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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal UNIX
Open Terminal and type...
telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
...to watch Star Wars Episode IV in it's entirety in ASCii characters!

[robg adds: I thought we had run this one before, but a quick search proves my memory is failing after 8,600+ hints...]
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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: hoho19 on Apr 12, '06 07:08:37AM

Waaay too much time on their hands...way too much time.



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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: thelamecamel on Apr 12, '06 08:06:47AM

Several years ago you ran a hint on a command line program (perhaps installed with the dev tools?) that did this for any quicktime movie. That command line program (last i checked) has since become an example program on Apple's Developer Site.



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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: kjbuckley on Apr 12, '06 09:06:44AM

http://developer.apple.com/samplecode/ASCIIMoviePlayerSample/ASCIIMoviePlayerSample.html



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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: sweyhrich on Apr 12, '06 06:50:57PM

The ASCIIMoviePlayer really interests me, but I am STUCK on how to execute the darn thing in Terminal. I've put the ASCIIMoviePlayer Unix Executable file in my ~/.bin directory, but when I type "ASCIIMoviePlayer i.mov" while I am in the directory where i.mov lives, I just get a "command not found" error.


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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: chepner on Apr 13, '06 07:03:07AM
The ASCIIMoviePlayer really interests me, but I am STUCK on how to execute the darn thing in Terminal. I've put the ASCIIMoviePlayer Unix Executable file in my ~/.bin directory, but when I type "ASCIIMoviePlayer i.mov" while I am in the directory where i.mov lives, I just get a "command not found" error.
Your bin directory probably isn't in your path. Try: ~/.bin/ASCIIMoviePlayer i.mov

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ASCIIMoviePlayer COLOR
Authored by: Marius_Th on Apr 17, '06 01:56:41PM

or move it to "/usr/bin/" (Exactly as it stands, no changing usr in username)

also, here's a link to an modified ASCIIMoviePlayer that plays in color:
http://users.ugent.be/~jmaebe/ASCIIMoviePlayerSample/



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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: babbage on Apr 12, '06 11:19:54AM
>Not the same thing.

The ASCII Quicktime example uses the Quicktime engine to render arbitrary Quicktime visual content (images or video) as plain ASCII text. Basically, it takes a cluster of pixels in the image and selects the ASCII character that best resembles that pattern. It works surprisingly well, but to get good results you should set your terminal fairly wide to leave enough room for it to render.

By contrast, the Star Wars ASCII guy has been hand-converting the original Star Wars movie to a series of ASCII frames, one by one, for several years now -- at least as far back as the late 90s. He is *not* trying to replicate it pixel-for-pixel though. This is more like taking each frame of the movie and making hand-drawn cartoons, then stacking them up to make a flip-book movie that gets the story across in reduced, cartoony format.

If you don't want to run it via telnet, you can see the same animation in a Java applet on his web site, at http://www.asciimation.co.nz/. The guy who turned it into a telnet parlor trick has an article about it all from The Register on his web site, at http://www.blinkenlights.nl/thereg/ . As I say, this has been a work in progress for years now, and at the rate it has been going, it'll probably be another decade before the project is finished. :-)

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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: tripleman on May 09, '06 12:02:24AM

I can't believe they made it a universal binary.



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Authored by: jiclark on Apr 12, '06 08:43:43AM

towel.blinkenlights.n: No address associated with nodename

I tried prepending http://, but that didn't work either. What's the issue here?



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Authored by: kainewynd2 on Apr 12, '06 08:51:26AM

It's not telnet towel.blinkenlights.n, it is telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

Note the 'l' at the end of the address.



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Authored by: jble on Apr 12, '06 10:17:02AM

it's towel.blinkenlights.nl not towel.blinkenlights.n

you forgot the lowercase L at the end

http is hypertext transfer protocol. this uses the telnet protocol.



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Authored by: dborod on Apr 12, '06 11:44:38AM

You need to open up Terminal, paste telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl and press return.



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Authored by: GexMax on Apr 17, '06 11:52:22PM

it still doesnt work, i got the same problem.

towel.blinkenlights.nl: No address associated with nodename
[Process exited - exit code 1]

Might this problem be caused be the proxy server? I resolved the IP adress of towel.blinkenlights.nl and used "telnet 193.202.115.241" but it didnt work either.



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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: brw3sbc on Apr 12, '06 07:30:03PM

From Safari

telnet://towel.blinkenlights.nl/

Terminal will open



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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: boredzo on Apr 12, '06 11:23:08PM

It's not your memory, it's just not a hint either. It was on the forums.



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Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII via Terminal
Authored by: davemode on May 20, '06 08:28:40PM

actually, i made an account just to tell you that it was for sure on the hints, like pre-100, i remember looking at it when i was a sophmore in high school, now i'm a sophmore in college...



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