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by biggiemac
May 19th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: (27,1)c/72 caterpillar challenge
Replies: 176
Views: 106701

Re: (27,1)c/72 caterpillar challenge

Hello, I exist again. I was messaged about this thread, and it took about a week before I could read it fully enough to contribute meaningfully. But, now I can help answer questions. And I'll start with another typical wall of text, hopefully outlining the project from a much more distant perspectiv...
by biggiemac
March 9th, 2018, 9:43 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Elementary knightship
Replies: 136
Views: 224863

Re: Elementary knightship

Belated congratulations from me as well! How exciting!
by biggiemac
August 12th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Crawlers
Replies: 30
Views: 9435

Re: Crawlers

The problem there is that the two tracks would eventually converge. Well yeah, but isn't that how 31/240 etc work? you set up something to delete the last B-heptomino and connect a synthesis at a translation. Your understanding of the prior work seems wrong, the crawlers are not deleted in any of t...
by biggiemac
June 29th, 2017, 2:29 am
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Things You've Been Doing Other Than CGoL
Replies: 210
Views: 59360

Re: Things You've Been Doing Other Than CGoL

I've been playing Crypt of the Necrodancer competitively. Get it now during the summer sale, it's just $3 USD :D
by biggiemac
June 29th, 2017, 1:28 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Orthogonoid spaceship -- completed!
Replies: 74
Views: 83315

Re: Orthogonoid working notes

I'm giving golly 10GB of my RAM and still getting 99% garbage collections when trying to run at 2^18.

Edit: Pushed it to 13 GB and still got 99% GCs so probably my 16GB laptop can't run away either.
by biggiemac
June 26th, 2017, 4:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Golly 2.9b1 and the overlay
Replies: 92
Views: 44096

Re: Golly 2.9b1 and the overlay

And then someone doing so could also be free to define non-diagonal oblique selections, perhaps with slope 45/19 along the sides. I might need to invest some time with Lua.
by biggiemac
June 23rd, 2017, 9:06 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Best Pattern(s) You've Ever Made
Replies: 20
Views: 4990

Re: Best Pattern(s) You've Ever Made

Waterbear :D
by biggiemac
June 23rd, 2017, 9:05 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Aidan Mode Testing Grounds
Replies: 298
Views: 51687

Re: Aidan Mode Testing Grounds

We've reached a stage where "first unread post" gets utterly lost trying to find it.
by biggiemac
June 22nd, 2017, 12:25 am
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Testing Grounds
Replies: 259
Views: 75430

Re: Testing Grounds

I am impressed how many nested scrollbars existed at the bottom of page 4.
by biggiemac
June 21st, 2017, 8:40 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Famous Quotes
Replies: 173
Views: 61081

Re: Famous Quotes

This classy bamboozle: The switch that turns on the extra A...F printer characters hasn't gotten much independent review, though. The only documentation for the hexadecimal option is some text in the pattern itself, a little left of center. Looking at it again, it's a very small patch compared to th...
by biggiemac
June 20th, 2017, 9:57 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: [Forum Game] CA Puzzles
Replies: 34
Views: 9710

Re: [Forum Game] CA Puzzles

Is there a way using the banana spark configuration to also make some methuselah? Have it explode a bit, but when stable remain clear of the three control cells? Then use that debris as an elbow of sorts, with at least sufficient clearance to build a snark? I expect with active control over three ce...
by biggiemac
June 20th, 2017, 9:44 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: (27,1)c/72 caterpillar challenge
Replies: 176
Views: 106701

Re: (27,1)c/72 caterpillar challenge

Life update: I have completed classes. I might be able to put some spark back in this project. It just seemed a bit too thinkythonky to do in parallel with the whole not-failing-grad-level-physics-courses thing. A couple remarks (mainly here to get present-me on the same page as past-me): There is a...
by biggiemac
April 24th, 2017, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: What is your favourite pattern?
Replies: 7
Views: 4841

Re: What is your favourite pattern?

