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Month: February 2018

Oldskool Ascii Revival

I’ve been snooping around my hard drives recently and came across an old Dropbox back up folder that contained a load of stuff from a group project I was part of but never happened.

Amongst the files were a load of ascii logos and banners that I designed and stored but unfortunately were never used in any productions. So after looking through them and realising I’d done more than I remembered, I decided to turn the better ones into a mini ascii colly and shove them online.

I’m working on the txt file when I get the chance but it should be an easy enough task to do and I always enjoyed designing logos and reading oldskool Amiga ascii collys and artpacks.

For those blissfully unaware of what ascii art is, a brief history goes like this….

Ascii (ass-kee) art is a design that is produced using only keyboard characters and utilising a monospaced (fixed width) font like courier or fixedsys on the PC. To produce these designs, you require some form of text editor program like Notepad or CygnusEd (CED) which was the weapon of choice on the Amiga.  Using the standard system fonts wasn’t really the best way of viewing logos on the Amiga, so freeware dedicated font packs were released by ascii artists to better show off designs – Micro Knight and p0T NoODLE were two of these fonts.

The ‘ascii scene’ was a demoscene subculture that arrived during the time of bulletin board systems on the Amiga and earlier platforms. During the time of modems and BBS’s,  board splash screens normally had a large ascii logo showing the board name and was surrounded by general info about the sysops and nodes. Most BBS’s contained some form of ascii art and the more popular, elite boards had more flamboyant designs and banners often referred to as oldskool ascii.

BBS Splash Screen

This form of art duely evolved into pure ascii scene groups who released large collys (collections) that usually contained personal logo requests from other users, general group info, artist charts, design and more often than not, flamewars with other groups. These were fun to read and the constant accusations about other groups stealing designs (lame ripz) was always a giggle. These collys were then uploaded to bulletin boards and each archive containing the ascii text file would have it’s own identifier or FILE_ID.DIZ file that contained info about the file. The files would then be distributed worldwide around the BBS network.

Another face of this art scene was ANSI, Block Ascii or High Ascii which was created using the keyboard extended characters. This was also used for BBS design but was mainly utilised in nFo files for group productions and releases.

Block Ascii

The ascii scene’s hey day was the mid to late 90’s, before the emergence of the internet and the demise of the Amiga. Even though the scene continues today on the PC and art collys are still released at demo parties, it’s nowhere near as prominent as it once was.

Please feel free to comment / amend / correct me on the above history lesson.


Drinky Poos

I’m slightly oiled typing this at the mo because a few friends of ours are home from Florida, so it’s down the pub for a catch up and excess consumption of fermented vegetable drinks.

Cheers!! 🍻

WPress App Reactivated

Finally got around to reinstalling the WordPress App on my phone. You’ve had it now.. muhahahaha!

Revision Demoparty 2k18

We are only a few months away from the largest demoscene party in the world and I’m looking forward to getting drunk, watching the compos and chatting shit on IRC with the party go-ers.

Even though I don’t really follow the demoscene now, I still like to wallow in the nostalgia of old Amiga demos uploaded to YouTube and view old ascii collys for my textmode fix. Other than checking out Revision I don’t have a clue nor care whats going on in todays ‘scene’. Age has dissolved my interest and after dabbling with our own scene projects 10+ years ago, the stuffy attitudes and leetist BS that went on during our time leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

Saying that, they were fun times and it was good actually doing something productive instead of just bleating on about it and some of the flamewars were a riot.

Revision 2018
March 30th to April 2nd
Saarbrücken, Germany

Belated Happy NoO Year!

I know it’s nearly March but Happy New Year anyway!

Can’t say it’s been an amazing start to the year as I’ve just spent 4 weeks off work with flu and a damn chest infection.   I’m not sure what strain of flu it was but I’ve never experienced symptoms like it before and never want to again.

A visit to the doctor didn’t clarify much either and it was basically a few tests followed by a pneumonia check, then “yes it’s ok, you arent’ dying, get the fuck out of my surgery and get plenty of bed rest!” Great!

So I’m finally on the mend but the sleepless nights with back pain (due to fever dehydration) and the general insomnia has pushed me to get cracking on my web related stufzz.  Late night TV is shite too so thank gawd for the internet. 🙂

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