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Chaotic Renan

In my heart, a strange attractor.

A zoom sequence of an image that was generated for the last post but that I didnt use. Well, I am using it now.

On the third image there is an evident structure that appears in other two places on the second image, rotated and scaled, but still the same structure.

I just trow some random equations out of my brain on the program and it makes quite a few nice structures. A set of simple rules generating complexity.

Those colours remember-me of orchids.

“The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.” - Carl Sagan

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” - Arthur C. Clarke

I already quoted those here. But never talked about them.

I personally like those quotes very much, they explain a lot of what I think.

When I was a Christian, the question of extra-terrestrial life wasnt important, for me at least. But as the years passed and I became an Atheist this is became of the things that haunts my mind.

If we are alone in the universe, well, it an awful waste o space, as Sagan said. All those galaxies all for us and we barely went(if ever) to another place that isnt earth. All this while we are here, growing old, paying taxes, slaves to a society that is made of the very persons that want to get out.

On the other hand… If we are not alone. Who are they? Do they know about us? Will we ever meet them? Just imagine the things that they may have seen. What they can teach us. If they arent some kind of algae  or something.

While sometimes I wonder if the human race will survive more than 100 years or will it perish by its own wars? Or some creation or experience that went wrong? We may yet be able to conquer the universe, now not. Later. In the book  “Além da cuvatura da luz”, by Mário Sanchez, the humanity flees from earth as the sun is collapsing. Is this what is waiting for us? Fly away to conquer the space? Answer all those questions about god and purpose or whatever? Or is the future as said in “The world without us”, by Alan Weisman, where we are extinct and the radiation from our technology is echoing through out the space hoping to find someone to listen to it while the earth slowly heals from us?

I usually dont write this much. I hope it does makes sense. But if it doesn’t… Well, who knows?

“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with facts.”- Plato

The lonely one.

The lonely one.

Oh, look. A ten images post, this doenst happen all the time.

They all look the same though. I guess I need to innovate.


1 am I decided that to make a video of an attractor. I wrote the program in about 40 minutes then I ran it and made a couple of videos. I corrected some flaws, tuned the parameters etc. I went sleep about 3am with the program running. I woke up at 10:00 am the program was running. The program generated more than 350 videos. I took a look at them: All empty!

A quick look at the code showed that from the test phase there was a typo. During the test phase it didn’t affect enough to be noticeable. But with the enough time running the error propagated. Dumb me.

I guess I will ran again the program, this time without the typo.

The program generates individual frames that from I make the video. I deleted them. An error! Argument list too long :0

There was about 550000 frames. Yeah, more than half a million. Half a million crap frames. lol

So I had to do a script to delete the frames. >_<

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny…” - Isaac Asimov

Random fact about me: I do origami.