Halloween: The Legend Of Stingy Jack

Halloween: The Legend Of Stingy Jack

Well Halloween is here, one of my favorite holidays of the year by far. Not to mention my birthday is November 2nd.

If anyone is into folklore and great stories. I recommend you read the one about Jack Stingy, and the its legends to the modern day Jack O' Lantern.

Just to fill in the details that the story leaves out
This folk tale is from Ireland, and the Irish practice the custom of carving faces into turnips and other vegetables to ward off the the roaming spirit of Jack Stingy.

During the great potato famine of the 1800's the Irish immigrated in large numbers to the United States. It is here that they replaced the Turnip with the American Pumpkin, and found it to be a much more suitable and easily carveable vegetable to use. And hence forth it has been a mainstay in the U.S. and Halloween nite.

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

Electric Sheep

OK I recently have gotten into this fractal flame art. Very interesting, and from this I stumbled upon this screensaver system known as electronic sheep.

It is based on the idea of the novel "Do androids dream of electronic sheep" (later turned into the movie Blade Runner, one of my favorites of all time)

the sheep are fractal images/animations, the android is your computer. When u aren't using it, it is sleeping hence the screensaver is activated.

these dazzling images scroll across your screen as your computer dreams.

Now what makes this so cool is that your computer really is dreaming in a sense. The fractuals your computer makes and all the other computers make are sent back and forth to and from a server(the flock) and every 24 hours new sheep are born from the endless combining of other sheep a Shepard oversees this whole process. as the flock grows and becomes more complex. so the fractuals on your screen are constantly changing and become more dynamic and complex. the transfer system works on the same source code as seti at home.
Apophysis is a great freeware flame program I use and you can submit sheep you make as well to the server.


http://www.apophysis.org/

I attached an image of a flame I made just to give u a simple idea of what you may see or make. Imagine something much more complex then this as your screen saver and also animated.