Bite into a Mandelbrot

I’ve always thought that fractals are pretty cool. Its a great mix of math and art. Truly fascinating. So you can imagine my wonderment when an old coworker introduced me to The Mandelbrot Set. What is the Mandelbrot set? I can’t explain it so I’ll let the never failing wikipedia do it for me.
The great thing about Mandelbrots is being able to zoom insanely close on the image. Go to the website contained in this link to see what I’m talking about. Click and drag your mouse over a small section of the funky image, preferably somewhere along the edge of the blackness. Be amazed as it zooms in closer and closer and new colors and images come into view. If you want to reset the image, ‘right click’ the mouse. Pretty cool right?

The last thing that makes me happy about Mandelbrots is it sounds like cheddy brats. That’s not ‘brats’ as in bratty kids, it’s pronounced like ‘brought’ as in bratwurst. They are deliciousness on a stick! As kids we used to walk by the Hickory Farms store in the mall and beg my dad to have some cheddy brats. He often conceded because I believe he liked them as well. Imagine a hearty german sausage dog filled with chedder cheese, lanced on top of a wooden stick. I think the only thing that could make it better is if it was drizzled with mashed potatoes. The dangerous thing about a cheddy brat is that they are tightly packed in a thin casing, probably pig gut. If you don’t bite into it correctly things can get messy quick. I remember too eagerly biting into my cheddy brat, causing hot cheddy grease to squirt from the sides of my dog, searing the side of my cheek. In fact, now that I think about it, nearly every bite caused boiling grease to squirt profusely from the dog. I guess it’s a way for those Germans to get back at us! I wonder how those wacky Germans get the ‘cheddy’ in the brat? If it’s a beef brat I guess it could make sense, since a milk cow is essential a cheddy brat! Right? They probably squirt it in there with a special squirt machine. I’m craving me some Hickory Farms now!

The event of the evening that got my hunger motor running was going cake tasting with David. Apparently you can make an appointment with different dessert places around town, tell them you’re going to get married on some date, and they will let you come in and eat cake for free! FOOLS! Marie Antoinette’s headless body is rolling over in her grave right now! To take part of this free cake scam, all you have to do is nod and smile a lot, look at the ceiling as you taste each piece of cake and act as if you’re really pondering the flavors. At least that’s what I did. I’m not sure how many cake tasting appointments Dave has been on, but I think it’s 37. This rules. I wonder if you can do the same thing for main course wedding catering places? That’d be awesome, although if I had my wedding tonight I think I’d just give everyone cheddy brats and watch the mess I had created.


  1. normaljean said,

    November 29, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

    Wow, a three topic post! Oh yeah, i suppose you do only have one more day left of your november blog challenge. :P

    I TOO love fractals and greasy sausage. Cake is pretty great as well. Lemon with a light glazey frosting is the best of all though. :D

    Did you know that nature creates fractals also? For example: Cauliflower. If you look at it closely, the littlest bit looks exactly like a full grown stalk. Pretty cool, eh. :) Or how an atom with a nucleus and electrons resembles a planet with moons, or a solar system orbiting a sun, or a galaxy circling a black hole… Kinda freaky when you think about it. But oh how i love to think about it!

  2. Guitar Jake said,

    November 30, 2006 @ 3:02 am

    It really didn’t work for me…I clicked & I clicked & I clicked and nothing! I want my FRACTALS DAMNIT!!

    My father used a program back in the day called “Fractals” on his Atari 800XL and I loved it!!

    I miss 8 bit computing!


    (I had a blast on that ole Atari and I remember visting Egghead Software in a mall and wanting that “New and Advanced” Atari Amiga! Damn, those were the days!)

  3. Anthony said,

    November 30, 2006 @ 6:50 am

    dang, there is some plug in i need to be able to see the Mandelbrots for that link that you sent..
    I will have to see about installing it to be albe to zoom in like you were talking about..
    ABC OUT!

  4. Pamela said,

    November 30, 2006 @ 9:49 am

    Cheddy Brat? How can it be that I’ve never heard of this food? Meat. And cheese. On a stick? I can’t wait to find one. Can you believe I used to be a hardcore vegetarian?

  5. normaljean said,

    November 30, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    You boys just need to hold your clicker down and drag out a square around the area you wanna see. :)

  6. Mego said,

    November 30, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    how did you get to go cake tasting? shouldn’t dave’s fiance got with him?
    get me some cheddy brats, if they’re kosher!

  7. Phil said,

    November 30, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    Where ya been man! Mandlebrot is where its at! Didn’t you pay attention in math class!?

  8. Guitar Jake said,

    December 1, 2006 @ 12:06 am

    Ya see! Ole normaljean knows what’s going on! Everyone give her a round of applause! (I knew how to do it all along, I was just waiting to see who could figure it out!)

    Just to clear things up and if anybody cares…Amigas were Ataris. The Atari STs and Amigas were the shiznit when I was a kid. They always had them at the PC stores with that great 3D bouncing ball demo or Dinosaurs running. Awesome! I had an Atari XE (Totally geeky, I know)

  9. Guitar Jake said,

    December 1, 2006 @ 12:10 am

    I love cheddarwursts myself and I too would get my flesh scalded either when biting into one or even cutting it with a knife! The knife just wouldn’t cut, but all of a sudden it would give way and then “splurt!” Followed by weeping and nashing of teeth.

  10. Phil said,

    December 2, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    I get apple and gouda sausages, I’ve almost shot my eye out with burning gouda. It’s so gooda…har har…

  11. Aimzee said,

    December 2, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

    Aw…now you got me thinking about Cheddarwurst and my stomach is growling. Time for dinner! Although it will have to be healthier for a while, since I pigged out at Thansgiving so bad :P

  12. Guitar Jake said,

    December 3, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

    Ahh, Cheddarwurst…..ARRRGHH! CHEDDARWURST! Nacho Squeeeeeeeze!

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