## Help with names

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### Help with names

I decide to translate some English to Chinese,but I don't really understand why these objects are named so.
----------still lives----------
aircraft carrier
professor
shillelagh
omnibus
narcissus(xs36_rr0vhe0ehv0rr)
symmetrical synapse,(xs38_69ab8ba96z695d1d596)
----------osc p2----------
by flops
why not
cha cha
fox
laputa
negentropy
----------osc p3----------
candelabra
candlefrobra
caterer
biting off more than they can chew
stillater
protein
new five
hustler
germ
en retard
crowd
cousins
double ewe
surprise
----------other osc----------
mold,p4
mazing,p4
jack,p4
penny lane,p4
wavefront,p4
siesta,p5
chemist,p5
mathematician,p5
technician,p5
voldiag,p5
pentant,p5
pedestle,p5
montana,p5
blonker,p6
$rats,p6 extremely impressive,p6 burloaferimeter,p7 airforce,p7 hebdarole,p7 R2D2,p8 jolson,p15 eureka,p30 zweiback,p30 hectic,p30 gourmet,p32 popover,p32 6 bits,p75 centinal,p100 ----------other---------- titanic toroidal traveler washerwoman thunderbird caber tosser wasp,p3 ship enterprise,p4 ship orion,p4 ship hammerhead,p4 ship lumps of muck quetzal t-tetsons ecologist,p20 ship mosquito birthday puffer Welcome to share your ideas about etymology of names! GUYTU6J Posts: 347 Joined: August 5th, 2016, 10:27 am Location: outside Plain of Life ### Re: Help with names I will give it a try. Professor The blocks look like eyes, the cells below them form a moustache and the cells above are like eyebrows. Who has big eyebrows and moustache? Professor! x = 9, y = 11, rule = B3/S23b2o3b2o$o2bobo2bo$2obobob2o$3bobo$2obobob2o$2obobob2o$3bobo$3bobo$2obobob2o$o2bobo2bo$b2o3b2o! Symmetrical synapse Synapse is a connection between neurons, and it looks much like this still life. But two "ends" of a synapse are very different, unlike two parts of the still life. Hence the first word of the name. x = 9, y = 9, rule = B3/S23bobobobo$ob2ob2obo$o7bo$b7o2$b7o$o7bo$ob2ob2obo$bobobobo!

Biting off more than they can chew

In this oscillator, eaters try to devour a pond predecessor, but apparently fail.

x = 12, y = 12, rule = B3/S23o11b$3o9b$3bo8b$2b2o8b$3b2o7b$4b2o6b$3bo2bo5b$3bo2b2o4b$4b2ob3o2b$8bobob$10bob$10b2o! New five Something about five-cell rotor? x = 9, y = 9, rule = B3/S232b2o5b$bo2bo4b$bobo2bo2b$2obob2o2b$o8b$b3ob4o$5bo2bo$ob2o5b$2ob2o R2D2 LifeWiki wrote:The name derives from a form with a larger and less symmetric stator discovered by Noam Elkies in August 1994. I don't know what the original stator was, but even with the new one the oscillator resembles R2D2 quite a lot (or maybe it's just me watching too much Star Wars). Does anybody have that old stator? x = 11, y = 10, rule = B3/S235bo5b$4bobo4b$3bobobo3b$3bobobo3b$2obo3bob2o$2obo3bob2o$3bo3bo3b$3bobobo3b$4bobo4b$5bo!

Centinal

"Cent" means 100 (oscillator's period) and "inal" is probably just a fancy suffix.

x = 52, y = 17, rule = B3/S232o48b2o$bo48bob$bobo21b2o21bobob$2b2o8bo12b2o12b2o7b2o2b$11b2o26bobo10b$10b2o29bo10b$11b2o2b2o22b3o10b4$11b2o2b2o22b3o10b$10b2o29bo10b$11b2o26bobo10b$2b2o8bo12b2o12b2o7b2o2b$bobo21b2o21bobob$bo48bob$2o48b2o! Enterprise You should watch more Star Trek. x = 21, y = 21, rule = B3/S238bo12b$6b2obo11b$4b2o3bo11b$3bo3b2o12b$2bo4b2obo10b$bo2b2ob3obo9b$bo19b$3bobo3b2o10b$2o3bobo13b$o3bo3b2o11b$bo2b2o2bo2bo9b$4b2o3bo8bo2b$10bobo3bobobo$12b2ob3o2bo$12b2o4b2ob$13bob2o4b2$11bobo7b$11bo9b$11b3o7b$12bobo!

