Flower Reflection and,

April 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Posted in nature | 1 Comment

Starlight, Scarabs and Fireflies

March 2, 2011 at 10:47 am | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Hi guys : )    I found a cool pattern that connects starlight, scarabs and fireflies 🙂 It is called circular polarization of an electromagnetic wave.

This occurs in electrodynamics when the electric field of a passing wave does not change strength – but only changes direction in a rotary type manner, circular polarization.

Only a few mechanisms in nature are known to systematically produce circularly polarized light :

The light reflected off the golden scarab beetle.

The bio-luminescence of firefly babies.

Looking at scattered light underwater!

Whoa okay I’m going to try to explain the *starlight*.

When it starts off it gets linearly polarized “by scattering from interstellar dust grains” which spin on their axis parallel to the magnetic field, thus polarizing the light perpendicularly… okay I have no idea what I’m saying I tried haha.

Okay and then lastly these are called BIOGLYPHS, by Montana State University, who used bioluminescent bacteria to paint petri dishes, trying to “bridge science and art”.

Oh and apparently fireflies are known for their amazing synchronicity – they can blink on and off at the same time (on the same beat 😉 – by the thousands!!!  This is definitely a very important key word for us.

The Structure of the Universe?

February 27, 2011 at 8:54 am | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Starting top left and moving left to right: we have 12.8 byo; 12.0 byo; 10.3 byo; 6.8 byo; 3.4 byo; and today. Images created by via Lactea | & ||. Cosmological structure formation simulations. Created to study the formation of GALAXIES from a COSMOLOGICAL perspective. Meaning reconstructing the structure forming process of the milky way as a piece of a larger system (the cosmos). The images look like their TELESCOPING into today. The images are measures of epochs composed of 24 decades.

but look at the image constructed for the ‘oldest’ epoch:

it doesn’t fit into the telescoping progression. This constrcution simultaneously represents 13.3 billion years ago, and only 460 million years after the big bang. Each of these images comes with a corresponding age after the big bang. They move in 2 different directions of time…

the via lactea project

time warp dance:

refs to alice in wonderland shrinking and growing…

&&  zot!

Scott McClouds comic Zot! includes so much of what we are talking about in a creative narrative way.


February 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Here is a cool lil powerpoint I found on fractals with some exciting new images 🙂

How do bubbles form?

February 21, 2011 at 4:05 am | Posted in nature, research | Leave a comment

Bubbles’ Beginning

Filling With Air

Always a Sphere

I suddenly wondered how a bubble forms …this is a form I would like to understand..

Look at the symmetry and colors reflected in the bubble!
  1. Bubbles always form into a spherical shape when they’re inflating. This shape is intentional. When they are initially formed, bubbles have very low surface tension because of the distribution of the soap molecules. As the bubble grows, the soap molecules are distributed more widely across the surface, increasing the surface tension. Because of the need to keep surface tension low, the bubble must form into a shape that has low surface area. Spheres utilize the lowest possible surface area to enclose a given volume, therefore they put the least amount of strain on the soap molecules. This allows the bubble to grow larger without bursting.
  2. The base solution that makes up a soap bubble is usually a combination of soap and water. This combination is ideal because it allows the bubble to best maintain its shape as it fills with air. The soap strengthens the weak areas in the water molecules and decreases the bubble’s surface tension. The decrease in tension is what allows the bubble to hold its spherical shape as it fills with air.
  3. When the base bubble solution comes into contact with a hollow-centered surface (such as the bubble wands that come with children’s toys), the solution stretches across the surface to form a thin film. When air flows toward the film’s surface, the film begins to stretch away from the stream of air. As the film forms the bubble, the soap molecules are drawn toward the weak points in the bubble, stabilizing those areas by decreasing the surface tension. When the bubble becomes too large for the soap molecules to stabilize, it pops! because the surface tension has grown too high.
  4. This could be an analogy for understanding the structure of other things 🙂 we already do this as humans … the “housing bubble”, “the bubble burst” …
This information is from Vladimir Starovoytenko’s article on ehow.com

Naturally Occuring Fractals

February 12, 2011 at 8:28 am | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Naturally Occurring Fractals
(including plants, rivers, galaxies, clouds, weather, population patterns, stocks, video feedback, crystal growth, etc.)

fractals in natureThe geometry of Fractals brings us a new appreciation for the natural world
and the patterns we observe in it.
Many things previously called chaos are now known to follow subtle subtle fractal laws of behavior. So many things turned out to be fractal that the word “chaos” itself (in operational science) had redefined, or actually for the FIRST time Formally Defined as following inherently unpredictable yet generally deterministic rules based on nonlinear iterative equations. Fractals are unpredictable in specific details yet deterministic when viewed as a total pattern – in many ways this reflects what we observe in the small details & total pattern of life in all it’s physical and mental varieties, too ….
fractal fren iteration

FRACTAL FERN: One very simple way to understand fractals and the meaning of “ ITERATION is to examine a simple recursive operation that produces a fractal fern thru a “chaos game’ of generating random numbers and then placing them on a grid.

