Month: August 2015

Mono Lake alkali flies in JavaScript

We recently went on a fantastic family camping trip to California, travelling round various National and State Parks. One of the places we saw was Mono Lake. There are lots of interesting aspects to Mono Lake, but this post concentrates on one of them: the vast numbers of alkali flies which live on the waterline. This video (by YouTube user Jeff Lowe) gives a good impression of their behaviour, and of the beautiful scenery which they inhabit: Walking along, your feet set off ‘waves’ of jumping flies, interrupting the flies’ normal meandering. I wondered whether it would be possible to create a simulation of the flies which captured some of this behaviour. In a modern browser, there should be a

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