Logico Fractatus | Quaternion Rising


Vanakkam. This week, I’m working and playing with Julia sets. In playing with one of my iPad apps, QJulia HD, here’s one such fractal, but of a strange sort! While regular Julia sets use two-dimensional complex numbers for their position on the complex number plane, this one is a quaternion, one using a four-dimensional complex number defined for a hypercomplex space. I’m unsure that I’ll make much further use of the app, but this isn’t too bad for something of such limited scope!

May you have a great Tuesday, and in abbreviated Soruggon,

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Mr. Eccles Presents | Spokes in Saturn’s Rings & Cassini Huygens Landing


I’ve a couple of great vids by Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer this morning! In the first, we see spokes, almost like those of a wheel, in the rings of Saturn. The mechanism by which they come about is a bit complex to get into here, but one explanation involves micron-sized ring particles electrically charged by the ionizing UV radiation from the distant Sun, focused by Saturn’s magnetosphere outward along the width of the rings, creating what basically amounts to enormous natural linear particle accelerators. How kewl is that? When Voyager I was here on its survey of the Saturn system, it was basically being blasted with radiation when crossing the plane of the rings along the path of the spokes! I love the fact that our species can build craft that durable, a craft now venturing in to the space between the stars!

Below, we have the recording of the entry of the Cassini Huygens lander entering and landing on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan with the aid of a parachute. Here, we can see details of the surface, below the ever-present upper clouds of smog, worse than L.A. California in the 1970s, and the mountains and other land formations near the landing site. These are details that no one on Earth had ever seen before!

And now, you see them too!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Space Funk


Some thoughts on the future of humans in space by S.A. Barton…

S.A. Barton: Seriously Eclectic

Am I the only person who feels a little bit of disappointment along with the excitement of reading about various plans, achievements, and speculations of NASA and other space agencies around the world?

I’m glad there’s talk about the next Mars probe and the possibility of a manned Mars mission sometime…soonish…maybe…in the nebulous indefinite future.  I’m glad there are people tinkering with rocketry still, seeking ways to refine current technology.  I’m glad there are people researching ion drives trying to make them stronger and more efficient.

But it’s all kind of pale compared to what might have been.

We in the USA like to say, “we put a man on the moon”.  Well, we did.  And then we didn’t go back.  The moonwalkers are dying of old age and we still haven’t been back.  Well, what good is that?

If the US isn’t going to do it, I hope someone…

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