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June 14, 2000 2:30 PM   Subscribe

Not sure what to title this... 'We come in peace'? dunno... but very interesting
posted by chiXy (14 comments total)
Are there any links on that site? I could have sworn that I saw a site a few months ago with about 15 ASCII color art pieces like this. They're amazing.
posted by mathowie at 4:54 PM on June 14, 2000 is found somewhere at the top of the alien's head, however the server seems to be down right now. It's a great piece of art
posted by starduck at 5:27 PM on June 14, 2000

It's kinda slow to load. hehe
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 6:30 PM on June 14, 2000

I'm wondering what the code is. I'm guessing it's a CGI script (with all the HTTP_REFERER stuff going on) in either C or Perl. There's lots of semi-colons and braces and a couple of ++'s. Does Perl use the increment operator?

Maybe EMCAScript.
posted by cCranium at 6:31 PM on June 14, 2000

oh! Lots of regexes. Gotta be Perl.
posted by cCranium at 6:31 PM on June 14, 2000

Yup, it's perl alright, though it's not complete, perl 5.005 barfs up on it.
posted by fvw at 7:25 PM on June 14, 2000

that's too bad. I have a shirt from a programming contest at notre dame that has the notre dame symbol in c++ code.

It's been a while since I tried it, but typing it in didn't yield any results.
posted by cCranium at 7:36 PM on June 14, 2000

I love ascii/ansi art. A while back we were talking here about that. I used to spend hours and hours trying to get ANSI escape codes to just blink, or move, or display a nice menu for a bbs. Then "TheDraw" came out... that changed everything. I miss those days a lot, sometimes.
posted by Dean_Paxton at 8:01 PM on June 14, 2000

Speaking of which, I'm curious as to how many of you were on BBSes way back when?
posted by jbeaumont at 10:15 PM on June 14, 2000

Some of the old ANSI art that got passed around BBSes (uhh.. you can count me in on that old-time BBSer poll jbeaumont) was just phenominal.

That and the old-skool demos, written in assembly. 20k for a seriously excellent animation.
posted by cCranium at 5:42 AM on June 15, 2000

I want the program that reads the image file and the text file and generates the output, myself...
posted by baylink at 7:02 AM on June 15, 2000

There are still a handfull of demo teams out there, they are just hard to find. But the programs aren't near as amazing, some are sloppy and large..
posted by jamescblack at 8:51 AM on June 15, 2000

BBSes and the DemoScene? this will bring back demo memories. . .
posted by jamescblack at 10:30 AM on June 15, 2000

there is still a GIF2ANS utility, you can find it on almost any shareware site... that does a fair job of things. From there you can pretty do anything with it. The color values are in there...

As for the demoscene... the original future crew archives are at:

posted by Dean_Paxton at 12:58 PM on June 15, 2000

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