In the process of making my last post I was compelled for reasons not work explaining to generate an animated GIF using as an overlay, the numbers display like in the movie The Matrix.

I really do not need to link or embed that, do I?

I did find what I was looking for searching Google Images for Matrix Animated GIF and found the one I sought:

google images giphy

The link to the image got me what I sought, but Because Attribution, I failed to find the source of the image; the link from Google Images for Visit Page lead me instead to — not the source.

Let’s do some URL dissection- my hunch is in the URL that A06UFEx8jxEwU is a database ID. brings me some sort of XML error / access denied message

But just playing with that to try does the trick- that ID is part of the file name, and thus this is the GIF’s actual reference URL

This in turn leads to a “source” at a site called Pics and Photos where… I don’t even find the image.


But the point here is having some knowledge of URLs helps out. Or maybe it doesn’t

The post "A Note on Locating Giphy Images From URLs" was originally cracked open and scrambled from a rotten egg at CogDogBlog ( on February 22, 2015.

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