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Ascii to Icon

Happy Friday! Enjoy this neat little toy that let's you make symbols and icon by typing out a grid characters. Brought to you by xqt2, a nobody. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Jun 17, 2016 - 10 comments

ASCII and Emoji United!

Do you feel like you need more culture in your life? Well, then you should head down to The Tiny Gallery on Twitter! Brought to you by emoji, ASCII, and @deer_ful. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 3, 2016 - 2 comments

Zalgo-text would be kinder

mimic - [ab]using Unicode to create tragedy Replace a semicolon (;) with a greek question mark (;) in your friend's C# code and watch them pull their hair out over the syntax error [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Oct 23, 2015 - 84 comments

♫“Do you want to CTRL|⌘+V a ☃?…”♫

Nick O’Neill gave us ».net, «.net, ›.net, ‹.net, ”.net, “.net, ’.net, and ‘.net.
Leo Wallentin gave us –.net, ≈.net, ≠.net, ·.net, ½….net, and →.net.
Alix Land gave us ←.net and copypastecharacter.com for building lists of all the characters you might want to copy and paste.
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 18, 2015 - 12 comments

Second-Class Languages

I Can Text You A Pile of Poo, But I Can’t Write My Name [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 22, 2015 - 55 comments


What happens when you type google.com into your browser and press enter? [I]nstead of the usual story, we're going to try to answer this question in as much detail as possible. No skipping out on anything.
posted by Cash4Lead on Jan 20, 2015 - 66 comments

ASCII Webcam

Live video of yourself as an ASCII cartoon. (Requires webcam) [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on May 8, 2014 - 43 comments

ASCII fluid simulator

ASCII fluid simulator (source code)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 30, 2013 - 24 comments

Flag it and don't move on: the YouTube comment wars

Last month, an innocent video of Japanese celebricat Maru climbing a ladder was defaced with a dick pic in the comments (NSFW ASCII art). The Internet's favorite feline was the latest casualty in a hurricane of spam, links to viruses, ASCII art and other flying debris that has descended on the YouTube comments section ever since Google forced all commenters to adopt Google+ accounts. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Nov 26, 2013 - 84 comments


Peter Nitsch ported aa-lib to Flash, allowing easy conversion of images to ASCII art in a browser. The site may take a few moments, without any indication of progress, to load.
posted by frimble on Oct 28, 2013 - 6 comments

ANSI to infinity and beyond!

Text-art collective Blocktronics released it's 3rd pack last night called "Space Invaders" with over 100 pieces of text-based ANSI/ASCII art
posted by livejamie on Aug 29, 2013 - 10 comments

Guilded Youth

***You have connected to THE GUILD BBS*** Vorple version 2.4

Type LOGIN to enter the
Adventurers' Lounge
posted by pravit on Dec 14, 2012 - 34 comments

Double jump.

ASCIIvania, is a metroidvania game where you collect letters in order to complete words and make obstacles disappear so that you can continue exploring. The game ends when you find every letter. [more inside]
posted by ersatz on Aug 5, 2012 - 30 comments

No quarters needed - the graphics already have more than 8 bits!

Battle for Asciion [Flash] is an old school shoot 'em up in the vein of R-Type and Gradius, with an additional nod to ROFLcopter. Viewable in your choice of black-and-green, black-and-amber or black-and-white displays, along with a Textshot™ function for preserving those 1337 moments.
posted by Smart Dalek on Apr 27, 2012 - 8 comments

The feat list hurts my brain

Here is Incursion: Halls of the Goblin King, a computer game that adapts the 3rd Edition rules of the Dungeons & Dragons game to roguelikes.
posted by JHarris on Dec 22, 2011 - 25 comments

When We Were Young

An oldie but a goodie: David Bennabaum on learning how to program and be a sys admin at his high school in his youth.
posted by reenum on Aug 12, 2011 - 18 comments

We don't need no img tag!

