Another year gone. Over the past year Visions of Chaos has had many new features added, bugs fixed and loads of smaller enhancements. In this blog I managed to cover and experiment with a wide variety of topics over the last 12 months.

__Post Summary__

Here is a list of posts I added to this blog in 2018;

More Adventures With 3D Gravity

Updated simulation code for 3D gravity.

MergeLife Cellular Automata

Yet another CA explored this year.

Cellular Automata Explained Part 1

Trying to explain CAs from the ground up for newbies. Idea is to expand this into a series.

Mandelbrot Foam

A new variety of fractal from Fractal Forums.

Clusters And Particles

Awesome emergence.

Extended Neighborhood 1D Cellular Automata

Inspired by a Reddit post this time.

3D Multiphase Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics

3D fluids.

Hybrid Fractals

Quick explanation for hybrid fractals. An area with huge potential for exploration and experimentation.

Multiple Rules Cellular Automata

From a YouTube comment idea.

Searching For Pleasing Looking Flame Fractals

My attempts at trying to make software smart enough to detect good looking flames.

Stochastic Cellular Automata

Introducing randomness into CAs.

Spring Pendulum

Extending double and triple pendulums but using springs for their segments.

More Explorations With Multiple Neighborhood Cellular Automata

More experiments with these awesome CA.

Rock Paper Scissors Cellular Automata

RPS and variations in CA form.

Multiple Neighborhoods Cellular Automata

Fantastic new CA.

Stacked Generations Display For 2D Cellular Automata

These turned out very nice.

History Dependant Cellular Automata

A new (old/rediscovered) CA method.

Alternating Neighborhoods Cellular Automata

A new CA from an idea I had one day.

Zhang Cellular Automata

A Twitter post inspires another new mode.

Two Steps Back Cellular Automata

Another new CA (for me) from a Twitter post.

Indexed Totalistic Cellular Automata

A new CA thanks to a Twitter post.

Line Based 3D Strange Attractors

A group of strange attractors that are plotted from a series of joined points rather than a point cloud.

2D Accretor Cellular Automata

Experiments with a 2D version of the Accretor CAs.

Variations of Ant Automata

Trying a new variation of Langton’s Ant. Nothing too spectacular.

Accretor Cellular Automata

Interesting structures from a new CA thanks to a Dutch artist.

The Stepping Stone Cellular Automaton

An interesting CA from the C64 days of 1980.

__Blog__

I have tried to include more useful information as this blog has gone on over the years to hopefully help others, but mainly blogging is most helpful to me. There is an old adage saying that if you cannot explain something clearly then you do not understand it well enough. Writing blog posts has helped me clarify many topics in my mind.

Another big advantage of blogging is that you get contacted by like minded people. Many of the interests I have blogged about have been greatly enhanced by someone emailing me a new idea or fix for an issue I am having.

I really do recommend that everyone blog. Everyone has a “something” they are good at or knowledgeable about. Share that knowledge. You may be surprised how much you benefit from the process.

__Looking Forward__

I have no intentions of stopping development on Visions of Chaos any time soon. I still have loads of ideas for new features. That also means this blog will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Onward to 2019 and beyond.

Jason.