An Interview with Joan Stark (Archived)

I knew Joan from the newsgroup but I have not found her online since she left the ASCII art newsgroup/ community. I think of her often, at least as often as I still see her ASCII art ripped off online. She has a style I can almost always spot, even if someone has removed or changed the artist initials with her art.

Her kids will be grown up now and she won’t be fighting for computer time. I hope life has gone along well for her, where ever she is.

Joan G. Stark’s Original ASCII

Believe it or not, I “discovered” ASCII art in winter of 1995. I think I saw a tiny bicycle made in ascii characters and was totally amazed by it. I joked that someone must have had too much time on their hands! But still I was in awe of it… I didn’t even know what it was called. After e-mailing several friends, I found out that it was called “ASCII art”. It was then that I found the USENET newsgroup alt.ascii-art and started lurking to find more of these computer pictures.

I then started collecting as much of the ASCII art as I could. I began wandering through the internet and realized that there was way too much to save. I would forget my idea of having a huge collection… I know where to find the pictures if I want something.

Being a “crafty” type person, I decided that I would try to make the ASCII pictures myself. I’ve always like to doodle on paper, so I figured it couldn’t be that much different. My first project was to make a signature for me to use. I started diddling around with the keyboard in May/June of 1996 by doing lettering. Someone then told me about “FIGLET”. For those of you who don’t know, FIGLET is a computer program that creates fancy lettering from text. Hearing about figlet took the thrill away from making the fonts- I could spend an hour creating an alphabet by hand and someone else could just press a computer key and have the letters pop up “pre-made”.

And so I went on to the pictures… I know that there are programs available to create ASCII art — (I don’t know that much about them…) — but the programs usually create solid-type ASCII art. Even then, the pictures still are pretty rough and need touch-ups to make them aesthetically correct. I have collected some conversion software information from alt.ascii-art and offer them to you– no guarantees– .

I make the line-style ASCII pictures and I don’t believe that there are programs for this style. Basically I sit down at the keyboard and start typing.

OK– so I can’t consider myself a “newbie” at ASCII art any more. The honeymoon is over! I’ve been making the pics since 1996. Some people are anticipating my “burn-out”– but I continue to make the ASCII art pictures and I still look forward to improving. I’d like to be able to look at each of my creations and say “wow!”– there are some that I like a lot and there are some that I consider “ok”. Most of the crummy ones have met their demise at the hands of the delete button. Despite this, I’ve included some of my early works in this gallery so you can see how my artwork has evolved. Perhaps I may inspire other budding ascii artists…

I am just amazed at all ASCII artwork. There are a limited number of characters available on the keyboard and they are all fixed. Considering this fact, it is truly remarkable that there are so many different ASCII art pictures.

I don’t know how long ASCII art has been around. I’ve been told that it dates back at least to the 1960s when computers consisted only of large main frames. There were no PCs and no monitors. Transmissions were done through terminals that were very much like electric typewriters. Games and pictures were done in ASCII. (Remember the original “Zork”?) Some of the pictures passed around then are still being passed around today. See History of ASCII Art.

For me, the ASCII art is still pretty new … although I remember as a kid, my father would take me to work with him on an occasional Saturday. While there, I would play on the secretary’s typewriter and make pictures on a sheet of paper using commas and lines– my “first” ASCII drawings!. (I would also link all of her paper clips together– shhh, don’t tell my dad!). I had a lot of fun those weekend mornings… I guess you could say that I’ve been making text art — even before computers! 🙂

But times have changed! Gone are the typewriters, papers, and carbon copies. I doodle as I did as a child… but now I don’t need a new sheet of paper or white-out when I make a mistake. Sigh… and my children have already connected my paper clips together! 🙁 But that’s OK, I don’t need them! 🙂 I just have to fight the kids for computer time!

Source: About Joan Stark

ASCII Art After Effects

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: provideocoalition.com

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.

VK's Six Line ASCII Art Challenge

I made a mermaid which you can find below.

