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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby muzik » October 16th, 2017, 4:22 am

Still haven't included the names for the new types of knightship.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » October 16th, 2017, 9:01 am

muzik wrote:Still haven't included the names for the new types of knightship.

In a lot of cases there will end up being a lot more detail in a LifeWiki article than will fit in a Life Lexicon entry.
No one has ever seen an elementary any-of-those-names in Conway's Life, or really even figured out an effective way to search for them yet. There's just a single known example of a camelship and an ibisship, and I've never seen anyone actually refer to the Gemini and Gemini 3 that way except in the LifeWiki article.

If and when anyone can say "ibisship" in a forum posting and expect to be understood to mean a (5x,x) spaceship, then it will be a commonly used term worth documenting in the Lexicon... after a decent span of years.

Until then it's just kind of a solution searching for a problem. Admittedly this kind of thing is a totally arbitrary judgment call on my part, but it's a good rule of thumb, and keeps the Life Lexicon workload down to slightly more manageable levels.

By contrast, I put the tremi-Snark in immediately, because the term has already seen quite a bit of use on the gun-building thread, and the odds are really good that no other common name for it will ever bubble up -- especially if "tremi-Snark" is in the Lexicon!
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » October 16th, 2017, 8:09 pm

Sokwe wrote:Nothing particularly important here. I just read through the 'c' page and have these minor suggestions:
  • :c/5 spaceship: remove the provided example (since it already has its own entry in the lexicon) and add
    For other examples see {58P5H1V1}, {67P5H1V1}, {86P5H1V1} and {spider}.
  • :c/6 spaceship: add link to {56P6H1V0}.
  • :Caterpillar: maybe change "pis" to "pi-heptominoes".
  • :chaotic growth: I think "other that" should be changed to "other than that".
  • :clock: change "But it's" to "It is".
  • :clock insertion: "sabotaged eater" should be "sabotaged glider", I think.
  • :crown: should probably say "by a {caterer}" instead of "by {caterer}".

Thanks for these! I hope you can look through a few more of the letters -- no doubt there are similar things still to be found in the other sections. Except maybe for j, x, y, and z, which haven't changed much... That "sabotaged eater" looks like one of my mistakes for sure: for some reason I'm forever saying "eater" when I mean "glider", and vice versa. Crossed wires somewhere.

I wasn't quick enough with a rebuild to get these corrections into the Golly 3.1 candidate release. It takes at least a couple of hours to do a complete rebuild from the source text file, because there are several stages: non-word-wrapped to word-wrapped to initial HTML to Golly HTML. And then somewhere in the middle there are a number of assumptions in Stephen Silver's HTML-making script that are no longer quite completely true. The amount of custom patching has been gradually increasing lately.

-- But it hasn't been quite worth the investment yet to jump in and figure out how to adjust Stephen's old C code to make the build completely automatic again. With any luck I or someone else will manage that for Release 28.

Anyway, people can have a look at Life Lexicon Release 27 using Golly 3.1 now. I'll delay posting the full Release 27 to conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon/ for a few weeks at least, in hopes that people will read through the non-C pages and hunt down a few more typos. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » October 25th, 2017, 10:25 pm

dvgrn wrote:Anyway, people can have a look at Life Lexicon Release 27 using Golly 3.1 now. I'll delay posting the full Release 27 to conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon/ for a few weeks at least, in hopes that people will read through the non-C pages and hunt down a few more typos. Thanks in advance!

Okay, now it's the next square-number day in October, the last one we're going to get this year... Has anyone been inspired to read through another letter's worth of Lexicon, looking for inaccuracies? Haven't gotten many reports lately, but I'm fairly sure there are still typos out there, at least.

Can I do anything to help with the inspiration? Post here to sign up for a letter in advance -- I could use some fresh eyes on A and B, but if everybody just reads A and B that doesn't help so much.

