Find ASCII Art Online

It’s funny that ASCII art is still around, still popular at holidays. I started making ASCII art in 1998. I was active in the newsgroup for ASCII art then. The downfall that turned ASCII art from trendy to retro started with HTML email. It became tricky to send an email in plain ASCII text. For awhile people just used plain text, those who held on to their simple email that didn’t need graphics and scripts. Now you have to ask for plain text, if it’s even an option. I don’t think people realize all that HTML costs them bandwidth and adds to the cost of the Internet they use.

Anyway, I started making my own ASCII art again. I’ve kept most of the old art I made. A few got lost along the way. Today I found a ship in the bottle which I had forgotten about. It was on another site. Still had my initials, my artist credit with it. Nice to find it with those.

Here is a list of places you can still find collections of ASCII art, done by various artists at various times. For an updated list check my links.

The ASCII Art Dictionary

ASCII Picture Collections

Heart and Soul ASCII Art Gallery

Christopher Johnson’s ASCII Art Collection

ASCII Art Gallery.com

ASCII World

Sunny Spot Gallery

ASCII Mailer – Send an ASCII art picture in email.

Curiousity and Self Discipline

This was from an old profile I wrote for the BackWash site. It may have been the first one I wrote there. I thought it was pretty clever. The site is gone, I found it via the Internet Wayback Machine,  so I’m saving it here.

 

Life endlessly intrigues me. I have so much curiousity that I had to remove all my self discipline just to give myself room to think.

MathCool ASCII Art Collection: Computer

-=[ tiny computer- 4 line ]=-
_
|-| __
|=| [Ll]
"^" ====`o

           _
     __   |-|
    [Ll]  |=|
    ====`o"^"

-=[ 5 line computer ]=-
____
||""||
||__||
[ -=.]`)
====== 0

-=[ person sitting at computer - 5 lines ]=-
_
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~|^~~|
TT/_ T"T
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

-=[ bald guy at computer ]=-
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-=[ man at computer ]=-
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-=[ woman at computer ]=-
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-=[ cyber communication ]=-
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TT/_ T"T T"T _HH
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-=[ Apple Logo-McIntosh ]=-

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-=[ Linux penguin ]=-

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-=[ computers ]=-
___________
|.---------.|
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|'---------'|
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""'"""""'""""`/T
_/

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-=[ sick computer ]=-
_______
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|:::::::::::|
-=========-()

-=[ Computer w/Sword ]=-

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{88888888{______} ||_______>
@) ||_________||
----)-(----
____[=== o]___
|::::::::::::::|
-============-()

-=[ Prayer to Computer Angel ]=-
_____________
|.-----------.|
A Prayer to my || _ ||
COMPUTER ANGEL: || (o/) ||
|| /_ ||
Guide my keystrokes, ||___________||
Keep my programs alive, -)-------(-'
Protect me from viruses, [=== -- o ]--.
Back up my drive. '---------'
[::::::::::: :::] )
Amen.
""'"""""'""""`/T
_/

-=[ cat at the computer ]=-

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'--------------------------------------------------'

-=[ Does Your System Have Bugs? ]=-

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-=[ Greeting Cards ]=-
.-'|
_.-' |
_.-' |
.-'____________|______
| |
| Your computer |
| is dead... |
| and it was so alive |
| _______ |
| |.-----.| |
| ||x . x|| |
| ||
.-.|| |
| --)-(-- |
| [=== o]
|
| |:::::::::::| |
| -=========-() |
| You shouldn't have |
| installed: |
| |
| -= Win'95 =- |
---------------------

