Sidewalks Made by Ants Screen Saver
A sidewalk is a swath of pixels that gets painted in an orderly fashion such
that a solid area is filled in. The ant constructs the sidewalk by iterating
the same pattern over and over, thus producing a straight sidewalk that is
several times wider than the ant.
In order to express the concept of ants constructing sidewalks, I added an
option to the program to actually draw ants rather than circles or squares.
Here is the result, showing several ants drawn as ants, constructing
In the next image, the sidewalk construction
is interrupted by a grid in the background. Every time the ant encounters a
grid line, the net vector of the sidewalk is changed by 90 degrees. Normally,
this would cause an ant to traverse a square, but in this case, it traverses
a sort of square spiral.
Here is an example of several ants constructing sidewalks oriented at
different angles. It is surprising how many angles are actually possible.
Here you can see several angles in one image.
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