A quick search this morning pointed me towards this tool.

It decodes QR codes into raw data rather than doing the whole parsing thing. Very handy.

Putting in the URL for Giant Bomb’s Papers, Please video gives the following output:

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Taking the first section, 43 86 87 47 47 03 a2 f2, we can get the following decimal values: 67, 134, 135, 71, 71, 3, 162, 242

Each one is of course between 0 and 255. That’s handy. Here’s another QR code, this one for WordPress:

Raw text

http://wordpress.com

Raw bytes

41 46 87 47 47 03 a2 f2 f7 76 f7 26 47 07 26 57 37 32 e6 36 f6 d0 ec 11 ec 11 ec 11

Hmm, 41 46 87 47 47 03 a2 f2? Lots of that looks familiar, doesn’t it?
Not good.

What if we take the third strings instead?
Giant Bomb: e7 46 26 f6 d6 22 e6 36
WordPress: 37 32 e6 36 f6 d0 ec 11

So those give us:
231, 70, 38, 246, 214, 34, 230, 54
and:
55, 50, 230, 54, 246, 208, 236, 17

Now there’s a bit more variety! Handy stuff.

Eight values between 0 and 255. That’s enough to start building something from that sits somewhere between curated and procedurally generated.

See where I’m going with this?

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