ASCII Art

by

Larry "Harris" Taylor, Ph.D.

 

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I started to learn to interface with computers in the mid-1960's. At that time, input to machines was primarily via punch cards (one card per line of code). This led to a computer art form, commonly called typewriter or ASCII Art. (ASCII from the set of rules that defined digital values for all the alpha-numeric characters found on a keyboard). The goal was to create a printed, recognizable image that appeared as if it were done on a typewriter  While the generation of ASCII art was entertainment,  it was also a learning tool because it forced the "artist" to develop a sense of input and output using the computer devices of the time.

 

Because of the immense popularity of the Peanuts cartoon strip, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the whole assembly of the Charles Schultz created characters were a frequent target among computer students to be assembled into an ASCII image. Since Snoopy has always been one of my most favorite natural philosophers, I created a set of ASCII art involving that character. When I learned to dive (in the late 70's), I added a diving theme to some of my stored files.

 

As I recall, some of the Peanuts cartoon strips featured Snoopy as an intrepid and most accomplished scuba diver.

 

So, with profound apologies to Charles Schultz (who was a far better artist than I) and with much thanks to his estate for the hours of entertainment Snoopy and gang have provided me, I offer the following images in their original format as testament to the fact that I am old enough to remember punch card data input.

 

 

 

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Acknowledgements

Peanuts is a comic strip created by Charles Schultz. Snoopy is my favorite character from that long running series.

About The Author: 

Larry "Harris" Taylor, Ph.D. is a biochemist and Diving Safety Coordinator at the University of Michigan. He has authored more than 100 scuba related articles. His personal dive library (See Alert Diver, Mar/Apr, 1997, p. 54) is considered one of the best recreational sources of information In North America.

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