1. Butterfly Effect - Transformation

    The digital painting, "Butterfly Effect - Homage to Lorenz", by Gloria King Merritt, and related video art titled "Butterly Effect - Transformation", are inspired by the scientific work Edward Norton Lorenz, an American mathematician, meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory. He introduced the strange attractor notion and coined the term "butterfly effect".

    Lorenz built a mathematical model of the way air moves around in the atmosphere. As Lorenz studied weather patterns he began to realize that they did not always change as predicted. Minute variations in the initial values of variables in his twelve-variable computer weather model would result in grossly divergent weather patterns. This sensitive dependence on initial conditions came to be known as the butterfly effect.

    Lorenz went on to explore the underlying mathematics and published his conclusions in a seminal work titled Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow, in which he described a relatively simple system of equations that resulted in a very complicated dynamical object now known as the Lorenz attractor.

    He studied mathematics at both Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1942 until 1946, he served as a meteorologist for the United States Army Air Corps. After his return from World War II, he decided to study meteorology. Lorenz earned two degrees in the area from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he later was a professor for many years. He was a Professor Emeritus at MIT from 1987 until his death.

    During the 1950s, Lorenz became skeptical of the appropriateness of the linear statistical models in meteorology, as most atmospheric phenomena involved in weather forecasting are non-linear. His work on the topic culminated in the publication of his 1963 paper Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow in Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, and with it, the foundation of chaos theory.

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  2. Single track mountain biking around the Ascutney/Woostock, Vermont area on fantastic trails.

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  3. Poem written and video produced by Gloria Merritt. I can't think of any less commercial than poetry...I hope you like it!

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  4. IT IS PURE JOY to find a balloon floating over almost every turn in the road and hill, and touching down in random wildflower-filled meadows in the Woodstock/Quechee area of Vermont. Although they lift-off in the spring, summer and fall, the best time to catch a ride is in June. All the photos are my work over a couple of years, and the graphics I created from my photos. Gloria Merritt.

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  5. The power of love to melt a cold heart. It is snowing right now and the contrast of the blood red color spilled on the new snow is striking. For tears, I animated graphic pearls. Gloria Merritt.

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