Is Your Empathy Determined by Your Genes? | Greater Good Magazine
In this divided world, there is a growing interest in cultivating empathy—in populations ranging from preschoolers to police officers. And for good reason: Studies suggest that, besides increasing kind and helpful behavior and making the world a better place to live, empathy contributes to our relationships and career success.

But where does empathy come from? Is it mostly taught by parents, teachers, and community? Or is it an innate personality trait determined by genetics?

A recent study, conducted by Martin Melchers of the University of Bonn, Elisabeth Hahn of Saarland University, and colleagues and published in the journal Motivation and Emotion, sought to answer these questions. By using multiple ways of measuring empathy in 742 twins and adult siblings, the study provides some new insights into empathy’s origins.
6 hours ago
Video Game History Timeline | The Strong
From the International Center for the History of Electronic Games® (ICHEG)
games  gaming  history  netnarr 
Accessible tips for people to protect their privacy
Conversations about privacy and security often focus on technology and give scant attention to the human, non-technological factors that affect personal privacy. This post covers a range of concrete steps we can all take to regain control over what, when, and with whom we share. Some of the things we discuss will involve technology, and some of them won't. The majority of the suggestions we make involve tools or practices that are freely available. The vast majority of things we suggest are also designed to be accessible without a large amount of technical knowledge. The steps we outline here are intended as a solid starting point, and not a comprehensive solution, but with that said, the steps we define here minimize or eliminate many common issues.
privacy  security  netnarr 
Developing the Star Wars opening crawl in HTML/CSS
Even though Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a divisive movie (which is not the point of this article, I promise), it inspired me to develop the most useless thing of all: the franchise's famous opening crawl using solely HTML, CSS and a little bit of Javascript (but for a cool reason).
2 days ago
Can video games promote empathy? | CBC Radio
It's not your average video game.

Imagine it's 1979. Revolution is brewing and you're on the streets of Tehran experiencing it all from the perspective of a young photographer named Reza.

The game 1979: Revolutionis one of a growing number of so-called empathy games that aims to give players a real understanding of what it's like to get caught up in a revolution,  or live life as a transwoman, or have a young child with cancer.
games  gaming  empathy  netnarr 
2 days ago
Gamasutra - The risk of games that seek to create empathy
“Game mechanics communicate a message,” said Colleen Macklin, a designer who runs the PETLab at Parsons School of Design in New York City, at GDC in San Francisco this week.

While this power imbues the video game medium with tremendous story-telling power, it can result in a clash between a creator's intended message, and the one that is being communicated by the design. Macklin, who was speaking on the subject of so-called "games for change," cited the example of Spent, an online game about surviving poverty and homelessness created by ad agency McKinney for Urban Ministries of Durham.

The game intended to create empathy and understanding within its players about people living in poverty. A study carried about by Psychology Today found, however, that the game had no effect on positive feelings toward the poor.
games  gaming  netnarr 
2 days ago
Empathy Games: birth of a genre? – CONTROL500
An increasing number of developers is creating games with a focus on empathy. Is this the birth of a new genre?
games  gaming  netnarr  empathy 
2 days ago
Virtual reality is failing at empathy, its biggest promise.
Virtual reality was supposed to help us understand each other unlike any other medium. That’s a delusion.
empathy  vr  netnarr 
2 days ago
HyperCard Zine
2018 is the year of HyperCard.

The last version of HyperCard, 2.4.1, was released 20 years ago in 1998. In that time, it's maintained small communities of hobbyists maintaining their stacks and creating new art on old computers. HyperCard has been used by LGBT and other marginalized people to make interactive art representing their experiences.

On the 20th anniversary of HyperCard's discontinuation, I want to pay tribute to the programming tool that started it all.
hypercard  mac  magazine 
2 days ago
Bad News
From fake news to chaos! How bad are you? Get as many followers as you can!

In this game you take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose the path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep an eye on your ‘followers’ and ‘credibility’ meters. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. But watch out: you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters!
games  journalism  game  netnarr 
2 days ago
The Problem With the FCC's New National Broadband Map - CityLab
Before last week, the official U.S. map of broadband access had accumulated a fair amount of dust. On February 23, though, the Federal Communications Commission’s cartography of connectivity got a long-awaited upgrade. But while the new broadband map is easier to click around, it still isn’t a reliable tool to gauge what internet options are available to homes or communities around the country.
map  netnarr  redlining 
5 days ago
The Hypercard Legacy – The Nextographer – Medium
Apple’s forgotten software gem was a last breath for democratized computing. Can it be revived?
history  apple  hypercard 
5 days ago
Easter Island Is Eroding - The New York Times
Nicholas Casey, a New York Times correspondent based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, traveled 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.
digitalstorytelling  web2storytelling 
5 days ago
Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It?
For residents of minority urban neighborhoods, access to Amazon.com’s vast array of products—from Dawn dish soap and Huggies diapers to Samsung flatscreen TVs—can be a godsend. Unlike whiter ZIP codes, these parts of town often lack well-stocked stores and quality supermarkets. White areas get organic grocers and designer boutiques. Black ones get minimarts and dollar stores. People in neighborhoods that retailers avoid must travel farther and sometimes pay more to obtain household necessities. “I don’t have a car, so I love to have stuff delivered,” says Tamara Rasberry, a human resources professional in Washington, D.C., who spends about $2,000 a year on Amazon Prime, the online retailer’s premium service that guarantees two-day delivery of tens of millions of items (along with digital music, e-books, streaming movies, and TV shows) for a yearly $99 membership fee. Rasberry, whose neighborhood of Congress Heights is more than 90 percent black, says shopping on Amazon lets her bypass the poor selection and high prices of nearby shops.

