In 1982, the first :-) appeared on the internet, sent in an email by professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University...
Text art pictures created with basic keyboard characters in fixed width fonts. http://asciiartist.com
Curated by Laura Brown
Ascii Street View
Real-time Ascii Art conversion of Google Street View panorama's done in WebGL.
You'll need Chrome, Firefox 8+, or another browser that supports CORS WebGL textures.
Coded by @peter_nitsch. Inspired by Sol's TextFX library. Built with @thespite's Google Street View Panorama library, and three.js.
Read about this at Teehan+Lax Labs.
It's not working for me. Your mileage may vary.