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Mind-bending animated GIF illusions

David "Davidope" Szakaly is a talented Hungarian animator who specializes in trippy, freaky GIFs that pulse and twist and melt your brain.

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Day fades to night, hypnotic GIF edition

Fong Qi Wei created these astounding animations from time-lapse photographs of cities and other landscapes, fading into darkness.

"This is a follow up to my previous series Time is a Dimension (TIAD). In TIAD, I spliced different time slices into a single print. That was to work within the nature of a physical print. However, in this set of manipulations, I present a medium that is neither a print nor a video. In short, I use the GIF format (don’t ask me how it is to be pronounced!) to create a looping animation that shows a single landscape / seascape but with a constant shimmer of … time."

Print series are available, for what it's worth!

Haunted by drones

Call me juvenile, but watching a drone in a banshee costume chasing joggers just about made my day. Cory 12

Vampire Kermit vs Vincent Price


Well, that happened.

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Generate arbitrary Star Wars animated GIFs from any of the movie dialog

LindseyB's starwars-dot-gif project accepts any line of dialog from Star Wars, locates the correct frames in the movie, and generates an animated GIF of that scenes, with subtitles. This will be useful.

starwars-dot-gif (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

GIF: the news-friendly movie format that just works

The NYT's Sarah Lyall interviews Deadspin's Tim Burke, who uses animated GIF clips to excellent effect in posts.

Burke, 35, is known among sports journalists for his ability to capture the moment — whether as a still, a video clip or in his favored format, a GIF — better, faster, more frequently and from more sports events than just about anyone. How he does it is a matter of wonder.

Part of the secret: he's set up a 10-monitor home-office newsroom that can record from 28 sources simultaneously. Sources such as this.

I Don't Need a Reason, by Dizzee Rascal

It's almost as if it was designed to be turned into short, looping images for use on the World Wide Web. [Video Link via Metafilter]

Animated maps of great empires


GIF: Maps On The Web

Vince Miklos collects GIFs of Empires, from the Roman to Soviet. [io9]

Trippy mandala optical illusions


Here's a great optical illusion (click above to see the animation) -- when you blink fast, beautiful mandalas emerge.

Blink Fast (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Hillary

At Feministing, Zerlina collects some useful Hillary Clinton gifs from yesterday's Benghazi hearings: "How to deal with a mansplainer starring Hillary Clinton." Rob

Unloading supplies onto the International Space Station

As Matt Lynley put it, "Meanwhile, in space ..."

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Calvin and Hobbes as an Atari ST game

Johan Vinet made this inspired login-screen for a notional, never-was 16-bit Calvin and Hobbes game. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

GIF is word of the year

"GIF has been named the Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year," reports the NY Daily News, in an article that Rich Kyanka points out is illustrated by JPGs of popular GIFs.

Here I present you with a splendid actual GIF from DVDP; put on the "apocalyptic rave" music that the BBC plays in the background of news broadcasts to make you anxious, then stare at it until 2013.

Mind-blowing animated GIF

Mind-blowing. (via Imaginary Foundation)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford demonstrates his governance style


Toronto mayor Rob Ford is a dick. He rips out bike lanes. Violates municipal conflict of interest rules by participating in votes to censure him for unethical fundraising. Closed a library and threatened others Skips council meetings to coach high school football (to which he diverts city resources), then hijacks a city bus to drive his team around. Calls the cops in a panic when journalists come to his house to ask him questions, and boycotts the most-read paper in the country because of their investigative reporting on him, and freaks out they sent out a reporter to check on reports that he was thinking of annexing some public land near his home.

He's ill-spoken, absurd, and hateful. In short, he is a laughable bumblefuck.

For evidence, I present to you this animated GIF of Mayor Laughable Bumblefuck demonstrating his governance style to the world.

(Thanks to Dave Nickle for fact-checking my ass!)