Ecologist

It has a huge spark that can be used to delete debris.

x = 27, y = 18, rule = b3/s23bo2bo5b2o15b$o8b4o14b$o3bo3b2ob2o14b$4o5b2o16b4$11b2o14b$2b3o7b2o13b$2bo6bo2bo14b$2bobo6bo15b$3b2o3b2o17b$25b2o$25bob$bo2bo18b3ob$o26b$o3bo22b$4o!

Birthday puffer

This puffer was found on Adam P. Goucher's birthday.

x = 16, y = 16, rule = B3/S23bbboobbbboobbbbo$ooboobboobbobooo$obboooooobboooob$bbboobobobboooob$bbboobbobbobbboo$bboooboobbbobobb$oboobobbbooobboo$oobooobobooobobb$ooobbobobooobooo$obbobobooobobobb$boooboobbbbbbobb$ooobboobooboobob$bbobobbbobbbbobo$bboboboooobbobbo$bobbbboobboooooo$obbbbbbboooobbbb! Let me know if my explanations are not clear enough. There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't. Alexey_Nigin Posts: 323 Joined: August 4th, 2014, 12:33 pm Location: Ann Arbor, MI ### Re: Help with names Bread is infamous for getting mouldy even when it's physically impossible for it to grow. A loaf is bread before it gets cut. Mold grows on the loaf still life. x = 6, y = 5, rule = B36/S233b3o$bob3o$obobo$o2bo$b2o! Bored of using the Moore neighbourhood for everything? Introducing the Range-2 von Neumann isotropic non-totalistic rulespace! muzik Posts: 3236 Joined: January 28th, 2016, 2:47 pm Location: Scotland ### Re: Help with names Thanks!I have only a non-english background Welcome to share your ideas about etymology of names! GUYTU6J Posts: 347 Joined: August 5th, 2016, 10:27 am Location: outside Plain of Life ### Re: Help with names muzik wrote:Bread is infamous for getting mouldy even when it's physically impossible for it to grow. A loaf is bread before it gets cut. Mold grows on the loaf still life. Huh! Didn't know that until now. Thanks! And that's why jam is named jam! Alexey_Nigin wrote:R2D2 The name derives from a form with a larger and less symmetric stator discovered by Noam Elkies in August 1994. I don't know what the original stator was, but even with the new one the oscillator resembles R2D2 quite a lot (or maybe it's just me watching too much Star Wars). Does anybody have that old stator? I think I saw that on jslife/p8. Not sure. Best wishes to you, Scorbie Scorbie Posts: 1374 Joined: December 7th, 2013, 1:05 am ### Re: Help with names Scorbie wrote:I think I saw that on jslife/p8. Not sure. This? x = 13, y = 13, rule = B3/S233$5b2ob2o$4bobobo$4bobobo$b2obo3bob2o$b2obo3bob2o$4bo3bo$4bobobo$5b2ob2o! Welcome to share your ideas about etymology of names! GUYTU6J Posts: 347 Joined: August 5th, 2016, 10:27 am Location: outside Plain of Life ### Re: Help with names GUYTU6J wrote: Scorbie wrote:I think I saw that on jslife/p8. Not sure. This? x = 13, y = 13, rule = B3/S233$5b2ob2o$4bobobo$4bobobo$b2obo3bob2o$b2obo3bob2o$4bo3bo$4bobobo$5b2ob2o! Yeah. View it sideways and it looks like an R2D2. x = 8, y = 11, rule = B3/S233b2o$3b2o2$b6o$o6bo$2o3b3o2$8o$o6bo$3b2o$3b2o! Best wishes to you, Scorbie Scorbie Posts: 1374 Joined: December 7th, 2013, 1:05 am ### Re: Help with names Narcissus: x = 5, y = 11, rule = B3/S232ob2o$2ob2o2$5o$o3bo$b3o2$b3o$o3bo$5o2$2ob2o$2ob2o!

The name of the flower known in English as "Narcissus" comes from a story from Greek mythology in which a young hunter, named Narcissus, falls in love with his own reflection in a pool (don't ask). This still life is composed of two mirrored copies (like a reflection in a pool) of an induction coil looking like a smiling face (which would be Narcissus's).

