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Hello, fellow bulbers!  I'm sure most of you are aware of it by now, but just in case you missed it, Jesse has uploaded a newer version of Mandelbulb 3D.  Here's the link to the page, just click on the Mandelbulb 3Dv174.zip hyperlink to start the download: www.fractalforums.com/index.ph…

Also, there's a topic on Fractal Forums called Parameters List.  So, you can either go grab some or post some.  
www.fractalforums.com/mandelbu…

I find Fractal Forums a wonderful source of info and parameters and some really inspiring bulbs.

I am always on the lookout for great params and helpful tips.  A lot of the time I can find help here through my dA friends, but if I still need more info, I can often find it on Fractal Forums.  Here's the link to the site:  
www.fractalforums.com/index.ph…

Also, here's a little explanation on how to use Pre-Transforms in Mandelbulb 3D.  (They are the formulas that start with an underline).
www.fractalforums.com/mandelbu…

Sorry it's been awhile since I have done a blog entry, but school has cranked up again and we have been busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest!
Hello, fellow bulbers!  Mario has been really good organizing and trying to improve the group so that it is more interactive and perhaps helpful to the members.  I know I could use all the help I can get.  He has created some new folders in the Gallery that I think some people will find useful.  The first is the "Tweaking Room" folder, which Mario told you about in the last blog.

The other folder of interest (and I must admit, I suggested it) is the Can You Improve This?  The basis of this folder is personal and selfish.  Well, maybe not that bad, but I wanted someplace to post some MDBs that look like they could have some potential, but just don't have the polished look or isn't quite detailed enough or the design has some minor flaws, something that prevents the image from being a decent Mandelbulb.  I know I'm a newcomer to the program and there's so much I don't know about it.  But, I know there are some of you out there who have been playing with Mandelbulb3D (and Mandelbulber), though I think most are using Mandelbulb 3D.  I have only used Mandelbulb 3D so far and I'm beginning to sort of get the hang of it, but I have a long way to go and if I could see what someone does to below par params to make them better, I may be able to get a handle on what it takes to achieve really smooth, detailed results.

If everyone thinks this is a stupid idea, we can always remove the folder.  But, if you've ever had images that you think someone who knew what they were doing could turn it into the beauty you know is there, then this folder is for those.

Let us know what you think about it and also if you have any other suggestions for folders or Challenges or Features or anything along those lines.

Take care, all, and happy bulbing!
Hi Mandelbulbers!

As an experiment, I opened today a new folder named "Tweaking Room" and included one fractal with parameters as a seed to it.

The idea behind this new folder is for anyone tweaking any of the parameters included there to post its result at least in that same place.  There are no rules as to what a tweak is so your creativity will guide the process.  This is something similar to the Round Robins and Fractal Circles.  However, total absence of rules or requirements on the fractal modification is, I think, new.

I am not sure how to go about the original works except that I suggest the formula sequence be an original of the author and not a tweak itself from some other source.

Of course it would be required to link the tweak with the original work, but only the last one so we don't expend a lot of time following a chain of works which can be followed easily should everybody post just the last.

I would be glad to hear critics, good or bad, to this idea.

Have a happy fractal day!

Mario
Hi Mandelbulbers :wave:

You are warmly invited to present your best works to the "Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2011".  Each entrant is allowed to present up to three images through September 15, 2011.

We received our invitation from our distinguished member :iconmakinmagic:

You need to register in order to submit your work by filling the form you can access from the home page and hitting the 'Enter' button:  www.fractalartcontests.com/201… note that no numbers are allowed in your Bio. Only letters and spaces.  Also, read carefully the "Rules" page as there are some very strict indications related to the entries.

You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration and providing you with an URL which will be your point of entry to the Contest.

I am quoting below the words of the Contest Administrator so you have a flavor of what is going on.


"A Brief History of This Contest

Three times previously, in 2006, 2007 and 2009, we have organized a contest and subsequent exhibition celebrating fractal art. Each time, Benoit Mandelbrot was our honorary president and he was pleased to lend his name to our efforts.

On October 14, 2010 Benoit Mandelbrot passed away. For decades he furthered our knowledge of mathematics and inspired others to do the same. This contest is dedicated to his memory. His enthusiasm for this project will be missed and his shoes are impossible to fill, but Aliette Mandelbrot and Michael Barnsley have agreed to be our honorary presidents for this edition of the contest.

Our medium—fractal art—is a small part of all that has come from Mandelbrot’s work. Let’s celebrate the amazing and unexpected things that can come from mathematics.

Damien Jones, Contest Administrator"


Happy Fractaling!

Mario
Hi Mandelbulbers :wave:

You may have noticed that I am now a 'co-founder' in the terminology of :devart:  This in plain terms mean that I am willing to help this group to regain full activity in the months ahead.  
I promise I will do my best but, as I am not the owner of the truth, any type of comments critical or non-critical will be welcome.  Especially those bringing new ideas :idea:

As you have noticed, one of the problems we had was the 'folder-full' problem which prevented us from adding new works for some time.  The sweet :iconwolfepaw: has been very helpful in adding a new folder and trying to clean the old one.  This is something we will continue figuring out, so any idea on how to re-organize our Gallery will be extremely welcome.

In that same direction, I have reduced the number of submissions to one per day.  I know that many of you are exceptional artists able to produce more than one piece a day.  However, this limitation will give us two benefits. First, you will only be submitting your best works, thus improving the quality of our Gallery.  Second, we will better manage the 'folder-full' problem.  Submissions will continue to be auto-approved, as it should be.  So, please, just make your submission to the appropriate folder.

We expect to hear from you.

Happy fractaling!

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