Mesmerize Yourself with ASCII Art Juggling

đź“… November 27, 2016
aajm1Here is another entry in the totally-useless-but-fun-to-distract-yourself-with category of programs for Linux that make Linux fun.

The ASCII art jugglemaster (aajm) program shows a man juggling balls in a terminal using ASCII art.

The program is available for free from the repository, so you must install it first. Look for aajm in Synaptic or use sudo apt-get install aajm. One installed, open a terminal and enter aajm by itself to view the default juggling act. Command line arguments are also possible. Check the man page for aajm for details.

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ASCII art jugglemaster in operation. The default shows the man juggling three light-colored balls.

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Press h to view the help options. You can pause, increase/decrease the juggling speed, and alter the style for varying juggle patterns (there are a few to choose from).

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Press t to show the style menu where you can choose different juggling styles. Press the number 1-7 of the style you want, and then press Enter to resume juggling.

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Mr. ASCII is now juggling with the fancy Windmill style.

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…and again here with the Shower style. Still screenshots like this all look alike. aajm is best viewed in action.

 

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For truly fancy feats of juggling, use siteswap! Press s, and Mr. ASCII will pause. Enter a siteswap value (555 in this case), press Enter, and he will juggle with more balls and different patterns.

“What is siteswap?”

Siteswap is a juggling term that refers to varying juggle patterns. There is more than one way to juggle a set of balls, and siteswap is a way of defining the various methods.

For detailed information about siteswap patterns, read the siteswap FAQ, which is the same page recommended by the aajm man page.

In section 6 on the FAQ, you can enter any of the example sequences for the siteswap.

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Using siteswap pattern 17170170 and three balls.

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You can also combine siteswap patterns with juggling styles. Here, Mr. ASCII is using the 17170170 siteswap pattern with the Mills Mess juggling style.

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Another combination technique: Siteswap pattern 642 with the Shower style.

Whether for fun or for juggling practice, ASCII art jugglemaster will keep you entertained inside a terminal if you enjoy tweaking and wondering, “What happens if I try this?”

Have fun!

 

 

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