I made an applet that shows a meditating girl with a turning wheel (or mandala). You can see a small version above. The applet has two buttons: with the button in the upper left corner, you can switch between two dresses the girl can wear, and with the button in the upper right corner, you can stop and reverse the revolution of the wheel (There is also a secret button you can search).
Unfortunatly, the java applet isn’t too fast. That means, if you click a button, the applet may react like having taken valium. It may take a second until you can see the result of your mouse-click. I apologize for this inconvenience. The problem is the implementation of the algorithm that turns the wheel. I wrote the code for this revolution from scratch, and every pixel of the rotated image must be computed again and again. This is always a slow operation, even with professional graphics programs. I tried several tricks, like using multiple threads or split the computation in several parts. The best thing I found was the use of my own private sinus function (instead of the built-in sinus function of Java). You should also be warned that the applet uses nine images with a quarter of a Megabyte of totally used memory, so the applet will take some moments to load the first time. So you may choose one of three implementation: the standard version, or a still version (with the wheel not revolving at all) or an extra-fast version (with the wheel flickering):
Meditation Animation Main Version
Still Version Fast Version
The girl in this applet is adopted from an earlier picture of me, the girl sitting on the box of beer. The ancient dress is in a certain way inspired by Kusanagis princess Kushinata, but for the details, I mainly used photos of balinesian dresses. The wheel is a new invention, using computer generated fillings.
If you want to admire these pages off-line on your own computer, you may download this entire directory as a zip-file, only for private purposes of course. You are not allowed to copy, alter, distribute, redistribute them, use for your own work, &c, &c., since I own the copyright of these files.
turning.zip (24 files, 278 KB zipped, 292 KB unzipped)
Maybe you want to adore the mandala in its entire beauty (without the girl getting in your views). Here it is: Mandala Image.
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