This may take a little explanation.
Before GET LAMP, I did a documentary on computer bulletin boards called BBS: The Documentary. This documentary is actually eight documentaries, and one of them is on a very specific part of BBS history, the ANSI art scene. Called “Artscene”, it has all sorts of folks in it. Including this guy:
His name is Ben, he’s in the movie for precisely 7 seconds. He says he likes the ANSI art group iCE.
So, it turns out Ben hosted my appearance at Alpha One Hackerspace last week – I barely recognized him, as seven years had passed. I mentioned he should try to do a little ANSI art now. He deferred, saying he just didn’t have the chops.
Wrong. He just wrote this to me:
Just wanted to say again that I had a great time at the screening in Brooklyn. I grabbed a copy of PabloDraw and started playing around with ANSI again, for the first time in 17 years (well, 13 if you count half an hour in 1997 before giving up due to lack of inspiration). So here’s the result. It really helps that PabloDraw’s keyboard shortcuts are the same as TheDraw’s were back in the day; it really is like riding a bike.
Welcome back, Ben.