WOW!!!! we NEEEED to try this as part of our ITERATIVE experience tomorrow at Kirby’s!!!

After a few dozen repetitions or ITERATIONS the shape we would recognize as a Perfect Fern appears from the abstract world of math. How and Why can this be?

The answer to why is that it Simply IS – and it’s quite surprising too!
Answering How is that nature always follows the simplest & most efficient path. Fractals are maps of the simplest paths sliding up the scale of Dimensions (from 2-D to 3-D and so on). So maybe it’s simply an artifact of nature’s elegance that we find exact correspondences between these inherently existing mathematical forms and natural patterns, and even living creatures of many types.

Fractals in nature are ubiquitous – clouds, plants, galaxies, shells and more.


THERE ARE CERTAIN SPECIAL RECOGNIZABLE, REPEATED FORMATIONS AND PATTERNS IN NATURE.  BY ANALYZING THE STRUCTURE AND SHAPE OF UNIQUE PHENOMENA WE WILL FURTHER UNDERSTAND THE INFINITE POSSIBLE WAYS TO BRING DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TOGETHER. (like what makes a purple praying mantis, the conditions for this to occur…I want to make sure we keep a world, retain our biological structure so that we can even have purple praying mantises exist!  you know …this is why we need variety in medicine and strains of FOOD! )


natural cloud swirl fractals!

cd microwave fractals!

ExQuiSite CaBBAGe

… looks like a lovely couture dress

Wood Stalk Plant Cross-Section – Circular Fractals!

Elegant right?  Looks like super Rococo ornamentation

your not going to believe what generates these fractals…. bacteria colonies!!!

Text and Images from: http://www.miqel.com/fractals_math_patterns/visual-math-natural-fractals.html

Mysterious Nature Phenomena

February 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Posted in Hyeyoon, nature, research, symbols | 2 Comments
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These are a series of geolyphs – a drawing on the ground – found in the Nazca Desert of Peru, in South America. There are no known records in human history of their creation though it is well established that they are of ancient origin. Present day science is silent on this strange patterns that stretch for over more than 80 kilometers between the Peruvian towns of Nazca and Palpa.


Crop circles are patterns that are found in fields of rye and corn in certain parts of the world that do not have any explanation as regards to their creation. The crops are bent near the root to create strange patterns in the field. There is a lot of debater of ‘non-human’ creation versus ‘pranksters’ – but there still does not seem to be any consensus.


The World`s 9 Weirdest Natural Phenomena

Saturday, November 17, 2007
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1.Ice Storm Quebec

We all remember the 1998 ice storm in Quebec.Over fifty high voltage towers collapsed, one after another. According to wiki “just one quarter of an inch of ice accumulation can add about 500 pounds of weight per line span”.

2.Morocco’s Climbing Goats 

Goats on trees are found mostly only in Morocco. The goats climb them because they like to eat the fruit of the argan tree, which is similar to an olive. Farmers actually follow the herds of goats as they move from tree to tree. Not because it is so strange to see goats in trees and the farmers like to point and stare, but because the fruit of the tree has a nut inside, which the goats can’t digest, so they spit it up or excrete it which the farmers collect. The nut contains 1-3 kernels, which can be ground to make argan oil used in cooking and cosmetics. This oil has been collected by the people of the region for hundreds of years, but like many wild and useful things these days, the argan tree is slowly disappearing due to over-harvesting for the tree’s wood and overgrazing by goats.

3. Total solar eclipse on 11-AUG-99 

A total solar eclipse is one of the greatest astronomical events,occurred in Europe on 11-AUG-99.

4.Etna eruption Nov. 2006 

Since mid-October 2006, Etna has been in a spectacular phase of eruptions involving strong strombolian activity from the SE crater, lava flows from several vents, located at 2800 m SE of SE crater in the wall of Valle del Bove as well as from vents at fractures W of SE crater on the slope of Bocca Nuova crater, on the S fissure of SE crater and – most recently – in the saddle between Voragine and SE crater.