Six Line Ascii Art Challenge
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The rules:

1. It must be exactly six lines.
2. It must be new.

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The list of subjects
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Please suggest more subjects to put on this list. Send them to the
newsgroup alt.ascii-art or in an email to me at vk@ludd.luth.se

Animals
=======

aardvark
ant
ant eater
bear (sk)
bird (jgs)
butterfly
cat (SK)
cow
dog (SK)
eagle (SK, cjr)
with a fish (SK)
elephant (ejm)
fish
fly
frog (jgs)
goat
grasshopper
hen (SK)
hipopotamus
horse (VK, SK)
lion (MT, snd, ldb)
moose
mouse
panther (sk)
parrot (Phil)
rabbit (jgs)
raccoon
rat
reindeer
seal (ldb/ejm)
sheep
snake
cobra (MT)
turtle (jgs, sd/FS)
whale (Riitta Rasimus)
wolf
zebra

Food
====

apple
banana
birthday cake (MT)
bottle (VK)
carrot (Riitta Rasimus, Tom Ewel)
chicken
egg
fish
grapes
hot dog
meat balls
orange
peach
pear
pie (Riitta Rasimus)
pineapple (jgs)
pork chop
pizza (SK)
spaghetti

Sports
======

football
tennis
ice hockey (MT)
riding
running (jgs)
swimming (jgs)
golf
beachball (ejm)

Clothes
=======

hat (Riitta Rasimus)
shirt (Riitta Rasimus)
t-shirt (Riitta Rasimus, Gerfried Fuchs)
trousers (Riitta Rasimus)
shorts
skirt (Riitta Rasimus)
blouse (Riitta Rasimus)
shoes (Riitta Rasimus)
boots (Riitta Rasimus)
gloves (Riitta Rasimus)
mittens (Riitta Rasimus)
overalls (Riitta Rasimus)
pyjamas (Riitta Rasimus)
pullover (Riitta Rasimus)
dress (Riitta Rasimus)
bikini and swimming suit (Riitta Rasimus)
jumper (Gerfried Fuchs)
shorts and sports shirt (for a fat, short man) (Riitta Rasimus)
bermudas (Riitta Rasimus)
panties (Krogg)

Furniture
=========

chair (jgs)
table
bed (jgs)
cupboard
sofa/couch (jgs)
bookcase
bar stool (Riitta Rasimus)
A place to keep your CD player, VCR etc. (Riitta Rasimus)
drawer(?) (Riitta Rasimus)

Krogg stuff (i.e. stuff suggested by Krogg)
===========================================

Severed heads (MT)
gut piles
strange sex devices
dead people
devices of execution
electric chair (Krogg)
Sybian(tm) love machine (Krogg)
shotgun (Krogg)
Sex toy (Krogg)
Homeless person (Krogg)

Computer
========

Pacman (Krogg)
computer
The Snake
mouse (Sarah Day)
keyboard
screen
M$, M@c, Sun, etc symbols
CD (Sarah Day)
Floppy (Sarah Day)
Sony Playstation (SgH)

Entertainment (TV, music, books, cartoons, etc)
===============================================

Beavis & Butthead
Spice girls
Donald Duck (snd)
Mickey Mouse
Goofy
MacGyver
Mumin family (VK)

Vehicles
========

car (sd)
bike
truck
train
tractor
motorcycle
snowmobile
skateboard
helicopter
aeroplane
rowing boat
sail boat
big ship
canoe

People in different situations
==============================

Person reading a book (Stanislaw Ciszewski)
Man smoking a pipe (Stanislaw Ciszewski)
Robbery (Stanislaw Ciszewski)
Portrait of a man wearing a hat (Stanislaw Ciszewski)
Six lines strip-tease (Stanislaw Ciszewski)
Me and my friends on an unfortunate boat trip. (Riitta Rasimus)
eating
drinking
sleeping
bathing
taking a shower
getting dressed
walking
ROTFL
Bride and groom (Riitta Rasimus)
In jail (SgH/sc)

Tools
=====

hammer (Riitta Rasimus)
saw
screwdriver (Riitta Rasimus)
drill (Riitta Rasimus)
knife (Riitta Rasimus)

Misc.
=====

house (VK)
church
shop
world map (snd)
paper bag
suitcase
handbag (Riitta Rasimus)
road (Riitta Rasimus)
tree
flower (MT)
TV
radio (MT, Nate / DAC)
alarm clock (ejm)
electric plug (VK)
mailbox (MT)
mermaid (jgs, ejm, CJRandall, Kronome Gergely, Stanislaw Ciszewski. ldb)
snowman (ldb)
Baby (Naughty)
Ode to Pyramid Schemes and Other Assorted Internet Phenomena (Matthew Thomas)
mortar and pestle (Nate / DAC)

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Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 06:08:10 -0800 (PST)
From: parar isidore To: vk@ludd.luth.se
Subject: 6 lines challenge - Christmas 2005

You can separate the tree from en Nativity Scene, if you want.
You can replace the message in your own language.

