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Tested under both Linux and Windows.

When you run this with any argument, for example:

% perl blocks x

the program simply displays itself using all '#' characters (which makes it easier to read the letters depicted in the blocks in the ascii picture).

When run without arguments, the output gets REALLY interesting!

Warning -- this program is fairly memory intensive, so it's not recommended that you run it on a system with lots of other processes running concurrently.

Update:  Note, too, that the program creates/overwrites a file called 'x' in the current directory.  (Thanks shmem!)

Update 2:  Also note (especially for Linux users) that the Tk module must be installed.

Update 3:  A hint about deconstructing the program is this -- try running Deparse on the temporary file "x" which is created:  perl -MO=Deparse x

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