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Photos/Caricatures of Larry Wall and other Perl luminaries

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November 4, 2001 18:35
Photos/Caricatures of Larry Wall and other Perl luminaries
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I would like to improve the CPAN Acme::EyeDrops module by
adding more shapes. Especially shapes depicting Larry Wall
and other Perl luminaries.

The goal is to find a characterization of Larry that is
recognizable even in the simple ASCII text file format
used by EyeDrops (i.e. an EyeDrops .eye file).

Converting a photo to an ASCII file might work, though
I suspect a caricature will produce better results.

So, if anyone has some suitable photos or caricatures of
Larry or other Perl luminaries, please let me know.
(I remember seeing a photo of Larry that "proved" that Larry
and Weird Al Yankovich were one and the same person:-).

One way to convert a postscript file into a form suitable
for EyeDrops is:
  gs -sDEVICE=pbmraw -sOutputFile=f.tmp
  pbmreduce 2 f.tmp >f2.tmp        (optionally reduce)
  pbmtoascii f2.tmp >f.txt
Alternative conversion techniques are welcome.


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