Nativity Scene

* `'´
*** - * -
***** ´'`
******* O O
****X**** ,/ , ,/-,
*** X *** ./ . o_-/ /_ _____Joyeux Noël !_____

Isidoro Pseudonym

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A late arrival, but the challenge IS still open so that's OK:

Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 14:19:16 +0000
From: Pete Zahut
To: vk@ludd.luth.se
Subject: Six line ASCII challenge

Yeah, you wanted table.... check this out.

Table
______________________ 1
||__________________|| 2
|| || 3
|| || 4
|| || 5
|| || 6

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Mumintroll (VK)

//
(oo
/ ._)
J _==
| /
3._.' |_|_

/m'
(oo
/ ._)
J _==
| /
3._.' |_+_

//
(oo
/ ._)
@J _==
/||||||
3._.' |||||

//
(oo /
/ ._) /
J _==//
| / /
3._.' |_|_

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Alarm clock (llizard)

( ) ( ) |.
`_^_' (|||)(|
/ |, ,|
|- ' -| |.
_,_/ (|||)(|
/___ ,|

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Horse (VK)

.''
._.-.___.' (`
//( ( `'
'/ ) ).__. )
' <' ` ._/' ` ------------------------------------ Electric chair (Krogg) |"|.-.|"|::""""+-+ |_| |_| `, |O|----....
/_---/_ """+-+----....
|=|___|=|
| | | |
(|_|) (|_|)

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Pacman (Krogg)

,##. ,==.
,# #. o ',
# # _ _
# # (_) (_) / ;
`# #' / .'
`##' "=="

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Sybian(tm) love machine (Krogg)

,-.
____| |_____
.J, |_| J,
| F " F
| |
|____________|

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Bottle (VK)

mmm
)-(
( )
| |
| |
|___|

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House (VK)

____||____
///////////
///////////
| _ | |
|[] | | []|[]|
| | | | |

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Radio (MT)
_________
_|_________|_
/
MT | ### ### |
| ### ### |
_____________/

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Flower (MT)
_
. /.
MT < ~O~ >
'/_'
| /
|/

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Cobra (MT)
____
/ . .
MT ---< / __________/ / -=:___________/ ------------------------------------ Lion (MT) MT ((((())))) ((( # # ))) Let me see here... ((( ))) Oh yeah that's it... ROAR ((( ++++ ))) ___/ ((((())))) / ------------------------------------ Hockey (MT) __ _ MT ___ (_) ------------------------------------ Cat (SK) |---/| | ,_, | _`_/-..----. ___/ ` ' ,""+ sk (__...' __ |`.___.'; (_,...'(_,.`__)/'.....+ ------------------------------------ Electric plug (VK) ____ ____| (____| `._____ ____| _|___ (____| .' |____/ ------------------------------------ Radio (Nate / DAC) .==============. __________||_/########_||__________ |(O)____ : [FM 103.7] ooooo : ____(O)| Deep down in L'usiana | /::::: _________ +|+ :/:::: | -=< close to New Orleans | ;;;;/: | | | |+| :;;;;/ | Way Back up in the woods |________:_ooooo+==ooo______:________|nad Among the evergreens... ------------------------------------ Dog (SK) ___ __/_ `. .-"""-. _,` | -' / )`-') "") `"` ((`"` ___Y , .'7 /| (_,___/...-` (_/_/ sk ------------------------------------ Cake: $$ $$ $$ __||__||__||__ | * * * * * * *| |* * * * * * * | MT | * * * * * * *| |______________| ------------------------------------ Mailbox (MT, after Krogg) I editted Krogs Sybian(tm) love machine and made this mailbox. An addition to the house ___ _____||__|___ .J, || J, Krog & MT | F || F | | |____________| ------------------------------------ Severed head (MT) Krog wanted a severed head, well this is my best... Hey guys, i found a ball! / O MT |/ _/|/ | _ | / / .' `. `_ O I had to add that little bit of text so it would be 6 lines... ------------------------------------ Hen (SK) /"" , <>^ L____/|
`) /` , /
`---' /
`'";)`
sk _/_Y

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Pizza (SK)

_______
_.-:::"":"";::-._
.-:-'` __:.|,;__ `'-:-.
| (-""`` .'|`. ``""-) |
'.''--..:__:__;..--''.'
sk `'--..._____...--'`

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Floppy (Sarah Day)
________
| |____| |
| __ |
| (__) |
| |
|________|

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CD (Sarah Day)
___
.' '.
/
( (0) )
/
'.___.'

