## WalkingRandomly turns 4 today

This little corner of the web that I like to call home has been online for 4 years as of today. I’d like to thank everyone who reads and comments on the stuff I put up here, I hope you find my wanderings interesting and/or useful.

I’d also like to thank all of the people and organisations I have collaborated with over the years while writing articles here. I’m not going to mention names out of fear of missing someone out but you know who you are. The only exception would be Matthew Haworth of Reason Digital who talked me into starting this up during his University of Manchester farewell party. He also provides me with web hosting (surviving three slashdottings so far), technical support and, on occasion, lunch! Without Matt, there would be no Walking Randomly.

Back on WRs first birthday I gave out some stats (143 RSS subscribers and 250 visits per day) and so I’ll so the same today (1645 RSS subscribers and 800 unique visits per day)

Finally, here is a list of some of my favourite articles from over the last 4 years. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them

- Secret Messages hidden inside equations – When an equation
**literally**spoke to me. - The Valentine’s equations – Hearts and flowers, wrapped up in equations
- Now thats what I CALL Retro Computing – Ever wondered how easy it would be to program a 60 year old computer? Now’s your chance
- Simulating Harmonographs – Pretty pictures from pendulums
- Proof I have a brain – When I blagged my way to a free brain scan
- Should Fortran be taught to undergraduates? – My first Slashdotting. This post has been read by tens of thousands of people.
- Wheels on Wheels on Wheels – More pretty patterns
- The unreasonable ineffectiveness of factoring – We drill and kill the technique of factoring equations in schools. A pity that its useless then!
- Polygonal numbers on quadratic number spirals – Yet more pretty patterns
- Math on iPad #1 – The beginning of a series that is still ongoing
- Quadraflakes, Pentaflakes, Hexaflakes and more – Playing with a particular kind of Fractal
- Complex Power Towers – recreations in the complex plane

I still remember the old theme! It has been a few years that I’m following this blog, keep up the good work!

Thanks to everyone who pointed out the broken links. They should be fixed now.

Complex Power Towers was indeed a jewel ! …. A splendid route to fractals from complex variables. I can only hope that this unique example makes its way into complex variables text books.

Thanks Sander. I hope your blog is still around in 4 years time too :)

@Arkapravo Thank you :)

Congratulations on the 4th.

Usually don’t comment but visit the blog regularly. I have found the software roll up very useful and enjoy other articles as well. Also would like to point out absence of ads and clean layout. Keep up the good work.

Congratulations Mike! Always an enjoyable and informative read.

Congrats on 4 years. I hadn’t seen the first link before — I don’t know where you saw it, but we used to use that in a Multidimensional Calc course at CU-Boulder. I suspect it’s a well-used example.

Thanks Matt. I definitely didn’t invent it but honestly have no idea where I found it.

Congratulations Mike. Keep up the good work.

@lurker and Dave…thanks for your kind comments :)