ASCII art and its precursors


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I damn well deserve an award for this headline.


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Here's Keira Rathbone on a BBC news video about making typewriter art, including typer-sketching at an exhibition: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24760538


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It's been covered by Boing Boing before, but here is Andrew Macrae's typewriter art, done on a real typewriter.


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It would seem there are two varieties of ASCII art: those that act as line drawings, and those that emulate continuous tone photos.


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ASCII art was maybe my favorite part of the BBS scene.


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And then there's this, "Out Of Character", which I did in 1997: It's line art, photo art, lines of text that are background, lines of text that are dialog. It has an unfinished feel, but, at least it has a feel!
Note: the actual comic is in three text files, which some browsers like to wrap. Yes, I could make a webpage and put them in "<pre>"s, but I won't because of this comic's origin as a Gopher "page".


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In the days of punch card programming it took real effort to satisfy an addiction to online porn.


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Let's not forget about the moment machines learned to do it. In realtime.

(Okay, bad writeup, but a nice video nonetheless.)


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In the days of doing Playboy Playmates on a line printer, there was a lot of over-printing. Various grey-scale values would map to a certain combination of over-printed characters.

Also Mona Lisa and various other images.

It required a skill set that is mostly obsolete these days.


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Or this:

sudo apt-get -y install libaa-bin && aafire

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Jason Scott did a bit on this a few years bck as part of his BBS Documentery (Creative Commons licensed so if you can't buy a copy it's downloadable... and he encourages this. Bless you Jason for being Awesome.)


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