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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby muzik » October 16th, 2017, 4:22 am

Still haven't included the names for the new types of knightship.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » October 16th, 2017, 9:01 am

muzik wrote:Still haven't included the names for the new types of knightship.

In a lot of cases there will end up being a lot more detail in a LifeWiki article than will fit in a Life Lexicon entry.
No one has ever seen an elementary any-of-those-names in Conway's Life, or really even figured out an effective way to search for them yet. There's just a single known example of a camelship and an ibisship, and I've never seen anyone actually refer to the Gemini and Gemini 3 that way except in the LifeWiki article.

If and when anyone can say "ibisship" in a forum posting and expect to be understood to mean a (5x,x) spaceship, then it will be a commonly used term worth documenting in the Lexicon... after a decent span of years.

Until then it's just kind of a solution searching for a problem. Admittedly this kind of thing is a totally arbitrary judgment call on my part, but it's a good rule of thumb, and keeps the Life Lexicon workload down to slightly more manageable levels.

By contrast, I put the tremi-Snark in immediately, because the term has already seen quite a bit of use on the gun-building thread, and the odds are really good that no other common name for it will ever bubble up -- especially if "tremi-Snark" is in the Lexicon!
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » October 16th, 2017, 8:09 pm

Sokwe wrote:Nothing particularly important here. I just read through the 'c' page and have these minor suggestions:
  • :c/5 spaceship: remove the provided example (since it already has its own entry in the lexicon) and add
    For other examples see {58P5H1V1}, {67P5H1V1}, {86P5H1V1} and {spider}.
  • :c/6 spaceship: add link to {56P6H1V0}.
  • :Caterpillar: maybe change "pis" to "pi-heptominoes".
  • :chaotic growth: I think "other that" should be changed to "other than that".
  • :clock: change "But it's" to "It is".
  • :clock insertion: "sabotaged eater" should be "sabotaged glider", I think.
  • :crown: should probably say "by a {caterer}" instead of "by {caterer}".

Thanks for these! I hope you can look through a few more of the letters -- no doubt there are similar things still to be found in the other sections. Except maybe for j, x, y, and z, which haven't changed much... That "sabotaged eater" looks like one of my mistakes for sure: for some reason I'm forever saying "eater" when I mean "glider", and vice versa. Crossed wires somewhere.

I wasn't quick enough with a rebuild to get these corrections into the Golly 3.1 candidate release. It takes at least a couple of hours to do a complete rebuild from the source text file, because there are several stages: non-word-wrapped to word-wrapped to initial HTML to Golly HTML. And then somewhere in the middle there are a number of assumptions in Stephen Silver's HTML-making script that are no longer quite completely true. The amount of custom patching has been gradually increasing lately.

-- But it hasn't been quite worth the investment yet to jump in and figure out how to adjust Stephen's old C code to make the build completely automatic again. With any luck I or someone else will manage that for Release 28.

Anyway, people can have a look at Life Lexicon Release 27 using Golly 3.1 now. I'll delay posting the full Release 27 to conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon/ for a few weeks at least, in hopes that people will read through the non-C pages and hunt down a few more typos. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » October 25th, 2017, 10:25 pm

dvgrn wrote:Anyway, people can have a look at Life Lexicon Release 27 using Golly 3.1 now. I'll delay posting the full Release 27 to conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon/ for a few weeks at least, in hopes that people will read through the non-C pages and hunt down a few more typos. Thanks in advance!

Okay, now it's the next square-number day in October, the last one we're going to get this year... Has anyone been inspired to read through another letter's worth of Lexicon, looking for inaccuracies? Haven't gotten many reports lately, but I'm fairly sure there are still typos out there, at least.

Can I do anything to help with the inspiration? Post here to sign up for a letter in advance -- I could use some fresh eyes on A and B, but if everybody just reads A and B that doesn't help so much.

Might need someone familiar with historic small guns to get through all the recent new material on the P page.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby Saka » November 7th, 2017, 8:38 am

Was browsing, and the pattern dot-grid thing for 295P5H1V1 seems to be wrong. When pasted into golly, it is this:
x = 52, y = 52, rule = B3/S23
12b2o$5b2o4b2obobo$4b3o4b4o$3b2o6b2o5bo$2b2o2b2o3bo2bo2bo$b2o5bo7bo2b
2o$b2obo3b4o$4bo3b2o2b2obo$5b3o4bobo$6b2o3b2o2bo$6bo5bo$b4obo2bo2bo3bo
$b3o3b5o2b7obo$obo4bo10bo2b2o$3obo3bo3bo5b3o$7bobo2bo7b2o$bo3bo5b2o8b
2o2bobo$4bo7bo8b3obob3o$3bo8b3o6bo4bo$5bo6bobo5bobo$5bo6bob2o3bo4bo$
13bob4o3bo5bo2bo$12b2o2b2obobo3bob3o$17bo6bo2b3o3b3o$20bo2bo6b2o$16b2o
4bo2bo10b2o$18bo13bo3bo$16b2o4b2o8bo$17bo3b3o8bobobobo$17bo4b2o8bo5b2o
$24bo8bo2b3o$21bo2bo8bo8bo$26b4o8b2o3bo$23bo6b2o6b2o3bo$23bo4bo12bo$
23bo15bo$25b2obobo7bo2bo$25bo4bo9b3o$28b3ob2o2bo3bo3bob2o$29bo2b2obo5b
o3bo2bo$37b2o2bo3bo$34bob2ob2obo2b2o3bo$31bo5bo3bo7bobo$32b2o12b2o3bo$
38bo7b2o$39b3o3b2o2bo$38bo2bob3o$38bo4b2o$39bo$42bo2bo$41bo$42b2o!

There seem to be a whole lot of these mistakes.
Everyone, please stop posting B/S about CA
x = 17, y = 10, rule = B3/S23
b2ob2obo5b2o$11b4obo$2bob3o2bo2b3o$bo3b2o4b2o$o2bo2bob2o3b4o$bob2obo5b
o2b2o$2b2o4bobo2b3o$bo3b5ob2obobo$2bo5bob2o$4bob2o2bobobo!

(Check gen 2)
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » November 7th, 2017, 9:53 am

Progress!

Nathaniel has uploaded the latest draft of the Lexicon to its new official home, http://conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon/. Please try browsing from there. I'm calling this "alpha Release 28", and planning for a final Release 28 by the end of the year. You can use the "browse online" link in the second paragraph, or download one of the ZIP files and test them out.

So far I know of the following items that need fixing in the alpha Release 28:

:soup: Fix "filing" to "filling".
:chaotic growth: The "other than that" phrase seems awkward.
:universe: Has a "TBD:" to be removed.

No doubt there are more. Now would be a great time for any proofreader-minded folks to choose a letter, go through the entries with a fine-tooth comb, and report any details that need patching up.

Saka wrote:Was browsing, and the pattern dot-grid thing for 295P5H1V1 seems to be wrong. When pasted into golly, it is this...
There seem to be a whole lot of these mistakes.

You're looking at the text version of the Lexicon, I take it? That's what will happen in Golly if you select patterns starting with the first character of the ASCII text, instead of the first character of the line (a tab character).

Golly interprets any whitespace character as an empty cell. So unless you select full lines, you end up copying patterns with an extra blank column at the left -- except for the first line. There are a few patterns such as the superfountain that can survive that minor mangling, but not very many!
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