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Check out Toogle, a wickedly cool web site that takes any Google query, pumps it into Google Images, finds a picture of it — then renders the picture as a piece of ASCII art composed of the search query itself. That picture above? It’s an iPod, composed of the word “iPod” over and over again (a full-screen version is here).

The top 10 searches are, of course, almost entirely for sex-related topics, which is oddly appropriate — since the art of producing photorealistic ASCII images was pioneered by the attempts of geeks in the 1970s to transform Playboy centerfolds into a format renderable on jurassic dot-matrix printers.

(Thanks to Incoming Signals for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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