Conway's Life activity
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Mon Dec 24 23:42:41 EST 2007
> The logic to count the neighboring on-cells is end-user accessible,
> and it is packaged as well so that the user can even change that.
> (After all, I just wrote it while I was waiting for an appointment at
> a clinic. That means anybody can just do it if you have an XO.)
> You could write a script so that the you "paint" the picture of an
> initial state and set it.
Hmm, let me think back... I don't have a Windows machine any more, and
I haven't played with Autocell since I was twelve, but I think it
worked roughly like this:
A ruleset in Autocell was composed of multiple rules, each of which
had a starting cell color, a set of neighbors, and an ending cell
color. So Conway's life would be something like this:
Neighbors: 3 black, 5 white
Neighbors: 4 black, 4 any
Neighbors: 7 white, 1 any
Anything that didn't match one of those rules would stay unchanged for
the next generation, so a black with 3 black and 5 white neighbors
would stay black.
Autocell supported multiple cell colors (up to 256 I think), but I'd
like my activity to stay at two colors both for simplicity of rules
and so it works better if the screen is monochrome.
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