Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fandom Round-Up: The Game of Life; In a Couple youTube Comments

Credo: If you laugh out loud, it's good to share. [I usually do share. Sometimes.]  

I'm researching the history of video games--and I came across the Game of Life, from 1970. [1]
So, I watched  Stephen Hawkings The Meaning of Life (John Conway's "Game of Life" segment)
on youTube, and I  laughed out loud at this exchange of comments.

Wait for it.

OK, you can see by the dates that youTube creates the illusion of  dialogue there, but it still makes me smile, it so delightfully represents youTube interactions.
[I mean, plenty of conversations on youTube are exactly that disconnected.]

It seems no one ever answered asdfghijkl's question.
I'm tempted to sign in: Yes, according to IMDb, Cumberbatch is the narrator.

But I'm not going to. I can't take the time to go down every rabbit hole. And really, if a person can comment on youTube, you'd think they could google the answer. Seemingly not.

This is the sort of comment I was actually looking for:


[1]  Here, someone else [] explains the Game of Life (and you can play a simulation of it there, I think?):

    The Game of Life is not your typical computer game. It is a 'cellular automaton', and was invented by Cambridge mathematician John Conway.

    It consists of a collection of cells which, based on a few mathematical rules, can live, die or multiply. Depending on the initial conditions, the cells form various patterns throughout the course of the game.
 This game became widely known when it was mentioned in a Scientific American article in 1970. 


Zhoen said...

Or this version of Game of Life,

Have you come across Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Good(ish) ?

Frex said...


No I haven't come across anything much yet---video games are entirely out of my experience.
Well, not entirely.
I did play Pac Man a couple times when I was in my 20s.
I'm interested in the phenomenon, but not in playing. I've never much liked games.

bink said...

Science-speak makes me feel so stupid.

Frex said...

Art-speak makes some people feel stupid---it's just the language of the stuff you know, eh?