Might need someone familiar with historic small guns to get through all the recent new material on the P page.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby Saka » November 7th, 2017, 8:38 am

Was browsing, and the pattern dot-grid thing for 295P5H1V1 seems to be wrong. When pasted into golly, it is this:
x = 52, y = 52, rule = B3/S23
12b2o$5b2o4b2obobo$4b3o4b4o$3b2o6b2o5bo$2b2o2b2o3bo2bo2bo$b2o5bo7bo2b
2o$b2obo3b4o$4bo3b2o2b2obo$5b3o4bobo$6b2o3b2o2bo$6bo5bo$b4obo2bo2bo3bo
$b3o3b5o2b7obo$obo4bo10bo2b2o$3obo3bo3bo5b3o$7bobo2bo7b2o$bo3bo5b2o8b
2o2bobo$4bo7bo8b3obob3o$3bo8b3o6bo4bo$5bo6bobo5bobo$5bo6bob2o3bo4bo$
13bob4o3bo5bo2bo$12b2o2b2obobo3bob3o$17bo6bo2b3o3b3o$20bo2bo6b2o$16b2o
4bo2bo10b2o$18bo13bo3bo$16b2o4b2o8bo$17bo3b3o8bobobobo$17bo4b2o8bo5b2o
$24bo8bo2b3o$21bo2bo8bo8bo$26b4o8b2o3bo$23bo6b2o6b2o3bo$23bo4bo12bo$
23bo15bo$25b2obobo7bo2bo$25bo4bo9b3o$28b3ob2o2bo3bo3bob2o$29bo2b2obo5b
o3bo2bo$37b2o2bo3bo$34bob2ob2obo2b2o3bo$31bo5bo3bo7bobo$32b2o12b2o3bo$
38bo7b2o$39b3o3b2o2bo$38bo2bob3o$38bo4b2o$39bo$42bo2bo$41bo$42b2o!

There seem to be a whole lot of these mistakes.
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x = 17, y = 10, rule = B3/S23
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o2b2o$2b2o4bobo2b3o$bo3b5ob2obobo$2bo5bob2o$4bob2o2bobobo!

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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » November 7th, 2017, 9:53 am

Progress!

Nathaniel has uploaded the latest draft of the Lexicon to its new official home, http://conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon/. Please try browsing from there. I'm calling this "alpha Release 28", and planning for a final Release 28 by the end of the year. You can use the "browse online" link in the second paragraph, or download one of the ZIP files and test them out.

So far I know of the following items that need fixing in the alpha Release 28:

:soup: Fix "filing" to "filling".
:chaotic growth: The "other than that" phrase seems awkward.
:universe: Has a "TBD:" to be removed.

No doubt there are more. Now would be a great time for any proofreader-minded folks to choose a letter, go through the entries with a fine-tooth comb, and report any details that need patching up.

Saka wrote:Was browsing, and the pattern dot-grid thing for 295P5H1V1 seems to be wrong. When pasted into golly, it is this...
There seem to be a whole lot of these mistakes.

You're looking at the text version of the Lexicon, I take it? That's what will happen in Golly if you select patterns starting with the first character of the ASCII text, instead of the first character of the line (a tab character).

Golly interprets any whitespace character as an empty cell. So unless you select full lines, you end up copying patterns with an extra blank column at the left -- except for the first line. There are a few patterns such as the superfountain that can survive that minor mangling, but not very many!
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS 2018

Postby dvgrn » January 4th, 2018, 1:08 pm

dvgrn wrote:Progress!
...
Now would be a great time for any proofreader-minded folks to choose a letter, go through the entries with a fine-tooth comb, and report any details that need patching up.

More progress...

At the end of 2017, Life Lexicon Release 28 officially went from "alpha" to "beta", and will soon be rolled out to replace the November 5 alpha version on conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon.

The above link is intentionally broken, because the beta hasn't been copied to that location quite yet. I'd like to get a few more eyes on the beta Release 28 before it moves over there officially.

Instead, there's a browsable preview of the final beta Release 28 on Github. EDIT: Have temporarily changed the link to point to the single-page version instead of the multipage version -- it seems that inter-document multipage links don't work with the "htmlpreview" feature. They should work fine when the Lexicon moves to conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon/.

There's also a second "view online" link on the Lexicon home page now to make it clearer that browsing directly is also an option. The home page is also where the various downloadable ZIP files are available.

Huge thanks to dbell, who provided a very large fraction of the new material for this beta release, and also for the alpha Release 28 in November. Release 28 wouldn't be half as up-to-date without all those contributions. As y'all can see -- ahem! -- there haven't been a lot of proofreader contributions on this thread since November.

So if anyone has made a New Year's resolution to help out more with the Lexicon, now would be a great time to review and report!

