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Generating Fractal Landscapes

Below are 3 fractal landscapes I created with the help of these numbers. The first 2 used Bryce 6.3 and pictures from webshots.com which are then converted into fractal islands. The rest determines trees, grass, objects, sky, sea and textures.

The last one used Vista Pro where you can use the numbers as fractal seeds and alterations to what you choose to put in the landscape.

Images: Fedaweha.jpg (51 KiB), Fifihi.jpg (65 KiB), VP cinco de mayo A.jpg (70 KiB)

—Fuller Thompson

Paintings Exploring the Limits of Control and the Reach of Randomness

Thanks for your random website! I'm an artist who has been fascinated with the dynamic tensions in art and life: intellect/emotion, reason/intuition, order/chaos, planned/accidental, judgment/grace, etc. I've used your website in making my paintings. I use only red, yellow and blue, and the spattered paint lands according to your random sequences. The viewer's eye mixes the colors. Thanks!

—David Nelson

Mixed Media Animations

I make mixed media animations as a hobby, and have recently been exploring non-sequential abstract patterns, as both a visual ‘static’ effect, and as dynamic planes and surfaces for figures. While sometimes a typological approach appropriate, like taking a photo of a section of every page in the weekly newspaper and running it at high speed so it becomes non-figurative (to be used as an overcast sky), I often need more specific sorts of abstract, and drawing or otherwise generating thousands of frames of images, often for a minute or two of footage can be time consuming. So, I routinely get around this by making a fraction of that amount, and I used to pad the remaining time out by repeating frames in 'random' order, off the top of my own head, results less than impressive. Now, thanks to your random, I generate integers corresponding to existing frames, which eliminates obvious loops and repetitions, creating a much more believable and smooth non-sequential series.

Also, being subject to whimsy, I occasionally include snapshots of said numbers in the odd frame, or even the URL, considering it subliminal advertising.

—Dominic Brown

Making Desktop Wallpaper

I think I've found the strangest use for Random.org's services: I retrieved a 256×256 random bitmap and changed the colors, and I use it as my Windows XP desktop wallpaper. I find that it's easier on the eyes than a large, screen-sized photograph; a small, repeated pattern; or even a solid color. I think of it as shag carpeting for the desktop. The two colors I actually use are #0055AA and #002B55, which I find fit well with the Windows XP color scheme. Now, what would be cool is if I could generate random bitmaps with more than two colors.

—Gus Polly

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