Thursday, October 25, 2012

Paul Nylander creates a double spiral by applying a light projection from the top of a loxodrome onto a plane.
"A picture of a 428x428 Hadamard matrix, i.e. a matrix with orthogonal columns and all entries equal to +1 (white pixels) or -1 (black pixels). This example was discovered by H. Kharaghani and B. Tayfeh-Rezaie in 2004, and was the first of size 428x428. It is not known if there is a 668x668 Hadamard matrix, though it is conjectured that examples of size 4n x 4n exist for all n."
John Baez uses Category Theory (an abstraction of what is already very abstract math) to answer important questions in physics.
Early computer graphics from 1961-1962 by Herbert W. Franke

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Embers by TDA "Doing spectacular things with very little code has a long tradition in the demoscene. Born out of necessity when home computers were slow and memory space scarce, pushing against artificial boundaries became a popular “sport” when PC hardware power blew up. Time and again we’ve seen demosceners tighten the limits in search of a good challenge and do voodoo with 64 and even 4 kilobytes. At the recent edition of Assembly, a demoscene main event in Helsinki (Finland) with a 20 year history, this race for minimal footprint has reached a new low: 1 kilobyte (1024 bytes) or less! While technically 1k (and smaller) intros are nothing new, Assembly’s first ever “1 kilobyte intro competition” marks a breakthrough for the category."
"Hartverdrahtet by Akronyme Analogiker is a three minute long audio-visual trip into a procedural fractalverse, compressed into a minuscule piece of software. No bigger than 4096 bytes – less than an empty Word document, as demoscene activists like to point out – the executable file contains all the mathematics needed to generate the unfolding visual complexity and audible ambience upon a double-click."
Generative Art by Andreas Fischer
Voronoi diagram by Diana Lange