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Paul Bourke has some images and explanation of the thorn fractal. This implementation features over sampling, gamma correction, iterative improvement, and it's open source.

The Julia set version of this fractal is generated by computing the escape time for the functions

$$ x_{n+1} = \frac{x_n}{\cos(y_n)} + c_x $$

$$ y_{n+1} = \frac{y_n}{\sin(x_n)}+ c_y $$

I look forward to trying a Mandelbrot version of the fractal soon.

Added on: Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:09

Randomly choose some affine transformations and apply them randomly to a point. Colour the transformed point based on the selected transfomation.

Added on: Sun, 04/05/2020 - 13:00

Drawing mostly-transparent shapes to the canvas as fast as possible.

Added on: Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:20

Rain drops keep falling on my head.

Added on: Sat, 04/04/2020 - 13:01

The standard map is the first chaotic thing I remember seeing, probably in an AfterDark screen saver. It has an interesting physical interpretation involved rotors, but that isn't important for the pretty pictures.

$$ x_{n+1} = x_n + K \sin(y_n) \mod 2\pi $$

$$ y_{n+1} = y_n + x_n + K \sin(y_n) \mod 2\pi $$

Added on: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 17:40

Clifford Attractors are attributed to Clifford Pickover. They're reminiscent of smoke gently wafting in still air. has some more images, and generates colour in a different way.

The formula has four parameters, each chosen randomly on $[-2,2]$. Not all random combinations generate a strange attractor. In some they fall into a fixed cycle or even a single fixed point. If that happens click the Restart button to get a new set of parameters.

Added on: Sun, 01/27/2019 - 15:43

The Tinkerbell map is a chaotic dynamical system with an interesting strange attractor. The iterated function is

x_{n+1} = x_n^2 - y_n^2 + a x_n + b y_n

y_{n+1} = 2 x_n y_n + c x_n + d x_n

In this example, the parameters are $a=0.9$, $b=-0.6013$, and $c=2.0$. $d$ is randomly chosen on $(0.35, 0.55)$, and the colour is based on $d$.

See also Wikipedia.

Added on: Sat, 01/19/2019 - 14:29