IMG2TXT: ASCII Art Made Easy!

This script takes the URL of a GIF, JPG, or PNG image and converts that image into ASCII text or colored HTML. Not very useful, but pretty cool.



Perhaps not so useless; try using it to embed mantras or other textual links into images or sigils. Here is an image originally created with, then processed with img2txt to embed a a mantra-ized variation of the statement of intent (“obtain Necronomicon”): BENORCTIMA.



The Oneiroi

Morpheus, of all his numerous train, express’d
The shape of man, and imitated best;
The walk, the words, the gesture could supply,
The habit mimick, and the mein bely;
Plays well, but all his action is confin’d,
Extending not beyond our human kind.
Another, birds, and beasts, and dragons apes,
And dreadful images, and monster shapes:
This demon, Icelos, in Heav’n’s high hall
The Gods have nam’d; but men Phobetor call.
A third is Phantasus, whose actions roul
On meaner thoughts, and things devoid of soul;
Earth, fruits, and flow’rs he represents in dreams,
And solid rocks unmov’d, and running streams.
These three to kings, and chiefs their scenes display,
The rest before th’ ignoble commons play. [1]

A typology of Second Life objects based on the daemons of sleep:

  • Morpheus class | includes all human-like objects; most complex and autonomous
  • Phobetor class | includes all animated objects having less complexity that Morpheus-class objects
  • Phantasos class | includes all inanimate objects

Notes & References

1. Ovid, Metamorphoses.

Scrying with Apophysis

When the program is first opened it generates a list of 100 random fractal flames in a sidebar. You can click a number from the random bank to see the corresponding fractal. You can also reload the random list and it will generate another series of a hundred fractals, adding a number one at the beginning of the file names. In this way you can scry increasingly larger numbers into the hundreds. To color the flame you can use either a preset gradient or use the smooth palette option in the gradient window to browse for an image to be used as the color gradient. You can manipulate the flame using the Editor, Adjustment, Mutation and 3D rotation buttons to look for interesting shapes and faces in any given fractal. The fractal flames are three dimensional mathematical graphs. Moving them around, rotating them, and changing the position of the color gradient all allow for different views of the same 3D fractal flame object.