Just a quick tip this time. In many cases Polycut SOP does the same as Polypath SOP or Convert Line SOP, while retaining groups better! Just cut at all points “*” and set strategy to “Cut”.

# Cell Division and Surface

This one was made for the illustrations in this weird article about a four-dimensional cell surface. There is cell subdivision, the squishing of the interpenetrating spheres, and the resulting growing bounding surface.

# Tiling noise via 4th dimension

Saw this neat trick in a tweet from Donald Mitchell. If you unwrap a 4d noise on a 4d torus, you get a perfect non-distorted looping texture. The math is super simple even.

# Nodevember 2019

I’m taking part in #nodevember, the idea is to do something small with nodes each day, according to prompts given at http://nodevember.io.

I’ll be adding stuff here as I go. Not too clever stuff so I’ll just dump it all into one post.

Nov 1 : LAVA

Nov 2 : CLOUDS

Nov 3 : LIGHTNING

Nov 4 : TORNADO

NOV 5 : SNOW

NOV 6 : REPTILE

# Hodgepodge Cellular Automaton

It’s alive!

I was reading an old favourite, “The Computational Beauty of Nature“, and ran into this interesting cellular automaton the author dubbed Hodgepodge. The original source seems to be “A CELLULAR AUTOMATON DESCRIBING THE FORMATION OF SPATIALLY ORDERED STRUCTURES IN CHEMICAL SYSTEMS” from M. GERHARDT and H. SCHUSTER, 1988. It seems to also be known as a “Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction”

Luckily the book is accompanied with some source code, so this was an easy steal ðŸ˜‰

2019-07-19 Hodgepodge 3d

This was easy to naively extend to three dimensions, here you go.

# 2d Convex Hull

A 2d convex hull is nothing new, but here we can control the number of vertices.

First we create the hull with Triangulate 2d and Divide, and measure edge lengths. Then we recursively collapse edges by finding the shortest edge and collapsing it into the intersection of the neighboring edges. Repeat until N points remain.

# Wispy Clouds

You can get wispy clouds by doing extreme extreme volume displacement by some nice noise. Here I have a planar volume and I’m only displacing along the volume (Y displacement multiplied by 0) so I don’t even need to enlarge the displacement bounds.

# Periodic Pebbles

A looping set of pebbles, e.g. for rendering a looping texture.