# On an Infinite Journey

Fractal – any of various extremely irregular curves or shapes for which any suitably chosen part is similar in shape to a given larger or smaller part when magnified or reduced to the same size (Merriam-Webster)

Fractal – a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems â€“ the pictures of Chaos. (The Fractal Foundation)

All created forms are fractal, as is their purpose, use, and allotted time for existence. (Guy Finley, writer)

The universe is fractal. The closer you look at it, the more interesting it becomes. (John Lloyd, producer)

Fractal geometry is everywhere, even in lines drawn in the sand. It’s the cycle of life… You see fractals in plants, in flowers. Within the human lung are branches within branches. (Ron Eglash, scientist)

Enjoy this visual journey, but some may find the audio as distracting or annoying.

## 44 thoughts on “On an Infinite Journey”

1. Fractals are cool, but I’m one of those people who can’t watch the video. It made me feel a little sick. ðŸ˜‰

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• Merril,
Glad you enjoyed this little journey, but sorry that it played with your equilibrium (via the eyes).

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• It’s easy to do, Frank. My kids used to tease me about getting seasick on a swing. ðŸ™‚

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• I’m right there with you on that one. No fun …. You must still have power ðŸ™‚ … how many inches at this point?

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• I’m not sure. The last I heard it was about 13 inches, but that was a couple of hours ago. It’s really blowing about. We’re supposed to get 18-24 inches.

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• Yeah. I’ve made a pot of soup, baked bread, and baked a pumpkin pie, too. ðŸ˜‰

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2. Good thing I had some coffee before watching that. Timothy Leary would have loved it.

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3. Images could be the poster-children of the 60’s! Mr. Ruebush’s comment above…Spot On.
On another note, aFA….how you and Mrs. RA be? Miss that devil of a storm? None-the-less you are in my thoughts. Keep safe. Coffee today? Later maybe? RRR

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• Raye,
Yep – perfect designs for that era! … the maker of the video must not have known that, otherwise the sound would have been different.

Thanks for your kind thoughts. All the north side of Cincinnati got was a few flurries, but not enough to cover the driveway. Go 50 miles to the south and southeast, then it gets testy. The northern edge any accumulation was about 10 miles away.

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4. “repeating an ongoing process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop”….isn’t that also one of the definitions of insanity? ðŸ™‚

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• Catherine,
Good choice to stop watching. As a motion sickness person, I’m surprised it didn’t affect me.

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5. Visually, it’s very cool. You’re right about the audio, so I just turned the sound down while I watched. ðŸ™‚

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• Cayman,
The creator of this had many choices of sound, and this one wasn’t good. Glad you enjoyed the fractal kaleidoscope.

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6. Fractals, I submit, reveal the nature of nature. I find it impossible to believe that nature could be otherwise constructed because the foundation of it is mathematical, i.e., the fibonacci series. Similarly, the universe is statistically consistent. Given a large population and absent outside forces, random outcomes are predictable. This has always amazed me.

I have tested it myself by playing solitaire on a computer. Over a few games the outcome appears random but over many the percentage of wins is predictable. How does it know? It doesn’t of course, and reality doesn’t care, that’s just how it is. (I have noted, however, that random-number generators in software are slightly imperfect and this affects outcomes over time. Some of these are better than others.)

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• Jim,
The nature of nature is truly amazing. The patterns and mathematical nature amplify its wonder.

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• Bryce,
A difficult concept to grasp, but also an impressive thought.

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7. I held up well on the Fractal footage, displaying no fuzzy feelings. I liked Bruce’s comment earlier about “the universe being fractal…and that’s a fract!”

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• Bruce,
I wanted to do something with fractals, but finding the right video was difficult. Nonetheless, it makes a point. Bruce on Bruce … sounds like a column.

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• Resa,
I bit of a different explore, but it does make the point about fractals.

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• Just listened to Tequila Sunrise! Now onto the next song and writing my comment. ðŸ™‚

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9. calvin |

that’s nice

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• Calvin,
A different kind of journey, so thanks for coming along.

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10. You know, despite the aspirations of people at times towards the meaner end of the wonder scale (which is a thing, you know), I think I like this universe. It’s roomy, musical and filled with meaningful mystery. I mean, what else could you ask for? I guess you could always ask for coffee, and then possibly a good bottle of scotch, which will certainly be in hand when I watch this video again. You’re right, music off. I played it to the extended version of Smalltown Boy, by Bronski Beat. Proof that there is a God behind all these fractal intonations – how else can you explain a one-hit wonder THAT good???

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11. Tim |

I see abstract possibilities in Fractals.

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• Tim,
It’s possible that this may have a small influence on your painting.

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12. Fractals are fascinating. As I watched this, I wondered whether there is some kind of software app and this guy just filmed it to make the video. I suspect so. Thanks for the share, Frank.

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• Yep, there are several – both for iPhone and Android. Very tempting to try them!

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• Cathy,
Love the way fractals have opened up a new avenue of artistry.

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13. Love fractuals, can’t watch the video though for more than a few seconds at a time.

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14. I agree with the statement about the Universe, Frank. I don’t know a great deal about it, but it has gone beyond interesting in my eyes!

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• Tom,
The universe may be vast, but still fascinating at so many levels. See the video I left for Trent.

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• Loved the video, Frank. Stunning views and stunning colours.

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• Tom,
It’s quite the array of colors and designs.

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