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Re: A Merry Ascii Christmas



At 07:45 10/12/97 -0500, Richard Minsky wrote:
>A passalong for the list. I'm trying to find out who created this e-card
>(it's signed jgs at the bottom).

It's by Joan Stark, ASCII artist extraordinaire (although your copy was in
a reverse order of how she released it). Her web site, filled with truly
amazing ASCII art, can be found at...

        http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/7373/

...and it's really well worth the visit -- and its in colour, too!

The piece you submitted was her "creation" for the holidays last year.
Below is the one she created for this year -- in fact, she just released it
yesterday.

Ron :)

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                .-""-| |  '.'.  / .---. \
               / .--. \ \___\ \/ /____| |
              / /    \ `-.-;-(`_),____.-'._
             ; ;      `.-" "-:_,(o:==..`-. '.         .-"-,
             | |      /       \ /      `\ `. \       / .-. \
             \ \     |         Y    __...\  \ \     / /   \/
       /\     | |    | .--""--.| .-'      \  '.`---' /
       \ \   / /     |`        \'   _...--.;   '---'`
        \ '-' / jgs  /_..---.._ \ .'\\_     `.
         `--'`      .'    (_)  `'/   (_)     /
                    `._       _.'|         .'
                       ```````    '-...--'`

                  "A Visit From St. Nicholas"
     by Clement Clarke Moore      (ASCII art by joan stark)