Asciiflow will let you draw ASCII art with a mouse and skip a lot of painstaking space-bar-hitting.
posted by ignignokt on Aug 5, 2011 - 51 comments

The New York Times Discovers The Brilliance of Dwarf Fortress

This Sunday's New York Times Magazine interviews the creators of epic ASCII megagame Dwarf Fortress......and Metafilter credited as the "popular blog" which fueled public awareness of DF! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Jul 21, 2011 - 71 comments


[NSFW: contains graphically sexual crude images]
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Wanna see more? Visit asciipr0n.com, and peruse some of the sexiest keystrokes imaginable.
text adventure10 years ago via The Wayback Machine • jscott's textfiles.com has more ascii art and porn from back in the BBS days • asciip0rn linked previously (how to make a starship enterprise out of an old floppy disk)
posted by not_on_display on Mar 9, 2011 - 59 comments

Emacs Artist Mode

Emacs Artist Mode (screencast) allows you to use the mouse to draw squares, lines, and other shapes in plain text, or even paint. I'm not an emacs user, but I thought this was pretty cool. Even better, you can use an open source Java tool called ditaa to transform ascii text into a full-color graphic. Needless to say, users of other IDEs want this.
posted by Deathalicious on Mar 1, 2011 - 39 comments

A Vile Force of Darkness Has Arrived!

Killer Carp. Magma. Fire-breathing Capital D's. A new version of the cult rougelike/fantasy world sim Dwarf Fortress was released today. It's a windows only download - there should be Mac and Linux versions out in a week or so. Here's what tvtropes has to say about the game. Previously on metafilter: 1 2 3 4
posted by gamera on Apr 1, 2010 - 93 comments

Компьютерная анимация 1968

Soviet CGI, circa 1968 (SLYT)
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Mar 21, 2010 - 20 comments

ascii-ly yours

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY   via   asciiworld.com
posted by not_on_display on Feb 14, 2010 - 29 comments

ASCII Art, flashing.

ASCIImeo, Videos in text.
posted by Substrata on Jan 18, 2010 - 27 comments

ASCII Art 1888

ASCII art of 12 April 1888. A map of Michigan's dry counties. "We found this part troublesome enough to set, and if any printer thinks it a simple job, he may try it for two or three days."
posted by jjray on Dec 9, 2009 - 28 comments


Newmoticons: Fresh new emoticons for happy internet people.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 14, 2009 - 80 comments

☃ [unicode table for you]

Unicode table for you: with sliders to help you whiz through all those characters you didn't even know you had.
All symbols in the table have links underneath them which lead to active Wikipedia Pages.
[ previously , via ]

posted by not_on_display on Aug 31, 2009 - 91 comments

#..this is my area....#

Your World of Text is an infinite grid of text editable by any visitor. The changes made by other people appear on your screen as they happen. Everyone starts in the same place, but you can scroll through the world using your mouse. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Aug 14, 2009 - 85 comments


Hacker Photos, 1990-1993. [via]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Jun 25, 2008 - 36 comments

no image tag, no problem

ascii....the original images! We don't need no stinkin' img tag! [more inside]
posted by HuronBob on Apr 22, 2008 - 37 comments

Let Me Just Roll Up My Sleeves to Make Sure You're Not Dying

Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium - "Underneath their sober lab coats and flannel shirts, scientists hide images of their scientific passions. Here they are revealed to all." From the science journalist and writer responsible for The Loom and numerous other published works.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 8, 2008 - 33 comments

ASCII Game Revolution

In these days of high-powered graphics, there is a ASCII gaming renaissance underway. Among the most interesting are: ASCII Sector, a remake of the classic Wing Commander Privateer; the fast-paced Doom RL; the Ultima V influenced Legerdemain; and the much-discussed strategy game/frustration simulator Dwarf Fortress (now with a new unofficial tileset and experimental 3-D visualizer that may prevent some eye-bleeding), And, of course, the classic, complex Rogue-like RPGs continue to go strong, those interested may want to check out this list of the best new rogue-like game releases from ASCII dreams or the list of releases from Temple of the Roguelike.
posted by blahblahblah on Jan 24, 2008 - 41 comments


