is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why
posted by awesomebrad
on Mar 3, 2011 -
Computer music is relatively old
, going back to the very early 1950s
. In the following decades, people have been creative with programmable technology, leading to "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" being played
on an IBM chain printer
back in 1966, and in more recent years, HP ScanJet 5100c included an Easter Egg
. The HP ScanJet 4c's SCL (Scanner Control Language) unofficial PLAY TUNE command
lead to these fine little ditties
. Now over a decade ago, the duo known as [The User]
enlisted three specialists to operate a computer program
via a server that synchronized the dot-matrix printers and read complex ASCII text files in order to create musical compositions. The result was a techno-sounding piece that was performed by the administrators of the system, rather than one that was simply being played. Like a symphony of car horns
, the coordination of these printers became Symphony #1
and #2 for Dot Matrix Printers
(samples of Symphony #2
, Symphony #2 Slashdot thread
). [More computer music exploration inside] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on May 26, 2009 -
is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their sandwiches wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by flashboy
on Mar 6, 2009 -
Face Your Pockets.
"Our goal is to not only bring all these objects into light but show the owner of them. During the scanning process it is recommended not to open your eyes."
posted by Soup
on Dec 3, 2007 -
Lost in the Static
Lost in the Static is a simple little game that uses some surprising aspects of the human perceptual system to create a visible world out of animating static.
Please note that this display is not suitable for everyone! Some people find they get headaches or nausea, or their eyes get "all woggly". If you do not find the experience pleasant, stop playing!
Downloadable .exe. Hello Waxy!
posted by boo_radley
on Nov 29, 2007 -
is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by karmaville
on Jul 14, 2004 -
The Attorney General's Office just released the results of it's sixth annual holiday scanner accuracy survey
(betcha didn't know you already missed five of these puppies, eh?) The survey unearthed an overall scanner error rate of 16.8 per cent, of which 85 per cent of the errors were overcharges. I always thought those cashiers at Sears looked shifty.
posted by grant
on Nov 24, 1999 -