                                                 `'`;,
                                                  ___H_   _(`)
     _   _  'Twas the night before Christmas    _/\    \ ( )  )
    (o\_/o)    and all through the house...   /\__\\____\(  )_)
     |. .|    Not a creature was stirring,    ||""||''''| |`|
     =\ /=     not even a mouse.           ~~~`""""`""""`~~~~~~
       ^                                          _   _   _   _
                  The stockings were hung        |=| |=| |~| |=|
    o _             by the chimney with care,    | | | | | | | |
    |(')---.|     In hopes that St. Nicholas     /(| /(| /(| /(|
    |~~|o _ |       would soon be there.        (_/ (_/ (_/ (_/
    |===|(')---.|
        |~~|    |  The children were all nestled         _,_
     o _|=======|     all snug in their beds,        _,_((  )
     |(')---.|       While visions of sugar plums   ((  )`-`_,_
     |~~|    |          danced in their heads.       '-'   ((  )
     |=======|                                              `-`
   o _           And Mamma in her 'kerchief,       ___,
   |(')---.|         and I in my cap,             /(__\      .---.
   |~~|    |      Had just settled our brains    |__)__|    /   \_\
   |=======|        for a long winter's nap.    ,@@. .@@,  |_____|\|
                                               ,@@  ^  @@, //. .\\
    (IIIIIIIIIII)     When out on the lawn      `"\_=_/"`  (  ^  )
    )     ;     (     there arose such a clatter,           \_=_/
    (    ;|;    )        I sprang from my bed
    (   ;`|`;   (   to see what was the matter.   *  ____  .     *
    )  ;' | ';  (                                  .'_   '.
    (=@'--|--'@=)    Away to the window         '  `  `)a  \   .   '
    ) ';  |  ;` (     I flew like a flash,   .     *  /_    |
    ( ;___|___; )  Tore open the shutters          ,__.='  /  +  '
    ),;=======;,(     and threw up the sash.    +  '.____.' .
    ~           ~                                                 '
       .      .         The moon on the breast    '    *   .
       _\/  \/_          of the new-fallen snow
        _\/\/_      Gave the lustre of mid-day        .         *
    _\_\_\/\/_/_/_      to objects below.               _  _H_     +
     / /_/\/\_\ \                                 +    [_] (_)_
        _/\/\_       When, what to my wondering         |=( : )  .
        /\  /\          eyes should appear,         '   |(  :  )
     *  :  *  '     But a miniature sleigh,         `~~`~~`"""`~~`~
   . _\/ \/_ .         and eight tiny reindeer.
  * \  \ /  / *                                         __.  .--,
   -=>: X :<=-   With a little old driver,          .=,{\/ _/  /`)
  * / _/ \_ \ *    so lively and quick,       . ' (`._(_.;`   /
   '  /\ /\  '         I knew in a moment . '      \_________/
     *  '  *             it must be St. Nick.    (___Y_____Y___,
       .-/___,-/___,-/___,-/___, .  '
     .-/___,-/___,-/___,-/___, )   More rapid than eagles
      `\ _ )`\ _ )`\ _ )`\ _ )<     his coursers they came.
       /< <\ </ /< /< /< </ /<    And he whistled and shouted,
                                  and called them by name,
   \         /                                           \         /
   _\/     \/_   "Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer!              _\/     \/_
    _\-'"'-/_\         /    Now, Prancer and Vixen!       _\-'"'-/_
   (_,     ,_)\/     \/_  On, Comet! On, Cupid!          (_,     ,_)
     | ^ ^ |  _\-'"'-/_    On, Donner and Blitzen!        /| 6 6 |
     |     | (_,     ,_)                        _\/     \/_|     |
     |  Y  |   | o o |  To the top of the porch! _\-'"'-/_ |  Y  |
     `._|_.'   |     | To the top of the wall!  (_,     ,_)'._|_.' /
               |  0  | Now dash away! Dash away!  | ^ ^ | \/     \/_
  \         /  '._|_.'   Dash away all!           |     | _\-'"'-/_
  _\/     \/_                                     |  @  |(_,     ,_)
   _\-'"'-/_      As dry leaves that before    \  '._|_.'/ | 0 0 |
  (_,     ,_)      the wild hurricane fly,     _\/     \/_ |     |
    | 9 9 |      When they meet with an         _\-'"'-/_  | \_/ |
    |     |      obstacle mount to the sky;    (_,     ,_) '._|_.'
    |  V  |/     \/_                             | a a |
    '._|_.'\-'"'-/_   So up to the house-top     |     |
         (_,     ,_)   the coursers they flew,   |  Y  |    '97
           | e e | With the sleigh full of toys, '._|_.'      jgs
           |     |     and St. Nicholas too.
           |  Y  |
           '._|_.'    And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
          ,      ,    The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
        , #      # ,
     ___#_#______#_#___    As I drew in my head,            .-""",
    [__________________]      and was turning around,      /____, \
     |=_/\ /\ /\ /\  =|  Down the chimney Saint Nicholas  {_____}`{}
     |- \ \\ \\ \\ \_-|     came with a bound.           (/ . . \)
     |=-(_/(_/(_/(_/_=|                                  {`-=^=-`}
     |_|   {.'.}    |=|  He was dressed all in fur,      {   `   }
     |=| o _\~~\  o |=|    from his head to his foot.    {       }
    _|-| !(__,__| ! |-|_     And his clothes were all     {     }
   /==_| ! _,_.__ ! |=_-\  tarnished with ashes and soot;  `-,-`
   |jgs|/^\^=^^=^/^\| _=|
                            A bundle of toys
                        he had flung on his back,
        _....,_        And he looked like a            \*/
    _.-` _,..,_'.  peddlar just opening his pack.   __\\U//__
     _,-`/#o \ '.                                  |\\ | | \\|
      '-.\___/.-`  His eyes-- how they twinkled!   | \\| |\ \|()-()
                      His dimples how merry!       |\ \| |\\ |/. .\
                      His cheeks were like roses,  |\\ | | \\|\ Y /_
   __.--~~.,-.__     his nose like a cherry!   .--.| \\| |\ O__`&`__O
   `~-._.-(`-.__`-.                           /____\\ \| |\\ |/   \
           \   `~~`   His droll little mouth  \~~~~/"[B]"""""()/^\()
      .--./ \        Was drawn up in a bow,    `--` [A][C]
     /#   \  \.--.    And the beard of his chin
     \    /  /#   \     was as white as the snow;
      '--'   \    /                                    _...._
              '--'      The stump of a pipe          .::o:::::.
            _        he held tight in his teeth,    .:::'''':o:.
           {_}        And the smoke it encircled    :::      :::
           / \         his head like a wreath;      :o:_    _:o:
          /   \                                     `:}_>()<_{:'
         /_____\         He had a broad face          `'//\\'`
       {`_______`}     and a little round belly,       //  \\
        // . . \\     That shook when he laughed,     /'    '\
       ( (__O__) )    like a bowl full of jelly.
       {[]==u `-'}
       {         }     He was chubby and plump,            ____
       /{       }\      a right jolly old elf,          .'`    `\
      /  '.   .'  \  And I laughed when I saw him,     ;---.._   \
     /_/   `"`   \_\    in spite of myself;     ,=,==, \_...__\  |
    {__}###[_]###{__}                          __\|_/__ | a -  '.|
    (_/\_________/\_)    A wink of his eye    |   ||   |--.o.--'(_)
        |___|___|    and a twist of his head, |   ||   |-' = '-` )-.
   jgs   |--|--|      Soon gave me to know    |___||___|         )  \
        (__)`(__)    I had nothing to dread.  |"""||"""|        )   |
                                              |__ ||  _|       )    |
                  He spoke not a word,       /`  )||__\'\;'--.-'    |
             but went straight to his work,  \ /`-;(    /   .'     /
             And filled all the stockings;    '-.;  '--|  ;     .-'|
      [IIIII]   then turned with a jerk,          `'--.;--'...-'
    [IIIII]=|
    |=====|=|   And laying his finger
    |=====| |       aside of his nose,
    |     | |          And giving a nod,          _/\_     __/\__
    |     | |          up the chimney he rose;    )   (_  _) .' (
    |     | \                                     `) '.( ) .'  (`
    |     ;  \    He sprang to his sleigh,         `-._\()/__(~`
    |`'.   \  \     to his team gave a whistle,        ()()
    \  ;    \  \      And away they all flew          / |`\
     \'      \.'|   like the down of a thistle.       ) : (
      \    .'|_/                                      `)_/`
       '._:_/     But I heard him exclaim,
                  Ere he drove out of sight,

      "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night !"
                                                  __.  .--,
       .-/___,-/___,-/___,-/___,           _.-.=,{\/ _/  /`)
     .-/___,-/___,-/___,-/___, )     _..-'`-(`._(_.;`   /
      `\ _ )`\ _ )`\ _ )`\ _ )<`--''`     (__\_________/___,
       /< <\ </ /< /< /< </ /<           (_____Y_____Y___,

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