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by hkoenig
September 14th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Thread for your unsure discoveries
Replies: 1991
Views: 974539

Re: Thread for your unsure discoveries

you're bound to find something new eventually if you do so The reply was to Niemiec, not you. Not sure if you intended it, but there's no need to be condescending. Especially since I've occasionally been contributing to the Game of Life discoveries for decades more than you have. As for this intera...
by hkoenig
September 14th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Thread for your unsure discoveries
Replies: 1991
Views: 974539

Re: Thread for your unsure discoveries

Don't forget this one. I think it'd qualify.

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x=7, y=19
2bo$obo$b2o2$3bo$3bobo$3b2o6$4b2o$4bobo$4bo2$2b2o$bobo$3bo!
by hkoenig
August 29th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Oscillator Discussion Thread
Replies: 1333
Views: 643267

Re: Oscillator Discussion Thread

"Nobody really keeps track of period-3 oscillators." Not true. It's just that the loudest voices don't care about them, so people get shouted at when they are posted. Although I do agree that posting isolated lower period oscillators is bad form and a bit annoying, and it would be better to collect ...
by hkoenig
August 18th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Physical implementation of Conways computer
Replies: 9
Views: 1429

Re: Physical implementation of Conways computer

Back in the late 1990s, I remember the Seattle airport had a Life display wall at one of the concourses as part of the various artworks. Display consisted of individual bulbs, maybe a 24x24 array. It would display patterns and run them for a while, about 1 gen per second. Not sure how they were gene...
by hkoenig
July 29th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Glider Destruction Of Still Lives, Oscillators, Etc.
Replies: 45
Views: 2006

Re: Glider Destruction Of Still Lives, Oscillators, Etc.

What would actually be interesting are objects/patterns where it can be proved that they can't be eliminated by two or fewer Gliders. (Why two? I would suspect that most simple objects that can't be eliminated by one can be converted into an object, pattern or constellation that can. A non-simple ob...
by hkoenig
July 29th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Glider Destruction Of Still Lives, Oscillators, Etc.
Replies: 45
Views: 2006

Re: Glider Destruction Of Still Lives, Oscillators, Etc.

There are only 42 possible collisions of a Glider and a 14-bit Barberpole. Done systemtically, it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to find this:

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x=14, y=15
2o$obo2$2bobo2$4bobo2$6bobo2$8bobo$9b2o2$11b3o$11bo$12bo!
by hkoenig
July 27th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Thread For Your Useless Discoveries
Replies: 2502
Views: 1054343

Re: Thread For Your Useless Discoveries

It should be trivial to search for every possible collision with an object and find the elimination reactions. One of my first Life related projects was cataloging all reactions, by hand, using punch cards, 45 years ago. (Was it really that long ago? Takes of shoes and socks ... Nope, 46 years. 1974...
by hkoenig
July 27th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Golly 3.4
Replies: 24
Views: 1671

Re: Golly 3.4

The "Shrink Selection" item of the "Edit" menu. Unfortunately, the "Shrink and Fit" changes the scale, which can make the bits surprisingly large. I'll play around with the key-bindings. As for the pasteboard issue, I've got a hack that works, for now. Just need to know if things change so I can unh...
by hkoenig
July 22nd, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Golly 3.3
Replies: 19
Views: 5857

Re: Golly 3.3

Comments on the Mac version-- I don't have a mouse wheel, I have a trackpad. I prefer the "two fingers scrolling" gesture that's part of the MacOS, but Golly replaces it with Evil Inc.'s "two fingers zoom" gesture. I can turn that off by disabling "mouse wheel action" in the preferences, but then no...
by hkoenig
July 18th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Synthesis components
Replies: 50
Views: 12507

Re: Synthesis components

"Subcomponent" doesn't quite capture the idea that there is a dependency. Unless you add a qualifier, then it could either be "dependent" or "independent" ("standalone"?). In this case, that it requires a specific other component to work properly.
by hkoenig
July 18th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Synthesis components
Replies: 50
Views: 12507

Re: Synthesis components

"what should we call reactions like this? "

Dependent component?
by hkoenig
June 8th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thread for basic questions
Replies: 2027
Views: 582675

Re: Thread for basic questions

You are going to need to define what you mean by "distinct p2 rotor types".