As Amazon has expanded rapidly to become “the everything store,” it’s offered the promise of an egalitarian shopping experience. On Amazon and other online retailers, a black customer isn’t viewed with suspicion, much less followed around by store security. Most of Amazon’s services are available to almost every address in the U.S. “We don’t know what you look like when you come into our store, which is vastly different than physical retail,” says Craig Berman, Amazon’s vice president for global communications. “We are ridiculously prideful about that. We offer every customer the same price. It doesn’t matter where you live.”
amazon  map  redlining  netnarr 
6 days ago
Mapping Student Debt - Map 2: Race
More than 42 million Americans owe a total of $1.3 trillion in student debt, making it the second-largest liability on the national balance sheet. A generation ago, student debt was a relative rarity, but for today’s students and recent graduates, it’s a central fact of economic life that we don’t know much about. Mapping Student Debt is changing that. The maps below show how borrowing for college affects the nation, your city, and even your neighborhood, giving a new perspective on the way in which student debt relates to economic inequality.
redlining  netnarr  map 
7 days ago
Live Interactive Narrative Experiences for Education - GameTrain Learning
Can a Live Interactive Narrative Experience be an effective educational medium?

Real Life to Video Games to Real Life
In the early days of video games, many games were attempts to create digital versions of real-life activities. Pong, the first commercially successful video game, was based on real-life table tennis.¹ Later on, from the early text-based adventure games to simulations to sports games, video games aspired to try to emulate real life as best as possible. As technology has progressed over time, we now have games that are often indistinguishable from real-life video.

However, today we’re seeing a shift from digital games back to real-life, in-person gaming experiences. Real-life gaming experiences like puzzle hunts, paintball/lasertag games, and LARPs (live action role playing) have been around for many years, but generally they have been more for niche audiences. Recently however, we’ve seen real-life games becoming more a part of mainstream society.
games  gaming  gamebasedlearning  netnarr 
12 days ago
Unminify JS, CSS and HTML Code
Free online tool to unminify (unpack, deobfuscate) JavaScript, CSS and HTML code, making it readable and pretty.
tools  javascript  cooltech 
13 days ago
Modern-Day Redlining
In 61 metro areas across the U.S., people of color were more likely to be denied conventional mortgage loans than whites, even when controlling for applicants' income, loan amount and neighborhood.

This map of a statistical analysis by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting tracks those disparities.

To get started, click on a metro area or search for an address.
netnarr  mapping  maps  redlining 
15 days ago
MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research
In this paper we present the MDA framework (standing for
Mechanics, Dynamics, and Aesthetics), developed and
taught as part of the Game Design and Tuning Workshop at
the Game Developers Conference, San Jose 2001-2004.
MDA is a formal approach to understanding games ñ one
which attempts to bridge the gap between game design and
development, game criticism, and technical game research.
We believe this methodology will clarify and strengthen the
iterative processes of developers, scholars and researchers
alike, making it easier for all parties to decompose, study
and design a broad class of game designs and game
games  gaming  netnarr 
16 days ago
Why Do We Play Games? | David Mullich
We play games because they’re FUN!



Okay, okay. That’s not much of a blog post, so we can’t stop there. Let’s take a close look into what makes games fun to play.
games  gaming  netnarr 
16 days ago
The History of Video Games | Visual.ly
An infographic showing the history of video games. split into consoles, media, genres, and controllers
games  gaming  netnarr 
16 days ago
Gamasutra - The 13 Basic Principles of Gameplay Design
In an intriguing design feature, EA and Page 44 veteran Allmer re-imagines the famous '12 Principles Of Animation' for video games - adding a principle along the way!
game  nernarr  gaming 
16 days ago
Video Game Podcast | Gaming Podcast | What's Good Games
Welcome to What’s Good Games, a new show for the nerd-inclined. This particular Voltron is comprised of Andrea Rene (host/producer extraordinaire, seen on Yahoo Esports, IGN, GameStop TV, and more), Alexa Ray Corriea (you’ve seen her writing on Polygon/Gamespot), Brittney Brombacher (the kick-ass creator of BlondeNerd.com) and Kristine Steimer (she’s worked at a lot of places like IGN and PlayStation).
games  podcast  netnarr 
17 days ago
Podcast | The Psychology of Video Games
Each episode of The Psychology of Video Games Podcast features a discussion with a different expert on a specific topic about psychology and video games. Guests include those working in academia, the gaming industry, or as consultants.
podcast  games  netnarr 
17 days ago
Exploring the Linguistics Behind Regular Expressions
I had to write an essay about a famous computer scientist or academic whose work impacted computer science. I chose Noam Chomsky.

