Graphics Interface Format. I much prefer GIF. or GiFs. And as a matter of fact, I think they’re pretty cool.
There are two things I love in my websites. Sound effects and animated GIFs. Those I work with will confirm.
What is a GIF? This is what Wikipedia has to say:
The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF; /ˈdʒɪf/ or /ˈɡɪf/) is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability. The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel thus allowing a single image to reference a palette of up to 256 distinct colors. The colors are chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame. The color limitation makes the GIF format unsuitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.
But more importantly, they add fun into life. They’re GIFts. And they turned 25 last year. Out of respect to these 8 bit wonders, I thought I’d share some of my favorite from around the web. You’re welcome.
First up, Tupac as a Jedi. Why not? Can’t be any worse that Samuel Jackson.
I believe I could be held in contempt if I didn’t nod my head in honor of the sparkling pony animation. It’s like MySpace up in here.
Nelson Piquet was one of my favorite Formula One drivers of all time. I recall the race where he got taken out by Eliseo Salazar, got out of the car and then horse kicked him. The beauty of the web? Just thought of it, searched, and found this. And if you want to see the full incident, check it out.
Hey Daniel, has someone setup a tumblr page filled with Arrested Development GIFs? Yep. Enjoy Tobias as a never-nude.
Mainly as an SEO strategy, I’ve included a cute kitten animated GIF. This is the site for all cute animated kitten related items. Direct cute animated kitten GIFs. Free animated cute kitten animated GIFs. And so on. Nothing like a good search engine optimization joke about cute kitten animated GIFs.
If you’re getting the sense this could go on forever, you’re right. And quite honestly, I’m getting scared. To avoid me turning this into a 6000 word, 4200 animated gif, super post, I’m going to bow in style. Share your favorite one’s, leave a comment, and hug a loved one. Peace out.