Here’s a quick, cute, and creepy FlowScape animation I threw together, just in time for Halloween.


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A Gathering on Meerkat Isle

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve taken a somewhat long break from posting new content. Unfortunately, time, energy and circumstances have not been good friends with me during this recent year, so my productivity had come to a bit of a stand-still. In light of all that, I was very excited to recently discover FlowScape, an amazing little program that lets you create breathtaking 3D landscapes, images, and videos with minimal investment in time and effort.

Just what the doctor ordered! Easy graphics!

Boy, I’m so happy to be living in the future. Back in the day, I can remember spending literally weeks coding, rendering, recoding and re-rendering a single Persistence of Vision (POVRay) image until my PC passed out from exhaustion. Even now, a single frame of my 3D fractal animations can take as long as 4-6 hours to render, depending on its complexity. This FlowScape animation that I’m posting today took me all of one (1) day to build, render, and edit to video. One. Day.

I hope that you like it. I know it’s a bit silly and pointless, and yes – I know some of the little critters are badly positioned. But most of them look OK though, huh?

More to come (sometime) in the near future.


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The Block Change

Well, it’s been almost a year since I last posted a video. I hope the wait was worth it!


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Mandelbulb3D Animation: Spun Out of the Blue

The fractal shapes in this video remind me of the exquisite industrial art created by metal spinners. Metal spinning is thought to be one of the oldest art forms that manipulate the shape of metal. Developed in either ancient China or ancient Egypt, metal spinning and other lathe work were practiced by most industrialized societies including the Vikings. Even Paul Revere was an expert metal spinner.

If you ever find yourself with a few moments of spare time, go to YouTube and search for “metal spinning” videos. They are mesmerizing. In the meantime, however, please enjoy my latest video.

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Mandelbulb3d Animation: Beyond Enlightenment

On a lighter side of enlightenment:

Once upon a time a guy named Steve decided to become spiritually enlightened, so he quit his day-job, sold all of his worldly belongings and deleted all of his social media accounts, and joined a local monastery to begin a new life as a novice monk.

On the very first day of his novicehood, Steve and his fellow novices were assigned to a wise old master who led them on a field trip into the nearby city. After a somewhat long and grueling trek of several hours, they came upon a hot dog stand. Being quite hungry at this point, Steve stopped at the stand, handed the vendor a ten dollar bill and said “Please make me one with everything” whereupon the vendor pocketed the bill and handed Steve a large hot dog piled high with assorted condiments. Pausing a brief second, Steve then asked “Hey, where’s my change?” The hot dog vendor looked at Steve and said, “Change must come from within.” Not wanting to make a big scene on his first day, Steve just let it go.

Once Steve and the other novices had satisfied their hunger, their wise master resumed the trek, marching them along until they arrived at a small airport. The master then guided them to a small plane and ushered them all in. Once everyone was inside, the plane took off and soon was flying high over the city.

Shortly, the master gave each novice a parachute and announced “Today’s lesson is about the power of your personal faith and commitment to enlightenment. When I tap your shoulder, you will jump out of this plane and parachute back to the temple below. If by any chance something should go wrong, just say ‘Buddha oh Buddha’ as loud as you can and you will be saved.”

One by one, the novices obediently jumped from the plane, making a beautiful sight as their robes rippled through the air. When Steve’s turn came, he jumped as directed but was so scared that he forgot how to pull his rip cord. As he plummeted to Earth, he remembered his master’s words and shouted “Buddha oh Buddha!!!” at the top of his lungs and a giant hand came out of the sky and grabbed him and began to gently lower him to the ground.

“Oh thank God!” Steve exclaimed, and the hand disappeared.

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