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Mouse (Sarah Day)

____((______
| _ |
| |_|_| |
| | | |
| |___| |
|____________|

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Mermaids (jgs)

}}/ '
~ () ' _/} ,
~ /oo <')_><{ / ` ` / ~ jgs / ~ ,sSSs ,SSSS_/ ,_ sS/`))// sS//|_(_/ _, SS `""-.-'` / jgs sSS` ` `-==-'`'-._ ------------------------------------ Person reading a book (Stanislaw Ciszewski) ooooO .=====i=====. Ooooo | / | | | | | | <| | |> | |
| |~-.|_____|_____|.-~/| |
| ~-.(___).-~ / / |
__/-/_________________-__/

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Man smoking a pipe (Stanislaw Ciszewski)

__..-\ _
`\\ (_)
`\ _. O
`U o
` \~ _
| \~~~

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Robbery (Stanislaw Ciszewski)

,__ . . __
------ _*=_ : . __==__
(``) ,( ")> .:.__ (~~)
____ /~::~ ____'|~)__________`/;~____________
`|_::_|' (` | (~`._
_||_ /__|_ _.||[___]

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Portrait of a man wearing a hat (Stanislaw Ciszewski)

pooqpooq
odboodboodbo
T'._ _.`T
/Y O..O Y
//. _ ./
/;;;;;;;;__/;;;;;;;;

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Six lines strip-tease (Stanislaw Ciszewski)

X /~/ X/
"d )aa b"
(= //
/(`;' )/
//`==/'/
_/! ____/ !_

2 /~/ 6/
)aa //
(= //
/(`;' )/
//`==/'/
_/! ____/ !_

2 /~/ 6/
)aa //
(= //
/(_)(_)/
//`==/'/
_/! ____/ !_

2 /~/ 6/
)aa //
(= //
/(_)(_)/
//`==/'/
_/' ____/ `_

2 /~/ 6/
)aa //
(= //
/(_)(_)/
//`--/'/
_/' _Y'_/ `_

2 /~/ 6/
)aa //
(= //
/(* *)/
//`--/'/
_/' _Y'_/ `_

2 /~/ 6/
)aa //
(= //
/(* *)/
//` /'/
_/' _"._/ `_

[an idea for an animation?]

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Mermaids (ejm)

~ ~ ~~ ~~ _((, `,/ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~~~ ~~~~~~ ()} )/~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~
~ ~ ~ ~~~~ `((-. // ~~ ~~ ~~~~
~ ~ ~*~~ )))./ ~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~
~~ * )-(((( ` ~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~~
ejm *-) (___/ `_ ~~ ~~~~~ ~ ~~~~~ ~

~~ ~~ ~~~~~ ~~ `v'/ ~~ ~~ ~ ~ ~
~ ~~~ ~ ~ ,-, `, ~ ~~~~ ~~~
~~ ~ ~ ~~~ ))) ,. ~ ~~ ~~
** * ((((, , ~ ~~~ ~ ~
*`(/ / ) ( ~~~ ~~ ~~~~
ejm ) ,/ (___/ ,~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~

