Archive for February, 2009

On February 13th, 2009 milburn wrote…

Instant Star Rating

Released earlier this week was my star rating tool. I’d actually started this about a year ago but only remembered last weekend that I had it gathering dust in my hard drive.

Instant Star Rating allows you to create 5 star ratings in several different styles to go on your website. Unlike other star raters it doesn’t use Ajax. This is because Ajax doesn’t work across domains. Instead it uses the dynamic script method. When the user clicks on a star it loads a new script from the server. Read the rest of this entry »

On February 7th, 2009 milburn wrote…

Exploring Fractals

Fractals are some of the most intriguing shapes. The Mandelbrot set is one of the most intriguing fractal sets. To be honest with you I don’t really get what it represents and why it has such a weird shape but I know that it is intriguing to see.

For those mathematical boffins the Mandelbrot set can be defined as the set of complex values of c for which the orbit of 0 under iteration of the complex quadratic polynomial zn+1 = zn2 + c remains bounded. That is, a complex number, c, is in the Mandelbrot set if, when starting with z0=0 and applying the iteration repeatedly, the absolute value of zn never exceeds a certain number (that number depends on c) however large n gets. Read the rest of this entry »

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