extracts from WHAT DOES ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ MEAN TO ME?
by Rusty Foster, 2014

Wednesday 5/21/2014

2014; emoticons; kaomojis;

A smiley from 1862?

"(applause and laughter ;)" from a transcript in New York Times of an Abraham Lincoln speech.

source

Monday 5/5/2014

1862; 1800s; emoticons; usa;

What seems to be a smiley from 1648 (top), written by the poet Robert Herrick, is most likely not. The same book contained more smilies (bottom) that indicate that it’s not supposed to be read as an emoticon. See Slate’s article for more examples and information.

Saturday 4/19/2014

uk; england; 1600s; 1648; emoticons; poetry;

Members of the <3 (-: O religion has created the largest ASCII mandala.

the cryptically cute and stoic emoticon religion, <3 (-: O , use emoticons as a surrogate for physically expressing all emotions. they also combine emoticons and ascii art into powerful sigils used in meditation. recently several large international conferences have been convened to stoically share new developments within the emoticonic community. at one of these conferences, members constructed the largest ascii mandala currently in existence.


from the Library of Sacred Technologies
 

Members of the <3 (-: O religion has created the largest ASCII mandala.

the cryptically cute and stoic emoticon religion, <3 (-: O , use emoticons as a surrogate for physically expressing all emotions. they also combine emoticons and ascii art into powerful sigils used in meditation. recently several large international conferences have been convened to stoically share new developments within the emoticonic community. at one of these conferences, members constructed the largest ascii mandala currently in existence.

from the Library of Sacred Technologies

 

Wednesday 1/22/2014

emoticons; religion; ascii; 2010s;

peterpayne:

Some fun Japanese stamps restocked, incl. the popular Faces Stamp for expressing any emotion on paper. 
http://jbox.com/s/all/STT081_ERS187_hanko_stamp

peterpayne:

Some fun Japanese stamps restocked, incl. the popular Faces Stamp for expressing any emotion on paper. 

http://jbox.com/s/all/STT081_ERS187_hanko_stamp

Wednesday 1/8/2014

emoticons; emoji; stamp; 2010s;

Not surprisingly, there&#8217;s an app that converts an image into a grid of emojis. The name? Emojify&#8230;.
You might also like Emojinal Art Gallery.
source

Not surprisingly, there’s an app that converts an image into a grid of emojis. The name? Emojify….

You might also like Emojinal Art Gallery.

source

Friday 12/27/2013

emoji; mosaic; 2010s; emoticons;

The Text Talk Vinyl Shower Curtain.

Tuesday 11/26/2013

emoticons;


ATTENTION I have been elected to inform you that throughout your process of collecting and executing files, you have accdientally (sic) ¶HÜ¢KΣ► [PHUCKED] yourself over: again, that&#8217;s PHUCKED yourself over. No, it cannot be; YES, it CAN be, a √ìτûs [virus] has infected your system. Now what do you have to say about that? HAHAHAHAHA. Have ¶HÜÑ [PHUN] with this one and remember, there is NO cure for AIDS

AIDS (circa 1990) is a computer virus written in Turbo Pascal 3.01a which overwrites com files.

ATTENTION I have been elected to inform you that throughout your process of collecting and executing files, you have accdientally (sic) ¶HÜ¢KΣ► [PHUCKED] yourself over: again, that’s PHUCKED yourself over. No, it cannot be; YES, it CAN be, a √ìτûs [virus] has infected your system. Now what do you have to say about that? HAHAHAHAHA. Have ¶HÜÑ [PHUN] with this one and remember, there is NO cure for AIDS

AIDS (circa 1990) is a computer virus written in Turbo Pascal 3.01a which overwrites com files.

Wednesday 10/16/2013

virus; DOS; 1990s; ansi; emoticons;

The world&#8217;s oldest smiley, says Swedish media. Scientists found it in the grave of a rich dude who died 1500 years ago.
via

The world’s oldest smiley, says Swedish media. Scientists found it in the grave of a rich dude who died 1500 years ago.

via

Thursday 10/10/2013

emoticons; ancient;

Emoji art from emojinalartemojiart & emoji art history. You might not want to look at the Kate Perry video aswell.

Wednesday 9/4/2013

emoji; emoticons; 2010s;

Emoticon news.

Emoticon news.

(via internetshaman)

Friday 6/21/2013

emoticons; shiftjis;

Cross-stitch’s emoticons by crafty-manx (2008)

Friday 3/22/2013

emoticons; 2000s; cross stitch; embroidery; sloyd; textile;

Emoticons/emojis created by overlyaing several text characters on top of eachother. These instructions are from 1976, and might have been around as early as 1972.

This technique was possible on the amazing 1970s PLATO computer, and probably never again after that? You could also move the text-chars around on a pixel level. Pictures/info from platopeople.com.

How were these things done? Well, on PLATO, you could press SHIFT-space to move your cursor back one space — and then if you typed another character, it would appear on top of the existing character. And if you wanted to get real fancy, you could use the MICRO and SUB and SUPER keys on a PLATO keyboard to move up and down one pixel or more — in effect providing a HUGE array of possible emoticon characters.

Sunday 3/17/2013

1970s; emoticons; emoji; tool; PLATO;

Leetspeak from 123 years ago. Contains a smiley, strange spelling and even an upside down character. Published in Typewriter World, 1897. Found by Koichi Yasuoka.

More info.

Leetspeak from 123 years ago. Contains a smiley, strange spelling and even an upside down character. Published in Typewriter World, 1897. Found by Koichi Yasuoka.

More info.

1800s; typewriter; emoticons;

Sea Salt by Mir.I.Am, via emojipoems.

Sea Salt by Mir.I.Am, via emojipoems.

Monday 1/21/2013

emoji; emoticons; 2010s;