What are Japanese Emoticons?

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Kaomoji Emoticons Kaomoji are probably what you think of when you think of Japanese emoticons. These are text based emoticons made out of a wide variety of different 2-byte characters. Kaomoji means “Facemark” in Japanese. Emoji Emoticons Emoji are small image emoticons that were invented in Japan for use with cellphones. The word Emoji means “Picture Letter” in Japanese. Emoji are built into a bunch of different cell phones and are standardized across devices. Source: About JapaneseEmoticons.net I like having a real phrase for the text versus graphic image emoticons. I still think of emoticons as the basic keyboard text, … Continue…

Two WordPress Plugins to Add ASCII Art to Source Code

Adding ASCII art to the source code (the HTML files) may not interest people who don’t look at source code. The source code is an easy place to add ASCII art because those files open in plain text, no formatting or fancy fonts. So, the ASCII art shows up without much extra work, almost none in fact. If you access your HTML files you can add ASCII art yourself, without the plugins. (See above). But, not everyone wants to do that. WP Figlet WP Figlet is all about adding text created in ASCII art fonts (figlets). It even lets you choose which … Continue…

WordPress Plugin to Add ASCII Art to your Footer

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I looked at 3 plugins to add ASCII art to your WordPress blog. This is the first one I loaded up and experimented with. It does work but may not be the results you wanted. There are no options to add the ASCII art to the bottom of your posts or pages. The plugin does place ASCII art at the very bottom of my site, under the footer.  Below is my first experiment. I was pretty neutral with the results. But, I’m a bit traditional when it comes to the font I use. The spacing was out, the lines between text. … Continue…

What is the process of making ASCII art?

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Quoted from my answer on Quora: I open Notepad (on a Windows PC) and start working on an idea. It’s like a puzzle to fit the characters together in a way that creates an image. Some inspiration comes from searching for images or those I find. I look for clean lines so it will be easier to adjust when I need to figure out the spaces, characters, slopes for lines, and so on. The font you work with makes a difference. Notepad uses FixedSys (or one of the newer offshoots). I seldom like how ASCII art looks when it is … Continue…