ASCII art

My did went to college for a year, dropped out to get married and have kids, then went back when I was a wee tot (around grades 1-2 for me). Sometimes we got to go to campus with him, where he majored in Computer Science, back before that was the glamorous money maker it is now. One of the goofy things computer nerds loved to do then was create ASCII art – pictures make of text characters. (Many of them were not appropriate for children! Let’s try to be a little more discreet than that here.)

So in honor of my dad and all his 1970’s/80’s CompSci nerds, I present the ASCII art thread. Show us what you can make!

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Edit: Well, I give up. Every time I try to post ASCII art, it won’t do it right.

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I have this shirt and still find it awesome. Because I can’t possibly replicate the ASCII here…

(Link to a web pic, not an actual upload :sunglasses:)

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Yeah, when I posted that simple house in the other thread it was after 20 minutes of trying to get some MST3K art to look good in the forum.

For those interested, I was using this:

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heck I can’t even do the shrug emoticon. But I remember my dad’s co-students making some pretty elaborate stuff with the university printers!

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Probably it won’t work to just type directly in the message box. ASCII art is usually done in monospaced text (each character is exactly the same width), and Discourse might also be doing something like “helpfully” normalizing your text by collapsing multiple spaces into a single space. So you could do it in Notepad or something and then take a screenshot (although maybe that’s not so keen with the post about avoiding posting too many images!).

You said ASCII art, but ANSI art is a similar idea and is cool too: https://16colo.rs/

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You can get monospaced font by clicking the </> icon 
in the toolbar and putting your art inside the code block

though it seems to enjoy auto-formatting certain words
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(I also added two levels of <small> tags.)

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Don’t touch my bags if you please, Mr. Customs Man.

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Syntax highlighting, huh! I wonder what language it thinks it is parsing…

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Probably whatever fake language the spirit was speaking in Wild World of Batwoman.

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So something racist?

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I was going more for the gibberish aspect, but that works too.

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This thread inspired me to try to write my own image-to-ascii toy. This image was made for people using a Dark Theme. Sorry, Light Theme folks. Also, I used Courier when I ran it, so it hasn’t translated perfectly. Sorry, all folks.

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I get reversed -

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