-=[ Understanding the Technology ]=-
_
.----------/ |<=== floppy disk
/ | |
/ /| | _________
/ / | | | .-----. |
/___________/ /| | |=| |-|
[____________]/ | | |~|_____|~|
| ___ | | | '-| |-'
| / ) | | | |.....|
function ======>|.' | | | | |<=== application
key | | | | input |.....| software
| | | | --.|
main =>| | | | | de-bugging ||
storage | | | ;______|_________________ tool ====>||
| | |.' ____|/_______________
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| | /| (______________________) )<== user ||
|____________|/ ___________________________/ interface||
'--||----: '''''.__ | ||
||
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<== normal flow | central ||
|| | -.'.of operation /<== processing||
|| | '-. / unit ||
surge ().-. | | : /
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control ==>(
((X)) | .-. : <======= output ||
device '-' | ; /_________ .-''-.
|/ '-..-' | /
/| /______
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-.____ | / / [____]
/ _ /_____________| _ / /_
peripherals ==>/____________________/_/ /~ )
(hardware) |____________________________|/ ~ ) | ///|
(__~ ~ ~(~~| V// |
overflow (input/output error) ===> (_~_ ~ ~_
) | |~| |
_________ --~-' ' | |=| |
_|---------| supplemental data ===>| | | |
(C| |<=== back-up (()____ | | | |
/ ('______, |=| /
========= mouse ==> `,,---,,' |_|/

-=[ Cartoon Joke ]=-

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

-=[ Cruising down the Information Superhighway... ]=-

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How Lucky are You?


You Are Bamboo


You are a very independent and unpredictable person. You do things your way, and you never know what turn your life will take.
You are very intellectual and logical. You try to think things through carefully, in steps.

Sometimes it seems like you are unemotional, but you try to have your emotions work for you instead of against you.
Those who know you best know who loyal, compassionate, and supportive you are. You are a very admirable person.


Your Luck Quotient: 60%


You have an average luck quotient.
There’s been times when you’ve been extremely lucky… but also times when you’ve been very unlucky.
You probably know that you can make your own luck in life, if you’re open to it.
So listen to your intuition as much as you can. It’s right more often than you might expect.

7 Reasons Why HTML Email is Evil

Original page from George Dillon.

7 reasons why HTML e-mail is EVIL!!!

This page summarises a longer article, now called HTML email is STILL evil!!!

INTRODUCTION

I originally wrote this article in 2000 for friends, the tongue-in-cheek title inspired by objections to HTML mail expressed in the evolt.org web designer’s list. By 2002 some big sites had linked to it, traffic (and abusive responses) to the page had increased and the internet had changed significantly, so I decided to update it.

The internet is now cheaper, faster and bigger than ever – and it’s also more hazardous than ever. While HTML mail is being employed more and more, particularly for mass-marketting, it is and always will be true that: HTML email can be dangerous, is not always readable, wastes bandwidth and is simply not necessary.

This article does not aim to present a balanced argument about the merits or otherwise of HTML mail. Nor am I suggesting that sending HTML mail will hurt you – it may even boost your company sales. However receiving HTML email can cause problems, so if you care at all about the people you send mail to, read on…

 

The 7 sins

1. HTML e-mail is dangerous

Nearly all viruses are transmitted by email. Both plain text and HTML mail may carry malware attachments but with HTML there is a significantly greater risk since some malware can exploit vulnerabilities in the HTML parser to automatically execute code as soon as the message is viewed in the preview pane (i.e. without the attachment having to be ‘opened’.)

2. HTML e-mail wastes bandwidth

Look at the source code of any HTML message and after the headers you’ll see the message body is duplicated, once in plain text and once in HTML. So most HTML messages are at least twice as big as plain text only, and they can be many time larger.

3. HTML e-mail doesn’t always work

Some popular e-mail readers (e.g. Pegasus) simply don’t read HTML mail, others (Pocomail and even AOL) have difficulties displaying it properly.

4. HTML e-mail can connect to the internet by itself

If you’re off-line, opening an HTML email cantaining images may (by default) open a connection to the internet.

5. HTML e-mail renders slowly

Some mail apps (e.g. Outlook) can slow down considerably when rendering HTML. The need for an HTML parser has also led to code-bloat in email apps generally.

