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"I couldn't stop staring."

The New Republic is explaining GIFs to, sweetly, "the uninitiated":

There’s a depth that can’t be had from traditional photographs; it feels both familiar and different. The eye stares at it, trying to make sense of what’s going on—how could there be depth in a two-dimensional image? And then the GIF just keeps going and going and going, drawing the onlooker away from whatever else awaits in that Twitter stream and the twenty other tabs beside it. “You have to watch it play out. When it plays out you can watch it again. It takes care of that click for you,” Repeat says. GIFs, unlike much of the rest of the visual Web, are opt-out, not opt-in.

Although the piece is frequently edifying, if you are seeking to explain GIFs to your frozen caveman lawyer, just send them to When in Academia and allow the art form to justify its own existence through the art of being.

(Double points if you can express your general feelings about GIFs through the use of GIFs in the comments.)

202 Comments / Post A Comment

mayonegg

I have an important question--how is "gif" pronounced? Asking because this feels like a safe place, free from judgement.

iceberg

@mayonegg HARD G FOR LYFE.

Important question #2: how does one post a GIF in the comments here?

Adult Footie Pajamas

@mayonegg GIF is an acronym for Graphics Interchange Format, so I always pronounce the G like in Graphic. But when GIFs first came out, the developers who made them liked to say, "choosey developers choose GIF" like the peanut butter. So I think either way is permissible.

Nicole Cliffe

I assume "giff" and not "jif," but that may not be based in fact.

synchronized
synchronized

@mayonegg I say it with a hard G, but I've read that this is terribly uncool and makes me sound like I have a Hotmail account.

On a related note, there's so much classism and ageism in Internet culture. Anyone looking for a good thesis topic?

iceberg

@Adult Footie Pajamas I like your logic.

fondue with cheddar

@mayonegg I've been pronouncing it with a hard G for 16 years and nobody is ever going to make me change!

@synchronized It is not uncool! I almost always hear it pronounced with a hard G, among both web/graphic professionals and the public at large.

meetapossum

@mayonegg It is JIF, people. JIF.

funfetti

@iceberg HTML tags! Get the gif url (usually by right clicking on the image, there should be a drop down option) then put this into the comments

<img src="http://URLHERE.gif" >

iceberg

@meetapossum I refer you to my below Khal Drogo GIF - it's pronounced like gift without the T.

iceberg

@meetapossum

iceberg

@meetapossum

iceberg

@meetapossum

iceberg

@meetapossum

iceberg

@meetapossum

iceberg

@meetapossum

iceberg

@meetapossum

Atheist Watermelon

@Didldidi ARGH I FAIL AT LIFE ok i give up

iceberg

@Didldidi NEVER GIVE UP

iceberg

@iceberg aaarrrrghhhhhh

iceberg

@iceberg Good game everyone

meetapossum

@iceberg

(This has been the highlight of my day.)

iceberg

@meetapossum mine too! <3 u possie!

meetapossum

@iceberg <3 u too bergie!

I keep laughing so hard when I see the Kanye clapping and Robert Webb dancing gifs together. It's perfect!

jams

I was intimidated by whatever animal that is that has such huge, fearsome eyes. bubblegum casting

Adult Footie Pajamas

Also YES. How post image and GIF comments? Sorry, I'm kind of new.

Lily Rowan

@Adult Footie Pajamas Assuming my post below works for everyone, you put img src="URL HERE" inside pointy brackets, and Bob's your uncle.

funfetti

@Adult Footie Pajamas If you want to test it out, and/or see examples try it here! http://www.w3schools.com/html/tryit.asp?filename=tryhtml_images

pterodactgirl

@Lily Rowan @Adult Footie Pajamas @funfetti

Ahhhh! It works!