5.Tsunami, Indonesia and Thailand 

Following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, a massive tsunami and tremors struck Indonesia and southern Thailand Lanka on 26th December 2004.
6.Hurricane Katrina 

Katrina formed on August 23 during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and caused devastation along much of the north-central Gulf Coast. The most severe loss of life and property damage occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana
7.Idaho’s Fire Rainbow 

The atmospheric phenomenon known as a circumhorizon(tal) arc, or “Fire rainbow”, appears when the sun is high in the sky (i.e., higher than 58° above the horizon), and its light passes through diaphanous, high-altitude cirrus clouds made up of hexagonal plate crystals. Sunlight entering the crystals’ vertical side faces and leaving through their bottom faces
is refracted (as through a prism) and separated into an array of visible colors. When the plate crystals in cirrus clouds are aligned optimally (i.e., with their faces parallel to the ground), the resulting display is a brilliant spectrum of colors reminiscent of a rainbow. The example shown above was captured on camera as it hung for about an hour across a several-hundred square mile area of sky above northern Idaho (near the Washington border) on 3 June 2006.
8.Atlantic salmon migration

Atlantic salmon are known as the “king of fish,” an appropriate title for many reasons. Atlantic salmon make a tremendous journey during their lifetime, migrating from the fresh water streams of their youth to feeding grounds in the north Atlantic Ocean and back again to spawn. Their capacity to return back to the same stream where they were hatched has captivated and mystified biologists for hundreds of years. Salmon are among the most beautiful of fish; stream-lined, silver and graceful. They are powerful, too, among the greatest fighters in the fishing world. And perhaps most important of all, Atlantic salmon are a symbol of clean, unspoiled waters that run wild to the sea. For those of us who live near the Connecticut River, Atlantic salmon are also a symbol of clean and wild waters reclaimed.

9.Venezuela’s Everlasting Storm 

The mysterious “Relámpago del Catatumbo” (Catatumbo lightning) is a unique natural phenomenon in the world. Located on the mouth of the Catatumbo river at Lake Maracaibo (Venezuela), the phenomenon is a cloud-to-cloud lightning that forms a voltage arc more than five kilometre high during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours a night, and as many as 280 times an hour. This almost permanent storm occurs over the marshlands where the Catatumbo River feeds into Lake Maracaibo and it is considered the greatest single generator of ozone in the planet, judging from the intensity of the cloud-to-cloud discharge and great frequency. The area sees an estimated 1,176,000 electrical discharges per year, with an intensity of up to 400,000 amperes, and visible up to 400 km away. This is the reason why the storm is also known as the Maracaibo Beacon as light has been used for navigation by ships for ages.

stuff i like

February 8, 2011 at 5:39 am | Posted in nature, research | 3 Comments


“A Gust of Wind” – Paul Cocksedge

“Detroit Industry” – Diego Rivera

Paul Chihuly

Choose Your Own Adventure Books!

“Tortoise and the Hare” – Living Books!

Telectroscope – 2 cameras hooked up “linking” tunnel from NY to London

“Flaming June” – Lord Frederic Leighton

“LILYPAD” – Vincent Callebaut Architectures

A prototype for emergency flotation communities during global flooding disasters, the skin of the structure would be made of titanium dioxide and absorb CO2 to make its own sustainable energy.

MANDALAS!  – this seems like a really cool subject we can research along with sacred and universal symbols, I read a lot about how different cultures like Tibet used these visual forms for meditation and concentration on what it means to be one with the universe and stuff 🙂  very exciting that there are VISUAL universals…like prime shapes..

FRACTALS!!! in nature – The Himalayas (oh wow FUNNY I put this after the Tibetan mandalas!!  I seriously think the SHAPE and structure and COLORS of your environment directly shape and color the culture … maybe that is just so evident lol but I think its interesting that there is such a perceived connection)

Romanesco Broccoli – saw these in Union Sq Market today

I like cool things from nature, like this purple praying mantis and also those deep underwater bioluminescent creatures =)

I can’t tell if I’m getting off topic or not, everything in life connects together eventually lol

I will just close now with some pictures I like hahaha I hope this was helpful for the group, I can find more specific public art examples as well 🙂

Art Noveau

typography! :p

I ♥ graffiti

lego wall repair

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