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And Now For Something Completely Different

ASCII cows.

Someone had waaaay too much time on their hands.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 03, 2004 08:51 AM
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I felt the seconds of my life trickle away as I gazed upon these images.

Posted by Karl Hallowell at December 3, 2004 10:43 AM

I saw them at least seven years ago, possibly before that.

Posted by Ilya at December 3, 2004 10:48 AM

Hey, I didn't say they were new ASCII cows...

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 3, 2004 10:52 AM

Whoa! Provokes memories of 300-baud connections where you dialed up, waited for the screech of alien insectoids having their thoraces sliced open, then stuffed the phone into the rubber cup thingies...

For the matter, a phone that when it rang actually rang, I mean with small hammers thwacking real bells and all...

...card punches...urg...

Posted by Carl Pham at December 3, 2004 12:05 PM

Carl you had the same feel i did, OLDNESS!!!

Posted by Steve at December 3, 2004 12:45 PM

Gin soaked raisins. I need some gin-soaked raisins..

Posted by Michael Bauer at December 3, 2004 01:35 PM

Scroll the comments, here:

Posted by ASCII art at December 3, 2004 01:37 PM

Oh, they're older than seven years. And there are more of them, too:

Posted by Geoff Shotts at December 3, 2004 02:21 PM

Carl you had the same...fizz...pop...

Eh? What's that, sonny? Hold on now while I change the batt'ry in ma hearin' aid...

Posted by Carl Pham at December 3, 2004 04:17 PM

Along similar lines...

ASCII Star Wars:

Even more ASCII art:

Posted by Neil Halelamien at December 3, 2004 05:51 PM

The great thing about the computer revolution is that you have your own grandfather stories. It isn't so much "Why, when I was your age. . ." as "Why, a decade or two ago. . ."

There are some hilarious moon hoaxers that can't seem to understand how the Apollo and LM computers could have done anything useful. After all, their RAM and ROM was measured in kilobytes, and even a low end computer has at least 64 megabytes, right? So how could they possibly do anything??

Meanwhile, I remember being absolutely thrilled when I was able to buy a home computer as powerful as an Apple II+, my first 300 baud modem, then a few years later, my amazingly powerful 10mhz zero wait state IBM AT clone with a MEGABYTE of ram, and a radically fast 2400 bps modem! Now my (not exactly new) primary home computer runs at over 3 ghz, has 2 gigs of ram, hundreds of gigs of disk, and has a broadband connection. Sigh ...

Posted by VR at December 3, 2004 05:55 PM

True! Weird realization: when I was in college none of my fellow students used a computer on a regular basis. We did lots of typing, but zero word processing. No one had a monitor on his desk. Even weirder: am I talking about Podunk U? Nope. MIT.

Sometimes it's hard even to remember what life was like before the net. I get my tax forms from, sometimes at 11.05 PM on April 15, alas. I check the bank balances and pay bills on1ine, write maybe 3 checks a month. I do professional research on1ine -- been years since I had to do Interlibrary loan. Read news, find out gummint deadlines and download forms, buy books and presents, on and on.

I can't help but think this amazing development has hugely increased our productivity as a nation. Without doubt, it has mine. Take away the net and I'd feel like a caveman, I think.

Posted by Carl Pham at December 4, 2004 01:46 AM

*Someone had waaaay too much time on their hands.*
I'd say your point was "udderly" moooooooo-t.

Posted by Michael Savoy at December 6, 2004 06:10 PM

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