You've heard about the Words of the Year—Oxford's vape, Merriam-Webster's culture, and's exposure, to name a few. And perhaps you're even eagerly awaiting the American Dialect Society's own WotY vote, which will take place this coming weekend (I'll be livetweeting from it!). But in 2014 we didn't just communicate with words—we also...
Note: I did have this saved in plain text so it would post the ASCII art. But, it seems there is always something, some detail, which changes somewhere and messes up the formatting. Even when I use the code formatting plugin. So I am posting this 'as is' rather than leave it sitting on my to-do list. The original source link follows and then the contents. The ASCII art is messed up. It seems the only reliable way to show it is to copy and paste it into an image file. I may do that at some point. But, for now this is an archive of the original because I thought the post was interesting and I wanted to preserve it.  h2g2 - Ambigrams (sweJ6!qwe).
Ambigrams (sweJ6!qwe) Created Jan 12, 2001 | Updated Nov 19, 2002 6 Conversations Look at this ascii art picture: ,-. Henry Segerman |/ |,--. /\ |\ |/\,--. , /| | \/ | \ | /\ | |/ ' `--'\/| \| \/ `--'| /| uewJ363S hJu3H `-' 'Yeah', you say, and apart from the odd cryptic bit at the bottom, maybe you just think it says 'henry' in ascii art. Well pick up your monitor, flip it over on its top, and look again (or you could flip yourself over on your top). That's an ambigram. And so is the h2g2 logo (at least it is at time of writing). Ambigrams seem to have been invented independently by a few people around the 1970s. Their first public appearance was in Scott Kim 'Inversions' (1981), followed by a walk-on part in Douglas Hofstadter's 'Metamagical Themas' (1985). So how do you do them? Well the above is a rotational symmetry one, though you can also do them with various kinds of mirror symmetry, and even translational symmetry sometimes. This entry will concentrate on the rotational symmetry type. The simplest way to do them, is to try to write the nth letter in such a way that the other way up, it looks like the nth letter from the end of the word. So in 'henry' above, the 'h' is written to look like a 'y' upside down. Many letter pairs work well here. For example, d-p, m-w, n-u, b-q, h-y and a-e. Note there are two ways in which 'a' is written: 'a' and 'a'. You want the one that looks like an 'e' upside down. If the two 'a's are not appreciably different, then you don't have the font 'Lucidia Sans' on your computer - the other way to write an 'a' is handwriting style - see the example below. These letters work well with themselves: I, N, o, s, x, z. You can also make most letters look like themselves upside down, with a little tweaking. For example: _ _ _ \ / \/ \ | / / _|_ \_/\_/ | | \_ ...are 'a' and 't'. But then you could see that anyway. Sometimes matching single letters together doesn't work. No matter what you do, a 'm' isn't going to look much like a 'l' the other way up. Well have one large letter be more than one smaller letter upside down: /\ o | \/ /\/|/| | | | /\/ /\/ | | | |/|/\/ /\ | o \/ Hopefully you can see that is 'emily'. Here the 'm' is being the 'i', the 'l' and half of the 'y'. As well as the 'a' and 'a' options, a few other letters can be written in more than one basic style, e.g. 's' (normal) and 's' (script handwriting style, again apologies if your computer doesn't have the font 'Lucidia Handwriting'), and many other variations on serifs and other twiddly bits/handwriting style effects can be useful in matching letters. Capitals give you more options too - though it does look a lot better if the capitalisation is correct for the word. For recognisability, the first and last letters are the most important to try to get looking right. Sometimes there's a really horrible problem with an ambigram which isn't working. For example, it's pretty hard to get an 'O' to look like anything other than an 'O' upside down. Or double letters. Your brain automatically accepts a surprisingly varied selection of ways of writing a letter, but if you've got the same letter right next door in a different style, it doesn't like it. There are sometimes ways round double letters - use both of them in constructing some large letter the other way up: _ _ |_ |_ /\ /\ / \/ \ | | | | | / / | | | _| _| \_/\_/ \/ \/ | | ... or just be lucky and find you can do them the same style. Some words just don't work at all - then sometimes you'll try it again months later and it all 'clicks' and people won't realise its an ambigram, at least until you turn it upside down. That's about it for basics. Beyond here, mess about with words with pencil and paper, have a look at other people's ambigrams and always be on the lookout for any fancy ways to write letters. _ ,-. / \ ,-. ,-. ,-. /__|_ / | | / / | \ / \_|__ / / | | / | / `-' `-' `-' \_/ '-' A592643
I noticed my ASCII art train posted to this site while I was looking to see if anyone else has posted ASCII art for the New Year, 2015. I sent a note to the site owner because the train is posted without a link back to my site or even the site where the image was found and is still linked to for downloading. Not good to steal bandwidth. Also, the source site is a friend of mine. I wrote a post for her and added my ASCII as images for illustration with the post. I did not give them away for anyone to upload and offer them as free. I think people still don't really understand copyrights online. I don't mind the ASCII art being displayed on another site. Not so keen on having it offered for distribution as freeware. It isn't freeware, it isn't free really, other than free to look at. I think it is fair to expect a linkback along with the ASCII art image. I don't think that is asking or expecting too much. Of course, I feel especially strong about this depending on how the site uses the ASCII art. If a commercial/ business site uses ASCII art they should track down the artist and offer to pay for the art. I have more leeway with personal sites. Anyway, will see what happens in this case. I sent a note, tried to write with all the details. If you look at the site the information about copyrights and asking for your art to be removed makes it seem they are holding the art hostage and expect the artist to do everything they ask (as they ask) just to hear back from them. I don't know if they meant it to sound that way, but that was how I felt as I read it. (See below). Copyrights have never been a simple thing online. I see the issues as both a web publisher and someone who creates original content which gets stolen, borrowed and so on. Kind of a good thing to have more than one point of view about it all in one head.
ASCII art, pioneered by Victorian female stenographers, has enjoyed brief periods of interest and cobbled together solutions for After Effects, but there's now easy-to-use AE scripts to speed solutions.
Source: Rich Young, I don't want to login or register to comment on your post. So I am leaving my notes here. First, ASCII art was not invented by Victorian stenographers. That was typewriter art, or text art. ASCII art is included in text art. But, ASCII is literally in reference to computer keyboards, not text or typewriters. Text art has been found before the manufacturing of typewriters. Later there also came to be teletext art and ANSI art and others but this is likely more than you really care to know. Secondly, the type of ASCII art created by software is flawed. Most people think of this as ASCII art but I think it is just a rendering of a photograph or other original image. Directly copying is not art, it's just copying. The images produced by computer lack the precision which an artist learns to use to create ASCII art. For me I can almost accept the computer rendered images as ASCII art but it does bother me that the skill developed to create ASCII art is so easily brushed aside with comments like "anyone can do it!" Anyway, chances are only myself will read this (I'm a realist) but at the very least writing it will perhaps someday become part of the archives of Internet history and someone else will one day care about it too.
One thing different about these sites from others online... these sites are still updating. The only exception is The ASCII Art Dictionary, but so much has gone into that site it is still worth seeing and a great way to find just what you are looking for when you have something specific in mind.
I wanted to have something new for this year but... it hasn't worked out and now it is too late to have it up in time for Halloween.  But here is my haunted house scene in ASCII art. I'm taking the new tablet with me but I don't really think I will have time alone to work on anything tonight. halloweenasciiart
Nitpicky? Maybe. But, other than my initials, no one will know I made that ASCII art. It does link back to the site I had it posted on, but not a link anyone will likely click and follow to find me. I wouldn't care so much, but this is a commercial site, not personal.