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by dvgrn
Today, 8:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Defining volatility for spaceships
Replies: 11
Views: 2139

Re: Defining volatility for spaceships

In my opinion, only strict volatility is defined for spaceships - technically, the volatility of all spaceships is 1 or it would be a puffer/wickstretcher. Not sure what you mean by "technically". Wouldn't the volatility of, let's say, a very long pufferfish spaceship technically be lower than the ...
by dvgrn
Yesterday, 10:54 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: The Hunting of the Elementary Conduits
Replies: 793
Views: 383223

Re: The Hunting of the Elementary Conduits

glider reflector [based on the "G-to-X" beehive factory]... Nice one! -- another ghive-based 90-degree reflector that doesn't cross paths with the input. It's even a kind of inside-edge edge shooter. There's a huge spark that spills over the edge, but no actual catalysts. The spark knocks down the ...
by dvgrn
Yesterday, 9:02 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: HBK as Caterpillar
Replies: 24
Views: 19662

Re: HBK as Caterpillar

Does that mean that other periods would be possible with a similar design? If yes, what would be the minimum period? And how does the period affect the size? How did you construct this? With helper scripts? Or rather manually? I'm very interested in FWKnightship's answer to this. I can say, based o...
by dvgrn
Yesterday, 8:20 am
Forum: LifeWiki Discussion
Topic: Mikipedia clutter
Replies: 23
Views: 483

Re: Mikipedia clutter

Haycat2009 wrote:
Yesterday, 12:40 am
Just a question: If the Mikipedia pages are just irrelevant, can you just move them to a new wiki for this?
Anyone is certainly completely welcome to do this. It just won't be a new wiki on the server that hosts the LifeWiki, with a "conwaylife.com" URL.
by dvgrn
December 3rd, 2023, 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thread for basic questions
Replies: 4414
Views: 1179629

Re: Thread for basic questions

Why is the silverfish so much smaller than the centipede? Long story short, in 2014 chris_c had found a way to support a block-trail-creating "silverfish" front end of a 31c/240 spaceship, using only two streams of upward-traveling spaceships instead of the six in the centipede. The number of upwar...
by dvgrn
December 3rd, 2023, 9:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NewLifeCA Back Issues
Replies: 45
Views: 10934

Re: NewLifeCA Back Issues

NewLifeCA #43, 3 December 2023: ever yet more superer diehards, new toggle conduits, engine-collecting, and a new knightship caterpillar Suddenly it has been over three months since the last NewLifeCA bulletin.  It's hard to get caught up properly after such a long hiatus, but I'll give it a try.  ...
by dvgrn
December 3rd, 2023, 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thread for basic questions
Replies: 4414
Views: 1179629

Re: Thread for basic questions

HerscheltheHerschel wrote:
December 3rd, 2023, 10:23 am
I was referring to a loop involving only three-block shifters.
Um. Given that they're shifters and not reflectors, how do you plan to make them into a loop?
by dvgrn
December 3rd, 2023, 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thread for basic questions
Replies: 4414
Views: 1179629

Re: Spaceship Discussion Thread

Are these puffers [known]? (Moved question to Basic Questions, since these definitely aren't spaceships.) These puffers are probably not in the "knowable" category. Someone may possibly have seen them before, but wouldn't have kept track of them -- there are just too many medium-to-large puffers th...
by dvgrn
December 3rd, 2023, 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thread for basic questions
Replies: 4414
Views: 1179629

Re: Thread for basic questions

HerscheltheHerschel wrote:
December 3rd, 2023, 9:00 am
Is there a three-block shifter loop?
Yes, there are the adjustable oscillators from way back, and then this modern construction by David Bell seems like it must count as a loop. The link is right there in the three-block shifter article.
by dvgrn
December 2nd, 2023, 11:15 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Helix Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 933

Re: Helix Thread

50c/154 helix... 50c/154 is the speed of this H track... Wow, that's ambitious -- Coe ships as part of a helix definitely seem like a first. The Coe ship does seem to do an unusually good job of pushing the burning reaction forward much faster than a glider's normal speed. Has any research been don...
by dvgrn
December 2nd, 2023, 6:37 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: HBK as Caterpillar
Replies: 24
Views: 19662

Re: HBK as Caterpillar

(6,3)c/1024 spaceship: 6,3c1024.mc.gz I feel like this pattern needs a round of applause, or something bigger than "likes" anyway. It's a really impressive construction! The .mc.gz file is 123938x112640, minimum bounding box 123938x112538, population minimum 346912 and maximum 356383 -- smaller tha...
by dvgrn
December 2nd, 2023, 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Life Lexicon update collection thread
Replies: 110
Views: 13830

Re: community-driven dictionary

This is not going to be anything checked in Golly, but could be a helpful addition/supplement to everything else that already exists. Hmm. This thread was created with the purpose of collecting terms and definitions specifically to be added to the version of the Life Lexicon that is checked in to G...
by dvgrn
December 2nd, 2023, 9:44 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Stable signal converters
Replies: 415
Views: 307325

