Version 1.03 of the soup-search script is now available. It's a Python script that will run on the current version of Golly for Windows, Mac, or Linux. Version 1.03 displays much more detail about the progress of the current search.
Methuselah survival times appear to fit a simple inverse exponential sequence. Lifespans between 1000(N-1) and 1000N are about twice as frequent as lifespans between 1000N and 1000(N+1) -- for a wide range of N. Version 1.03 of the script continuously updates an on-screen table of these frequencies, starting at N=5. It is an open question how far this relationship continues, or whether a larger sample will yield a more precise approximation of the curve.
Paul Rendell has again made available his Game of Life Turing Machine document.
I've updated my Game of Life Info website. I've made quite a few formatting changes, as well as adding some new information. There are now several thousand new Period 2 objects in the database that I've come across in my P2-Oscillator Rotor investigations, as well as a number of new oscillators and spaceships found by others these past few months. I've also started a section on the subject of P2-Rotors, as well as cleaning up and updating the text on Glider Constructions. In the next few months, hope to add to both of these areas.
Tomas Rokicki has announced the release of a new version of Golly, the cross platform Game of Life program written by him and Andrew Trevorrow. From his announcement:
The important changes:
The distribution now includes a pattern collection (still under development). Many of the current patterns show off Golly's hashing capabilities.
Nick Gotts has put together a new weblog based site, Natural History of Conway's Game of Life, in which he will be presenting some of the results of his investigations into simple starting pattern. The first posting deals with "Patterns with Eventful Histories", patterns which can interact in non-periodic ways and which have been followed for up to 2^36 (over 137 billion) generations.