So far I've only found a "(C)" and an "August 2017" in lex.html that I had meant to change, along with the serious multi-page link problem that Apple Bottom has pointed out. If you see anything else wrong, please let me know.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS 2018

Postby Apple Bottom » January 4th, 2018, 2:25 pm

dvgrn wrote:So if anyone has made a New Year's resolution to help out more with the Lexicon, now would be a great time to review and report!


Right off the bat, I can see a slight misalignment in the "2-glider collision" lemma, in the first row ("nothing") of the table included.

The "2-engine Cordership" entry says that the 9-glider synthesis is due to Luka Okanishi. Is that who AbhpzTa is, then? Or is this a remnant of a different article?

Internal links are broken if they point to a different page of the Lexicon. For instance, under "0hd Demonoid" (the very first entry), "Demonoid" links to lex_1.htm#demonoid rather than lex_d.htm#demonoid.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS 2018

Postby Majestas32 » January 4th, 2018, 3:08 pm

Apple Bottom wrote:
dvgrn wrote:So if anyone has made a New Year's resolution to help out more with the Lexicon, now would be a great time to review and report!


The "2-engine Cordership" entry says that the 9-glider synthesis is due to Luka Okanishi. Is that who AbhpzTa is, then? Or is this a remnant of a different article?


Yes, at least judging from various Lifewiki articles and PotY.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS 2018

Postby dvgrn » January 4th, 2018, 4:30 pm

Apple Bottom wrote:Internal links are broken if they point to a different page of the Lexicon. For instance, under "0hd Demonoid" (the very first entry), "Demonoid" links to lex_1.htm#demonoid rather than lex_d.htm#demonoid.

True enough, and very strange. I've never seen the automated build system break the internal links in that way before. Might have to go in and troubleshoot Stephen Silver's build system to fix this properly, but if that takes too much time I might write a quick script to verify and patch the multi-page links.

Until the repaired version is uploaded, anyone who wants to review should be able to look at the single-page version. I'm not seeing any problems with those links.

Release 28 single-page Life Lexicon link

EDIT: It turns out this is not a problem with the actual Life Lexicon build, but rather with the "http://htmlpreview.github.io/?" prefix needed to display the actual web page instead of the HTML text. If you download and extract the multipage ZIP file and open lex.htm from there, there shouldn't be any issues. (?)

I'll ask Nathaniel if he can move the Release 28 beta over to conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon sooner rather than later -- that should take care of the linking problem.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS 2018

Postby dvgrn » January 13th, 2018, 11:42 am

dvgrn wrote:I'll ask Nathaniel if he can move the Release 28 beta over to conwaylife.com/ref/lexicon sooner rather than later -- that should take care of the linking problem.

Release 28 is now live in its new official location.

I'll collect typos and factual mistakes and fixes to links and that kind of thing for a few more weeks, so please report anything like that you see. That kind of trivial update may happen from time to time without changing the release number.

I'm also still collecting ideas for new terms and definitions. However, adding new terms _would_ bump up the release number, and I'm not currently planning on putting out a new release more than once a year.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS 2018

Postby Apple Bottom » January 14th, 2018, 7:12 am

dvgrn wrote:Release 28 is now live in its new official location.

I'll collect typos and factual mistakes and fixes to links and that kind of thing for a few more weeks, so please report anything like that you see. That kind of trivial update may happen from time to time without changing the release number.

I'm also still collecting ideas for new terms and definitions. However, adding new terms _would_ bump up the release number, and I'm not currently planning on putting out a new release more than once a year.


Excellent, allow me to be the first to say congrats on wrapping up the new release. :)

Just spotted a discrepancy -- the table under "Herschel conduit" seems to flip conduits horizontally, so x offsets are negated compared to the conduits' own entries. For instance, Bx125 has an offset of (9, -17) in the table, but (-9, -17) in its article; Fx119 has an offset of (-20, 14) in the table, but (20, 14) in its article; and so on.

Also, in the entry for Rx202, there's a whitespace missing before the plus here: "It is made up of two elementary conduits, HR143B +BFx59H."

In the entry for Bx222, it says that the conduit produces a "backward-traveling inverted Herschel"; should this be an "inverted Herschel rotated 180 degrees" or so? (Herschels don't travel, do they.)

In the entry for B60, the output Herschel's offset is given as "(×,y)".
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS 2018

Postby dvgrn » January 14th, 2018, 10:24 am

Apple Bottom wrote:Just spotted a discrepancy -- the table under "Herschel conduit" seems to flip conduits horizontally, so x offsets are negated compared to the conduits' own entries. For instance, Bx125 has an offset of (9, -17) in the table, but (-9, -17) in its article; Fx119 has an offset of (-20, 14) in the table, but (20, 14) in its article; and so on.