Re: Stable signal converters

Anyone cares to complete... for style points (and repeat time)? How's this for style points? It works at 74/75/78+ ticks due to an internal syringe. The H-to-2G splitter happens to fit exactly with the minimum possible number of Snarks -- no adjustability needed on the north side -- and the trombon...
by dvgrn
December 2nd, 2023, 8:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Life Lexicon update collection thread
Replies: 110
Views: 13830

Re: Life Lexicon update collection thread

Probably. It's gotten to be a defined term by this time, but it's not easy to find the definition . The LifeWiki has "spacefiller" and "space nonfiller", but not "space cleaner". I would think the definition would go on the LifeWiki first in this case. It's not a specific small pattern that can get ...
by dvgrn
December 1st, 2023, 10:47 pm
Forum: LifeWiki Discussion
Topic: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife
Replies: 29
Views: 668

Re: OCA:tlife

I believe and state it here that your quoted post below is an instance of harassment, directed at me. Sigh... you're quoting my executive decision on this issue. I've re-read it, and it looks to me like a moderator's good-faith effort to improve a difficult situation. I'm pretty happy with the job ...
by dvgrn
December 1st, 2023, 5:01 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Thread for your website-related questions
Replies: 260
Views: 47793

Re: Thread for your website-related questions

Why does Catagolue have a hat on the eater 2? https://catagolue.hatsya.com/ Tradition! This has happened in previous years. It's December now -- holiday season. It seems eminently reasonable that something hosted on hatsya.com should add a Santa hat to its icon in December. Switching the eater2 to ...
by dvgrn
December 1st, 2023, 1:54 pm
Forum: LifeWiki Discussion
Topic: LifeWiki Trusted Account Request Thread - Post requests here
Replies: 761
Views: 278120

Re: LifeWiki Trusted Account Request Thread - Post requests here

here to ask for permissions to edit/create pages after procrastinating making an account for like 2 years and lurking on cgolcord (may i have said permissions i want to share my barely successful attempts at rulegolfing) Done! Maybe try posting some of your rulegolfing attempts on the OCA board her...
by dvgrn
December 1st, 2023, 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thread for basic questions
Replies: 4414
Views: 1179629

Re: Thread for basic questions

What is the smallest glider splitter that produces two gliders in the same lane? Assuming you're talking about starting from a glider -- these things are called "G-to-G0" converters. Unfortunately the tandem-glider outputs were too awkward to keep in newer versions of the Elementary Conduits Collec...
by dvgrn
December 1st, 2023, 12:12 pm
Forum: LifeWiki Discussion
Topic: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife
Replies: 29
Views: 668

Re: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife

I do say that you are intimidating me in various ways. Well, here's the thing. I've got no interest in making you uncomfortable unnecessarily. These discussions are very time-consuming and no fun at all for me either. However, when someone breaks forum rules as often as you've been doing recently, ...
by dvgrn
December 1st, 2023, 8:56 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Patterns involving sparks
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Patterns involving sparks

Can eat glider... I experimentally changed the title of this thread to "Patterns involving sparks". If that wasn't the intended meaning, feel free to change it again. Just a note about the glider-eating ability of the dying sparks at the end of the reaction: this is an extremely common feature of c...
by dvgrn
November 30th, 2023, 1:56 pm
Forum: LifeWiki Discussion
Topic: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife
Replies: 29
Views: 668

Re: OCA:tlife

What I say is that you (dvgrn) were involved in the dispute on the content of OCA:tlife from the very beginning. You were objecting to my rewording and participating in an edit war with me as a side. You are involved and biased in this disagreement. I'll try a brief response here, but honestly I've...
by dvgrn
November 30th, 2023, 7:42 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Still-life 'factories'
Replies: 148
Views: 126657

Re: Still-life 'factories'

g-to-ship with dubious usefulness... Apologies for the dubiously useful response, but it's really very strange that those last three catalysts are basically a syringe mounted backwards -- same orientation of everything, just a few cells off the standard position. You're really messing with my brain...
by dvgrn
November 30th, 2023, 7:02 am
Forum: LifeWiki Discussion
Topic: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife
Replies: 29
Views: 668

Re: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife

Does this answer your questions? No, it really doesn't. There were two questions in my last post. Both of them allow the possibility of yes-or-no answers. I've asked for yes-or-no answers. You haven't given any yes-or-no answers. So your response doesn't answer those two questions in any way. You a...
by dvgrn
November 30th, 2023, 12:13 am
Forum: LifeWiki Discussion
Topic: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife
Replies: 29
Views: 668

Re: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife

You are linking twice to the same post. I believe I already replied to you to the best of my ability. Yes, same post. Not a mistake. Really important questions. Do you understand the LW:DR rules now? When disputes arise in the future, do you intend to carefully follow those rules? If I've missed yo...
by dvgrn
November 29th, 2023, 11:59 pm
Forum: LifeWiki Discussion
Topic: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife
Replies: 29
Views: 668

Re: Next steps on getting back to normal editing for OCA:tlife

I believe I already attempted to reply to your posts, to the best of my ability. Also, multiple people don't use the quote feature on the forums much or at all, without adverse effects on the ability to communicate. There's a difference between replying to posts and answering questions. In my capac...