Pulling Photo Storage Together With ifttt

Standard

I set up another group of tasks with ifttt.com today, so that I don’t have to dither about:

(1) Where I upload a photo or image to, based on who I want to share it with – Flickr, Facebook, Twitpic, my personal blog.

(2) Which of my photos/images from these various places should be stored together.

So, I decided that Flickr is the place I’m going to store all my images and any images posted on the other sites will automatically be uploaded to my Flickr account.

I’ll still need to go in and tweak some of the information in Flickr once an item has been uploaded to it from these other places (eg tags; which sets they appear in), but it will still save me a lot of time to do it this way and I’ll have at least one place now where my photos and images can be found together.

Image to Text using Text-Image

Standard

When I was studying Computer Studies at school in the 1980s we had a trip to a multinationals office in Liverpool (built escalators, I think!) and were shown around their computer areas – rooms that held massive main-frames and made a racket. It was quite dull at the time, except for the fact that at the end we were shown a printout that used ASCII characters to generate pictures on a dot matrix printer. They were great – Mickey Mouse & Marilyn Monroe were two of them. I got to keep one, but of course soon got bored with it and chucked it away. What an idiot! They were fascinating – I always wondered how they created those images. I still haven’t found out, but I did find a site which does something similar. Upload a picture to Text-image and you can convert it to an ASCII picture, like this.

You can also convert it to something like this.

And this (the matrix effect).

Now that’s cool. You can also tweak the parameters to give things a bit of variety, as well.

I don’t know the maths behind it, but I intend to find out. It seems crazy that a collection of letters and characters can be used to create something so artistic, especially with the common or garden ASCII version. That’s all it is, in plain black and white… just letters and characters. I need to find out who came up with this idea.