Mind-blowing animated GIF

Mind-blowing. (via Imaginary Foundation)


  1. I just wanna know why a greyscale image has dithering.

    Well, okay, it’s more like “vanillascale” but 256 shades of vanilla ought to be enough to get by without dithering.

    1. Not using dithering in higher resolution gifs is usually a great way to *ahem* explode the filesize. The image above is 1MB, which probably means that the undithered was a fair bit larger.

      I tested this to see whether I was right – converted it to RGB, blew up (again, apologies) the image to 300% with bilinear filtering, shrunk it down to its original size and saved it with undithered color indexing. Resulting filesize was 3MB. I would guess the actual original would have been around 4 to 5MB. Not horrible, but probably larger than a video of the same resolution. In any case – kind of ruining the snappy load time that makes gifs fun.

  2. Reminds me of the space mermaid that stalked Dr. Smith on Lost in Space. “Handsome pretty handsome Dr. Smith…”

  3. I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I stared at the static .gif image on the mainpage trying to have my mind blown before clicking in to the article.

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