Adult Footie Pajamas

@Lily Rowan
OMIGAWD TEH POWERS YOU HAVE GIVEN ME

Adult Footie Pajamas

aaannnd it's gone. Feck!

fondue with cheddar

@Adult Footie Pajamas OMG I've seen that penguin video! It's the best. The soundtrack makes it even better. :)

Lily Rowan

Ashalpaca

@funfetti BEST GIF OF ALL TIME

fondue with cheddar

@funfetti OMG that is THE BEST.

fondue with cheddar

@yeah-elle AAAAHHH IT'S EVEN BETTER ON A LOOP :D

Dancercise

@yeah-elle
Oh, is it time for Arrested Development gifs?

Dancercise

@fondue with cheddar

Puppy in a cup

@Dancercise Can every day be Arrested Development GIF Day??

par_parenthese

That thing is like viscerally freaking me the fuck out.

funfetti

No lie, I have a massive gif folder so I always have the right reaction gif for every occasion.

RK Fire

@funfetti
How do you organize them all? Where do you store them? Tell me your secrets!!

funfetti

@RK Fire Folders by reaction/topic. It's a very Basil E Frankweiler approach. I started tagging them recently, but I have SO MANY and so little patience. I also separate the ones I've made from the one's I've found.

For hosting, I use imgur but minus is great for large gifs.

funfetti

@RK Fire Also! A quick and easy way to make youtube gifs is to use a converter like this one. It makes HUGE unoptimized gifs, but otherwise works pretty well.

There's other software and techniques out there that can make cooler, smaller ones but there's more work involved. I can write something up later if people are interested =)

LeafySeaDragon

@funfetti UGH DATA why you so sexy?! (i has problems)

funfetti

@funfetti whoops that link is http://www.yt2gif.com/

RK Fire

@funfetti OMG thank you so much.

BEWARE, INTERNET!

parallel-lines

Owl in a car grille, I know, I know, it's serious...

fondue with cheddar

@parallel-lines Yes I do want to see it...

hands_down

@parallel-lines Let me whisper my last goodbyes...

raised amongst catalogs

@hands_down Do you really think he'll pull through? Do you really think he'll pull through-hoo-hooo-hooooo-hooo?

iceberg

hoping this works, it's my favorite GIF of all:

A. Louise

@Valley Girl I think I just broke something in my brain holding back laughter at my desk. AMAZING.

fondue with cheddar

Sorry to be pendantic, but technically we're talking about animated GIFs. GIFs can be still images, too.

Lily Rowan

@fondue with cheddar Thank you! I was saying something about a GIF at work recently, and the person I was talking to thought I was making a joke about animated GIFs and I was not.

Anninyn

I can't help but judge attempts to explain internet phenomena because they usually sound silly or pretentious.

(please work)

Anninyn

@Anninyn I fail.

funfetti

@Anninyn You can't link to the page like that, you have to link to the image itself.

To do that, right click on the gif and there should be a dropdown option to copy the image url, which is http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view7/2925970/morgan-freeman-judging-you-o.gif

then you can insert that into the img html tags

Anninyn

@funfetti thanks! I shall not post it now as I doubt it would be worth it after all this, but should I ever wish to post a GIF in the commetns again I shall know what to do.

runner in the garden

@Anninyn
It's not your fault.

sarah girl

@runner in the garden I just cackled at "THANKS OBAMA"

Puppy in a cup

@runner in the garden CRYING! TEARS DOWN MY FACE!

fondue with cheddar

GIFs. Yes, I like them.

slanket

@fondue with cheddar
Me too.

wee_ramekin

@slanket Aaaaaaaand me three (As if you HONESTLY thought I wasn't going to post this. HA!):

yeah-elle

@wee_ramekin phwoar

par_parenthese

@wee_ramekin @slanket

I love you so much.

wee_ramekin

@par_parenthese

par_parenthese

@wee_ramekin FOR REALS I DIE

wee_ramekin

@par_parenthese Grrrl if you ever wanna exchange Johnlock fanfic links, I'M YOUR LADY.