Little did I know that learning about Chomsky would drag me down a rabbit hole back to regular expressions, and then magically cast regular expressions into something that fascinated me. What enchanted me about regular expressions was the homonymous linguistic concept that powered them.

I hope to spellbind you, too, with the linguistics behind regular expressions, a a backstory unknown to most programmers. Though I won’t teach you how to use regular expressions in any particular programming language, I hope that my linguistic introduction will inspire you to dive deeper into how regular expressions work in your programming language of choice.

To begin, let’s return to Chomsky: what does he have to do with regular expressions? Hell, what does he even have to do with computer science?
computing  history  regex 
18 days ago
Course Resources – NET-ART
Below is a growing list of OER resources, Useful links and digital desktop / mobile art making platforms. Desktop and mobile platforms will be regularly introduced and discussed here. Collaborations will take place and artistic interventions will expand. This page will grow over time as students, faculty and community members contribute!
netnarr  digitalart 
18 days ago
Mapping Incomes
Income disparities are real—and getting more extreme. A close look at maps of income distribution in U.S. cities reveals subtleties and surprises.
map  netnarr  redlining 
19 days ago
Making Games in the Classroom: Twine and Harlowe 2 – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
When it come to making games in the classroom, my go-to tool for newcomers is Twine: it’s relatively easy to get started and make something that works, but it can also represent complex mechanics and logic. I recently had the fun of joining the Indiana Humanities celebration of Frankenstein to run a Twine-driven workshop (pictured above) to build games inspired by the themes and journey of the classic novel. In our Frankenstein workshop, I asked the cohort to think about the process of making a text game through the lens of reshaping a familiar story: this can be a great first project in Twine, as the framework of a novel can provide settings, characters, and plot points that can be translated into Twine’s framework of passages (the stuff that displays on each "page") and links (the essential connections that make the nonlinear narrative come to life). The very act of putting some of those elements into pieces requires the game designer to rethink the very organization and outcomes. It’s also one of my favorite assignments to use with fairytales, as even if everyone works from the same story the games can end up very different.
netnarr  game  gaming  twine 
20 days ago
bellingcat - How to Archive Open Source Materials - bellingcat
When conducting open source investigations, an ever-present issue is how to archive away the materials you are researching. For example, a social media post may be deleted by a user after you publish an investigation, or a video on YouTube showing sensitive information (such as a war crime in Syria) may be deleted due to censorship policies set by YouTube.

There are two main reasons to archive all of the digital evidence that you use an investigation: to preserve it in case it is removed from its original source, and to prove to your audience that the material (if it has been removed) really existed as you present it. Screenshots can be easily forged, so it is vital that you find a way to retain the materials in a way that shows that you did not have the opportunity to modify the content.
archive  activism  ds206 
21 days ago
Explore the Largest Known Early Map of the World, Assembled for the First Time
A 60 sheet manuscript world map made in 1587 by Urbano Monte has been acquired by the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries, which scanned the sheets, then digitally stitched them together.
map  history 
22 days ago
The Big Markovski -- joshmillard.com
The Big Markovski is a Markov chain driven Lebowski recontextualizer using perl and Imagemagick
remix  random  netnarr 
24 days ago
Neo-Tribes: The Future is Tribal | re:publica
You might have come across people that are "abandoning everything," deserting the urban consumer lifestyle to engage in small community activities, living off the land or following the path of the digital nomad. Are these experiments just nostalgic recreations of hippie fantasies from the 1960s or do they signal a powerful new leap into new ways of organizing social systems?

In this talk, Alexa Clay looks at the challenges that have accompanied the rise of mass society and shares practices from communities that have sought out radical alternatives. Looking at eco-villages, hacker collectives, intentional communities, social movements, and diverse misfit subcultures from live-action-role playing to underground secret societies, Clay gives us a peephole into the emerging "tribes" that are springing up in the wake of post-capitalism.
24 days ago
The Misfit Economy
What do pirates, terrorists, computer hackers and inner city gangs have in common with Silicon Valley? Innovation. Across the globe, diverse innovators operating in the black and gray economies are developing solutions to a myriad of challenges. Far from being "deviant entrepreneurs" that pose threats to our social and economic stability, these innovators display remarkable ingenuity, pioneering original methods and best practices that we can learn from and apply in our own worlds. The Misfit Economy seeks to unveil and leverage this new well-spring of ingenuity. Join us in exploring the dark side of innovation.
innovation  creativity  netnarr 
24 days ago
Why do you want to make a gif at all?
I am using this space to collect data to write a post to answer the question above and also to offer it as resource to anyone who may be asking this question:Why do you gif?
gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
24 days ago
The animated gif – Mariana Funes – Medium
I must confess that about 6 months ago I would have had no further views on the animated gif beyond...

