I’m a sucker for online generators. Early this morning, I decided to explore one I recently bumped into:

Forskningsrådet - Generator

There’s no help or other site information, so I just started playing around with its controls to create graphics - had a lot of fun tinkering with shapes and color on a gridded background. Bingo! Gotta share it.

As usual, I wanted to know more about this newly-found toy and checked the source for a description but found none.

I was hoping the site’s title might shed some light. Forskningsrådet is the Norwegian name for The Research Council of Norway.

That didn’t satisfy my curiousity so I decided to see what I could find out about “dubins,” which appears in the site’s url. I learned about Dubins path, having to do with mathematicians’ quests to find the shortest optimal path for wheeled robots to keep moving forward. Whoa!

I found a few other related links in the process:

Lester Dubins (1920-2010)
Shortest Path for the Dubins Car
Dubins: Generate paths for a Dubins car of arbitrary turning radius

Color me distracted and curious (the way I like it). Enjoy!