Bravely Vanish by Greg MacLaughlin.

Servizio Videotex, picture by Lorenzo

This week is dedicated to the Japanese computer series Sharp MZ-700 (1982-1985). It was very popular to use it for textmode graphics. It is technically similar to PETSCII (see here) and ANSI, but it usually looks quite different.

The difference is not so much caused by the linguistic symbols (like Shift-JIS vs occidental ASCII). In fact, the character set doesn’t seem to have many Japanese characters and they are rarely used for graphics (like with ANSI). Instead, the visual difference is caused by the “semigraphical” characters. And of course, by the cultural conditions (hello anime). 

Each character can have different background and foreground colour (like ANSI), so it’s possible to work with fine details and also complex shading using the -sign.

GIFs from: M-700 & Mysterious man Prints (怪奇版画男), a character created by Ki Nao Karasawa in the 1990s, and from here

More MZ-700:


From the Department of Awesome Interiors comes the breathtakingly elaborate and colourful Peacock Room, located inside the abandoned Sammezzano Castle in Tuscany. The now derelict castle was built in 1605.

Photos via Romany WG and Martino Zegwaard

[via Design You Trust and inthralld.]

 [水墨]奔马图 by Gatchaman (2011).

Wiphala of Qulla Suyu, co-official flag of Bolivia since 2009, via. Thanks to Leonard Paul for the tip.


Hackers hack Mr.Robot:

Nice n’ sloppy ASCII art style.

Some entries for the ASCII derby at shirt.woot. As usual it’s not really clear what “ASCII” is supposed to be, but some good stuff in there. These ones by Spiritgreen, Omar Feliciano, Darth Paradox and Oaken spirit.

found via ascii-art


Yet another improvised PETSCII animation made using Playscii!

Portrait en creux de Georges Perec by Étienne Lécroart. Oulipo work with the following constraint according to Google Translate:

Text of a page describing a person and drawing a portrait of it by the whites of the text: between the words and at the end of lines. The text will preferably be in the negative form and composed in a fixed hunting font.

Look, it’s a demoscene thing!


ascii pepe

Pepe the Frog, that is.

[The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse] by b’ger

The German TV-channel ARD’s teletext advent calendar is going strong. Here’s Dan Farrimond’s truth about daddy Christmas.


BBC’s Points of View pays tribute to Ceefax.

German gay teletext ads. Photos by Lord Nikon.

Julio Le Parc, acrylic on canvas, 1959. via

Baroque Floppy People – royal antique monockeldata. In the dirty Helltown south in Sweden. Fresh PETSCII graphics by Jucke, Dino and Poison.
BFP 2013 Invite here!.

knight rider by Limbo (1993).
Watch the full amiga demo here