Don’t miss the hi-res version.
Did anyone else look at that and think, “Wow, what a waste of negentropy?”
Here’s an alternative for those of us who are cheap:
Hmm, that doesn’t look quite as pretty somehow. Is it possible that God created this universe just because He needed a new background picture for his desktop?
Living things are not normally expected to care much about wasting negentropy – unless they are in a confined space where they can’t get any more of it.
Normally there are more important things than how much is wasted – namely getting to the negentropy first, and rapid utilisation of it.
Hubble: Space Doesn’t Really Look Like That! a little about how pictures like this are made.
Yes of course they can play with the frequency to color map; but they don’t play with the angle to frequency map, which is where most of the info in the pict is found.
Are you saying that the images would be equally beautiful if the color mapping were random?
I took the picture and added a gradient map to it. It’s not quite the same as changing the color mapping (or maybe it is, I am not really sure how much information is lost in the conversion to grayscale), but you get the idea: http://img193.imageshack.us/i/gradientmap.png/
looks like enya
Err, my comment was supposed to link to a picture of a flame fractal. (I can’t find the one that I originally posted.)
maybe this is what q meant, but it looks like (in family blog-speak) lady bits
you know, like orchids, butterflies, etc.
is this too evo-psych?
… be a charity angel.