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Re: A project to make screensaver out of Turing's morphogenesis

28.05.2016, 16:05, "Sebastian Gniazdowski" <sgniazdowski@xxxxxxxxx>:
> Hello,
> Zsh has floating point numbers, so it was possible to implement
> Turing's morphogenesis in it:
> https://asciinema.org/a/47133
> I believe the images have special aesthetics because they resemble how
> life is formed. Would be nice to have such a shell screen saver. For
> example, on one my FreeBSD machine vt doesn't ever blank. But I don't
> have experience with such software. It's nice to say "shell
> screensaver", but:
> - it should run only on active terminal (thought about remembering
> last active terminal in a /tmp file via precmd)
> - should run after some time (sched, will it play nice?)

I would suggest to code this as separately as possible, maybe even as a separate plugin. I do not think that zsh is the right language to implement Turing’s morphogenesis, but I think that you are not the only one wanting a screensaver in a terminal. So the idea is that code which deduces when to run the screensaver, switches to alternate screen, renders the screensaver and disables it should know a single thing about Turing’s morphogenesis: that it needs to run `$SCREENSAVER_COMMAND $LINES $COLUMNS` to get the screensaver rendered.

I am not the one wanting screensaver in the terminal though, so I will not participate. I am sometimes answering questions on this ML though.

> Would anyone want to participate? To implement:
> - 256 color terminals with reasonable color picking
> - screensaver like behavior
> - optimization, maybe Euler method isn't best for this, code is quite slow
> - other algorithms or different parameters for, or variations of morphogenesis
> - use of alternate screen to not flood terminal
> https://github.com/psprint/zsh-morpho
> Best regards,
> Sebastian Gniazdowski

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