'Like it or not, we have placed our destiny in the hands of the experts. A politician is, after all, a kind of expert, if self-styled. Even the fact that competent experts must serve under politicians of mediocre intelligence and little foresight is a problem that we are stuck with, because the experts themselves cannot agree on any major world issue. A logocracy of quarreling experts might be no better than the rule of the mediocrities to which we are subject. The declining intellectual quality of political leadership is the result of the growing complexity of the world. Since no one, be he endowed with the highest wisdom, can grasp it in its entirety, it is those who are least bothered by this who strive for power.' -Stanislaw Lem

Square Mine

by Ethan Glover, Sun, Oct 12, 2014 - (Edited) Sun, Oct 12, 2014

Building computers and programming them in MineCraft? Count me in! After discovering this plugin ComputerCraft  today I've found a new toy.

My first program (these programs are written in LUA) was a miner that created a spiraling tunnel. For maximum efficiency I made sure to keep the walls two block wide. This means that as the player moves through the tunnel he can see if there are any ores that were missed, and it means that time is not wasted mining out 1 thick walls. When looking at both sides, each side will be seen anyway.

Torches are placed every 7 blocks and if I extend on the plugin I'll have to find a way of calculating exactly how many torches are needed in the entire spiral given a specified original wall length.

More details, the source, and a picture can be found in my forum post here.