Xastol-Interruptions

1) There are small random lines.
2) The lines all have the same size.
3) The lines are all black
4) The background is white (tint of gray).
5) For the most part, the lines seem to be evenly spaced.
6) The lines are generated at different angles than the ones around them.
7) There are some interruptions (spaces without lines).
8) The lines follow one general direction (may be vertical or horizontal).

xastol-p5-interruptionsrecode

Looking at the piece, I noticed that there would be a few difficulties I would have to deal with, the obvious one being how do I get lines to show up across the board relatively evenly. My first attempt started with making an entirely new line class that would give random angles to each line. However, this became difficult when applying in a list and trying to display (the display function was being buggy). Instead, I decided to go a more direct way and created a double-for loop. This ended up being a lot more time-efficient and easier to manage when looking at. The problem I still struggle with is getting larger random white-space to occur. In my code, I applied randomGaussian() to the randomness of the y-values for each line. This creates some disruption in the general pattern, but is still not big enough.

I really appreciate how such a simple-looking piece is actually pretty complex when applying to code. I really admire Molnar’s ability to make the computer produce human-like patterns (it seems as though a person drew out the work instead of programmed it).

Github Code: https://github.com/xapostol/60-212/tree/master/Deliverables%203%20-%20xastol/Interruptions_p5