This was before I joined and open online course on Digital Storytelling called DS106. The tweet above tells you how far I have come in challenging my own views on the animated gif. I now have an immense amount of data on it, I make them myself on Tumblr and defend them as art to fellow course participants who do not share my liking of them. In my conversations over the last few days I decided to ask on Twitter #whygif? This post is a personal reflection on why I gif and my first excursion into Medium as a medium.
gif  animatedgif  netnarr 
24 days ago
Do you speak gif? – Mariana Funes – Medium
As a special event for the students Michael Branson Smith and Ryan Seslow organised a hangout with the awesome people behind giphy.com, Jess Gilliam and Alex Chung. The event was to talk about a digital sticker contest giphy.com are organising and which York College students may be contributing to. I was interested in the high nerd ideas behind the contest, giphy.com and visual writing. It turns out that what was a new insight to me months ago when I asked ‘Do you speak gif?’ is something that has been studied by media scholars for a long time. The wonders of being a networked scholar, no longer tied to my own discipline and having infinite learning possiblities open to me. I digress. The rest of this article sums up the converation in the hangout from the perpective of these big ideas rather than the detail of the contest.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr  ds106 
24 days ago
Welcome to the Inclusive Learning Design Handbook | Inclusive Learning Design Handbook
The Floe Inclusive Learning Design Handbook is a free Open Educational Resource (OER) designed to assist teachers, content creators, Web developers, and others in creating adaptable and personalizable educational resources that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs.
learning  design  OER 
27 days ago
Paving the way toward inclusive Open Education Resources | floe
FLOE provides the resources to personalize how we each learn and to address barriers to learning. Learners learn differently, and today’s society needs diverse, self-aware, life-long learners. FLOE supports learners, educators and curriculum producers in achieving one-size-fits-one learning design for the full diversity of learners, leveraging the variants made possible by Open Education Resources (OER).

FLOE is led by the Inclusive Design Research Centre and applies Inclusive Design to open learning.
accessibility  webdesign 
27 days ago
Let's Learn About Waveforms
This interactive guide introduces and explores waveforms. We'll cover how to read these funny shapes, go over the fundamental physics of sound, learn how it relates to music and harmony, and discover how to build complex tones from simple ones.

This guide is aimed at a general audience–no prior knowledge is required. It may be of particular interest to musicians, producers, and aspiring audio engineers, but it's designed to be accessible to everyone!
interactive  music  audio  ds106 
27 days ago
Crying in Public
An emotional map of New York City, made out of the important things that happen to us outside.
map  social 
29 days ago
A 25 Year History of the Animated GIF Told by GIFs - The Atlantic
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Graphics Interface Format this month we put together a history of the animated GIF -- in GIF form.
gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
29 days ago
The Long, Remarkable History of the GIF
Already more than a decade old and with roots reaching to June 15th, 1987—half a decade Inside the internet's long, doomed quest to replace its most iconic and flawed filetype.

before the World Wide Web itself—the GIF was showing its age. It offered support for a paltry 256 colors. Its animation capabilities were easily rivaled by a flipbook. It was markedly inferior to virtually every file format that had followed it. On top of that, there were the threats of litigation from parent companies and patent-holders which had been looming over GIF users for five long years before the fiery call to action. By Burn All GIFs Day, the GIF was wobbling on the precipice of destruction. Those who knew enough to care deeply about file formats and the future of the web were marching on the gates, armed with PNGs of torches and pitchforks.

And yet, somehow, here we are. Seventeen years later, the GIF not only isn't dead. It rules the web.
gif  animatedgif  history  ds106  netnarr 
29 days ago
These Incredible Animated GIFs Are More Than 150 Years Old | WIRED
More than 150 years before Buzzfeed uploaded its first cat GIF, people were already captivated by looping animations. In those days, of course, there was no photoshop or screen grabbing, no Tumblrs and Twitter to help craft and share the perfect GIF. Rather, artists relied on optical tools—things like zoetropes, phenakistoscopes, thaumatropes and other gadgets with very strange names to bring their illustrations to life.
These pre-cinema devices used all sorts of low-tech tricks to make that happen, but despite their simpleness, optical tools are often regarded as the forefathers to the modern GIF. “We’re all interested in seeing movement,” says Richard Balzer. “It was a different time, but the same challenge: How do you make things move?”
animatedgif  gif  history  netnarr  ds106 
29 days ago
What Was The First GIF? The Animated History of The GIF
The story of the GIF itself is one of tech lore. Today, it’s one of internet legend.

The GIF, or graphics interchange format, was introduced to the world by Compuserve in 1987. The compressed format was the ideal for performing image transfers across the slow modem connections of the time. The format also allowed for color, replacing the black-and-white run-length encoding format (RLE).
gif  history  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
29 days ago
The History of GIFs
GIFs have flashed across many a webpage, flickered within millions of MySpace profiles and glittered among innumerable Tumblrs. You've spotted them in animated advertising, email signatures, web forums and social avatars. Indeed, if I had to repurpose the acronym for "GIF" it would be "Great Internet Fun."