6. HTML e-mail is not always reader-friendly

HTML allows the sender to use unreadably small or non-standard fonts, clashing colours, badly formatted images and sometimes there is no quick or easy way for the reader to adjust the appearance to THEIR choice.

7. Digested lists hate HTML mail

Subscriber lists, particularly those with a digest, discourage and sometimes block HTML (since it appears in the digest as a mess of code).

 

What to do…

Sending HTML-formatted email is just not necessary. If the appearance of your message is important either put it on a website and mail the URL, or save it as an .rtf (or even a .pdf) document, zip that up and send it as an attachment to a plain text mail

So.. check in your email client’s options for how to set ‘Mail Sending Format’ to ‘Plain Text’…

…and how to turn OFF ‘Reply to messages in the format in which they were sent’.

With these settings you will still be able to send images and other attachments. And images attached to plain text mail will be displayed by most popular email clients.

 

Links:

Here are some related pages. The links may have gone bad since I wrote this article.

(Note: These links are repeated below in the updated version of this post. I have checked the links. The link rot has been given a strikethrough).

HTML e-mail is STILL evil!!!

Introduction

(or “Comment: RE: Your “Seven reasons…” site, a question. Just who the hell do you think you are?“)

In late 1999 I subscribed to the evolt.org web designer’s list. I was struck by the vehemence of opposition to HTML email expressed by many on the list, with some half-seriously describing it as ‘evil’. A year later I understood their reasoning, but many of my newbie friends didn’t, and after a particularly nasty month in which I became a telephone help-line for several virus-infected acquaintances I decided to write this and the accompanying articles – Netiquette, Spam Fighting and Basic Online Security – so that I didn’t have to keep repeating the same advice. My intention was to have some URLs I could send to my errant friends, instead of wasting hours on the ‘phone or typing out the same advice in emails.

However all those articles have been found and linked to by bigger (and better) sites than mine and as a result general traffic to this page has soared… and so has the number of anonymous abusive responses! OK I can take abuse – after all, in my real life I’m a provocative performer and you should read some of my bad reviews – but the recent sudden surge in referrals (and abuse – e.g. the above) has prompted me to rethink this article and after doing so my conclusion was that…

HTML email is still EVIL and it’s getting worse!!!

The internet is a dangerous place for the unwary, the trusting and the naive but a safe haven for the lazy, the spiteful, the self-centered and the cowardly. One such individual sent me this:

SUBJECT: HTML email doesn’t workGee, that’s funny. The week my company (name withheld for privacy) switched to using HTML emails instead of plain-text for our marketing campaign offers our revenues took a dramatic leap and have pretty much tripled over the last year and half. I guess you just have to know what you’re doing, or at least have some experience in these things. Your comments and ideas are very outdated.

Sincerely,
B. D. Satterfield
Online Creative Director for above unmamed software company

This message was carefully typed into my contact form, without a valid email address being entered, so there was no way I could return it or even reply to it, though I did trace the I.P. no of the sender to a known spammer.

The ‘know what you’re doing’ jibe missed its mark since B.D. Satterfield (oh yes!) had clearly missed the purpose of my article and simple truth of my statement that ‘HTML e-mail doesn’t always work’. However the ‘outdated’ accusation WAS fair comment.

Two years ago I wrote that “it is hardly professional to ignore (or to be ignorant of) the negative impact of that message on the more informed members of your audience or the fact that a significant percentage will choose to instantly consign it to the waste basket or may never even receive it.”

OK that was clearly wrong. But hey, I hadn’t revised the page for more than a year and in that time the internet had changed radically… and not all to the good.

On the positive side, the internet is now cheaper, faster and bigger than ever. Unmetered access and widely available broadband, which were both ‘a fantasy’ in early 2000 are now becoming the norm, even here in the backwards UK. So the bandwidth issue, though still true, is of less concern than it was.

