When I was a kid I received a basic hobby microscope as a birthday present. I think I spent a whole summer where I would look at anything I could get my hands on. Pond water? Sure let’s check it out. A splinter? Yes. How about sand? Yes I did that too, and while it sounds boring sand is actually pretty interesting under the microscope.

With that said the movement of pond water really left an impression on me. Everything was kinda moving around, alive, a whole world that I never knew was so active (especially because I thought of ponds as stinky and stagnant). It turns out what I was so intrigued with as a child was something called Brownian motion. Here’s a vid about it :

A bit more about it (taken from Wikipedia). This motion is named after the botanist Robert Brown, who first described the phenomenon in 1827, while looking through a microscope at pollen of the plant Clarkia pulchella immersed in water.

A quick and dirty recreation of Browian movement in Javascript

Long story short I had some fun playing with the incredible PixiJs and trying to recreate Brownian motion. I consider this a “bar napkin doodle” but the effect is pretty convincing.

The key take away here is just randomizing the x and y values for each tick. The line to really watch is simply this:

X = (Math.random() > 0.5 ? 1 : -1) * Math.random() * amp;

And voila, we get the right wiggle!

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