The Cook Book
Recipe for the week of May 29 - June 4
CAPOW! Rudy Really Cooks!
- This week we are pleased to announce the availability of a new
CA simulator for Windows by Rudy Rucker. Entitled CAPOW!, Rudy's
latest software handles a wide variety of one-dimensional cellular
automata with both discrete and continuous state space. All the Rucker
trademarks are there: a hyperactive interface that features lots of rule
mutation tools, the ability to view many different dynamics
simultaneously on the screen, well-written documentation and background
materials, and much more. So stop by the Kitchen
Sink and check it out!
- In fact, it's not hard to decipher the various .ca file
formats for CAPOW! experiments. As an illustration I have posted
4cyclic.ca in the CAM8 ftp directory accessible from the Sink.
That file implements the 4-color 1d CCA rule that we discussed two weeks
ago. By running Rudy's new program in a large single-experiment window
(1024 by 768, say), then loading and seeding the 4cyclic rule, one
can get a better sense of the sub-diffusive clustering.
- This week's CAPOW! soup was created by Rudy using several of the
interactive features of his program to manipulate continuous state rules;
he likens the resulting image to an oil slick. And yes, as the screen
snapshot would suggest, the program runs just fine under Windows