83bismuth38 wrote:Thanks! one thing though - what SHOULD I experiment with? (also, I'm still going to make more still lifes, lol)
Feel free to experiment with anything that interests you. It's difficult to make new discoveries in an area until you already have a fairly good understanding of what has been previously discovered in that area. However, before posting any new and exciting new discoveries, have a look to see whether they have been discovered before. What may be new to you may have been known for decades by others.
All objects up to 14 bits (with one exception) had glider syntheses in the 1990s, so they were of course known long before then. The Hourglass (also known as Four Boats) has also been long known.
At present, all still-lifes and pseudo-still-lifes up to 30 bits have been discovered, via exhaustive computer search, as well as all P2 oscillators and pseudo-oscillators up to 21 bits, and P3 oscillators and pseudo-oscillators up to 20 bits. All oscillators and pseudo-oscillators of all periods have been found up to 21 bits, but as these have not been verified by computer, it's possible that some have slipped between the cracks. (For example, after manually tabulating 206 P3s up to 20 bits, 10 more were discovered by computer search).
It is unlikely that you will find new still-lifes or oscillators unless they are of larger sizes than these, and (at least for still-lifes), they are so easy to create, they are rarely interesting. Two things that can make still-lifes interesting are naturalness (i.e. if they occur spontaneously from soups, or can be easily synthesized from gliders), or usefulness in engineering situations (e.g. if they can be used as specialized eaters, or as static bases that are used in the process of synthesizing oscillators or spaceships, etc.) Low-period oscillators are rarely interesting unless they have a new rotor (i.e. adding larger variant stators to an oscillator is as easy as making a larger still-life).