Supine brackets easily typed with the Look@Me emoticon keyboard

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Amongst my constabulary of IRC droogies, there are savants who can not only communicate the deep swelling of their souls entirely in punctuation marks, but who can also easily rattle of an ASCII portrait of a flower, a crab nebula or a four panel pictogram of inter-species erotica with uncanny skill. My 13 year old cousin is scarcely less prolific. Yes, the emoticon may seem like a gimped form of human expression, but consider for a moment the fact that the great master literary prose stylist Vladimir Nabokov pined for the invention of the form, finding mere words a poor substitute for a smiley. “I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile – some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket, which I would now like to trace in reply to your question,” Nabokov once famously replied to a particularly stupid interview question. Indeed. The point is clear: emoticons are the future.

Asus’ R&D design studio, PEGA, is obviously taking Nabokov to heart. Their concept Look@Me emoticon keyboard is like an auxiliary number pad aimed not at accountants or mathematicians but at giggly teenage girls. Each key contains an ASCII symbol — concave marks and supine round brackets — that allows emoticons to be typed out with rapid-fire acumen by fresh-faced Lolitas around the world. Vlad would be proud.

Look@Me Emoticon Keyboard [Pega Design via Designboom via OhGizmo!]

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4 Responses to Supine brackets easily typed with the Look@Me emoticon keyboard

  1. Anonymous says:

    John, stop using ‘constabulary’. You’re using it incorrectly and it’s making me upset.

    constabulary |kənˈstabyəˌlerē|
    noun ( pl. -laries)
    the constables of a district, collectively.
    • an armed police force organized as a military unit.
    • Brit. a police force covering a particular area or city.
    adjective
    of or relating to a constabulary.

  2. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    Are we absolutely sure that PEGA Design isn’t a spoof in the style of The Onion? Take a look at their text foe a light bulb concept. It sure looks like they’re having us on.

  3. Dustin Driver says:

    Amongst my constabulary of IRC droogies, there are savants who can not only communicate the deep swelling of their souls entirely in punctuation marks, but who can also easily rattle of an ASCII portrait of a flower, a crab nebula or a four panel pictogram of inter-species erotica with uncanny skill.

    Positively heroic sentence construction.

    I am a fan of the John Brownlee.

  4. Gloria says:

    Marry me, John Brownlee.

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