I like the smell of a westerly breeze
But even more than all of these
I like to be on —
Howdy, I'm Apple Bottom.
I'm fascinated by cellular automata, though I'd hesitate to call myself a Life enthusiast. My favorite outer-totalistic rules (other than Life itself) are Day & Night (B3678/S34678), B367/S3567 (which has a family of natural period-24 spaceships, as well as a period-800 ship) and B378/S3567 (which has a large variety of natural and semi-natural spaceships of different periods, including a smoking period 274 ship). On the non-totalistic side, I like B2e3ai4arw5678/S3-an4ar5i678 (SlugWorld), a rule that has a vast number of natural and semi-natural spaceships of different periods. I also like the Larger than Life rules R2,C6,M1,S7..9,B5..7,NM and R3,C9,M1,S7..9,B6..7,NM, both of which have interesting spaceships.
I'm a contributor to Calcyman's Catagolue. I used to be the second biggest contributor to B3/S23/C1 for a long time; right now I'm the fourth, with 30.0+ trillion objects contributed to B3/S23 (12.9+ trillion to C1; 17.1+ trillion to higher symmetries). I helped alpha-test apgsearch 3.x (apgmera), and tweaked the final version in minor ways to better suit my needs (current patch: 3.28-ab9). Some very minor changes I made to apgsearch 4.x (apgluxe) were merged back into the official repo. I wrote a Catagolue browser extension for Opera, and helped Simon Ekström compute the number of 29- and 30-bit strict/pseudo still lifes. Occasionally I write other bits of Life-related code, but they're largely unreleased. The only notable patterns I've found are the pony express (the first natural puffer other than the two switch engines), dueling banjos, and an unnamed 1340-tick diehard.
I'm an occasional (and sometimes prolific) LifeWiki editor, as well as an administrator. I try to make sure the LifeWiki doesn't fall into disrepair; I do more work on the plumbing (templates, category infrastructure etc.) than on the porcelain (actual content). I tend to edit in bursts; life has a way of getting in the way of Life. Bear with me if I don't get back to you immediately, and be sure to check my status.
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In addition to on here you can find me on the ConwayLife.com forums as Apple Bottom, on Catagolue as Apple Bottom, on Twitter as @_AppleBottom_, on the Internet Archive as @apple_bottom, on Github as AppleBottom, and on Gitlab as AppleBottom.If you want to get in touch, sending me a forum PM or mention on Twitter's best.
I occasionally submit to certain test symmetries on Catagolue; these are all prefixed with AB_ (for Apple Bottom) and suffixed with _Test. Right now, they are:
|Name||Soup size||Density||Hash function||Version||Browser extension support|
|AB_1x256_Test||1×256||50%||SHA-256||FIXME: fill this in||4.6+|
|Used to test 1×256 soups in apgmera 3.28. Results are not submitted to the main 1x256 census due to discrepancies in object counts compared to apgsearch 0.54+0.31i. Superseded by 1x256 in apgluxe 4.x.|
|Obtained by generating a regular 16×16 C1 soup and then computing its Kronecker product with itself.|
|Used to test 2×128 soups in apgmera 3.28. Results are not submitted to the main 2x128 census due to discrepancies in object counts compared to apgsearch 0.54+0.31i. Superseded by 2x128 in apgluxe 4.x.|
|Used to test 4×64 soups in apgmera 3.28. Results are not submitted to the main 4x64 census due to discrepancies in object counts compared to apgsearch 0.54+0.31i. Superseded by 4x64 in apgluxe 4.x.|
|Obtained by taking a regular 16×16 C1 soup and "inflating" every cell to a 2x2 block.|
|Diagonal skew gutter symmetry: diagonal (D2_x) symmetry, but with an empty lane ("gutter") separating the diagonal halves, and the mirrored half offset orthogonally ("skewed") by one cell. Requested by User:Rhombic for B2i3-ekq4eijyz5cek6cn7e/S2-n3-aey4aceky5ijkq.|
|Intended to produce results comparable to Nathaniel Johnston's Online Life-Like CA Soup Search.|
|Generated by considering a 512 bit string 2 bits at a time, and only setting a cell to live if both bits are 1.|
|Generated by considering a 512 bit string 2 bits at a time, and setting a cell to live if either bit is 1.|
All results from these test symmetries should be taken cum grano salis; my modifications of the apgsearch script may contain bugs both subtle and embarassing. Caveat lector.
My Catagolue statistics
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(Scoring method: harmonic.)
My LifeWiki contributions
User:Apple Bot is my bot. It's not currently used for anything, primarily because the Perl modules keep getting broken by changes to the MediaWiki API. (It isn't because I'm lazy, nosiree.)
User:Apple Bottom/Catagolue(incomplete, outdated, not updated)
- User:Apple Bottom/Catagolue/Top users by rule (requested by 77topaz)
- User:Apple Bottom/Bibliography (list of books and articles, highly incomplete)
- User:Apple Bottom/Day & Night (some interesting Day & Night patterns)
- User:Apple Bottom/Dictionary (dictionary of Life- and CA-related terms and pattern names in different languages)
- User:Apple Bottom/Incubator (Life-related content of general interest that doesn't meet the criteria for main namespace inclusion, e.g. my own terminology)
- User:Apple Bottom/Notepad (various Life-, CA-, and LifeWiki-related notes I want to keep, but do not want cluttering up my main userpage)
- User:Apple Bottom/TODO
- User:Apple Bottom/TODO/Life Lexicon (list of Life Lexicon entries; red links should be filled in)
Non-categorizing infobox templates
Use these templates instead of the standard templates when creating pattern pages below your user page to avoid cluttering the main pattern categories.
- User:Apple Bottom/Oscillator
- User:Apple Bottom/Spaceship
- User:Apple Bottom/Speed
- User:Apple Bottom/Stilllife