Cha cha:
x = 8, y = 6, rule = B3/S234bo$2bobobo$obobobo$bobobobo$bobobo$3bo! In English, "cha cha" and "tea tea" are not the same thing. "Cha cha" generally refers to a style of dancing that includes a quick back-and-forth step, and is named for the sound this step makes. Voldiag: x = 27, y = 27, rule = B3/S236b3o$4b2o$4bo$4bo3bo$b3ob2o$bo2bobo3b2o$o3b2o4bo3bo$o8bo2b3o$o2bo5bo4b 2o$7b2o3bo$5b2o4b3o3bo$5bo4bob3obobo$7bob3o2bo2b2o$7bo2b2o$6b3o2b2o7b 2o$8bo10b2o$11bo8bobo$10bobo5bobob3o$11b2o4bobo5bo$15bo2bo5b2o$14b4o$ 14bo$16b2o$17bo$17bobo$18b2o!

This is a highly-volatile diagonally-symmetric period-5 oscilator.

Blonker
x = 12, y = 8, rule = B3/S23o2b2o4bo$2o2bob2obo$4bobo$5b2o$7bo$7bo3bo$9bobo$10bo! The name is a portmanteau of "block" and "blinker", which appear at either end of the oscillator. Mosquito The image on the wiki page (as well as those on the pages for Mosquitoes 2 through 5) looks somewhat reminiscent of the shape of a mosquito. x₁=ηx V ⃰_η=c²√(Λη) K=(Λu²)/2 Pₐ=1−1/(∫^∞_t₀(p(t)ˡ⁽ᵗ⁾)dt) $$x_1=\eta x$$ $$V^*_\eta=c^2\sqrt{\Lambda\eta}$$ $$K=\frac{\Lambda u^2}2$$ $$P_a=1-\frac1{\int^\infty_{t_0}p(t)^{l(t)}dt}$$ http://conwaylife.com/wiki/A_for_all Aidan F. Pierce A for awesome Posts: 1728 Joined: September 13th, 2014, 5:36 pm Location: 0x-1 ### Re: Help with names Thanks! Welcome to share your ideas about etymology of names! GUYTU6J Posts: 347 Joined: August 5th, 2016, 10:27 am Location: outside Plain of Life ### Re: Help with names aircraft carrier: John Conway's term (cf. LifeLine 2:12). I'm guessing the thought was "need another variation on the 'vessel' theme -- tub to boat to ship to ??. And since this is the same six cells as a ship, but moved to increase the size... okay, an aircraft carrier is a big ship with kind of square ends." shillelagh: A shillelagh is an Irish walking stick/weapon, a "knotty stick with a large knob at the top". It's a bit of a stretch to see the similarity, but a lot of Life names need about this amount of imagination. omnibus: "Omnibus" just means "for all" in Latin, but the word got applied to public vehicles in Paris and London in 1820-30, and that's where the short form "bus" eventually came from. Seems to me "omnibus" is now usually applied to big double-decker buses -- or maybe just British buses, I'm not sure. We just have regular buses here in the American Midwest. Anyway, it appears that Adam Goucher applied "omnibus" to the 40-bit Life pattern for a combination of reasons -- unusual size, combined with unusual behavior: "Wait for ages to find one, and then four come along in quick succession" (in early Catagolue searches). Buses that start out spaced at equal distances along a route tend to get clumped together over time, without even any need for a conspiracy of transportation bureaucrats to make them as useless as possible. Flanders and Swann mentioned this trait of omnibuses in a song called "A Transport of Delight", over half a century ago: Michael Flanders and Donald Swann wrote:"We like to drive in convoys, we're most gregarious -- The big six-wheeler scarlet-painted London transport diesel-engined 97-horsepower omnibus." I think that finishes off the still lifes. Anyone want to tackle the rest of osc-p2? Here are the remaining unexplained terms: ----------osc p2----------by flopswhy notfoxlaputanegentropy----------osc p3----------candelabracandlefrobracatererstillaterproteinhustlergermen retardcrowdcousinsdouble ewesurprise----------other osc----------mazing,p4jack,p4penny lane,p4wavefront,p4siesta,p5chemist,p5mathematician,p5technician,p5pentoad,p5pentant,p5pedestle,p5montana,p5$rats,p6extremely impressive,p6burloaferimeter,p7airforce,p7hebdarole,p7jolson,p15eureka,p30zweiback,p30hectic,p30gourmet,p32popover,p326 bits,p75----------other----------titanic toroidal travelerwasherwomanthunderbirdcaber tosserwasp,p3 shiporion,p4 shiphammerhead,p4 shiplumps of muckquetzalt-tetsons

