Despite differing from the classic Game of Life by many non-totalistic transitions, Glimmering Garden have shown similar dynamics and engineering capabilities.
Without transition S3a, a block dies instantly, while the existence of B4i6i prohibits longer induction coils. Other than those the rule exhibits larger varieties of still lives compared with Life.
There are three common, sparkyvolatile oscillators, of period 240, 28 and 44 respectively, that characterize Glimmering Garden as the minimum isotropic non-totalistic rule to support the trio.
x = 6, y = 5, rule = B3-jknr4ity5ijk6i8/S23-a4city6c7c
bob2o$6o$b2o$2b3o$3bo!
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The period-240 oscillator cloverleaf is the most common oscillator and the second most common object arising from soups, due to the fact that an R-pentomino (or its 2-generation descendant B-heptomino) is a naturalpredecessor of it. It is a reflectorless rotating oscillator of loopability 1 and 3 (but not 2) with ⌘-shaped motion. It was this oscillator, found in other rules^{[1]}, that led to the discovery of Glimmering Garden.
The period-28 oscillator Julia is the third most common oscillator. The envelope resembles a Julia set, hence the name.
The period-44 oscillator butterfly is the fourth most common oscillator. There is a common non-trivial dimer of it as well. Without S4c this pattern becomes a replicatorwave.
With the discovery of R-pentomino conduits (see below), oscillators of period 37 or above can be constructed. As of February 2021, the periods for which no oscillator is known are 10, 15, 20~22, 27, 29, 31~33, 35.
The glider from Life does not work in this rule. Naturally-occuring spaceships include the c/2 orthogonal T-ship, a c/4 orthogonal, a 3c/20 fireship-like orthogonal spaceship as well as several high-period c/2 ones, though some only in higher symmetrys.
Some non-exhaustive searches for c/2 and 2c/4 components have been carried out with Rust Life Search. Moreover, searching with ikpx2 has been done for c/4 diagonal and found 27 spaceships including tagalongs and extensible components as of February 2021; the smallest one is shown to the left.
FWKnightship constructed the first engineered spaceships from rake and puffers of simplified speed 4c/11, 8c/17 orthogonal and 7c/46 diagonal. Later, 16c/34 spaceships have also emerged from symmetric soups.
All 29 distinct two T-ship collisions (click above to open LifeViewer)
The bullet heptomino (Catagolue: here) is the smallest, fastest spaceship as well as the most common object arising from random soups. Its other phase is a t-tetromino plus one dot spark at the back, hence the name T-ship. Its significance for Glimmering Garden is to the same extent as the glider for Game of Life.
There are 29 distinct two T-ship collisions, 19 of which creates nothing, 6 creates a single T-ship (include 4 fly-by deletions and 2 kickbacks), one creates two T-ships and another one creates two blinkers. The remaining two is messy.
Some 3T syntheses has been discovered for boat, ship, long boat and blinker. In-depth investigation is yet to be done.
The most common linear growth pattern is a 32c/68 orthogonal double T-ship backrake, as shown on the right. It is the basis of many other linear growths, where the outputs are filtered by oscillators or crashed into other objects.
The third most common one is a 14c/92 diagonal puffer (Catagolue: here) arising from a double interaction between a cloverleaf and a Julia, making the outputs solely Julias.
A large amount of natural T-ship guns are based on cloverleaf, Julia and butterfly. The smallest and fastest known gun is a true-period p13 T-ship gun on the left. With the discovery of stable T-ship duplicators, true-period T-ship guns with periods 51 or above can be constructed.
Side products from c/4 diagonal ikpx2 search include several wickstretchers, puffers, and growing spaceships consisting of a fuse burning at c/7d, 2c/10d, 4c/26d and 13c/61d.
Other growth rates
A sqrtgun and caber tossers have been built. A T-ship to 24c/48o rake converter may be employed to build super-linear growth patterns. Sawtooth with a minimum repeating population of 188 has been found.
Period-28 Heisenburp reaction (click above to open LifeViewer)
Giving off similar century-like sparks, the oscillators cloverleaf, Julia and butterfly are excellent for periodic technologies. For Julia, T-ship 90-degree reflector, 180-degree reflector, Heisenburp and AND gate have been found.
Period-37 R-pentomino loop (click above to open LifeViewer)
x = 64, y = 35, rule = B3-jknr4ity5ijk6i8/S23-a4city6c7c
37bo$36bobo$37bo6$31bobo$32bo2$32bo2$31bo$30bobo$31bo8$2o25bo$3o21bob
2o$2o25bo34bo$61bobo$34b2o26bo$34bobo$35bo$55bo$49bo2bobo$41bo6bobo4bo
$40bobo6bo$41bo!
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Stable T-ship duplicator (click above to open LifeViewer)
Stable technologies are of particular interest, most of which relies on tub, the smallest still life that functions as a versatile rock. The period-13 gun above is an example. The tub can also catalyse the evolution of R-pentomino/B-heptomino in various manners, which enables the construction of period-37 (or above) R-pentomino loop.
Besides the B-heptomino, T-ship is another vital signal carrier. After the discovery of a bait boat reaction with recovery time 51, Luka Okanishi constructed a stable T-ship duplicator giving 0-degree and 90-degree parity-preserved outputs. Parity-changing T-ship reflectors are also possible, completing a toolkit that is able to adjust the mod-4 timing of a T-ship by means of trombone slide.
Further elaboration have resulted in exact-timing (synchronized) Boolean logic AND, OR, XOR, ANDNOT gates, and eventually, a stable Rule 110unit cell proving the rule Turing-complete.
x = 69, y = 37, rule = B3-jknr4ity5ijk6i8/S23-a4city6c7c
65bo2$65bo$64b3o7$27bo39bo2$27bo39bo$26b3o37b3o16$3bo14bo24bo14bo$ob2o
11bob2o21bob2o11bob2o$3bo14bo24bo14bo3$23b2obo37bobo$23bob2o35b2ob2o$
62bobo!
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A barge can be a flintstone, in the sense that upon hitting certain patterns, two R-pentominoes emerge from it in a similar manner to the boat bait. This is useful in a c/4o-to-2T converter and a Hashlife-friendly period-64 double-barrelled gun.
Occasionally, a boat and an xs8_2dic can serve as an eater.