But that is the only positive. Unfortunately the cloud to that silver lining is that HTML mail is now more accepted, since fewer users will immediately notice the difference between a 5kb plain text or a 50kb HTML message. So… fewer notice… so fewer object… so more companies resort to HTML mail…

HTML email is now everywhere. But just because it is more accepted doesn’t mean it’s more acceptable.

On the negative side… the internet is now more dangerous than ever due to the increase in always-on connections in combination with the ignorance/complacency of new users of vulnerable systems (like the hacker-friendly WindowsXP) which can be hijacked for use as spam of DOS ‘bots’, PLUS the exponential growth in viral ingenuity and reproductivity, PLUS the refinement and ubiquity of user-tracking web-marketing technology (read ‘spyware’).

 

So what’s wrong with HTML mail?

Before I list the 7 points, I want one make one thing as clear as I can. It’s RECEIVING HTML mail that’s the problem. SENDING HTML mail will not hurt you (unless you are still using a metered dial up connection) – it may even boost your company sales – but it also may hurt the people to whom you send it. So if you are happy to be ignorant, lazy, spiteful, self-centred and/or cowardly you can ignore the rest of this article and go and bask in you supercillious smugness. OTOH if you care at all about the people you send mail to, read on…

HTML email can be dangerous,
HTML email is not always readable,
HTML email wastes bandwidth
and
HTML email is simply not necessary.

These 4 points are as true now as they were 3 years ago and indeed they will ALWAYS be true while plain text exists as an alternative to HTML mail. (I hereby predict that M$ are designing Outlook Express 9 to ONLY accept HTML email – remember you read it here first!)

So here are the same seven points I made before, all still true though some details have been updated and expanded:

 

1. HTML e-mail is dangerous

If for no other reason, you should not send e-mail in HTML format because by doing so you are exposing your intended recipient(s) to the risk of catching a virus – a virus which you yourself may be unaware you have until you are told about it by someone you have infected (or until it alerts you to its presence by unleashing its payload).

Most of the fast-spreading internet-borne viruses propagate by automatically forwarding themselves to every address which they can find in your address book, and some even seek out every address in the body of every message in your inbox. Of course, they don’t stop to ask your permission before doing this – the first symptom you’ll spot is someone you’ve infected sending you an angry message saying you’ve given them a virus.

Unfortunatley the latest popular virus at the time of writing (k l e z) fakes the from address too, so you cannot warn (or accuse) unknowing senders of viruses, and you may also find yourself falsely accused.

But what has this to do with HTML mail?

For at least 3 years there have been viruses (namely Bubbleboy and kak.worm) which are triggered simply by viewing an HTML message in the preview pane of unpatched versions of Outlook Express. There are other ways of getting html functional email to automatically run code, by exploiting a vulnerability in the way the Internet Explorer engine (which Outlook and OE use to display HTML mail) handles IFRAMEs for example.

Since HTML can include scripts, HTML email is obviously more of a security risk than plain text, and the most recent viruses have made full use of this flaw.

2. HTML e-mail always wastes bandwidth

HTML e-mails are always at least twice the size of plain text mail, since they include both the plain text version and the same thing with embedded html markup tags. Don’t believe me? Just look at the source code of any html mail you have received (in Outlook Express click File > Properties > Details > Message Source).

So YOU may have a big fat connection, but if you’re sending your HTML mail to 5000+ addresses, some of your users will probably be on 56k or less metered dial-up connections, and your bloated message will cost them money.

3. HTML e-mail doesn’t always work

Some popular e-mail readers (Pegasus Mail for one example) simply don’t read HTML mail and others (such as Pocomail and even AOL) have difficulties displaying it properly.

The irony is that the applications which do read HTML well are precisely the ones which have the security holes. Why? …because they render HTML… To do so they need to use some form of HTML rendering engine, usually one that is already resident on your system rather than one that is inbuilt. i.e. they use I.E. and Internet Explorer is so closely connected to the heart of the Windows OS that a security hole in it can be an open door to hard-drive trashing scripts.

