Kirk Israel's commonplace and blog. Quotes and links daily since 2001.
September 15, 2021
14 years ago I made "Conway Ice", seeing what happened if you plotted Conway's Game of Life in 3D... each generation is plotted one level higher than the previous. Turns out it makes cool, plant-like structures!

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But I didn't port this from Java Processing to P5.js until now (not sure if P5 was doing 3D when I started.) I had to rewrite the 2D engine, but that's easy enough these days. (Getting around to making the the port inspired by Andy Wallace's Pac-Tracer that also uses 3D, in this case to chart Pac-Man ghost's sophisticated movement behaviors.)
Christianity neither is nor ever was a part of the Common Law.
Thomas Jefferson

Religion & Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
James Madison

The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
John Adams

RIP Norm MacDonald

I'm pretty sure, I'm not a doctor -- but I'm pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That's not a loss. That's a draw.
Norm Macdonald
Damn, that is one sexy biting lip emoji

Hah, reminds me of this weirdly sexy ad for a russian dental office I saw in 2006:
I'll tell you the thing Nikki Sixx said in the Mötley Crüe Behind the Music. "You gotta date your wife."
Roy on "Ted Lasso"

For my devblog I did a deep dive of the animation shown here - a lovely bit of code snuggled in a 280-max tweet!
New person to follow on tumbler and Twitter... I love microfiction.

That one about the forests is gonna stick with me...
Every snowflake is special, until you need to make a snowball.
T. R. Darling

The forest wanted to beg for mercy but knew precious little about us. Pine trees roared like chainsaws, hoping this was the language of man.
T. R. Darling
(Just wanted to get a few here in searchable text form)
Some shots from last weekend, and this one.

Nearly an entire generation doesn't know what the back cover of their favourite albums look like
(course I missed the golden age of album art. Small CDs (also the weird long box eta)... and before that the serious dark ages of cassette tape fold outs.)
Also it reminds me when I once pondered being a writer for video game manuals. There's another form that seems to be falling by the wayside, both because distribution is so often digital (and publishers were cheaping out even before that) and the trend is either for in game tutorials, or genre instances that need less explaining. though super early games sometimes needed the manual along with the color art to better supplement the sparse graphics and sound.