~ ~ ~~ ~~ (( ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~~~ ~~~~~~ `{)) ~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~
~ ~ ~ ~~~~ `((-. __ ~~ ~~ ~~~~
~ ~ ~*~~ ))).,. ~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~
ejm ~~ * )-((((/`_`;--, ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~~
~~~~~*- )))) `(~~ ~~~~~ ~ ~~~~~ ~

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Mermaids (CJRandall)

1 ssMi
2 _. ~(")/
3 oOo/oo(
4 ^^^ ( )
5 )(
6 __ _______ _ /^^

1 ~sssSSs(Y-----------.
2 ~ssS( '} )) )
3 ~s/(*) (*)/_ / (
4 (( )) (( _` /( O
5 (( ' ))( `/ ( ^;,
6~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~^^^~~~~

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Mermaid (Kronome Gergely)

1 ,*@*@*@*.
2 ((((d.d))))
3 ,---.__ (^(^)) ~/)))
4 _.' ,-._ `-'. <^`_'_ 5 .;_, ( `. _) `---;^) 6 ' `)' `----' ` ------------------------------------ Chair (jgs) . .-===-. . | . . | . | .'. | . ()_____() . ||_____|| . jgs W W ------------------------------------ Couch/sofa (jgs) . .-="""""""""""=-. . | . . . . . . . | . | .'.'.'.'.'.'. | . ()_______________() . ||_______________|| . jgs W W ------------------------------------ Bed (jgs) . ()___ . ()//__/)_________________() . ||(___)//#/_/#/_/#/_/#()/|| . ||----|#| |#|_|#|_|#|_|| || . ||____|_|#|_|#|_|#|_|#||/|| . jgs || |#|_|#|_|#|_|#|_|| ------------------------------------ Elephant (ejm) _ ,--. ;c),. o}` `._,=, `. / , `. `/L`. )~ ejm /_/_ ------------------------------------ Running (jgs) . _( } . -= _ << . `.__/`/ . -= '--' ` . -= // . jgs ) ------------------------------------ Swimming (jgs) . ___ . /___ . .-.|=0-0=|.-. . (_.'.- _o_/`/-.'._/) . ~` - ~`-^_`~ -_~ ^- ~_` -~ _ . jgs - ~ - ^ - ~ - ~ - ------------------------------------ Bird (jgs) . __ . /'{>
. ____) (____
. //'--; ;--'
. ///////_/\
. jgs m m

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Turtle (jgs)

. __
. .,-;-;-,. /'_
. _/_/_/_|__) /
. '-<_><_><_><_>=/
. jgs `/_/====/_/-'_
. "" "" ""

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Frog (jgs)

. _ _
. (')-=-(')
. __( " )__
. / _/'-----'_
. ___ // //___
. jgs >____)/_---/_(____< ------------------------------------ Rabbit (jgs) . ((` . ___ '--._ . .'` `' o ) . / '. __.' . _| /_ __ . jgs {_______-'___ ------------------------------------ Parrot (Phil) 1 .--, 2 ,.-( (o) 3 / .)/ ') 4 .',./'/ )/ 5 ()=///=))))==() 6 / ------------------------------------ beachball (ejm) / (%) O_ | O_ // _/ ejm / | ------------------------------------ Me and my friends on an unfortunate boat trip. (Riitta Rasimus) _ (_) --""------- 0/ ^^ .___...../ /__| |__ _/H__, ^^ / #####^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~O/~~Q/~^~^~rr ------------------------------------ Mermaid (Stanislaw Ciszewski) . . `.`-; pVq _._ `..&_*_& .-=_~.-`--' .~_ ~`-`=/'~ .-~ :: ~= `~ ;.' `-' `-' ------------------------------------ Snowman (ldb) __ _|==|_ ('')___/ >--(`^^')
(`^'^'`)
`======' ldb

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Eagle (SK)

.`. _ _
__;_ /,//`
--, `._) (
'//,,, |
)_/
sk /_|

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An eagle with a fish (SK)

.`. _ _
__;_ /,//`
--, `._) ( __
'//,,, |_/(/
)_7"q`|>
sk /_| >

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Whale (Riitta Rasimus)

.
":"
___:____ |"/"|
,' `. /
| O ___/ |
~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~

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Lion (snd)

sSSSs
s(oo)s
s(Y)Ss'._
|, "._
/ /| /___
snd cc-'cc'cc-,-__)

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Donald Duck (snd)

(~')z
(00)
_{__}_
<=/x =7 "(oo-)" snd {>~~<} ------------------------------------ Mermaid (ldb) ,;:;, /^ /^ ((@ @)) \.//// ))=/(( |/// .((/")) |// //)W)(W(``''--.._/`'/ `m(,_))__________.' ldb Mermaid #1 ,;:;, /^ /^ ((@ @)) \.//// ))=/(( |/// .((/")) |// //)W)(W(``''--.._/`'/ `m(,_))__________.' ldb Mermaid #2 .;8B3;, /^ /^ ((b d)) \.//// ))o/(( |/// .((/~))). |// //(mVm)(((``''--..._,/`'/ `m `'-..m____________,'` ldb ------------------------------------ hat (with a feather) (Riitta Rasimus) (/; (/; .--..-(/; | (/; __|====/=|__ (____________) ------------------------------------ shirt (with short sleeves) (Riitta Rasimus) ___ ___ /| |/|| | /_| ' |.` |_ | |. | | |. | |___|.