Saturday, 28 July, 2001

Star Wars ... An ASCIImation

Some people have way too much time on their hands.  Today I ran across an "Asciimation" of the first Star Wars movie.  This Java applet displays an ASCII graphics rendition of the major scenes from the first half of the movie.  Funny stuff, really.  Also interesting is how it's done.  Download and extract the swplay.jar file from the site and take a look at the Java code.  Then look in the data directory at the 1.6 megabyte text file that contains the animations.  Egads...who has time to do stuff like this?

This guy also came up with the Jet Powered Beer Cooler.  A man after my own heart.