Tuesday, November 25, 2008

snowflakes




Today I am mostly thinking about snowflakes. (and working on my phd stuff honest Beryl).

Something about watching the snowflakes at the weekend has captured my imagination. I figured that being of a semi nerdal persuasion I would look into algorithms for generating snowflakes. The following if a list of links relating to snowflake generation.

John Maeda's Simplicity blog has an interesting piece on the Snowflake-A-Thon at MIT in 2005:

http://weblogs.media.mit.edu/SIMPLICITY/archives/000092.html

The winners code:

http://web.media.mit.edu/~hugo/art/iamabeautifulsnowflake/

there is the the Koch Snowflake algorithm which seems like and interesting starting poitn for research but produces dull results:

http://www.fractal-landscapes.co.uk/maths.html

Physics of snowflake formation:

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/faqs/faqs.htm

Examples of snowflake code:

Processing:
http://blog.metaphorical.net/work/nature/snowflake
http://metaphorical.net/nature/snowflake.html
http://web.media.mit.edu/~bcd/snowflake/

Quartz:
http://createdigitalmotion.com/2007/12/31/interactive-snowflake-generator-built-with-quartz-composer/

Fluxus:
http://claudiusmaximus.goto10.org/index.php?page=gallery/digital/fluxus/snow

Stand alone generators worth a mention:
http://packages.debian.org/testing/graphics/snowflake

This list is by no means complete. I seem to get well over a thousand views per day, it cant all be google spiders. I would really welcome your ideas about snowflakes and any interesting links I can add to this post

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