design
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. Read More >>

computers
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. Read More >>

design
The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of ASCII Art

ASCII—aka the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, aka the numeric codes that represent those little shapes on your keyboard—turns fifty this year. And while it’s since been surpassed by UTF-8, it still holds a special place in our hearts (and computers). Read More >>

design
ASCII-ised 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. Read More >>

computers
Play Nyancat On Your Terminal Just 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. Read More >>

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