Adopt a snowflake!
Click here to see 10 new snowflakes.
Remember, there are no two alike!
Adopt a Snowflake FAQ
Who created this site?
- This site was created by Kelly Chien of Chienworks*
How long has this site been online?
Were the snowflakes all drawn by hand?
- Because! (However, since many will consider that an incomplete answer, the following alternative is offered: because it's fun!)
Well then, how are the snowflakes drawn?
- No, that would have been quite impractical. Each day approximately 10,000 to 20,000 new snowflakes are viewed. The site creator has been accused of having too much free time on his hands, but there is no way he could have drawn that many snowflakes even if he didn't have anything else to do.
Can you say that again in plain English?
Ummmm, will you?
- The snowflakes are automatically generated by a program that uses simple geometry. An irregular (but bilaterally symmetrical) quadrilateral or hexagon is randomly generated. This shape is placed on each of six evenly spaced axes around the central point, with the line of symmetry falling on the axis. The shape is drawn with lines of random shades of grey and random thicknesses. This process is repeated 2 to 8 times for each flake.
Are all the snowflakes really unique?
- No. Go figure it out for yourself. Kelly did.
Where do the snowflakes that are not adopted go?
- Probably. No steps are taken to prevent duplicates. However, the number of random factors involved create at least 1,777,664,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 different snowflakes. The chances of duplicates appearing for a casual observer are extremely slim. Of course, there may be many that look very very similar, but are actually different in very tiny ways.
What programming language is used for this website?
- Poor little things ... they melt away, never to be seen again! Well, not really. The temporary files that are created are erased automatically after about 17 minutes.
Why are you wasting my time with this website?
- Perl 5 with the GD libraries.
- Ummmm, YOU clicked a link to come here. I didn't make you do it.