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A fuse is a wick that burns at one end, hopefully creating useful (or at least interesting) byproducts. A clean fuse is much to be desired, even one leaving no residue. The messier the debris, the harder it would be to combine it with something else.


Various details which can be observed while examining the history of a burnt fuse:

  • It is usually named for a noteworthy initial condition or avatar, which may or may not reappear as the fuse burns. If it reappears, the smallest, or most symmetrical, phase would probably have been chosen as the namesake and initiator.
  • During and after startup a fuse may leave no residue, leave an initial residue which could change form or altogether disappear after a time, or persist for a long time.
  • Three times are important statistics for the fuse:
    • the transient time, after which it has entered a cycle
    • the length of the internal cycle, after which the avatar repeats
    • the length of the external cycle, which is the time for debris left by the burning to repeat, which may be a multiple of the internal cycle since it may require time to settle down. As the externally visible cycle, it is the one cited as the period of the fuse.
  • A fuse may arise from a moving phase change in a wick without destroying the integrity of the wick, as for the phoenix-tub eater or the lightspeed wire. Indeed, all equilibria might be so regarded.
fuse periodicity initial namesake eventual equilibrium
raw diagonal trans = 0
cycle = 1
period = 1
keeps on losing southwest end cell
hivemaker trans = 14
cycle = 4
period = 4
baker trans = 7
cycle = 2
period = 4
beacon maker trans = 16
cycle = 4
period = 8
boat maker trans = 5
cycle = 2
period = 4
harvester trans = 5
cycle = 4
period = 4
Dual fuse trans = 7
cycle = 2
period = 4
Tubs eating Phoenix trans = 0
cycle = 2
period = 2
loses a domino, lengthens barge, all at uniform width
Cow 4
lightspeed wire trans = 0
cycle = 4
period = 4
the glitch moves off to the right along a protected rail

See also

External links

  • Fuse at the Life Lexicon
  • Fuse at Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Life