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February 18, 2005

A Quick Lesson In Bandwidthnapping

A reader, who wishes to remain nameless for reasons that will soon become clear, writes in to complain about Superman is a Dick.

The friggin' banner at the top chafes my ass, and why in God's name do I have to click through 27 damn pages in order to see everything?

Into every life a little rain must fall, they say, and there's actually only 26 pages to click through rather than 27, but I understand the problem.

There's got to be someway around this....

And there is, but you'll need your own website in order to do so. It also helps if you're a little light in the morals area, as National Lampoon is helping out the original authors of the site after they were Slashdotted out of existence. Who are you to bypass their huge ungainly banner and annoying navigational system when they are doing this out of the goodness of their hearts?

Go, I say, and pay the price their charity demands of you.

Still here? Ok, this is what you could do, though again, you shouldn't.

Right click on one of the images NatLamp has put up. For purposes of this example, make it the first one. Choose the "Copy Image Address," option unless you're using Internet Explorer, in which case you'll have to choose "Properties," because Internet Explorer sucks ass.

You'll see that the first comic book cover has this address.

http://www.nationallampoon.com/supermanisadick/images/dick/001.jpg

Now move to the second,and repeat. It has this address

http://www.nationallampoon.com/supermanisadick/images/dick/002.jpg

All in all, there are 78 images, and each has a address that very helpfully increments by one. Number three is 003, four is 004, and so on.

Here's where you'll need a spreadsheet. Say, MS Excel, because I'm not consistent in my hatreds.

Paste this into the first cell;

<img src="http://www.nationallampoon.com/supermanisadick/images/dick/

Type this into the next cell over; 001

You may have to format the cell as "text" so that the zeros don't disappear.

Put this into the third cell;

.jpg" >

Now, use the built in incrementing function in the second column of cells to fill in the next 77 cells down, so that under "001" comes "002," "003" and so on.

Now, copy and paste the contents of the first cell into the 77 underneath it. Do the same for the third cell, so that each of the 78 lines you've created has a %ltimg src= in the first cell, a number from 001 to 078 in the second, and .jpg" > in the third.

Copy and past the entire thing into a test editor--Notepad is good,
It'll look something like this;

< img src="http://www.nationallampoon.com/supermanisadick/images/dick/ 058 .jpg">

The spaces before and after each number are a result of pasting information in a spreadsheet format into a text file.

Use the Find and Replace (ctrl-H) function to replace those spaces with...nothing. What you have left is a line that looks like this.

<img src="http://www.nationallampoon.com/supermanisadick/images/dick/058.jpg">

Paste those lines into an html file, upload it to your server, and voila! you may peruse those images at your leisure, at least until NatLamp catches on and blocks these kind of attempts. You'll miss all the snarky commentary provided by the authors, but presumably that wasn't enought for you in the first place.

Tsk.

Posted by Bigwig at February 18, 2005 03:25 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

You don't even need a web server. I just saved the html locally to my mo-sheen here and it works just fine when I load it in the browser.

Posted by: Thibodeaux at February 19, 2005 09:57 AM

Excellent. Should have thought of that myself

Posted by: Bigwig at February 19, 2005 10:15 AM
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