__| ------------------------------------ t-shirt (Riitta Rasimus) __ __ /| `-' | /_| o.o |_ | o`o'o | | o^o | |_______| ------------------------------------ trousers (or jeans) (Riitta Rasimus) ,==c==. |_/|_| | '|` | | | | | | | |__|__| ------------------------------------ skirt (Riitta Rasimus) =+=== / |. | |. | | |. | | |. | |_/____| ------------------------------------ pullover (very bad taste) (Riitta Rasimus) __ __ )HH/HH( |XXXXXXXX| |HHHHHHHH| |XXXXXXXX| |||||||| ------------------------------------ Boots (Riitta Rasimus) ._...... |X/.*| | |X/+ | | |X/* | | ____/ ; ; _____/|_/_/ ------------------------------------ Shoes (Riitta Rasimus) ___ _ |x | | /x | | /x __)_) __./x /| / / (_____/ |/|/ ------------------------------------ Mittens (Riitta Rasimus) ___ ___ /HHH /HHH |XXXXX| _ |XXXXX| |HHHHH|/H) (H|HHHHH| XXXXX/X/ XXXXXXX/ ||||||' `|||||| ------------------------------------ Gloves (Riitta Rasimus) _ _ ,|||. ,|||. ||||| ||||| |||||/) (||||| ,,, / ,,,/ |___| |___| ------------------------------------ overalls (Riitta Rasimus) _ _ /)`Y'( //| | | . | | | | |_|_| ------------------------------------ dress (Riitta Rasimus) /| | ( ./ ) : / ) : ( / : |__:__| | | (. /.) / ) . ( / v /....... | | ( / ) *// ))*(( ///| ////|\ ------------------------------------ Pineapple (jgs) ||/ ||/ .<><><>.
.<><><><>.
'<><><><>'
jgs '<><><>'

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Bride and groom (Riitta Rasimus)

... _M_
/( ) ( )
/ / / :
~~%/~~ |:|/
/ |||
/,,,,, |||

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Eagle (cjr)

__
_/ '>
_ _.-'( )'-._ _
'=._.=-( )-=._.='
|/-|
cjr Y Y

_| |/_
_- _ _/"=_ _/ -_
-_ `-'( )`-' _-
`=.__.=-( )-=.__.='
|/-|
cjr Y Y

_| __ |/_
_- _ _/"-> _/ -_
-_ `-'( )`-' _-
`=.__.=-( )-=.__.='
|/-|
cjr Y Y

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Carrot (Riitta Rasimus)

/_
_/
(,;)
(,.)
(,/
|/

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Pie (Riitta Rasimus)

(
)
__..---..__
,-=' / | `=-.
:--..___________..--;
.,_____________,./

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Lion (ldb)

/";;:;;"
(:;/,-,/;;)
(:;{ d b }:;)
(:;__Y__/;;)-----------,,_
,.. ,.. ___/___)__`
ldb (,,,)~(,,,)`-._##____________)

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Seal (ldb/ejm)

/^ /^
. \.////
==(^ = |///
/ ) |//
/( ``''---..._,/`'/
_', `-._______________,'` ldb/ejm

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Bar stool (Riitta Rasimus)
_____
|_/__|
|| ||
|| ||
||=||
|| ||

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A place to keep your CD player, VCR etc. (Riitta Rasimus)

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| o | ,----------, |
|_____| |_===___O__| |
| o | | ... ### .| |
|_____|_|_O__ooo___|_|
(_) (_)

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Drawer(?) (Riitta Rasimus)

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|_o_|_o_|
|___o___|
|___o___|
|___o___|
|| ||

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Subject: Re: 6 line carrot

Does this count?

C
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Its a six line carrot! 8-) (sorry, couldn't resist)

Tom Ewel

[VK's note: This joke only works _once_! Tom Ewel said it first, so
there's no need for all the rest of you to repeat it!]

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bikini and swimming suit (Riitta Rasimus)

/ | |
(_./_) ( ./ )
: /
=-.-= /
/ /
_/ _/

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t-shirt (Gerfried Fuchs)

__ __
/ `-'
/_| R |_
| E |
| M |
|_____|

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Jumper (Gerfried Fuchs)
__ __
/ `-'
/ | R |
/ /| E |
/_/ | M | _
|_____|

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Panther (SK)

/)-._
Y. ' _]
,.._ |`--"=
/ "-/
/) sk | |_ `|___
:::::::___/__________

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Handbag (Riitta Rasimus)
___
/
|__%__|
/ : :
( )
`-----'

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Road (Riitta Rasimus)

___ ,--. __________________________/ , /_______
'O---O'~
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ,--. _ _ _ _ _
