otismo wrote: ↑
February 27th, 2022, 4:02 pm
I would like to suggest this pattern, because I feel that c/10 development is important...
Thanks for the work on this! As a minor recommendation, it works a lot better to attach this kind of monster pattern in macrocell format. Macrocell files are automatically set up to run using HashLife, whereas RLE files default to QuickLife -- and QuickLife, to say the least, isn't very quick when it's dealing with files of this size, whereas HashLife has no problem.
As for including in Golly, there are a couple of things preventing that:
1) Your pattern is a "Very Large Pattern" (as these things are measured). The attached macrocell version is a bit over half a megabyte, which is a lot better than the two-megabyte-plus RLE version -- but it's still a size that we'd probably decide to put in the "Very Large Patterns" online archive, rather than shipping as part of Golly's installed pattern collection... just to keep Golly's installation file size down.
2) The particular banner content that you have in this pattern is not likely to make it even into the Online Archives. I think one of GilGil's banner spaceships, or one of the Wolfram rule calculators
, would probably fit in to the collection a lot better than a row of random corporate logos.
I don't know if you've noticed this, but the conwaylife.com community tends to be more than a little bit wary of the logo/advertising angle that's apparent in a lot of your Life pattern experiments... to the point where, for example, when a user named "otismo" showed up on Discord early last year (not sure if it was you or not, since you/they never said anything) one of the first welcome messages was
please do not advertise
This is probably an inevitable consequence of the attitudes that come along with hacker culture
. Yes, marketing "is the way the world works, and there's no use in whining about it."
But conversely, the title of that linked article is "Hacking Is The Opposite of Marketing".
The way a lot of Lifenthusiasts' minds work -- including mine, I should say! -- includes a visceral adverse reaction to any kind of advertising images imported into the otherwise nice friendly non-political and mostly non-monetizable universe of Conway's Life. You really can't argue away that instant feeling of nausea, either. It's a very strong feeling, and it underlies (for example) a lot of the reluctance of many people around here to have anything to do with cellular-automata-related NFTs.
Long story short, I think you're right that one of GilGil's printers should probably find its way into Golly's Online Archives, with some of GilGil's original imagery along with your explanatory comments. It's just hard for me to see how Coca-Cola, Adidas, Google, Netflix, and the rest belong anywhere near Golly's pattern collection.