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Your Webcam Feed In ASCII Is The Greatest Thing You'll See Today

Say goodbye to the rest of your day. Because after playing with this web app that turns your webcam feed into a real-time stream of ASCII art, you’re not going to want to do anything else ever again.


The Original ASCII Art Was Just This Guy And His Typewriter

In 1922, Hobart Reese enjoyed a brief period of fame for his portraits of famous people. What made his work so special? Reese created his art using nothing but a typewriter.


Even The Crappiest Of Computers Can Handle ASCII Fluid Simulations

The incredibly lifelike computer simulations of snow and water seen in effects-heavy Hollywood blockbusters — and even video games — require a significant amount of computing power. It’s not uncommon for a single frame of a movie to require days to render, and these days visual effect studios have more computing power than NASA. But Yusuke Endoh has created a slightly cruder text-based fluid simulation that requires far less hardware.


Real-Time ASCII Art That Hangs On Your Wall

Until internet speeds were fast enough to make it feasible to share jpegs or GIFs, ASCII art — images created from text — served as a decent substitute. And while they seem antiquated now, the folks at Teehan+Lax Labs have breathed new life into the artform with this wonderful real-time display that uses simple segmented displays like you’ll find in any alarm clock.


ASCII-fied Google Street View Is A Beautiful Way To Get Lost

Digital maps of the world have gotten so comprehensive, complex, and accessible that it’s easy to take marvels like Google Street View for granted. Leave it to these gorgeous, real-time ASCII renderings of Street View to remind you that holy crap it’s incredible.


No Technology Can Improve On An ASCII Photobooth

If you thought the novelty photobooth idea was just a recent trend, think again. Back in 1976 — the year before Atari released its ground-breaking 2600 console — the company was hawking these fantastic Compugraph Foto booths that created retroriffic ASCII portraits of people.


Play Nyancat On Your Terminal Because You Can

My nerd dream came true: 1) Open your Terminal in Mac OS X or Windows or Linux or whatever the hell you are running your toaster on. 2) Type telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu. 3. Enjoy an endless nyancat loop in glorious ASCII.


Trololo As ASCII Art Is A Thing Of Perverse Beauty

Dear internet, please give up on April Fools’ jokes. YouTube’s is untoppable: A “text-only mode” that renders videos as coloured ASCII art. Clever, gorgeous, perverse.


Watch Any Vimeo Video In Freaky ASCII-O-Vision

I have no idea how this works, but I do know that it’s one of the strangest, coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Search for any Vimeo video on ASCIImeo, and it’ll play back to you as text.


Man Blowing A Bubble: An ASCII Really-Short Film

Before the internet, there were typewriters. And before typewriters, there were movies. And before movies, there was chewing gum. And before chewing gum, there were only paleolithic caveman. Is this dude a Neanderthal chewing gum in a typewriter movie? Maaaybe.