unknownpleasures - an animation of the signal from the pulsar PSR B1919+21.
] [-window] [-root] [-delay number
] [-count integer
] [-resolution percent
PSR B1919+21 (AKA CP 1919) was the first pulsar ever discovered: a spinning
neutron star emitting a periodic lighthouse-like beacon. An illustration of
the signal received from it was published in Scientific American in 1971, and
later in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy in 1977, where it was seen by
Stephen Morris, the drummer of Joy Division, and was consequently appropriated
by Peter Saville for the cover of the band's album "Unknown
- -visual visual
- Specify which visual to use. Legal values are the name of a
visual class, or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific visual.
- Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
- Draw on the root window.
- -delay number
- Per-frame delay, in microseconds. Default: 30000 (0.03
- -speed number
- Animation speed. 2 for twice as fast, 0.5 for half as
- -count number
- Scanlines (vertical resolution). Default: 80.
- -count number
- Horizontal Resolution, Default: 100%.
- -ortho | -no-ortho
- Whether to use an orthographic projection.
- -fps | -no-fps
- Whether to show a frames-per-second display at the bottom
of the screen.
- to get the default host and display number.
- to get the name of a resource file that overrides the
global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.
Copyright © 2013 by Jamie Zawinski. Permission to use, copy, modify,
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