The Garden of Forking Paths

The Garden of Forking Paths

This is a verbal fractal based on the text below. The title is taken from a story by Jorge Luis Borges, El Jardín De Senderos Que Se Bifurcan.

The roads not
taken beckon
and I find
myself in
different minds.
To stay secure
in comfort,
I continue
on the well-
worn track.
I opt for
change, to
leap aside and
wildly take a
different tack.
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The program which constructed this design was written in Visual Basic.

The underlying fractal uses a standard "branching tree" algorithm. The difficulty in constructing it lay in the necessity for all the text to line up: the natural process would have led to a 90° rotation of the text at each branch.

I designed a line-draw font so that the text could be repeated at any angle and any compression.


The Garden of Forking Paths

Last Updated June 4, 2013
Web Page by Ned May (nedmay@chromatism.net)
URL http://luna.moonstar.com/~/nedmay/chromat/forks.htm
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