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catch up – compression

We’ve been talking. I still understand very little of what she says, having a minimal understanding of simlish. All my attempts to learn her language have produced only a vague understanding. I notice that her vocabulary is limited and similar situations yield the same vocalisations almost verbatim but it’s possible I’m missing some subtleties of expression.

We talk in pictures mostly, producing images for each other to respond to. Here again, she is repetitive. There’s something in that. I know her mood affects her painting – the subject matter at least – but I’d have to be more analytical in my observations to draw any firm conclusions from that.She does seem to pay attention to the work I send her but her response doesn’t vary much. She receives each piece with the same thoughtful approach. I do know that what I show her has an influence on what she paints but I’d have to observe her a lot more closely and more often than I do for that to be anything other than opaque.

It’s hard for us to stay focussed. In that we’re very alike.

I’m still wondering if puzzles might work for us – as a cipher. Sticking with the grid – the screen – pixels and wondering about what gets lost – or does it only appear to be lost – as it moves back and forth.

The image below has been compressed. Some of its data is not available in this form. Each block represents a pixel. The white blocks are empty.

To extract the original image, all the white blocks must be replaced by one of the 9 preserved colours using these simple rules:

  • each row and each column of the grid must contain all 9 colours
  • each block of 9 pixels denoted by the bold lines must contain all 9 colours
  • each colour can only appear once in a row, column or block

This is a simulation of a digital process. In my space it will be a printed puzzle to colour in. I rate this one as easy. In her space it will be a much more difficult puzzle.