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The caterer caters to other oscillators and serves a single cell.

x = 6, y = 8, rule = B3/S23b3o$5bo$o4bo$4bo$b2o$bo$bo\$bo!
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Thanks!I want to add a term:Emu
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GUYTU6J wrote:Thanks!I want to add a term:Emu

A real-world emu is a large flightless bird from Australia. The Life Lexicon mentions 'emu' as 'Dave Buckingham's term for a Herschel loop that does not emit gliders (and so is "flightless")'. So that's the main etymological connection: no gliders flying out of a loop -> "flightless".

This analogy of giant gliderless loops with large flightless birds was later extended to the name "Quetzalcoatlus", which is a very very large bird (well, dinosaur, but that's where birds came from) that could actually fly after all.

At first, the only Herschel loops that could be built in the range from period 54 to period 61 were emu loops: a Herschel's first natural glider can't escape if another Herschel comes along before T=62, so it was only possible to make a loop work if all the output gliders were suppressed. Spark-assisted conduits were eventually found that allowed non-FNG gliders to escape. That trick made the Quetzal true-period guns able to "fly".

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Why the Hertz oscillator is named so?
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What does "blue" mean in MWSS out of the blue?
Also,is there a full list of prefixes which are used to name those barberpoles?
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GUYTU6J wrote:What does "blue" mean in MWSS out of the blue?
Also,is there a full list of prefixes which are used to name those barberpoles?

Out of the blue
Something that happens out of the blue is sudden and unexpected.
Example: "They seemed to be talking calmly when out of the blue she slapped him in the face!"

It is as if suddenly it started raining on a day when the sky was clear and blue.
Example: "Why did she do that?" Reply: "I have no idea. It was completely out of the blue."

You are surprised and unprepared when it happens out of the blue.
Example: "Did you know they would move you to a different project?" Reply: "Not at all. It was completely out of the blue."
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GUYTU6J wrote:Also,is there a full list of prefixes which are used to name those barberpoles?

bis - Latin for twice
tria - Greek, three
quattuor - Latin, four
pente - Greek, five
hex - Greek, six
sept - Latin, seven
oct - Latin, eight
All the ones after this are Latin I do believe
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muzik wrote:bis - Latin for twice
tria - Greek, three
quattuor - Latin, four
pente - Greek, five
hex - Greek, six
sept - Latin, seven
oct - Latin, eight
All the ones after this are Latin I do believe

Oh,can you continue to list please?Because it is quite different from this.
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GUYTU6J wrote:
muzik wrote:bis - Latin for twice
tria - Greek, three
quattuor - Latin, four
pente - Greek, five
hex - Greek, six
sept - Latin, seven
oct - Latin, eight
All the ones after this are Latin I do believe

Oh,can you continue to list please?Because it is quite different from this.

Nina, deca, undeca, duodeca, tredeca, quatturodeca

That's actually the page I copied most of them from lmao
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muzik wrote:
That's actually the page I copied most of them from lmao

I think you copied the parts under the "etymology" tab and not the "root" tab for some of them.
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muzik wrote:Nina, deca, undeca, duodeca, tredeca, quatturodeca

That's actually the page I copied most of them from lmao

Why don't we just simply change the "ium" suffix to "pole"
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Anybody else remember when the page for "Decapole" said that it was the "Biggest pattern ever constructed in 2016"?
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GUYTU6J wrote:
muzik wrote:Nina, deca, undeca, duodeca, tredeca, quatturodeca

That's actually the page I copied most of them from lmao

Why don't we just simply change the "ium" suffix to "pole"

We don't synthesise new barberpoles by smashing atoms together though. Although, we do with gliders... anyone up for creating a Periodic Table of Barberpoles?

Also, isn't the next one quindeca? Pentadeca would just be a nonsensical mashup of Latin and Greek (15 in greek is decapente, though)
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muzik wrote:Also, isn't the next one quindeca? Pentadeca would just be a nonsensical mashup of Latin and Greek (15 in greek is decapente, though)

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Add two terms:B-52 bomber(Why it is a bomber?)
and AK-47 reaction(Is that just because AK-47 gun is famous? )
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