm. The GA features an awesome Flash interface and is constantly growing, thanks to their world-wide contributed flikr group. Be sure to check them out and maybe help them out too.
After watching this video on YouTube that I stumbled upon while researching the technological wonder that is the Organic LED, I can't help but think this should be the happiest day of my life. And yet, that's not how I feel, distinctly not. If I were Guy Fieri tasting my feelings right now for the first time, I'd say that fear - would be a good starting place, along with the same confused and vulnerable sadness you feel while watching hour three of 2001: A Space Odyssey. All this and the videos only 3 minutes long! (Though as you'll soon find out, it doesn't really need to be) First off, they (and I use that term with firm intuition that there is no 'they') have finally invented the ultimate phone watch, and it's apparently how together, we win the world.
***NOTE: I have not yet visited their website, as I wanted to write this piece first, just incase the bastards just set up a trap to catch hapless gadget fans like myself curious about a giant silver round phone strapped to your arm, and thats when they reprogram you to kill for North Korea. The music is obviously some sort of mind control device.
For those of you who went to the Buffalo Bowery Poetry Jazz Open Mic, you might remember the glowing Julia Set wall art behind the band and poets. And for those of you who didn't, you probably don't remember it. Well you're in luck, I uploaded it to vimeo, in a much sped up and slightly bluer version, and I've inset a map of the Mandelbrot Set showing the path through the Mandelbrot Set taken by the video:
And then, while further researching fractal videos on vimeo, I came across the concept of the Buddhabrot, pictured below. This is an entirely new way to visualize the Mandelbrot Set developed by Melinda Green. It's actually something I thought about in the past, but never pursued, and thanks to Melinda and those who came after her, it's now a very awesome reality.
As everyone knows, the Mandelbrot Set is an iteration of points in the complex plane, when you graph it, each pixel is iterated through the equation over and over. Those pixels that get infinitely large are given a color outside the Mandelbrot set, running through the colors you choose based on how fast that pixel goes to infinity. Those that hang around, and end up at zero are considered part of the Mandelbrot Set, and are colored the same, usually black or white.
But what if instead of just testing each pixel, and throwing that data away, you actually show the path it takes as it orbits out to infinity? Well say hello to the Buddhabrot. It's a multi-dimensional density map of the shooting out paths of the Mandelbrot Set. And it's full of kick ass awesomeness. Here's an absolutely amazing 4D rotation and zoom-in video of the Buddhabrot:
There's a bunch more awesome videos around the internet, on YouTube, etc. Here's some links:
Melinda Green's own Buddhabrot page
Albert Lobo, who created the above YouTube video
And just for kicks, here's a 4D Rubik's cube:
I stumbled upon this while looking for cool science podcasts on Miro. It's TED, the awesome annual conference where thousands of smart people get together and give each other lectures, and it's truly inspiring. Among the video lectures you'll find the cutting edge of science, technology, philosophy and design, and it's not third, or second generation, but first, right from the mouth of the minds who thought them.http://www.ted.com/index.php/