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My favourite locations on the Mandelbrot set fractal

It’s pretty cool that each of these images is defined (minus colour palettes), with just four floating point values:

  • -0.777120613150274923773
  • -0.777120273471042550002
  • 0.126857111509958518545
  • 0.126857366062765260933

You can make similar ones at the link below…

Firey pattern
Firey pattern
Top Spikey Spires
Top Spikey Spires
Smooth Deep Brot
Smooth Deep Brot
Red Yellow Blue
Red Yellow Blue

Generated by Tom Atkinson using software: http://math.hws.edu/eck/js/mandelbrot/MB.html

Firey pattern:

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<mandelbrot_settings_2>
<image_size width='1600' height='900'/>
<limits>
<xmin>-0.777120613150274923773</xmin>
<xmax>-0.777120273471042550002</xmax>
<ymin>0.126857111509958518545</ymin>
<ymax>0.126857366062765260933</ymax>
</limits>
<palette colorType='RGB'>
<divisionPoint position='0' color='0;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.17' color='1;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.83' color='1;1;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='1' color='1;1;1'/>
</palette>
<palette_mapping length='1000' offset='0'/>
<max_iterations value='50000'/>
</mandelbrot_settings_2>

 

Smooth Deep Brot:

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<mandelbrot_settings_2>
<image_size width='1600' height='900'/>
<limits>
<xmin>-0.1010963735366917967418</xmin>
<xmax>-0.1010963735366884924122</xmax>
<ymin>0.9562865135190346089334</ymin>
<ymax>0.9562865135190364863934</ymax>
</limits>
<palette colorType='RGB'>
<divisionPoint position='0' color='0;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.2' color='1;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.4' color='1;1;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.5' color='1;1;1'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.6' color='1;1;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.8' color='1;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='1' color='0;0;0'/>
</palette>
<palette_mapping length='1000' offset='0'/>
<max_iterations value='10000'/>
</mandelbrot_settings_2>

Red Yellow Blue

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<mandelbrot_settings_2>
<image_size width='1600' height='900'/>
<limits>
<xmin>-0.741536187499999998982</xmin>
<xmax>-0.733203562499999999338</xmax>
<ymin>0.188327906250000000015</ymin>
<ymax>0.194577375000000000015</ymax>
</limits>
<palette colorType='RGB'>
<divisionPoint position='0' color='0;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.2947882736156352' color='1;0;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.3583061889250814' color='1;1;0'/>
<divisionPoint position='0.6612377850162866' color='0;0;1'/>
<divisionPoint position='1' color='0;0;0'/>
</palette>
<palette_mapping length='1000' offset='800'/>
<max_iterations value='50000'/>
</mandelbrot_settings_2>

 

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Finder Empty Bin Fail: The Infinite Hardlinks Permobug

Recently, a situation has developed on my computer involving trash items that I can never delete. It’s a permanent condition, hence why I made this elaborate video and blog about it. In the process I discovered a bug in Automator, namely that it can not help to automate emptying the trash! That is a fairly bad look considering these are apps at the core of the macOS: Finder and Automator.

A million folders that will not die now live forever in my Trashcan… 🥶

357 folders inside folders in my Trash!

So I wrote a script that would rsync (backup) an enormous folder with images (~6 GB of renders for AminoSee DNA Viewer) on my disk to another location on my disk (same disk, the internal PCIe storage on my MacBook).

I used the rsync with hard links, this would create two exact copies of the 6 GB folder:

rsync –archive –verbose –stats –hard-links /Users/tom/AminoSee_webroot/output/ /Users/tom/Dropbox/Sites/funk.co.nz/aminosee/output/

I would then go and delete half the images from the website copy (so as not to upload them), but keep the full archive to make network syncs faster. Prior to this I was continuously deleting around 3 GB of images and then re-syncing them across a network, so to be more efficient, and cut back on network and disk thrashing, I keep a full copy local, and run the “sync and delete” locally with hard links.

