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June 21st, 2006

Old ASCII Art

I’m stealing today’s link from the front page of MeFi because it’s just that good.

Knowing that my co-Pinger was something of an ASCII artist (who is Keith and why is his computer blowing up?), I couldn’t pass up this link to ASCII art in 1948. Of course, at the time it was called “Keyboard Art,” but it’s essentially the same: pictures made only with characters from a keyboard, drawn in a monospaced font. In some ways, Keyboard Art was even more flexible than ASCII art since it allowed half-spaces to create things like eyes. On the other hand, computer generated ASCII art can get pretty complex.

Impressive stuff.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Dustin Diamond
DATE: Wednesday June 21, 2006 -- 11:35:21 am
Save my house.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday June 21, 2006 -- 2:24:13 pm
I was rocking that stuff 13 years ago.



FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2006 -- 8:12:55 pm
I once had a program where you could convert photos from one format to amother, such as from GIF to JPG and the like. It also could convert them to "TXT" - different characters (like X, %, !, etc.) for the different shades!



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2006 -- 10:08:22 pm
telnet://towel.blinkenlights.nl

Seriously, if you have a telnet client, go there. It's amazing. Star Wars, in ASCII.

I used to have a link to an ASCII version of Quake I, too...



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday June 23, 2006 -- 3:14:31 pm
Man, I'm dizzy. This stuff sucks. It must have been fun to make, but seriously, who has that kind of time on their hands?

I remember when they used a program and a camera to make ASCII art on T-Shirts and sell them for some enormous price at the amusement park. I mean, one lousy T-shirt back in 1982 with your cruddy ASCII mug on it cost like $20, which was twice the cost of admission into the park.

I remember watching the Daisy wheel and wondering if it would explode. It was a cool process to watch the picture come to life, sort of. I mean, it never was that great of a picture, like your old ASCII fart.

But at $20 a pop, somebody took that crap idea and made millions. You just have to be able to sell people crap and not be shy about it.



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