# The Golden Fibonacci Ratio

#1

Here is my solution… Uses a cheap trick (a la method_missing) to
allow inline Postscript as method calls (so not as postfix). The
output is dumped to standard output to be redirected to a .ps file,
which can be easily viewed on Mac OS X (and almost as easily on other
platforms using ghostscript).

require ‘matrix’

# Class helpers

class Array
def tail
self[1…-1]
end
def mod_fetch i
self[i % size]
end
def each_pair
each_with_index do |a, i|
yield a, self[i+1] if i+1 < size
end
end
end

class Vector
def x
self[0]
end

def y
self[1]
end

def len
Math.sqrt(inner_product(self))
end

def rot90
Vector[-y, x]
end

def rot45 # cheap rotate by 45 degrees
Vector[x - y, x + y]
end

def to_s
“#{x} #{y}”
end
end

# Postscript class (what a hack!)

class PS
def initialize(&block)
@cmds = []
instance_eval(&block) if block
end

def push(*args, &block)
@cmds << args.join(’ ')
@cmds << instance_eval(&block) if block
end

def to_s
@cmds.join("\n")
end

def page(&block)
instance_eval(&block)
push ‘showpage’
end

def path(&block)
push ‘newpath’
instance_eval(&block)
end

def gsave(&block)
push ‘gsave’
instance_eval(&block)
push ‘grestore’
end

def method_missing(name, *args)
push *args + [name]
end
end

# Constants and helper funcs for building image data

Basis = [Vector[1, 0], Vector[0, -1], Vector[-1, 0], Vector[0, 1]]

def fibo(n)
a, b = 1, 1
n.times { a, b = b, a + b }
a
end

def spiral(n)
if n.zero?
Vector[0, 0]
else
i = n - 1
spiral(i) + Basis.mod_fetch(i) * fibo(i)
end
end

# Build list of spiral coordinates

steps = (ARGV[0] || 11).to_i
coords = (0…steps).map { |i| spiral(i).rot45 }

# Calculate page/content dimensions, scale and center

inch = 72
margin = 0.5 * inch
pagew = 8.5 * inch
pageh = 11 * inch
contw = pagew - 2 * margin
conth = pageh - 2 * margin

xmin = coords.min { |a, b| a.x <=> b.x }.x
xmax = coords.max { |a, b| a.x <=> b.x }.x
ymin = coords.min { |a, b| a.y <=> b.y }.y
ymax = coords.max { |a, b| a.y <=> b.y }.y

scale = [contw / (xmax - xmin), conth / (ymax - ymin)].min

cx = (pagew - (xmax - xmin.abs) * scale) / 2
cy = (pageh - (ymax - ymin.abs) * scale) / 2

# Scale coords to fill page

coords.map! { |v| v * scale }

# Build Postscript image

doc = PS.new do
def box a, b
l, r = [a.x, b.x].min, [a.x, b.x].max
b, t = [a.y, b.y].min, [a.y, b.y].max

``````  moveto l, b
lineto r, b
lineto r, t
lineto l, t
closepath
``````

end

page do
translate cx, cy

``````  i = 0
coords.each_pair do |a, b|
path do
box a, b
gsave do
fill
end
stroke
end
end

setrgbcolor 0.8, 0.4, 0
path do
moveto coords.first
angle = 180
coords.each_pair do |a, b|
d  = (a + b) * 0.5
d += (a - d).rot90
arcn d, (d - a).len, angle, (angle -= 90)
end
stroke
end
``````

end
end

puts doc

#2

On Mar 5, 2006, at 8:37 AM, Matthew M. wrote:

Here is my solution… Uses a cheap trick (a la method_missing) to
allow inline Postscript as method calls (so not as postfix). The
output is dumped to standard output to be redirected to a .ps file,
which can be easily viewed on Mac OS X (and almost as easily on other
platforms using ghostscript).

Very nice output!

Jim F.

#3

Here is my solution… Uses a cheap trick (a la method_missing) to
allow inline Postscript as method calls (so not as postfix). The
output is dumped to standard output to be redirected to a .ps file,
which can be easily viewed on Mac OS X (and almost as easily on other
platforms using ghostscript).

Okay, I could not resist “doing it right”.

puts <<EOF
100 100 translate

/s 400 def
/colors [ 0.7 0.5 0.3 ] def

/phi 5 sqrt 1 sub 2 div def

/box { /i exch def
0 0 moveto
i 0 lineto
i i lineto
0 i lineto
closepath
} def

0 1 9 { %for
colors exch 3 mod get setgray
s box
gsave fill grestore
0 setgray stroke

``````0.8 0.4 0 setrgbcolor
0 s s 270 360 arc stroke

s s translate
90 rotate
phi phi scale
currentlinewidth 1 phi div mul setlinewidth   % keep linewidth
``````

} for

showpage
EOF

#4

I hang my head in shame.

The one who reads that code a bit closer probably will grin deeply…

#5

On 3/6/06, Christian N. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Here is my solution… Uses a cheap trick (a la method_missing) to
allow inline Postscript as method calls (so not as postfix). The
output is dumped to standard output to be redirected to a .ps file,
which can be easily viewed on Mac OS X (and almost as easily on other
platforms using ghostscript).

Okay, I could not resist “doing it right”.

I hang my head in shame.

#6

On Mar 6, 2006, at 10:49 AM, Christian N. wrote:

platforms using ghostscript).

Me guesses you refer to this:
/phi 5 sqrt 1 sub 2 div def

Cheater!

#7