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Be More Careful Erasing History, Todd!

Todd Conaway created a masterful animated GIF, riffing from John Johnston. I am concerned for Todd’s safety as seems to be not aware of the consequences of erasing history! I think we’re gonna need a bigger GIF.

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Dear WordPress: I know you can resize animated gifs, but…

UPDATE: later the same day Much of my assumptions here were just that and pretty much wrong. Thanks to replies on the wordpress forum to my request from catacuastic, it looks like WordPress is not doing any native resizing (just cropping the original voa CSS) and its more complicated than I guessed to resize. Best suggestion still is ti upload the proper display size of your GIF (keep this size in mind when you create it). The WordPress media uploader does a lot of work under the hood- when you upload an image, it automatically creates at least 3 different sized versions of your original- a thumbnail (usually 150x150px), a medium size (usually 300px x 300px), and large (1024px x 1024px): plus it keeps your original size. All of these are available when you go to upload and add an image to a post. The medium size is frankly small, […]

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Keep Moving Along

As I was mucking about the yard yesterday, I noticed this brightly colored caterpillar trying to climb the wall at the base of my house: cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine After spooking him/her with the camera click, I took a series of shots as it walked along the edge of the rock– it said GIF POSSIBILITY OF MOTION. When I looked at my photos, it was a good sequence, but unfortunately, I had lightly moved the camera so the background was inconsistent. And I did not have a full traverse section. So I decided to see how much I could “fill” in Photoshop once my series was imported. The first thing was to make a background layer without the caterpillar- I took the one from where it was left most positioned, made a copy of the layer, moved it to the bottom of […]

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The Professional GIFs for Sandy

Leon is looking for you, Sandy Brown Jensen! No, he is not going to “clean” you, but hopefully make you appreciate maybe a little these animated GIFs. This is for today’s ds106 Daily Create: The last time we have an animated GIF assignment, Sandy emailed me and said “Nooooo! I ain’t gonna do it! And you can quote me on that!” She has not found her GIF passion, can you help her see the animated light? Sandy has been consistent in her disdain for the GIF. Thats okay, because she creates some awesome digital stories. And this is a bit of a tease at her, and I know she is a good sport (right Sandy?). I am not sure the ones I did tonight will nudge her meter, but I really enjoyed sitting down for the first time in a while and breaking down some movie scenes into small bits. […]

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That Was Bowling – My First #GIFfight

Before I took on some coding projects today I was compelled to GIF. I hope someone other than me can explain it to Sandy Jensen Brown (you get a daily create chance for that on August 21). As often, I was motivated by Michael Bransom Smith’s response to something called GIFfight Dark Side Around the World http://t.co/wI5icoMVpL #giffight @ryanseslow @abelincolnjr @generalhowe @jimgroom CC: @cogdog join in! — Michael B Smith (@mbransons) August 12, 2013 I love the concept, its in the vein of ds106 Daily Creates – simple. Go to http://giffight.tumblr.com/. The rules are pretty complex: GIF FIGHT!! presents a JPG or PNG each week for you to animate the crap out of. Send us Tumbler links here or via Twiitter #GIFFight. This week presented a Darth Vader pose: I first thought making him croon like an opera singer, but then again, I saw hime playing a mean wicked guitar, […]

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Photogiffing Again

Maybe it’s the impeding headless ds106 course coming next month, or maybe it’s just the phases of the moon, but I felt the rekindled urge to experimenting once again with making animated GIFs from a sequence of still photos. This happens in two ways: (1) I anticipate an action sequence, and deliberately take a series of multiple exposures; or (2) I happen to take 2 or more photos where the subject moves a slight bit, and in looking at them in Aperture, I flick back and forth between them until it says… “GIF” Here was a clear case of #2- when my pal Jonah visited, we stopped at a viewpoint of Mormon Lake, and I took 2 self photos of us with my iPhone, and it was just fun to make this simplest 2 frame GIF. Now I know my pal Sandy Jensen Brown has an aversion to GIFs, but […]

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Make Two GIFs and Blog Me in the Morning

Something to unclog the CogDogBlog Blog Clog… both of these were made on the long trip back from Hong Kong. I wish I had talked more to the guy who makes the naan at United World College East Campus in Singapore, or at least, gotten his name. Every day, blissfully, he whipped together these luscious slaps of soft Indian naan. Each day of the three I visited school I had this for lunch. If you did not get there before the rush, the line was loooooong. Gotta make the naan, gotta make the naan, gotta make the naan… This one was a short video clip captured on my iPhone imported into Photoshop as a .mov – I reviewed the imported 34 frames and reduced it to 15 to try and keep the file size lower. I added the text layer in frame 11. By default Photoshop makes it visible in […]

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PT Barnum GIFs Alive and Well on the Web

It’s not the blinking blue border that makes me chuckle, it’s the double take of “this is not a joke” combined with a smiley face. I would guess the click also gets you to the place to be the prime ocean front real estate in Mohave County, Arizona.

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Google Wakes Up and Smells the Animated GIF

In August I noted the oddity that you could upload animated GIFs to Google Drive but you could not insert them in any documents. A comment on that post had me re-checking, and woah, you can directly upload an animated GIF anyplace you can upload an image, here is a gDoc with two GIFs I just slipped inside. It’s even easier in a GDoc presentation, you can just drag and drop one in from your desktop, check out this quickie. You can have more than one per slide. I can see a way of using this to assemble a series as maybe a movie of GIFs? I wonder if the auto advance features will work on this embed? (YES IT DOES! I could now assemble a series of animated GIFs…) Hmm.) Yup, this is getting cool- here is the series of GIFs I made from the classic movie Fort Apache, […]

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GIFing the Silent Ones

Angela, in dire need to get medicine for her dying mother, makes some unwise decision on the streets of Naples on how to get the 20 lire- the opening bit of the 1929 silent film, Street Angel. I’m watching this movie, well at least the first bit, as part of the Coursera open course on The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color. In the scene above, she is sentenced by judges who don’t seem to care a whole lot about her or her story, she’s just another on a treadmill, and the guard who brought her in escorts her out. It’s a nice full cycle, perfect for beng GIFfed Given my previous track record of less than one week duration in Coursera classes, I had already let most of the week slip by before showing up for class. I cannot say I am thrilled at the courser design. The […]

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