Can someone clue me in as to the authenticity of the fine structure constant calculator? I have seen it posted a few times but wasn't certain if it was actually computing it (from loop diagrams..?) or performing some hard coded sequence. I don't want to have to trace the calls and values stored in t...
by biggiemac
April 4th, 2017, 3:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pattern of the Year 2016 (Votes)
Replies: 28
Views: 10348

Re: Pattern of the Year 2016 (Votes)

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by biggiemac
March 18th, 2017, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Things You've Been Doing Other Than CGoL
Replies: 210
Views: 59360

Re: Things You've Been Doing Other Than CGoL

Am I the only one who finds it extremely difficult to understand how the excavated dodecahedron is self-dual? I'm with you there. The polyhedron itself has 12 vertices of maximal radius but it's dual looks to have 60. So the equivalence has to be topological rather than geometric, making it harder ...
by biggiemac
March 13th, 2017, 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starting Out
Replies: 8
Views: 2710

Re: Starting Out

Welcome! This forum points to a lot of good resources, see the "Game of Life Links" thread. Quite a few more good resources are in the other threads but it's a lot to wade through and the search function is a bit lacking. I think there's a post by dvgrn somewhere listing many different directions so...
by biggiemac
March 11th, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Things You've Been Doing Other Than CGoL
Replies: 210
Views: 59360

Re: Things You've Been Doing Other Than CGoL

Most things by Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, and Haken are in odd time signatures. Those are kind of my fav three bands at the moment. Not sure if anyone else here likes that kind of music - I noticed linking AAL earlier in this thread met with zero response. I'll dump a bunch anywa...
by biggiemac
March 10th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hello ! French Student here for AI homework !
Replies: 8
Views: 2486

Re: Hello ! French Student here for AI homework !

I think dvgrn's post gave a very accurate summary of why GA and CGOL are not very likely to work well together. when he is the one explaining, it seems so simple that I'm almost schocked nobody ever thought of this subject. The topic has come up before, with people trying to find spaceships: see her...
by biggiemac
March 9th, 2017, 6:57 pm
Forum: Other Cellular Automata
Topic: B2k35n/S23-a4eitz
Replies: 9
Views: 3878

Re: B2k35n/S23-a4eitz

Saka wrote: Here's a REALLY weird puffer thing (Run in Golly to see the entire weirdness of it)

Code: Select all

x = 11, y = 4, rule = B2k35n/S23-a4eitz
3ob3ob3o$obobobobobo$2b3obo$3bo!
1 million generations later at 2^9:1. Impressive.
by biggiemac
March 2nd, 2017, 10:08 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Gems?
Replies: 11
Views: 2827

Re: Gems?

Tables and houses seem to be against the original definition, wherein the basic parts must also be still lives. One way to view this is to create a huge tree of terminology to describe each combination, assigning consistent labels in accordance with some definite rules. However, this is a potentiall...
by biggiemac
March 2nd, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Gems?
Replies: 11
Views: 2827

Re: Gems?

Just trying to make sure I follow: Here are 4 patterns, each with a piece above it. If I understand you right, the left two are gems because a single still life can be connected to itself 4 times making a bigger still life. In the 3rd, the base still lives aren't connected by live cells, just overcr...
by biggiemac
February 25th, 2017, 4:51 am
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: GOLAD (Game of Life and Death)?
Replies: 3
Views: 1270

Re: GOLAD (Game of Life and Death)?

I have an iPhone and just got this, it seems great! Anyone else from the forums playing?
by biggiemac
February 21st, 2017, 1:11 am
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Your First Post
Replies: 14
Views: 3856

Re: Your First Post

A search in patterns for "lurker" quickly brings up my first post. A few posts later I had taken a deep dive into the waterbear.
by biggiemac
February 20th, 2017, 4:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Golly suggestions
Replies: 176
Views: 82604

Re: Golly suggestions

Alternate select options would be a great addition. Whenever working with large patterns with skewed-repeating sections like the waterbear or currently-backburnered (27,1)c/72 ship, it's been a real pain to only be able to select rectangular regions.
by biggiemac
February 12th, 2017, 6:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purpose of spaceships and how to build them?
Replies: 4
Views: 2073

Re: Purpose of spaceships and how to build them?

The engineered spaceships are made from building blocks that match together with phase offsets to produce some controlled over-unity reaction. The rest of the work is harnessing the over-unity output to keep the front end moving along. I like simple questions with extremely involved answers, (much o...