There’s heaps of stuff that make little or no sense without the accompanying magazine. Control programs for hardware projects, or code fragments that are part of a larger tutorial or series. That kind of thing. The bits I enjoy are the tiny BASIC programs that render something cool. Take this one, for example:
10REM > <BasicSave$dir>.KAM_ATRACT 20PRINT"Strange Attractors 1" 30PRINT"The KAM attractor" 40PRINT"By Mike Cook" 50PRINT"A defines the Angle of the orbit in radians" 60REPEAT 70INPUT"Enter a value for A about (1.1 to 1.7) ",A 80MODE0 90PRINT TAB(0,0);"The KAM attractor By Mike Cook" 100sinA=SIN(A) 110cosA=COS(A) 120C%=0 130FOR orbit= 0.1 TO 2.5 STEP 0.05 140C%=C%+1 150REMGCOL 0,C% 160U=orbit/3 170V=orbit/3 180FOR B%= 1 TO 300 190IF ABS(U)>1E6 OR ABS(V)>1E6 THEN GOTO 240 200PLOT 69,(U*640)+640,(V*512)+512 210X=U*cosA-(V-U*U)*sinA 220Y=U*sinA+(V-U*U)*cosA 230U=X:V=Y 240NEXT 250NEXT 260PRINT TAB(0,0)"This is A = ";A;SPC(18) 270PRINT TAB(0,31); 280UNTIL FALSE
I found this one on the April 1991 copy of Micro User. Simple looking thing, but then it goes and does this:
Although it does take a few minutes to get there. I googled KAM attractor and ended up with a bunch of scary looking math papers, and a wikipedia entry. I’ve read the wikipedia entry a couple of times, but I must need another cup of tea because while most of the words appear to be in English, I’m none the wiser at the end of it than I was at the start.