I've cataloged 7811 distinct P2 rotors in sizes from 2 to 118 bits, although lots of them are a single object supporting disjoint rotors.
by hkoenig
June 7th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Soup search results
Replies: 2225
Views: 1386537

Re: Soup search results

The problem with the comparison to "monkeys on typewriters" is that in a language, the probability of the next character is dependent on the previous characters. Individual characters are not independent events. For example, in English, "bv" less common than "ng", "qxr" is much less common than "the...
by hkoenig
June 6th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: The Hunting of the Elementary Conduits
Replies: 263
Views: 242044

Re: The Hunting of the Elementary Conduits

Just remember the words of Tom Lehrer--

"Smut, I'm glad to say,
is in the mind of the beholder.

When correctly viewed,
everything is lewd."
by hkoenig
May 8th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thread for basic questions
Replies: 2027
Views: 582675

Re: Thread for basic questions

I like to create a random big pattern and let it run, its very relaxing. Back in the 1990s, over a period of years, I would let randomly generated 1024x1024 patterns run on idle machines at home and the office. I agree that seeing that activity can be entertaining, almost hypnotic. I enjoyed coming...
by hkoenig
May 2nd, 2020, 2:05 am
Forum: Scripts
Topic: A new spaceship search approach
Replies: 91
Views: 21027

Re: A new spaceship search approach

You can also use XCode to build C/C++ based tools on the Mac. In the past, I've created a "command line tool" project as a wrapper for the rest of the source code. You can then run the tool inside the IDE, or build a binary that can be run in Terminal.
by hkoenig
May 1st, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Polyominoes
Replies: 29
Views: 5938

Re: Polyominoes

Impressive! Is that using the Kadon sets?
by hkoenig
April 28th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Thread For Your Accidental Discoveries
Replies: 1555
Views: 1047520

Re: Thread For Your Accidental Discoveries

And include a summary of why you think the pattern is worthy of notice.
by hkoenig
April 28th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LifeLine Magazine?
Replies: 23
Views: 12745

Re: LifeLine Magazine?

Probably not all that useful with out the other pages before and after, and it does have some binder holes in it. The annotations were on the original copy I received.
by hkoenig
April 26th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tiling with placement rules for still life and p2 oscillators
Replies: 15
Views: 3933

Re: Tiling with placement rules for still life and p2 oscillators

This latest image is too busy.

The second image of the earlier posting is better. The split petals give the impression of "magnetic lines of force", which the first petals image doesn't have, even though I understand what the petals are showing.
by hkoenig
April 1st, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Thread for your unsure discoveries
Replies: 1991
Views: 974539

Re: Thread for your unsure discoveries

The point is, new p2s are generally considered boring and these mechanisms are known. Actually, I looked through that, and I think there are some interesting things going on in there. A few transition and corner mechanisms I need to add to my list of Period-2 Oscillator parts. Thanks. (It will be a...
by hkoenig
March 24th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Patterns
Topic: Soup search results
Replies: 2225
Views: 1386537

Re: Soup search results

Here's the key part (@ 1150) for the Confused Eaters: x=10, y=13 o$3o$3bo$2b2o3$6bo2$3bo3b2o$4b2o2b2o$5b2obo2$4bo! Turning this into a construction would be a useful exercise for those wanting to try and see how it's done. The constructions I have take at least 25 Gliders, and do not attach to an ex...
by hkoenig
March 6th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Low-tech universal computing
Replies: 22
Views: 4268

Re: Low-tech universal computing

you could make it a competitive game, too. Each player given a random set of tiles to start. Each turn player can draw another tile, or build an object. Scoring based on the tiles used, and/or the size of the object. Play for set number of rounds, or to a set score, run out of tiles, etc. Also allow...
by hkoenig
February 23rd, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Period 3 oscillator
Replies: 8
Views: 8171

Re: Period 3 oscillator

Entity Valkyrie 2 wrote:Stator variants aren't new oscillators, unless the period is 2.
They are "new oscillators", no matter what the period might be, but there appears to be little to no public interest in cataloging and trying to understand them.
by hkoenig
February 12th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Sandbox
Topic: Squiggles
Replies: 7
Views: 2260

Re: Squiggles

Interesting. Here's a not well thought out game idea-- Use two or three colors for the black blobs. If I calculate correctly, there would be 90 tiles with two colors, 300 with three, and 1400 with four. Then the object of a two person (or more?) game would be to build a complete four tile pattern, d...