Before there was MTV, before mp3s or YouTube, there was ASCII ROCK!
posted by Anything on Jan 21, 2008 - 14 comments

Slaves to Armok: God Of Blood, Chapter 2.0

Dwarf Fortress
Version, released October 29, 2007 A.D.
You are now free to waste the remainder your life.(prev)
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Oct 29, 2007 - 43 comments

Can't let the steampunks have all the fun.

ASCII goggles.
posted by delmoi on Sep 5, 2007 - 29 comments

All go, no show

The menacingly complex roguelike (previously) world-building game Dwarf Fortress (previously) is busting into the mainstream with an article in a gamer mag. Scans: page 1, page 2, page 3. For the less ASCII-minded among us, Let's Play has a thorough (and absurd, and tragic) chronicle of the fortress of Koganusan, or Boatmurdered, so you won't have to wait 20 minutes for the world to generate and be populated with mandrills and kobolds. via tigsource, where you should also check out their latest recommended independent games list.
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Aug 12, 2007 - 64 comments


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posted by four panels on Oct 30, 2006 - 108 comments

Everything old is new again.

Flashcii is a tool for creating ascii animations. Flaschii converts image files into ascii art, and provides a Flash-inspired interface for building animated sequences. Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
posted by crunchland on Apr 7, 2005 - 6 comments


Toogle Google image search represented in ASCII. [via Hot Links]
posted by DBAPaul on Aug 19, 2004 - 17 comments

Ouch, my eyes, my ears!

Midi is to music as ASCII is to art: Music videos converted to text and MIDI. [via waxy]
posted by page404 on Jul 8, 2004 - 8 comments

What's YOUR favourite ascii fart? \m\ (-_-) /m/

Ascii Farts.
posted by holloway on Nov 15, 2003 - 5 comments


Matrix in ASCII. Nice.
posted by oissubke on Nov 13, 2003 - 17 comments


posted by crunchland on Nov 4, 2003 - 12 comments

Convert your pictures to HTML.

Convert your pictures to HTML. So cool I nearly wet myself.
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger on Jan 23, 2002 - 26 comments

ASCII art storytelling about ASCII art.

ASCII art storytelling about ASCII art. Very soothing in the middle of a hectic work day. Make sure to follow the calibration instructions. (Found it via the 5k ref logs; we should make those public.)
posted by sylloge on Oct 26, 2001 - 14 comments


JAVE is an tool that helps ease the pain of creating ASCII art. In the days before GIFs, ASCII art roamed the plains of the Internet; people created hundreds of text-based pictures. Some spectacular examples are out there, but the rise of the graphical web has put a crimp in this art form. Perhaps tools like JAVE and FIGlet can help stave off the end.
posted by snarkout on Jul 10, 2001 - 13 comments

ascii Pac-Man

ascii Pac-Man that's free, runs in win/dos and linux, and is complete with color graphics and smart ghosts.
posted by mathowie on Apr 19, 2001 - 5 comments

I am speechless.

I am speechless. I can't imagine the time and effort it took to create this. Unless of course there is some program out there that will do it for you. If there is, then it is just "kewl."
posted by da5id on Jul 27, 2000 - 13 comments

Much in the spirit of the ASCII Star Wars site, Neale over at wetlog has unveiled an short ASCII version of American Beauty (when is the academy going to finally recognize the brilliant work of ASCII illustrators everywhere?). He's also running a contest for players of The Sims. I've been thinking about getting this game since I first saw it, but Neale's contest is enough to push me over the edge and actually buy it. I'd like to try getting my Sims to perform either Magnolia or The Ice Storm.
posted by mathowie on Mar 1, 2000 - 1 comment

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