Posts Tagged ‘fun’

8-Bit Trip Down Lego Lane

- August 25th, 2009

Continuing with the Team Rubber Lego obsession, I present you with the “8-Bit Trip”. These are some really insanely clever guys.

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“Now I’ve seen some good Lego animations, but this one takes the 8 Bit biscuit!!!” (via @daviddarnes)

Fractals and lots of Machines

Tim Wintle - May 23rd, 2008

After setting up a test hadoop map-reduce cluster for our viral seeding service here at rubber towers earlier this year, I needed to come up with a simple task to run to get my head around the map-reduce programming model.

Stumbling upon this great blog post, I decided to run a task to render a Buddhabrot in glorious detail (6000X4000 pixels).

These images are released under a creative commons non-commercial share-alike licence (click the image for a low-resolution desktop background)

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BuddhaBrot by Team Rubber / Tim Wintle is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

Here is a close-up of the “head” of the brot (the part on the left) in it’s original resolution:

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You can download the image scaled down to a desktop background, the high resolution image (not on the site to preserve bandwidth) is roughly 40Mb as a png.

For those interested, the intermediate data (passed between the map and reduce phases) was roughly 250 Gb of raw data. The mapper and reducer were both written in Python, with a single final reduce done off-cluster using PIL (the Python Imaging Library).


You can now download a torrent of the entire, full resolution image.