It was also about the time I was really getting my ASP on. (Active Server Pages, web stuff.) We would joke about various things here and there and every once in a while a mini-project would spin off. This was one of them. The joke was that someone would want more than just a flaming logo, etc.
So the challenge was:
"Can you make a flaming logo but not use graphcs?"
The answer was:
(p.s. No, it's not optimal, yes it's a crap hack job, no it doesn't matter.)