Julia duMais

@fondue with cheddar

funfetti

@runner in the garden girl, i think you meant to post this

wee_ramekin

@funfetti Oh man. He can get down to business to defeat my Huns any day. Hubba hubba, Shang.

AND HOLY GOD, I just found out that Shang is voiced by B.D. Wong, of Law & Order: SVY fame. No goddamned wonder I am so in love with him.

par_parenthese

@wee_ramekin Soulmates.

Renleigh

@wee_ramekin Do want (even though this offer was not directed at me, I couldn't resist). I'm in the market for some new fic.

wee_ramekin

@Renleigh GIRL. Here's the fic I'm reading right now: Bedtime Stories.

It's so good; one of my fandom favorites. Do you have any recos for me?

Miss Maszkerádi

@everyone

Too soon?

wee_ramekin

@Countess Maritza YOU GUYS I HAVE NOT SEEN THE ENTIRE SEASON 3 OF DOWNTOWN ARBY'S, so pleeeeeease no spoiler alerts!

fondue with cheddar

@wee_ramekin Downtown Arby's: the best or worst show on television? Discuss.

laurel

How I feel about gifs (and the internet). Mostly pointless and often mesmerizing.

parallel-lines

@laurel
JOOOOOOOOOOY!

laurel

@parallel-lines It's better than bad, it's good!

Peter Mayo@facebook

@laurel testing...my apologies if i break the internet...

Julia duMais

@laurel oh nooooooo I just this weekend succeeded in getting the Log song out of my head, where it had been for a few days.

laurel

@Julia duMais If I'm not talking, it's 'cuz that's playing on a loop inside my head.

parallel-lines

Women crying w/ salad

wee_ramekin

@parallel-lines Hahahaha, that woman is CRYING, dude! She doesn't want a salad.

hands_down

hands_down

@fondue with cheddar

iceberg

@hands_down ahh that is upsetting! no, i like it...

breccia

fondue with cheddar

@breccia All I can think of when I see that is PUT. ZE CANDLE. BECK!

Lu2
Lu2

I don't like them as a genre. They are so busy that they make me nervous and a little dizzy. If they would run once and then stop, that would be fine, because I agree that a moving image beats a still one sometimes for amusement value. But NOT CONSTANTLY ALL THE TIME ALL OVER THE PAGE I have to get out of this thread now.

Plus, they look very Internet 1.0 to me. In general, they seem like something people were putting all over their LiveJournal pages and bulletin-board messages, like those "funny" animated dancing-banana emoticons.

SuperGogo

@Lu2 I hear you. Animated GIFs are this generation's Hamster Dance. #oldster

SuperGogo

@Lu2 Add: Although I have to admit that the GIF of the version 1.0 Dalek spinning out of control that Sarcastic Fringehead just posted below is delightful and worth watching over and over.

SuperGogo

@Lu2 Add no. 2: Of course now I'm gone and posted my own GIF on another thread, thus undermining myself at every turn. *sigh*

yeah-elle

Puppy in a cup

@yeah-elle Oops, I posted the same one! That will teach me for posting before reading through all the comments!

raised amongst catalogs

Julia duMais

@raised amongst catalogs entirely off the topic of gifs, but lordy-loo I loved Cici.

raised amongst catalogs

@Julia duMais Me too! Her presence in the gif makes it extra awesome.

Peter Mayo@facebook

One more, just to be servicey:

laurel

@Peter Mayo@facebook And endlessly, relentlessly topical.

hands_down

For my own good, someone needs to lock me out of this thread.

hands_down

@Julia duMais You rock.

SarcasticFringehead

par_parenthese

@SarcasticFringehead Oh my gods, this is amazing.

SarcasticFringehead

@par_parenthese It is literally my favorite thing ever of all time period full stop.

par_parenthese

@SarcasticFringehead It's perfect. This .gif = the collective willpower it takes for an entire fandom to buy Upended Trashcan + Plunger + Eggbeater as the most fearsome villain in the universe.