4. HTML e-mail can connect to the internet by itself

If an HTML e-mail includes references to online images then (by default) Dial-Up Networking will try to connect to the internet to download those images. These images can also be used to set and retrieve cookies. O.K. So neither of these are your problem if you’re the sender… but they can be very annoying if you’re on the receiving end.

5. HTML e-mail renders slowly

Some mail apps (e.g. Outlook) can slow down considerably when rendering HTML. The need for an HTML parser has also led to code-bloat in email apps generally.

6. HTML usually looks like it has been designed by stoned amateur chimpanzees using Front Page Express with their feet

HTML e-mail offers the sender the opportunity to really go to town with their lack of design skills – unreadably small fonts, fonts that no-one else is likely to have, clashing colors, badly formatted image files etc. etc. By taking control of the appearance of e-mail away from the recipient they can prevent the sight-impaired from applying necessary user-accessability options…

7. Digested lists hate HTML mail

OK, this one’s a little specific, but if you send an HTML email to a subscriber list which has a digested version (i.e. which bundles several postings together into a single longer email) then your message may well appear in the digested version with all its html tags – i.e. virtually unreadable… that is if the list administrator hasn’t configured their server to automatically filter your offending format to oblivion.

What to do…

Sending HTML-formatted email is just not necessary. If the appearance of your message is important either put it on a website and mail the URL, or save it as an .rtf (or even a .pdf) document, zip that up and send it as an attachment to a plain text mail

So.. check in your email client’s options for how to set ‘Mail Sending Format’ to ‘Plain Text’…

…and how to turn OFF ‘Reply to messages in the format in which they were sent’.

Here’s how to stop sending (EVIL) HTML e-mail from Outlook Express.

With these settings you will still be able to send images and other attachments. And images attached to plain text mail will be displayed by most popular email clients.

 

Links:

Here are some related pages. The links may have gone bad since I wrote this article.

From the Original Respect ASCII Artists Campaign Page (now 404)

What is the “Respect ASCII Artists Campaign”? Well, it’s something that I decided to do not long after a few things happened that I didn’t agree with. When an ascii artist draws any art, that art is rightfully theirs. No other person has a right to claim the art. Most ascii artists will tag their art in some for or another. Such as…

Link With This Ribbon

Yeah! I got the SnowGlobe back up! LoL This SnowGlobe for instance, was made by Joan Stark. Her tag is the jgs. This is how people know that the ascii was drawn by her. When an artist colors it, for example how I colored it. The tag must always stay with that ascii art. Even if hidden within the color, the art is still tagged and people will know what artist drew it.

Not only does the respect go towards the ascii art. We can go a bit further with their popup files. Anything really, not belonging to you should not be changed without prior consent of that particular artist or creator. It’s just common sense and respect towards others.

Many people get confused about copyright laws and what they mean, I’ve included a few links below to let you know exactly what they are. They are important not only to the ASCII artists, but to any artist who creates. Such as…an artist who creates graphics for you to use on your websites. Give all artists the respect of a simple link back to their pages. All it takes is one or two lines of code. That’s all. Just like the tag on any ASCII art, link back to a graphic artist as well. They will thank you for it. If you don’t know who the graphic or ascii was made by….then kindly state that somewhere in the ascii art or on the website. If that artist sees it, they will be able to let you know. But in the mean time, just make sure that you give due credit.

Internet copyright Information
Intellectual Property Law Primer

Now… Hopefully, I have explain myself well enough for you to understand what point I am trying to make. It’s just important to give credit where the credit is due…just do the right thing. If you wish to support this cause, please download the ribbon to your own server and upload it with a link back to this page. Let’s let others know what this is all about. Thanks, and feel free to email me if you wish and I’ll put you on the list of supporters. Let’s do if for the artists as well as ourselves. We owe that to them.