December 29th, 2002

ink in water

visual smorgasbord (instant psychedelia, just insert holomorphic functions here)

I've been playing around with seeing complex functions. This is nifty. As my sister said "ooh, pretty pictures"

prerequisites: access to unix system with gimp, ability to play with patterns
step 1: install the mathmap plugin
step 2: install Hans Lundmark's wrapper script in ~/.gimp-1.2/scripts
step 3: spend some time viewing various functions, so their poles and structure is impressed upon your visual imagination
step 4: turn on some techno music, interpose your hands between closed eyes an a sunbeam, and wave
them vigorously. (I suppose that such waving can be accomplished with a pair of motors and baffles too)