_____ ~'O---O'
_______< Rome|_____ __________________________ || / , / ------------------------------------ shorts and sports shirt (for a fat, short man) (Riitta Rasimus) _ _ ) `-' ( |sponsor| |_______| |_/ , _| |___|___| ------------------------------------ bermudas (Riitta Rasimus) ===E=== /_] | [_ | | | | | |____|____| |____!____| ------------------------------------ blouse (Riitta Rasimus) .--= =--. / ./ (__| : |__) | : | | : | |___:___| ------------------------------------ pyjamas (Riitta Rasimus) _ _ /)`:'( //| : | |-'-| | | | |_|_| ------------------------------------ Sony Playstation (SgH) ________________ | |," `.| | SgH | / SONY | |O _ /> /_ | ___ _
|_(_)'.____.'(_)_| (")__(")
[___|[=]__[=]|___] //

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Steve Hammond wrote:
>Sony Playstation in 6 lines.
> ________________
> | |," `.| | SgH
> | / SONY |
> |O _ /> /_ | ___ _
> |_(_)'.____.'(_)_| (")__(")
> [___|[=]__[=]|___] //
>

Mhm.. Jail ?

________________
| |,"_ _`.| | SgH/sc
| / q o |
|O _ /> /_ |
|_(_)'._=__.'(_)_|
[___|[=]__[=]|___]

Stanislaw Ciszewski

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Horse (SK)

___
/,- `'-/._
_l//`| |.('_]
/--;A /t|
H LH H
A ^A ^ sk

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Baby (Naughty)

1 ,=""=,
2 c , _,{
3 / @ ) __
4 / ^~~^ <=.,__/ '}= 5 (_/ ,, ,,) _ _>_/~
6 ~_(/-)'-,_,_,_,-'(_)-(_) -Naughty

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Car (sd)

_______
____ .'|
/LEVY| .'_/ sd
____||_____________|
|| _/ _/
||

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Fredrik Sundquist wrote:
> Sarah and Tony Day wrote:
> >
> > _______
> > ____ .'|
> > /LEVY| .'_/ sd
> > ____||_____________|
> > || _/ _/
> > ||
> >
> > What a horrible pic! Eek. Maybe I can improve on it later. Oh well. It is 6
> > lines, anyhow.
>
>
> A turtle? (Could use more improvements, but I need some sleep)
>
> _______
> ____ .'|_-'_/
> / o "_/ _-'_`-'. sd/FS
> __/_..._____..._|'
> _/ _/
> `` ``
>

???

____ .----.>--. _______ ___ Do you believe in pyramids
/. . .J::,' Free Money, and all that stuff that kids
/_______L' Circulate to make the Internet real slow?

+-------------+
|# ad me | Well I know the Net is full of crime
|`-# Re:ad me | 'Cause I get this spam stuff all the time
|# EASY MONEY | But I can't just run away
|# XXX PICS!! | Because I haven't checked Usenet yet today ...
+-------------+

,-.
|66A I am a lonely teenage computer nerd
/`'M With a dual boot of Linux and Hurd,
(| `M But I foresaw the Reich of Gates the Third
_> |M) The day, my server, died.
'-_)=(_,'

,--. `_' I started singing:
(_.__) -(_)- Bye bye scam, you're just pie in the sky
, . Drove the Albanians crazy, and sucked them all dry
_.-*-._ Them good old admins let this spam slip by
_______/.-. Singing, `This'll be the day that I die;
(__._._) This'll be the day that I die'.

X Now for nigh on ten years we've been on our own
____/ __o____ While the Web grows fat on it's commercial throne,
/`-' T But that's not how it used to be;
. / ) o While the gopher sang for academic jocks
/`--/--' / In Veronica's closet and Archie's box,
:`-./A_,-'/> U Tim invented the H T tepee ...

And while Berners-Lee was looking down
,===-. Andreesen stole his thorny crown
|| Enquire Within was adjourned
|| _ And a 404 was returned
`==> [_] And while Oracular Priests gave out their marks
/ The Kibologists practised in the park
R e l o a d And I sang a ditty in the dark
The day, my server, died.

,--. `_' I was singing:
(_.__) -(_)- Bye bye scam, you're just pie in the sky
, . Drove the Albanians crazy, and sucked them all dry
_.-*-._ Them good old admins let this spam slip by
_______/.-. Singing, `This'll be the day that I die;
(__._._) This'll be the day that I die'.

_ __ _ With custom tags, and a file mime
// /-. The browsers began to waste our time
// // Eight megabytes high and growing fast;
<< // >> And as Id Est and the Lizard fought in the grass,
`' // The open-sourcers caught the pass
[] // With the Mosaic all in pieces, in the dust.

Now the smell of Java was sweet perfume
,-. But the Borg was playing a fighting tune
(_|L ) We all got ready to dance
_`& `_ Oh, but we never got the chance ...
`"'|)) 'Cause the programmers tried to take the field
_ L_J_ but the .java classes refused to yield
``-===-' ' Do you remember what Sun's tests revealed
The day, the server, died.

,--. `_' We had been singing:
(_.__) -(_)- Bye bye OS, you're just pie in the sky
, . We don't need you any more, so we'll kiss you goodbye
