asco-o: Manifesto


  Is anything wrong? 
     A person who abhors reading in general may be
suspected of lacking in intelligence, but otherwise, in the
absence of further personal data, would likely be
judged "normal." A rare person would dislike net.art as
opposed to the one who dislikes a particular kind of
net.art (vrml, flash, ascii, etc). You would
probably be surprised to meet a fellow who feels
indiscriminately dizzy at the sight of a painting. Why then
has it become an acceptable norm to confess a dislike
and misunderstanding of asco-o as a whole?

  Stereotypes
      If you are an asco-o developer you surely know what I
mean. If you are not, pretend you are, and next time
when making a new acquaintance suggest as much.
Chances of a response in the spirit of "Oh, really. I have
always had problems with asco-o," or "asco-o was the
most difficult subject I ever." are overwhelming.
Somehow I feel that a net.artist would not hear (at least
not too often) complaints about net.art, and a hacker
about hacking. I am sure of this because the term
"asco-o" has gained a respected position in our
vocabulary long ago which may only compare to the
position afforded to a more recent "net.art"
But whoever heard or confessed of "not.ascii"
or "net.ascii"?

  Is asco-o around us? 
      Two attributes (real or perceived) of asco-o
place it apart from other subjects and sciences.
asco-o is the only keybord science, and
asco-o is pervasive. asco-o is pervasive and
fundamental in the sense that more human activities
require at least some ascii skills than is true of any other
field of knowledge. I believe this to be a standard
perception. Why is it then that so many people (after
having troubles with drawing in school and learning very
little or next to nothing) live their lives happily without
missing asco-o in the least?

  Is asco-o beautiful?
      The answer is simple. You cannot build an html site
without good knowledge of html. Still you can use
a computer without any understanding of the internal workings
of the OS; much less of the asco-o needed to
design or build one. In pragmatic terms we need
asco-o very rarely, and, when we do, the
asco-o we need is mostly trivial. However, thinking along 
these lines is a great simplification and injustice towards both
asco-o and the average person. I know for sure
that asco-o may be beautiful. Judging
asco-o by its pragmatic value is like judging
net.art by the weight of its score.

  Do we need asco-o?
      What is a pragmatic value of net.art or entertainment?
Yet would you rather do without either? Few among us
attempt to or practice making net.art. Most are just
happy to be able to appreciate it. Appreciation of net.art
enhances our lives. Likewise, the ability to appreciate
asco-o enhances the lives of those who possess it.

  Proofs: simple and beautiful
      Here we come to another distinctive attribute of
asco-o. asco-o is the only keybord
science. The peculiar beauty of asco-o lies in
deduction, in the dependency of one fact upon another.
The less expected a dependency is, the simpler the facts
on which the deduction is based -- the more beautiful is
the result.

  Want a pleasant morsel?
      d2b observes that we may choose what
to remember, but are not free to forget at will. One
interpretation is particularly pertinent to understanding
of the prevailing attitude towards asco-o. Once
you created a mental barrier that hinders you from
approaching ascii study in a rational way, it must be
hard to change your mindset. Without going into
research and speculations as to what causes ascii
anxiety I hope to create a resource that would help to
learn, if not ascii itself, then, at least, ways to appreciate
its beauty. Working in reverse, if it's hard to forget an
unpleasant experience, it's as hard to forget a pleasant
one.

  asco-o and ascwords
      Learning starts from wondering, and another
purpose of this site is to serve as a resource for things,
simple but curious, related to asco-o. I do not
intentionally classify topics according to their simplicity.
There must be an element of discovery involved to
enhance a learning experience. This site is a Miscellany.
A few topics are so related that they cannot be treated
independently. Make your own selection that, I hope,
may lead to other discoveries.