Anninyn

@SarcasticFringehead My favourite Classic Who GIF has always been this

SuperGogo

@SarcasticFringehead This is the greatest! The little red cups bouncing off, they kill me!

SarcasticFringehead

@SuperGogo I can't stop watching it. And then I went to look away, and I heard I REGRET NOTHING in the classic Dalek scream, and here I am again.

Jinxie

@SarcasticFringehead No joke, I watched this gif for like 10 minutes straight the other day.

olivebee

Why does "everyone post a gif day" have to be the day that I actually have shit to do at work?? I feel like I am going to be up at midnight tonight just scrolling through all these.

par_parenthese

YOU GUYS.
NEVER STOP.
NEVER.

hands_down

My current favorite gif because it pretty much sums up my 20s.

hands_down

@Peter Mayo@facebook God, I miss Jean-Ralphio.

Julia duMais

@raised amongst catalogs

lucy snowe

Well, it's no BEES!!!! (which made me snork!)

but I like this one:

mmmmmrrrrrrrrrr . . . . .

Jinxie

@lucy snowe I don't even know why, but this is one of my favorite GIFs of all time.

lucy snowe

@Jinxie :D

THEY ARE COMING.

breccia

Gifs like these are why the internet exists.

(it's a shiba inu struggling to eat licorice while wearing dog booties, so yeah, you should definitely click the link.)

EpWs

@breccia Is this where we put the puppy gifs?
(I had this one up at work all day yesterday because some days are like that)

Julia duMais

Fortunately I keep my #1 gif saved on my work computer so that I'm always prepared for surprise gif parties.

rosaline

@Julia duMais haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa the look on Bill Clinton's face!

Julia duMais

@rosaline the way he pats her shoulder awkwardly kills me every time. Every time.

every tomorrow@twitter

@Julia duMais Okay but does Obama have like a "KICK ME" sign on his back, there?

breccia

if i get fired it's because of this thread.

parallel-lines

@runner in the garden EXPLAIN YOURSELF!

hands_down

No Wire gifs yet? Well, you know what Avon Barksdale would have to say about that...

hands_down

@hands_down Or Lt. Daniels...

funfetti

@parallel-lines

fabel

that poor owl

Dancercise

Current favorite

Tragically Ludicrous

So I missed the party but going through this made me feel like

stuffisthings

Of my two (2) friends who use Google Plus regularly, one of them only does so because it allows animated GIFs.

I don't know what the other guy's problem is.

stuffisthings

@stuffisthings Also looking at all these GIFs made me late for my event.

But it's a Fail Fair so I guess that's acceptable.

stuffisthings

@stuffisthings Doop doop turns out that event wasn't today. Or I went to the wrong place. Or something.

ETA: Anyway here's a funny (animated) GIF of Data with his cat:

stuffisthings

@stuffisthings Oh also I came across this. I wish there were a way to embed the whole thing:

CLICK HERE FOR SERIOUS

Barry Grant

You guys are KILLIN' me!

chnellociraptor

chnellociraptor

@chnellociraptor (Not my GIF, but I wish it was.)

Cavendish

That owl's eyes activate something in my lizard brain and are kind of giving me a panic attack. But I can't stop looking!

Prostitute Robot From The Future

I just had to come out of hiding to say this:

Prostitute Robot From The Future

Also also: I hate being a day late for this.

fondue with cheddar

@disgruntled co-worker Being a day late is good! Because a) you got to see the multitude of gifs everyone posted thus far all at once, and b) you can bet everyone is going to come back to this page at least once at some point today when they're bored at work.

Prostitute Robot From The Future

@fondue with cheddar Well, in that case:

fondue with cheddar

@disgruntled co-worker Haha, I love that one. I'm dying to know what the heck happened. Did the cat on the right hiccup or something?

Dale Mackey@facebook

fondue with cheddar

@Dale Mackey@facebook COMPUTER, don't ever change.

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