In fact, "GIF" stands for "graphics interchange format," a mature name for an image format just coming of age in the digital space (the GIF turned 25 this year). Specifically, Steve Wilhite of Compuserve debuted the GIF in June 1987. The GIF improved on black and white image transfers with 256 colors, while still retaining a compressed format that slow modems could load easily. Using the Graphics Control Extension (GCE), the GIF achieved animation via timed delays.
animatedgif  gif  history  netnarrr 
29 days ago
10 Awesomely Tasteful Animated GIFs | WIRED
Over the last few years, animated GIFs have spread like kudzu–fun kudzu! But still, kudzu–to all corners of the web. They’re a staple of TV show recaps; they’re the format du jour for artists on Tumblr; they’re shorthand in Twitter conversations and can serve as a succinct riposte in a message board debate. As a whole, they perfectly capture the spirit of the slightly zany, attention-deficient internet epoch we’re currently living in: the Age of Buzzfeed. GIFs are so ubiquitous, in fact, that if you change your focus slightly, it can be easier to notice the places you don’t often see them used. One example? Illustrations.
While animated GIFs have trampled over still images, Flash animations, and even in some cases video clips as a way to inject multimedia pizazz into text-based content, animated illustrations remain a rarity. It’s a bit odd. Flip through an issue of The New Yorker or open up the Sunday Review section of The New York Times and you’ll find heaps of illustrations, begging to be animated. Look at the web versions of those visuals, though, and they’re almost always lifeless. Almost always.
gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
29 days ago
A Silent Place
art  reflection  netnarr 
29 days ago
Muybridge Photographs Reinvented As Animated GIFs
Most famous for his iconic racehorse time lapse photographs, Eadweard Muybridge revolutionized early photography. These are some of his 19th century time lapse photographs put into motion.
animatedgif  gif  history  photography  netnarr  ds106 
29 days ago
Stephen King's Top 20 Rules For Writers - Barnes & Noble Reads — Barnes & Noble Reads
Stephen King’s books have sold over 350 million copies. Like them or loathe them, you have to admit that’s impressive. King’s manual On Writing reveals that he’s relentlessly dedicated to his craft. He admits that not even The King himself always sticks to his rules—but trying to follow them is a good start. Here are our favorite pieces of advice for aspiring writers
writing  resnetsem 
29 days ago
The Tyranny of Convenience - The New York Times
Convenience has the ability to make other options unthinkable. Once you have used a washing machine, laundering clothes by hand seems irrational, even if it might be cheaper. After you have experienced streaming television, waiting to see a show at a prescribed hour seems silly, even a little undignified. To resist convenience — not to own a cellphone, not to use Google — has come to require a special kind of dedication that is often taken for eccentricity, if not fanaticism.

For all its influence as a shaper of individual decisions, the greater power of convenience may arise from decisions made in aggregate, where it is doing so much to structure the modern economy. Particularly in tech-related industries, the battle for convenience is the battle for industry dominance.
culture  psychology  ideas 
4 weeks ago
twohundredfiftysixcolors (preface) 2013 on Vimeo
this is the first 6 minutes of twohundredfiftysixcolors, which is a 97 minute long film comprised entirely of animated GIFs. watch the entire movie here: vimeo.com/62140455
>> Crafted from thousands of animated GIFs, twohundredfiftysixcolors is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an Internet page signpost, the file type has evolved into a nimble and ubiquitous tool for pop-cultural memes, self-expression, and artistic gestures. The film is a curated archive that functions as a historical document charting the GIF's evolution, its connections to early cinema, and its contemporary cultural and aesthetic possibilities.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
How Do You Sell An Animated GIF? - YouTube
Rhizome's Lauren Cornell explains how she's selling animated GIFs and websites at New York's Armory Show.
netnarr  animatedgif  gif 
4 weeks ago
Christina Hendricks on an endless loop: The glorious GIF renaissance.
Every outdated format has its cult. In the case of vinyl LPs or Polaroid film, the cults are substantial, but even cassettes, Laserdiscs, and Minidiscs have their own collectors, proponents, and preservationists. All of these people might, to some degree, regard their pet formats as orphans—under-loved and that much more lovable for it—of technology's ceaseless forward march. As the march heads further and further into digital territory, though, a question arises: Can a similar kind of love attach to outdated online formats, which briefly saturated our daily lives but can't be handled, sought out at garage sales, and proudly displayed on a shelf? In the case of the GIF, at least, the answer is yes.

GIFs (the name stands for graphics interchange format and can be pronounced with either a hard or soft G) began life in the mid-'80s, image files so efficiently compressed that sluggish Internet connections (which is to say, every connection back then) could download them speedily. When most people use the term GIF today, however, they mean it as shorthand for animated GIFs. Animated GIFs are synonymous with the Internet's mid-'90s, pre-Flash era, when individuals and major corporations alike festooned Web sites with flickering borders, banners, and graphics, all playing on tight, endless loops. More recently, animated GIFs became key chintzy building blocks in the chaotic, almost instantly passé visual architecture of MySpace user pages. Among Mark Zuckerberg's less controversial moves is that he's shunned animated GIFs from Facebook user pages, like a school principal banning "flashy and/or inappropriate" clothing from classrooms.

Despite and perhaps partially because of their retro, déclassé smack, a GIF renaissance is underway. Sites like Señor GIF (by the people who brought us LolCat emporium I Can Has Cheezburger?), GIF Party, and Sweet GIFs are part of a current boomlet in online GIF galleries. Services like Gickr have popped up, allowing users to make their own GIFs with a few clicks. The music video for MIA's recent single "XXXO" was a tribute to animated GIFs at their tackiest. (Her record label also employs an in-house GIF-maker, Jaime Martínez.) And GIFs have lately become a staple of virtual water-cooler talk: "Is there a GIF of Liz Lemon high-fiving herself?" (There is.) "Someone please get me a GIF of that insane Joan Holloway shot from last night. You know the one." (Totally.)
animatedgif  gif  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
animated GIF Q and A (2) at tom moody
Connor is working on a dissertation on Animated GIFs and Web Culture and sent the questions below. With his permission I'm posting them in interview form.
netnarr  gif  animatedgif 
4 weeks ago
Gif(T) Basket | Art21 Magazine
In a special series of posts, Wesley Miller watches Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, frame by frame, and attempts to uncover what it all means through the medium of animated GIFs. This is his journey.
animatedgif  gif  art  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Gigaom | When Is an Animated GIF Better Than a Video?
Animated GIFs can be found on pop culture blogs and in online art galleries; they are used for film coverage and fashion week recaps. Their invasion of web culture is pretty much complete.

Max Silvestri, a writer who creates animated GIFs for his Eater.com coverage of the reality series Top Chef, does so not because they offer a way to get around potential copyright issues, but because they’re eye-catching. “Embedded videos are easy to ignore. Or you watch them once and forget them. Internet content is constantly fighting for the attention of the reader, and I think animated GIFs demand it,” he said via email.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr  ds106 
4 weeks ago
The Affect of Animated GIFs (Tom Moody, Petra Cortright, Lorna Mills) | Art & Education
How do the affects of software technologies inflect interactive online art experience? In this paper, I will specifically examine the affects of the animated GIF (short for Graphic Interchange Format), a ubiquitous graphic file format used by artists and non-artists alike. If any website contains an animated element that is self-contained, chances are high that it is a GIF. GIFs are small, simple files, easy to create and quick to download, making them widely accessible to a range of browsers and system speeds. I propose, however, that it is the affective qualities particular to animated GIFs that make them truly popular.

Massumi describes affective intensity as a temporal sink, a moment of incipience before action is taken. In GIFs, such moments are looped, extended and repeated between every frame. For Amy Herzog, the suspended moment of affect is potentially political, allowing for intuitions to emerge that cut across the grain of cultural norms.[5] Do animated GIFs facilitate such agency? In order to address this question, I will discuss the affective qualities of three GIFs by internet artists Tom Moody, Petra Cortright and Lorna Mills. I will briefly delineate the cultural context surrounding GIFs and I will then analyse the three artists’ GIFs according to Richard Dyer’s theory of non-representational codes, Margaret Morse’ poetics of video installation, Brian Massumi’s notion of affective intensity as a temporal sink, concerns about affect and agency raised by Susan Buck-Morss and Sianne Ngai, concerns raised by Elizabeth Wissinger about affect in an “attention economy,” and concerns raised by Michelle Henning about the reification and standardization of persons in a technologized society.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
The Year of The Animated Gif
2010 is the year of the animated gif.  They are everywhere. Tumblr’s Three Frames, a site that posts only gifs drawn from movies on a daily basis is recommended to me by students virtually every time I give a lecture. Fuck Yeah Gifs, and Gif Party are also popular. Images on group artist-run blogs like Nasty Nets and Spirit Surfers have always had a keen interest in the file format and have custom software to better display them. No one does the job better than Dump.fm on the image platform front though, which likely explains the frantic production amongst their users.

Notably, only three or four years ago, gif production amongst artists tended to fall into two categories — found and carefully handmade. Typically the latter were lone painstaking efforts. Yesterday, even a brief visit to the sites listed above made clear that the spectrum of approaches has vastly expanded. The casual gif maker, the careful gif, the multiple gifs arranged to make one giant gif, the artist-made authorless gif –you get the picture. There are a lot.

So why are artists suddenly more interested in the file format? It’s hard to say, but one theory tabled in a recent conversation, suggested a reaction to a decrease in websites and search engines able to handle the file format as a possible explanation. Google image search recently eliminated the integration of GIF’s in their standard image searchs, Facebook never allowed gifs, and tumblr and WordPress can’t handle large gifs or display them well. It’s not difficult to make the argument that artists who use the web as source material need sites that are friendly to the file format.
animatedgif  netnarr  gif 
4 weeks ago
So Long Animated GIFs, Hello Cinemagraph | HuffPost
Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg have been making quite a splash this year with their “cinemagraph” technique, combining still photography and video to “unfreeze” a photo in time. The results are stunning, and show that there was more potential in the old animated .gif format than had yet been realized.

We caught up with Jamie and Kevin, who let us in on their process.
animatedgif  cinemagraph  netnarr  gif 
4 weeks ago
Physical GIF by Greg Borenstein — Kickstarter
What if we could bring the magic of ANIMATED GIFs into the physical world? Well, now, using modern LASER TECHNOLOGY, we can. We specialize in transforming the finest in designer-crafted animated GIFs into physical zoetropes, bringing the animated glory of the old-timey web onto your actual desktop or COFFEE TABLE.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Cinemagraphs: Artists develop pictures with movement that take 'stills' to next level | Daily Mail Online
It is, in their own words, ‘something more than a photo but less than a video’.

Two artists have created a new way to to record your special moments - pictures with movement.

The ‘cinemagraphs’ look like still photos but actually feature a subtle area of movement designed to grab your eye and keep you looking. The effect is slightly eerie - but utterly captivating.
photography  animatedgif  gif  netnarr  ds106 
4 weeks ago
Man Bartlett — My Beef with the Animated Gif
On the whole, it is depressingly vapid! Worse, its vapidity has been fetishized by those seeking to define and contextualize this next wave of Internet artists. Over the years I’ve seen thousands of animated gifs. I’ve spent countless minutes waiting for them to cycle through their frames so they can be experienced “appropriately.”

One recent example that comes to mind is the Unknown Pleasures meets Matrix-green animated gif that Paddy Johnson highlighted in her Year Of The Animated Gif post. Beyond occasionally witty one-liners, most of these images do nothing to push how we think. Rather they tend to engage in a sort of post-hipster language. They’re stylized, abstract, and, in my opinion, just plain weak images. Of the non-abstract variety exists an Internet kitsch aesthetic which tend to be ironic, cynical and intentionally crude. Both of these varieties remind me of an article I read in New York Magazine a few months back that described Hipsters as smart consumers but whose cultural contributions were few. Or sloppy, lazy, etc. I would put 95% of animated gifs in this category. Granted the culture is arguable larger/more important than the “product,” however, the product usually leaves me with much to be desired.

Needless to say this is not the type of work I want to make. While some of it is certainly entertaining, I am attempting to make work that is both accessible, challenging, subversive, and most importantly authentic.
netnarr  animatedgif  gif 
4 weeks ago
re/animating GIF’s
Despite its popularity, the GIF is an anachronism of networked technology. It was developed in 1987 by CompuServe as a means to compress and transmit chunks of related images over private networks. In the early 1990’s, the World Wide Web became accessible to the general public it had tight bandwidth restrictions and was unable to display video or high resolution photographs. The animated GIF was used on early websites to display motion graphics and banner ads.


Like the Kinetoscope and the Cinema of Attractions, the GIF emerged during an era of innovation and the invention of a new technology. The GIF was an experimental gesture towards the replication of motion using a new technology: the personal computer. Historically and formally, the GIF is similar to the proto-cinematic machines of 19th century in that it is a loop intended not for public exhibition, but for individual viewing. It also contains mostly static perspectives, few cuts, and seeks to titillate – not narrate.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr  ds106 
4 weeks ago
twohundredfiftysixcolors is an experimental feature length film made entirely of animated .gif's that traces the file format's arc of increased complexity and pointed use since it was introduced in 1987.

Crafted from over 3,000 animated GIFs, twohundredfiftysixcolors is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an Internet page signpost, the file type has evolved into a nimble and ubiquitous tool for pop-cultural memes, self-expression, and artistic gestures. The film is a curated archive that functions as a historical document charting the GIF's evolution, its connections to early cinema, and its contemporary cultural and aesthetic possibilities.
film  gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
4 weeks ago
An Animated GIF IRL on Vimeo
An Animated GIF* IRL** springs from my boredom of all things digital and the grip they had taken on my life and work. However, this boredom was also merged with a strange sort of fascination. I got bored to the extent of wanting to escape the digital realm, but without leaving it. Could it be possible to only leave the digital part of it? I wanted it to materialize. How would it look like IRL? An Animated GIF IRL is about translating between the digital and the physical realm; transcending the digital realm. An Animated GIF IRL is a physical manifestation of its digital self, the GIF.

I was drawn to the GIF because of its connotations with the repeat surface pattern. A few images are repeated in an endless loop creating a pattern that is repeated temporally by transformation and movement. Considering the GIF using the concept of spacetime,*** the GIF is a repeat pattern in which the repetition takes place in the temporal dimension time while the repetition of the surface repeat pattern is taking place in the spatial dimensions.
The repetition of An Animated GIF IRL takes place in the temporal dimension using the body of a physical structure.

The physical GIF's are made from seed beads, acting as the IRL counterpart to pixels.
animatedgif  gif  digitalart  netnarr  ds106 
4 weeks ago
Bing Bong GIF Reel on Vimeo
I created a GIF reel from some of my favorite GIFs of the past 2 years.
animatedgif  gif  netnarr  ds106 
4 weeks ago
Variable Order for Tables
I was re­search­ing CSS vari­ablesIf you'd want to learn more about CSS vari­ables in gen­eral, I highly rec­om­mend you to watch Lea Verou's talk about them, she ar­tic­u­lates re­ally nicely a lot of nu­ances of their us­age. rather ac­tively for the last 3 months, and ini­tially I wanted to write a long ar­ti­cle about just one as­pect — CSS vari­ables in­side in­line styles. But there were just so many things to write about, and I found a lot of gen­eral use-cases of vari­ables (and not just for in­line ones), that I de­cided to split all my re­search into smaller ar­ticles.

