ASCII vs. ANSI

Browserling does it again:

ascii-ansi

For those of you not old enough, here are the ASCII and ANSI Wikipedia pages.  Back in a day we used these for cool art, fancy user interfaces, email signatures, games and more.  Have a look at some cool examples of ASCII art.  Now imagine those “images” colored with the breathtaking variety of 8 colors and you’ve got yourself a true 90’s rainbow explosion.

ansi-color-table

You’d probably be surprised to learn that a lot of these have survived to modern day, and are still used in command line user interfaces.

P.S.: And if you think that this stuff is ancient, have a look at typewriter art example.

Classic Programmer Paintings

Classic Programmer Paintings is a hilarious resource with classic paintings featured with modern captions from the programming world.

"Gentle technical discussion on IRC channel", Francisco Goya, Oil on canvas, 1814
“Gentle technical discussion on IRC channel”,
Francisco Goya, Oil on canvas, 1814

Well worth adding the RSS feed to your geek humor collection…

Found via Andrey Vystavkin.

On test strings

I’ve seen my fair share of test strings, varying from simple ‘test’, ‘foo’, and ‘blah’ to automatically re-generated Lorem Ipsum paragraphs.  But I don’t really remember seeing anything more weird than this one:

$string = "I am not a question. How was your day? Sex On Hard Concrete Always Hurts The Orgasmic Area. Why does custard taste so lumpy when you use breast milk?";

From this StackOverflow answer.  Is there a tool that does this?  I wouldn’t mind using it in my daily work.

Ice Orb Levitating Speaker

Ducks freaked out by Ice Orb #gadget #toys #geek #music

A photo posted by Leonid Mamchenkov (@mamchenkov) on

I’ve got a slightly delayed birthday present today, from a good friend of mine.  Ice Orb levitating speaker is a Bluetooth speaker with a twist.  It comes with a base, which, when switched on, makes the speaker levitate over it.  It just hangs in the air, no strings attached.  Or a USB cable attached, if you want to charge it.  Coupled with a few blue LEDs, it makes quite an impression.  The future is here, ladies and gentlemen.  We live in the world of science fiction.

Here’s the video of this thing in action:

O’Reilly Parody Book Generator

I have utmost respect for O’Reilly Media.   They’ve published numerous technology books, aggregate and shared plenty of human knowledge, and saved years in productivity and tonnes in pulled out hair.

But no matter how many books they will publish, there’s always the need for more.  Well, know that need is at least partially solved.  Not in the form of whole books, but at least in book covers.  With the help of the this parody book generator you too can become an author of whatever was that you wanted to share with the world.

Procrastination

A Curated List of Tech Podcasts

It’s been a few month since I reviewed my podcast subscriptions.  Driving over 150 kilometers every working day gives me plenty of time to readjust my tastes and preferences.  Just doesn’t leave me too much time to actually do something about it.

Podcasts are easy to subscribe to.  Once you find the ones you like.  Finding the ones you like takes forever though.  Here’s where WP Tavern’s post “Awesome Geek Podcasts: A Curated List of Tech Podcasts” comes in handy.  Cause it provides not one, but two lists of podcasts:

  1. The best WordPress podcasts ultimate list
  2. A curated list of Awesome Geek Podcasts.

And while I’m familiar with many on that list, there’s a tonne of those that I haven’t heard, or heard about.

Any other recommendations?