January 6, 2014
The Evolution of The New York Times' Homepage, in 1 GIF

The Evolution of The New York Times' Homepage, in 1 GIF

October 23, 2013
You Can Now Liberate GIFs From the Web With an Old, Weird Technology

We live in an age of great GIF ubiquity. The animated images, receptacles of small, silent feeling, news, or art, are everywhere and here to stay. GIFs are malleable yet sharable, concise yet context-free.
They’re also trapped online: Introduced in 1987, the Graphic Interchange Format is a product and prisoner of the digital world.
Or are they? A new project is trying to liberate GIFs from the digital world with the help of one old, weird, 20th-century technology.
Read more. [Image: Hwang and Binx]

You Can Now Liberate GIFs From the Web With an Old, Weird Technology

We live in an age of great GIF ubiquity. The animated images, receptacles of small, silent feelingnews, or art, are everywhere and here to stay. GIFs are malleable yet sharable, concise yet context-free.

They’re also trapped online: Introduced in 1987, the Graphic Interchange Format is a product and prisoner of the digital world.

Or are they? A new project is trying to liberate GIFs from the digital world with the help of one old, weird, 20th-century technology.

Read more. [Image: Hwang and Binx]

September 27, 2013
Did the U.S. Government Create the Greatest GIF of All Time? 

The U.S. Census Bureau works with a lot of data. That makes sense, because they have a lot of data! So they need a tool to collate it, organize it, sort through it, sniff through it… a weasel-like tool… a…

Federated

Electronic

Research

Review

Extraction and

Tabulation

Tool.
A Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T. Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T. is the tool you use to sort through US Census data.  To advertise it, the Census Bureau has a data ferret GIF
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Did the U.S. Government Create the Greatest GIF of All Time?

The U.S. Census Bureau works with a lot of data. That makes sense, because they have a lot of data! So they need a tool to collate it, organize it, sort through it, sniff through it… a weasel-like tool… a…

Federated

Electronic

Research

Review

Extraction and

Tabulation

Tool.

A Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T. Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T. is the tool you use to sort through US Census data.  To advertise it, the Census Bureau has a data ferret GIF

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

July 17, 2013
Laughter Without Humor: On the Laugh-Loop GIF

Aristotle called laughter an “ensouling mechanism,” and the academic discipline of humor studies has built itself upon the assumption that laughter is a quintessentially human response to the socio-cultural discourse of humor. Laughter is offered as proof of our exceptional status as thinking social creatures; we are "the only animal that laughs." GIFs that feature sniggering squirrels, cackling cartoon toasters, and rollicking robots would seem to undermine this selfish view of laughter as an exclusively human activity. But even worse, the laugh-loop GIF disassociates laughter from humor. By severing laughter from the context that incites it, the laugh-loop GIF reveals that laughter is not only a consequence of its sociocultural coordinates, but also a weird object in itself. Laughter, it seems, is not ‘for us’ but has its own alien being that has hitherto been masked by its everydayness.
Read more.

Laughter Without Humor: On the Laugh-Loop GIF

Aristotle called laughter an “ensouling mechanism,” and the academic discipline of humor studies has built itself upon the assumption that laughter is a quintessentially human response to the socio-cultural discourse of humor. Laughter is offered as proof of our exceptional status as thinking social creatures; we are "the only animal that laughs." GIFs that feature sniggering squirrels, cackling cartoon toasters, and rollicking robots would seem to undermine this selfish view of laughter as an exclusively human activity. But even worse, the laugh-loop GIF disassociates laughter from humor. By severing laughter from the context that incites it, the laugh-loop GIF reveals that laughter is not only a consequence of its sociocultural coordinates, but also a weird object in itself. Laughter, it seems, is not ‘for us’ but has its own alien being that has hitherto been masked by its everydayness.

Read more.

July 2, 2013
[Image: Philip Bump/The Atlantic Wire]

[Image: Philip Bump/The Atlantic Wire]

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Filed under: Marijuana Politics Maps GIF 
March 12, 2013
Rest up for tomorrow, cardinals. No candidate received the two-thirds majority to be elected pope today.

Rest up for tomorrow, cardinals. No candidate received the two-thirds majority to be elected pope today.

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Filed under: News World News Religion Vatican GIF Pope 
February 15, 2013
What It Was Like to Watch the Russian Meteorite(s) Fall

"I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day. I felt like I was blinded by headlights."— Viktor Prokofiev, 36, a resident of Yekaterinburg, where the meteorite hit in the Urals Mountains
"What was it? People said it was a plane that fell and exploded. I saw a bright blast from behind me. Everything was lit up, very bright light. It was like from Armageddon movie when the meteorite rain started, I really thought it was like doomsday. It was so scary especially the explosion. It was very strong. I am speechless. It was so strong. My camera couldn’t reproduce how strong the bang was.’” — Gulnara Dudka, a woman in her 20s
Read more.

Wow.

What It Was Like to Watch the Russian Meteorite(s) Fall

  • "I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day. I felt like I was blinded by headlights."
    Viktor Prokofiev, 36, a resident of Yekaterinburg, where the meteorite hit in the Urals Mountains

  • "What was it? People said it was a plane that fell and exploded. I saw a bright blast from behind me. Everything was lit up, very bright light. It was like from Armageddon movie when the meteorite rain started, I really thought it was like doomsday. It was so scary especially the explosion. It was very strong. I am speechless. It was so strong. My camera couldn’t reproduce how strong the bang was.’” 
    — Gulnara Dudka, a woman in her 20s

Read more.

Wow.

January 24, 2013

Watch Obama’s Fly-Swatting Prowess Back in Action

He had something bugging him — literally.

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Filed under: Insects GIF Obama Politics 
January 21, 2013
Thumbs Up, Obama.

Thumbs Up, Obama.

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Filed under: Obama Politics GIF 
January 8, 2013

The Paradox of GIF-iti: Street Art You Can See Only Online

An artist’s quest to make art tailored to the Internet, in the physical spaces of modern Los Angeles, London, and Newcastle.

See more. [Images:INSA/UNGA]

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Filed under: GIF Art Los Angeles 
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