Good catch(es). That will be worth patching in a few weeks, along with whatever else anyone notices -- while still calling it "Release 28", since it's mostly changing all the release numbers and dates that takes the most fiddling around in the ZIP files. Thanks!
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS 2018

Postby Apple Bottom » January 16th, 2018, 2:34 am

dvgrn wrote:Good catch(es). That will be worth patching in a few weeks, along with whatever else anyone notices -- while still calling it "Release 28", since it's mostly changing all the release numbers and dates that takes the most fiddling around in the ZIP files. Thanks!


Cool. :)

BTW, F166 claims to be an elementary conduit in the Lexicon (which is why the wiki entry did as well) -- may want to fix that as well.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby Apple Bottom » January 16th, 2018, 5:23 pm

Apologies for double-posting--

The output B-heptominoes in the pattern for HFx58B have a misaligned cell each, as far as I can tell. They look like this:

x = 52, y = 22, rule = B3/S23
9bo30bo$10b3o26b3o$13bo24bo$2o10b2o24b2o10b2o$bo48bo$bobo44bobo$2b2o
44b2o$21bo8bo$21b2o6b2o$22b2o4b2o$22bo6bo$21bo8bo2$2bo46bo$2bobo42bobo
$2b3o42b3o$4bo11b2o17b2o10bo$16bo18b2o$17b3o19b2o$19bo19bo$40b3o$42bo!


but should look like this:

x = 52, y = 22, rule = B3/S23
9bo30bo$10b3o26b3o$13bo24bo$2o10b2o24b2o10b2o$bo48bo$bobo44bobo$2b2o
44b2o$21bo8bo$21b2o6b2o$22b2o4b2o$21b2o6b2o3$2bo46bo$2bobo42bobo$2b3o
42b3o$4bo11b2o17b2o10bo$16bo18b2o$17b3o19b2o$19bo19bo$40b3o$42bo!
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby dvgrn » January 16th, 2018, 5:48 pm

Apple Bottom wrote:The output B-heptominoes in the pattern for HFx58B have a misaligned cell each, as far as I can tell.

Well... you're absolutely right... but I'm probably not going to fix this... but I may add a note like

"The alternate form of the B-heptomino is shown. This is normal for elementary conduit inputs and outputs, since many of these conduits do in fact produce this alternate form."

The alternate form is described in the :B-heptomino: entry (which comes from the old Lexicon, I didn't write it). Yes, technically the alternate form is not really a B-heptomino, it just has the same descendants and is usually referred to with the same name.

There's a separate issue with your quoted patterns, not related and it doesn't really matter much except as something to watch out for. The patterns show a different one-cell misalignment in the top line. This is caused by copying and pasting from the Life Lexicon starting from the first character of the ASCII pattern, instead of the beginning of the first line containing the ASCII pattern.
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- NEW CALL FOR PROOFREADERS

Postby Apple Bottom » January 17th, 2018, 4:19 am

dvgrn wrote:The alternate form is described in the :B-heptomino: entry (which comes from the old Lexicon, I didn't write it). Yes, technically the alternate form is not really a B-heptomino, it just has the same descendants and is usually referred to with the same name.


Oh, I never knew. Neat -- I learned something new again today.

dvgrn wrote:There's a separate issue with your quoted patterns, not related and it doesn't really matter much except as something to watch out for. The patterns show a different one-cell misalignment in the top line. This is caused by copying and pasting from the Life Lexicon starting from the first character of the ASCII pattern, instead of the beginning of the first line containing the ASCII pattern.


Oh, yes... that tends to bite me *every* *single* *time* I copy/paste a pattern from the Lexicon. I wonder if I shouldn't actually suggest that Golly handle this. :)
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Re: Life Lexicon update -- Release 28

Postby Apple Bottom » February 11th, 2018, 8:58 am

Apologies for the bump-- here's some more issues-to-fix (well, one, for now; but I'll be editing this entry if I find more, until another reply is posted in the thread.)

Without further ado--

  • "Pianola breeder" has a superfluous "by" ("A series of patterns by by Paul Tooke").

Watch this space for updates!

EDIT: we seem to have found a more efficient solution. ;)
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