_.-*-._ But the good old Borg were drinking decaf, and why?
_______/.-. 'Cause that would be the day that they die
(__._._) That would be the day that they die.

1 (?) And meanwhile, ASCII artists in our places
2 ) A generation lost in tabs and spaces
3 .._o Trying to make our pics look right;
4 ..:/// So keep your sigs to four lines or three
5 ..:_/ And make sure that you use PGP
6 ..:/ 'Cause crypto is freedom's only friend ...

And as I watched Sanford Wallace on the stage
|"`--..,--'"| My hands were clenched in fists of rage
|[M] -|NEWS:| No angel born in hell
|[M] -|Spam | Could break that Satan's spell;
|`"--.|legal| And as the flames came flooding in
|`"--.|,--'"| alt.silly.newsgroups.clogged.up.tin
"`--.|,--'" I saw the Borg wear an evil grin
The day, my server, died.

,--. `_' I was singing:
(_.__) -(_)- Bye bye scam, you're just pie in the sky
, . Drove the Albanians crazy, and sucked them all dry
_.-*-._ Them good old admins let this spam slip by
_______/.-. Singing, `This'll be the day that I die;
(__._._) This'll be the day that I die'.

,---. I met a girl, Emily Postnews
/'_'_` And I asked for her to cure my blues,
// ~<~`) But she just smiled and cancelled me; (( `-'/_ I went down to the cybercafe ) (-< Where I'd heard you didn't have to pay ,-' `. But the man there said that the Net was down today ... Because the y2k had rolled around ,-./_ . And the Net had crashed into the ground , , ) And not a byte was spoken ( BOOM! ) ) The software all was broken ... ( / And the three men I admire most, ` / `-' ' Stallman, Linus, and the Oracular Ghost, / They took a Chevy to the coast, The day, our servers, died. ,--. `_' And they were singing: (_.__) -(_)- Bye bye spam, you're just pie in the sky , . The Net is all gone, but let's not just cry _.-*-._ We can start again one day, if only we try _______/.-. And I said, `That'll be the day that I die; (__._._) That'll be the day that I die'. ,--. `_' We're all singing: (_.__) -(_)- Bye bye spam, you're just pie in the sky , . The Net is all gone, but let's not just cry _.-*-._ We can start again one day, if only we try _______/.-. Even if that is the day that we die; (__._._) Even if that is the day ... that we die'. Copyright (C) 1998 Matthew Thomas (with apologies to Don McLean). This work may be freely copied, forwarded, or otherwise reproduced, as long as this copyright message is included. --------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------ Sex toy (Krogg) "#|---------------,-----------------------------.._ "#|---------------> ""-.
"#|---------------> ",
"#|---------------> ;
"#|---------------> _."
"#|---------------'-----------------------------===""

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Homeless person (Krogg)

/"""""/|
/ /#|---(ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZZzzzzzzzzz)
/_____/##|_____
| |##/ /
| |#/ /
|_____|/____/

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world map (snd)

6 _,--', _._.--._____
5 .--.--';_'-.', ";_ _.,-'
4 .'--'. _.' {`'-;_ .-.>.'
3 '-:_ ) / `' '=.
2 ) > {_/, /~)
1 snd |/ `^ .'

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Bear (sk)

.-/).--.--""""""-._
.' _ , )
; ` | | |
``''` / (
-..--''7 /
sk (__/ (__/

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hammer (Riitta Rasimus)

______
|_,.,--
||
||
##
##

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screwdriver (Riitta Rasimus)

V
|
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#
#

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drill (Riitta Rasimus)
mMMMm
_|
[_
|
$
$

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Knives (Riitta Rasimus)

, _
/| /|o|
|| / | |
|| / /| |
## / / |+|
## /.' [_]

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mortar and pestle (Nate / DAC)

1 .-.
2 / /
3 _______/__/_
4 |nad |
5 /
6 ________/

Or this:

1 .-.
2 _.----/ /.
3 / / /
4 :`---------':
5 nad /
6 `-.____.-' ..::::....

And with some shading:

1 .-.
2 _...../ //.
3 /:::::/ //::
4 :`---------::
5 nad .::/
6 `-.__.::/' ..::::....

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Panties (Krogg)

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( """%()()()()%"" )
%)()()()% /
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`.__%_%__,'

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