A continuation on my E8 theme, but a deeper inquiry into the mystery of its symmetries.
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The other night I had the very good fortune to attend a preview of a wonderful new build in Second Life. This one is entitled “Mush Room” and was built by Scottius Polke, one of my newest friends. My first visit was rather laggy due to the number of avies present, but the sim still allowed Bettina Tizzy and me to jump up and down on the bed with Scottius, pretending that we were schoolchildren again.
Then I ended up climbing into the bed with Miso Susanowa. Ssssh. Don’t tell anyone! okay?
The Mush Room is a delight. There are lots of weird and wacky surprises in store for you as you snoop around in here – from dirty socks laying on the floor, to amoebas in the aquarium.
There are lots of things I like about this build. I like the rendering. I like Scottius’ use of color and the graphic method that he uses when hand-drawing his textures. Most of all I like the lack of pretension present here. Scottius doesn’t take himself too seriously, and neither do we. We are here to just have fun and hang out with him.
I have the pleasure to announce that Scottius has a little alcove off to the side where he has just made some of these wacky creations available for sale. I bought a couple of dirty socks (buy two or three as gifts!) and a kewl amoeba clock. But the kewlest thing is that you can now purchase your very own copy of Max the Mushroom! Max is the gigantic mushroom who has these antennae sticking out of his cap, with eyes on the end of the stalks. And when you click on him he releases purple spores into your immediate vicinity. So be careful with your clicking.
There are other things available here too, like some smaller mushrooms and copies of the colorful textures Scottius uses on the build.
A good artist makes his work look easy. There’s an elegance in simplicity. There’s a simplicity here in conception, simplicity in execution.
Tp over and take a look –>
. You won’t be sorry.
I don’t know what got into me. Back in August of 2007 (I was only a n00b then) I foolishly got it into my head to try to find out the names of the Second Life continents. I did all kinds of research. I googled like mad. I checked the Secondlife forums (as advised). I found out virtually nothing. No pun intended.
Then one day I happened upon Hoboland. And there was a map of the world, with five continents mapped… and their names. With further research though, there appeared to be an as yet uncharted landmass out there. And so I posted my attempt at the SL World Map of the Six Known Continents:
At least I was honest. I indicated up front that I didn’t know the name of the sixth continent. Compare my attempt with this one of about the same time period:
This is from a blog of September 23, 2007:
Where in the aitch ee double toothpicks does he come up with the name of Korea?!!
This is another attempt that is derivative of that last one:
These guys evidently think that Nautilus is made up of two continents.
Since that time I recall that I harassed the landlord at Hoboland about the fact that his map kept getting out of date. I just now went back to see what he has up there and evidently he gave up long ago trying to keep up with the Lindens and their expansionist tendencies.
I recalled then that Carl Metropolitan used to have a bunch of historical SL World Maps displayed down at NCI, so I went down there looking for that, but it had all been taken down. So then I called up Carl and asked him if he still had all those maps. Gloriosky! He called me right back and said yeah he did. And then he sent me full permission copies of his whole damn collection!
Now meanwhile, I was obsessing big time. I found some of the old maps on display (but not downloadable) here:
But since they weren’t downloadable I decided to post Carl’s collection to the Flickr “Maps of Second Life” group here:
And so there they all are. You can peruse them all now at your leisure and I dare you to try to figure out the names of the continents. As for me, I’m just too exhausted!
Xenophile Neurocam recently posted some machinima footage that he shot at my Rezzable Visions show in October 2008:
Kumi Kuhr posted a short machinima video shot of my 6,672 prim E8 Polytope structure built on Butler sim:
Nitwacket published machinima video of Burning Life 2008 which includes some footage of my build “It Came from the 8th Dimension”:
I’ve been dissecting the insides of the E8 Polytope. I had an intuition that I could find a spiral in it. After analyzing seven sets of squares that descend in size, I created the following:
Then I was able to perceive a single four-color spiral:
I was gazing at my RL painting of the E8 Polytope and I perceived an octagon and a unicursal octagram embedded in the center:
That got me thinking. Could that shape be used to tile space?
That thought inspired me to try to build a tiled space using prims and this is the result:
This is about 1,000 prims and can conceivably be used for wall dividers or latticeworks in Second Life and other Virtual Worlds.
What else will I find in the E8?
Lately, I’ve been rendering some of my RL work in Second Life.
This time, it’s going the other way. I’m painting a painting in Real Life based on some of the work I’ve been doing in Second Life.
I decided to attempt a 3 foot by 3 foot painting of the E8 Polytope. In Second Life, my E8 Polytope is three dimensional (and very complex.) In fact, the latest version has 6,672 prims. (Which makes it hard to find it a home on a 15,000 prim sim.)
Without further ado, here is the front view of the Concentric Circles Rotation of the 4_21 Gossett E8 Polytope:
I’m working on this new thing. It started out as a sketch on graph paper in RL. Then I turned it into a 3 foot by 3 foot painting:
Then I rendered it in prims in SL in 2D.
Then I turned it into 3D in SL.
At the suggestion of Desdemona Enfield, I knocked out some of the cubes and this is the result:
We put those cubes back in and it starts to look like a twisted Mondrian painting:
I asked Xenophile Neurocam if he knew anything about this fractal. Because it’s definitely not the Golden Spiral. It’s not derived from a Golden Rectangle and it doesn’t encode the Golden Ratio or the Fibonacci Series.
My good friend Xeno is so smart. He said look into something called the “Pythagoras Tree.”
Bingo! Discovered by Albert E. Bosman (1891-1961), a dutch mathematics teacher, in 1942.
This version is different from all other variations I’ve seen of the Pythagoras Tree, so I’m calling it an “Electrum Spiral” because it’s definitely not the Golden Spiral. Electrum is an alchemical mixture of Gold and Silver and the other five classical metals.
You can see it at my new parcel on the Caerleon Art Collective sim, courtesy of Georg Janick: