When we first broached the Great Smiley Debate a few weeks ago, the question was whether or not a dash-as-nose was appropriate, necessary, or a bastardization of the simple purity of two dots paired with a gentle curve. But a new, equally contentious controversy emerged in the Kinja discussion: Should the parenthesis…
Scott Fahlman, computer scientist and typography genius, invented the smiley emoticon. But today's ubiquitous smiley had a few precursors. One involved a tongue, and the other involved Ambrose Bierce. Pick your favorite.
You know that thing people do, when they stick a :) right after a rude comment? Yeah, that's just about the most annoying thing ever, huh? :) Over at McSweeney's, Jade Ologunja spoke her mind.
Some people get all >:o when it comes to emoticons, but I think they're pretty B-). This =0 program detects your real life smiles with your webcam and turns them into :)s on your comptuer. :-p, haters.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's latest webcomic tackles technology's effect on art and literature. With the coming Tablet Wars of 2010 and beyond looming before us, it's funny because it's true! [SMBC]