Nook box recycled into cover

When I unpacked my new Nook e-book reader last summer, I fell in love with the design of its stylish cardboard packaging – white on the outside, colored stripes on the inside. I decided to recycle the box into a cover by turning it inside out, with help from this youtube video, my sewing machine, […]

Record methuselah pattern found in Conway’s Game of Life

It happened right here, in the East Wing of our Useful Dreams Laboratories ! Using Nathaniel Johnston’s Online Life-Like CA Soup Search Python scripts, and the previously featured superbly versatile cellular automata program Golly, one of our carefully overclocked PCs stumbled upon the pattern below, which has a life span of 31,192 generations. Such patterns […]

The Game Of Life

If you like playing with cellular automata as much as I do, check out this magnificent Open Source project named Golly at http://golly.sourceforge.net/ And consider joining me in nominating it for a SourceForge’s 2009 Community Choice Award:

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Python 3.1

As a VTune jockey with firm roots in assembly programming, I’m naturally skeptical about relatively slow, interpreted high-level languages, yet I’ve been warming to Python. There are many cases where the savings in time and frustration from being able to clearly express complicated algorithms are worth the trade-off in clock cycles. And I have great […]