This also cuts down on my laptop disk thrashing: I do still occasionally sync and blow away the very same 3 GB of images every few days, but to re-create is very fast if I am using this.

Recursive Folders Inside Folders

Prior to getting this setup perfect I made a botch by point rsync and telling it to copy the parent into the child infinitely. Finder can’t clear it, and Automator can’t automator the mouse clicks:

automator-cant-automate-trash-empty-and-macos-finder-infinite-hardlinks-permobug-HD

 

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Clipboard Not Working on macOS 10.14

So I tried to used RightQR for the first time since “upgrading” to macOS 10.14 after holding out for so long. The clipboard does not work. This is a mission critical failure as there is no other method to extract the scan data:

clipboard failure macos 10.14

After a reboot I will post a bug at bug at http://bugreport.apple.com if it still isn’t going. Hopefully my computer will behave.

I also do not like some changes to the way the keyboard input works. Especially regarding the combo: Command-option-control-Equals and Command-option with -=  (magnifier). It interferes with the app “Spectacle” which I use to organise my windows. Dark mode is freaking awesome though. And I find that Finder and Activity Monitor crash much more on Mojave, with more reboots and logout/ins.

It’s no biggy but I there is a subtle difference depending on the exact order the keys go down on the board and I find it annoying to think to do it the right way (all at once fast not progressively).

PS bring back the 3.5mm” jack.

Bug report:

After copying to clipboard scan data from Right QR ( Version 1.2 (1.2) Copyright © 2012-2013 Ripe Apps Inc. All rights reserved. Last modified: 1 August 2017 at 10:09 PM ) I am unable to paste.

Pasting causes no text to appear.

I can see successful copy pastings of text content in CopyClip (v 1.9.2 2019) so I know other apps can still copy paste text! Perhaps CopyClip is interfering, as I do not recall running it under 10.13 (I may have done but that app mod date is 7/7/2019 which I reckon was after I installed Mojave). Potentially I should troubleshoot out that variable but I do not feel this is something I should have to do, and the clipboard is super important so i don’t wantApple ruining the OS in coming releases, something I feel is highly likely with the announcement of dropping support for x86 32 bit binaries (why?).

 

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Spare a thought for those poor billionaires in China

2 weeks ago this article appeared in news website Coin Jazeera Extract taken from CoinJazeera article..: (not 100% sure of the accuracy of this writing but if true, is amazing! The trouble is I don’t think Warren Buffet would talk like that – see full article where he reckons big fake tits are a better investment – and the title is technically wrong as China are seeking the extradition from USA of Justin Sun; not extraditing him to somewhere, bad use of English)

CoinJazeera Article

The Chinese Communist party, known for imprisoning, torturing, and killing its wealthy citizens who screw up or flaunt their wealth, was eager to imprison the arrogant Mr. Sun and make him a statistic. In 2011 there were 115 billionaires in China. Since then, 72 have mysteriously died, with 15 murders, 17 suicides, 7 accidental deaths, 19 from illness, and another 14 executed for being ugly. Our reporters wondered if the fact that Justin Sun is still alive is because he’s not actually a billionaire or if he is just too good looking.

“Man of the Year” GQ China 2017
Our reporters have learned that several people connected to Justin Sun and TRON have disappeared or died under suspicious circumstances over the past year. Star Xu, CEO of the OKcoin exchange, which listed TRON, used to be all over the International Crypto circuit, until one day, no one ever saw or heard from him again. Rumor has it that he was sentenced to a lifetime of manual labor on a clickfarm farming gold in World of WarCraft for Brendan Blumer’s new sweatshop. Stanford professor and founder of Blockchain VC firm Dahua Capital, Shoucheng Zhang, was an investor in TRON, but died in a suspicious “suicide” last year, falling off a parking lot structure, most likely for refusing to return to China and kiss the tip of the penis of the Communist party. Could this be the fate of Justin Sun?

Source:coinjazeera.news/china-extradites-tron-founder-justin-sun/ 

Never forget – Tiananmen Square!