My interest in Life is mostly aesthetic. I've found it useful when producing software on ancient hardware.

Ages ago, after sifting through debris (+ minor bit twiddling) to find visually-appealing precursors of known spaceships, I assembled this:

Pattern 1

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```
# Four Birds and Two Stones. XmX - C-64 sprite 20x20; 24x21max
x = 20, y = 20, rule = B3/S23
2bo7bo3bo$2bo8b6o$2b2o6b4ob3o$3b3o5bob4ob2o$3b3o11bo$2b3obo$5b2o2$17bo
$o10bob4ob2o$3o7b4ob3o$3bo7b6o$o2bo6bo3bo$b2o$b2o$o2bo10bo$o10b6o$2b2o
6b4ob3o$11bob4ob2o$17bo!
```

But then, a few bits later...

Pattern 2

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```
# Four Birds and Two Stones. XmX - C-64 sprite 20x20; 24x21max - accidental methuselah1
x = 20, y = 20, rule = B3/S23
2bo7bo3bo$2bo8b6o$2b2o6b4ob3o$3b3o5bob4ob2o$3b3o11bo$2b3obo$5b2o2$17bo
$o10bob4ob2o$3o4bo2b4ob3o$3bo3bo3b6o$o2bo2b2o2bo3bo$b2o4bo$b2o5bo$o2bo
10bo$o10b6o$2b2o6b4ob3o$11bob4ob2o$17bo!
```

As with the soup search, these patterns fit within a 20x20 box.

XmX

*** Counting from top to bottom, regarding the top two "MWSS" that emerge from the pattern : Given how these "MWSS" interact in one phase, are they considered to be truly independent MWSS or something else at that point? What is the proper terminology/characterization for this interaction?

EDIT: ah, answer is MWSS on MWSS - "a single spatially-connected object" .. thank you, Google.