John Conway made up the rules for the game of life by fiddling around until it looked good. Why not make your own game of life and change the rules?
For the unfamiliar, Conway’s Game of Life is a cellular automaton. It’s pretty neat and you should read the Wikipedia article on it. The original game has 4 very specific rules that were formulated by John Conway. After watching the video above, I wondered what it would look like if you changed those rules. My implementation was forked from steelerose. I pretty much just stripped it down and added the ability to adjust the constants that govern behavior. If you want to mess with it, you can check out the code here.
A friend of mine linked me to this neat article on the edge of chaos which I think is relevant.