The Indie Web
2.14.2020 microcode bot

Run your tweet on a virtual 8-bit computer.

This is a true gem in the realm of microcode. BBC Micro Bot is an amazing tweet-bot, with a simple premise. Just @ mention it in a tweet with some BASIC code, and it will reply with an animated rendering of the result.

This project is fairly fresh, but already yielding fantastic results. I love the many ways such a small amount of code can result in something so beautiful and animated.

For the tweets below, you can see both the code and the outcome. I’ve tried to identify and link out to the theory or idea behind the code if I can spot it easily.

With all creative code… playing around with it is an incredible opportunity to learn while exploring your creative side! Remix, resend, and create something new! If you’ve got something you’re proud of, edit this post on GitHub to share it!

Here, we have Sierpiล„ski’s Triangle. It’s amazing how much complexity can be pulled from recursive code!

This is a great instance of a beautiful and beloved staple in the world of generative code:

10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10
The randomization of two characters shows so much complexity and beauty!

Random triangle generation, colors, and fills. Really such simple code that still sucks you into the screen!

It’s projects like this that really show how powerful visual code can be!

More please.
1.5.2020 microcode pico8

Does this code make sense? No, not really. But wow is this demo nice!

When it comes to fitting amazing creations into the smallest amount of code possible, I don’t think there are any better than Mathieu ‘p01’ Henri… And his most recent sketch, Night Train, is no exception.

The scene, featuring a train rolling through a generative field dotted with grass and some windy trees, is really a mind blower… Especially considering the formula generating it consists of 242 characters, fitting inside the tweet!

For real though, what is that emoji doing in there?

But How?