Space Twinkie

by Scott Chitwood • Friday July 25th, 2008
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Fractal Flames

At some point in the distant (or not so distant) future, when Earth swats mankind off her back and hurls our collective butts against the Cosmic Bug Zapper™, there will be mountains upon mountains of Twinkies left in our wake. Shedding their protective wrappings as they become sentient, those demon-concieved baked goods will metastasize into one giant whopper of deadly cake and questionable-cream filling with one common goal — conquer the universe!

So, in the interest of your very souls, and the souls of all other semi-noble creatures, we urge you to participate in scientific research in order to identify the best course of action against our common enemy.

Space Twinkie

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Rendered in Oxidizer 0.5.2. Post processed in Photoshop CS.



6 Comments

  1. Capitaine Haddock
         July 28, 2008

    Hello, I discovered Oxidizer not so long ago, and i find it really wonderful ! I made some nice walapers by testing some buttons at random … But I everytime have pictures composed of “lines” and when I see your creations, I ask me : How do you make to have this little 3D aspect ? Do you use some specials configurations ? Do you use a specific script ? Could you explain me a little bit on the way to do ? Thank you for this application,(it’s just a little bit annoying for me that there arent’ a lot of explainations on it ! ) I submited Oxidizer on a nice website (http://logicielmac.com/), they love it too

  2. Scott Chitwood
         July 28, 2008

    Howdy there Capitaine. This fractal flame (and other similar flames currently in progress) was created with the assistance of specialized Lua scripts and some breeding of various flames. The scripts were written by our friend ralf, so be sure to give his place a visit to see some really neat renders.

    Download these two scripts; randomizer 5 and tweaker.

    randomizer5 has been modded to produce a Julia based flame. Run it in the main window and it will create 100 flames. Drag and drop a few of those into the Breeder window and cross-breed them to see what you get. Drag the ones you like back in the main window. Save that file as flam3 then open it back up.

    Now eliminate all but one of the flames and save as a new file. Then highlight that single flame a run the tweaker script.

    Save and repeat as much as you like. Hope this helps!

  3. Scott Chitwood
         July 28, 2008

    Oh, and one more thing.

    Documentation is a little bare at the moment — we’re talking open source software that has really grown way beyond it’s original concept of a toy to mess around with. I’ve found that nearly every user has unique insights into its inner workings. The idea of creating an Oxidizer community here at RM was to bounce those workflows off one another to really see what this puppy can do!

  4. ralf
         July 28, 2008

    Hullo Scott (and Haddock) – I wrote a few more scripts on the same idea as the tweaker, but modifying different parameters: scripts page.

    If you liked the tweaker you might also find the tweaker2 useful, which can have dramatic and interesting effects on your flames. There’s also the “variator” adding random variations and the “mutator” adding a random xform.

  5. Capitaine Haddock
         July 29, 2008

    Thank you ! It is exactly what I searched ! I knew randomizer3.lua, but I didn’t the radomizer5.lua which gives me more beautiful results !
    I didn’t understand the functionnment of the tweaker, but with your explainations, now I can play with them !
    I will also try your other scripts ralf, when we see your gallery, we stay dreaming !

    Thanks !!!

  6. Scott Chitwood
         August 7, 2008

    ralf said…

    Hullo Scott (and Haddock) – I wrote a few more scripts on the same idea as the tweaker, but modifying different parameters: scripts page.

    If you liked the tweaker you might also find the tweaker2 useful, which can have dramatic and interesting effects on your flames. There’s also the “variator” adding random variations and the “mutator” adding a random xform.

    As always ralf — you make some great toys that extend my use Oxidizer in a big way!

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