Here's a bit of retro fun.
Back in the days of dot matrix printers, nerdy types would spend hours creating art using only ASCII characters. Some were things of beauty. Most were a bit crappy. But now you can create such things in an instant. Here's one of me, for example:
There are lots of free ASCII art generators available to download. However, if you don't want to clutter your machine with unfamiliar software, you can use something like Glass Giant's free online generator.
See your friends and family in a whole new light!