Mr. Eccles Presents | Diagnosing the Mona Lisa: Oversciencing the Arts w/Eve Siebert

“Science has much to offer the arts. Scientific testing can help to authenticate a work of art, or it can uncover a forgery. Scientific techniques can help separate original work from overpainting and restoration or reveal changes the artist made during the creative process.”

“However, scientists sometimes offer answers to the wrong questions when they wade into the arts.”

“Eve Siebert has a Ph.D. in English literature from Saint Louis University. Her primary area of study is Old and Middle English literature, with secondary concentrations in Old Norse and Shakespeare. She teaches rhetoric and composition at Stockton University.”

“She has written for Skeptical Inquirer, and the INSIGHT blog at and has contributed to the Skepticality podcast and Virtual Skeptics video webcast.”

“Presented at Balticon 53, Baltimore, Maryland, on May 26, 2019”

“Views expressed in this video are those of the speaker and do no necessarily reflect the views of the National Capital Area Skeptics.”

Logico Fractatus | Halley’s Method: Pitchfork Infinity

Vanakkam. Here’s a recent image, created using a Halley Julia set and some really cool pseudo-3D effects via Ultra Fractal 6. I’ll be using the original PNG file to make poster prints on my DeviantART account. I dislike how this one turned out less than I might. I grant it a stay of execution…this day!

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Logico Fractatus | Quoted in Character: Inaugural Post

Vanakkam. Today, I begin a series of entries involving quotes from my fictional characters who, using their own perspectives in the Gods of Terra setting, capture something of modern scientific skepticism. Future installments get their own title, but since this one uses a recent image, it piggybacks on Logico Fractatus. The image I used for this is a Julia set of the Burning Ship fractal type , via Ultra Fractal 6. Today’s quote comes from one of my oldest Gods of Terra characters, Dasaelos Gurao, Warlord of the Rj’lt’ar species.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

All JPEG, PNG, Tiff, & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created by way of various fractal apps, and these are copyright 2019 by Troy David Loy unless stated otherwise. 

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Cat Thursday | Artified Cats

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This meme is hosted by the True Book Addict!


Logico Fractatus | “I Shall Call It — Mini-Mandelbrot.”

Vanakkam. Today’s image is courtesy of Frax Pro, here a deep zoom of a border region along the valley of the Mandelbrot set’s main cardioid, the heart-shaped area of the figure located in quadrants one and four on the complex plane. I found this one worth keeping in my files, as I dislike it less than some others generated in the same batch of images. Others shall be relegated to my Bad Fractals folder, or condemned to permanent status as mere gradient maps for coloring better looking images. I’m releasing this piece into the public domain.

Tf. Tk. Tts.


Mongo Fiction | 13-Word Story: A Quick Thought

Note to readers: I had intended to post another entry on this Thursday, but completing it is taking more time than expected, and I want something done and ready with reasonably high standards. I’m still generating material for the draft as ideas come, so I now plan to finish it by next week, when I’ll also publish the next Gods of Terra primer. So this week, it’s my latest 13-word story. The credit for this form goes to S.A. Barton. Thanks. ~Troythulu