This is an ar­ti­cle about one of the ex­am­ples from my re­search of CSS vari­ables in in­line styles, and as you could see from the ex­am­ple at the start — it is about sort­ing stuff.

The main fea­ture that makes that pos­si­ble is that we can use CSS vari­ables right in­side the style at­tribute in HTML. And while it could be pos­si­ble to de­fine all the val­ues for ap­pro­pri­ate class names or nth-child-found el­e­ments, there is no need to do this when we can just add them to the cor­re­spond­ing HTML tags.
css  webdesign  howto 
4 weeks ago
Split GIF image in frames
This online tool is designed to convert animated images into individual frames (sequence of images) for editing or viewing them separately.
GIF explode tool, splitter, decompiler - call it whatever you want. It's mainly intended for splitting GIFs, but can be used for almost any other animated image format as well.

After decompressing the GIF file, you can download specific frames (right click the image and select Save image as...) or save them all at once as a single zip file, by clicking "Download frames as ZIP."

If you want to rearrange frame order or remove some frames and restore animation, click "Edit animation" button. It will take you to the GIF maker window. You can also download the ZIP file, edit some frames in image editor and then upload ZIP archive back to GIF maker. If you keep the file names unchanged, it will preserve the frame order and duration.

If you want to have all frames placed side by side in a single image file, we also offer GIF to Sprite Sheet converter.
gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
4 weeks ago
30 Artists Proving That GIFs Are The Next Great Art Form
Who needs a canvas and a paintbrush? These artists are showing it's all about the Graphics Interchange Format
gif  animatedgif  art  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Gifntext - Easily add animated text to a gif
Gifntext is a free online gif editor and creator.

You can add captions/text to an animated gif, edit a gif frame by frame, and turn youtube videos into a gif. You can also trim the start and end times of the gif, and add custom images over the gif. It is the simplest way to make and create animated gifs online, and is completely free. It was created because we were fed up with the lack of gif editors online, and wanted to easily modify a gif and add text without hassle.
gif  animatedgif  netnarr  ds106 
4 weeks ago
Moving a Blog from/in WordPress.com
You can find step-by-step guides below that will help you move your site to WordPress.com, move to a self-hosted WordPress site, move between WordPress.com blogs, transfer your site to another WordPress.com user, and redirect visitors to your new site.
4 weeks ago
Networked Knowledge, Digital Spaces: Storytelling as Decolonial Methodology – Emily M Legg
Hello, and thanks for coming to our panel. My name is Emily Legg and I’m currently a PhD student at Purdue University. My talk today is focused around storytelling and indigenous ways of knowing as a means of decolonial methodologies that can help us understand and situate the rhetorical ecologies with/around humans, technologies, histories, and networks. What I’m interested in is not just what these methods/methodologies are, but how they can and are put into practice (praxis) in digital spaces—the projects, tools, and applications.

Before I get to the heart of this presentation, I would like to begin with a story to contextualize the place that this presentation came from and to situate myself as part of the narrative. About a year and a half ago, I was attending an interdisciplinary conference where one of the big buzz phrases was the Digital Humanities (and yes, those are capital letters and no, the conference was not Computers and Writing). After a talk about big data, tweeting, and digital humanities, the Q&A came down to a heated argument about how male-centric and white the Digital Humanities is.
storytelling  race  resnetsem  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Your Facebook data is creepy as hell – Hacker Noon
… and why you should really have a look at it.

Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process that your grandmother can do (more details below).

Inside the .zip, lies an ‘index.html’ page that acts as a portal to your personal data. Visually, it looks like an ad-free stripped down version of Facebook that’s actually quite relaxing.

As I’m trying to reduce my exposure to social networks, I decided to take a look at this info. By extrapolating the data of a single individual (me), I might be able to better apprehend the capabilities of the beast. In the end, it all comes down to what is tracked and what can be deduced from that.
netnarr  facebook  data  privacy 
4 weeks ago
Every Picture Tells a Story
Every photograph is a visual narrative. Good composition tells that story well. In order to improve your composition apply storytelling techniques.
netnarr  Storytelling  photography  thruthelens  ds106 
5 weeks ago
Roll20: Online virtual tabletop for pen and paper RPGs and board games
Roll20 is a suite of easy-to-use digital tools that expand pen-and-paper gameplay. Whether you play online via our virtual tabletop or in person utilizing our character sheet and dice rolling application, Roll20 will save you time and help you focus on enhancing your favorite parts of tabletop gaming.

The Roll20 team is dedicated to enabling gamers to unite across any distance via our easy-to-use gaming tools. This means we strive to lessen the technical burden on the participants, facilitate the formation of new gaming groups, and to make barriers to entry as few as possible when gathering around a table for camaraderie. To accomplish these goals we seek to create a service that is sustainable and will be a resource to the gaming community as long as it is needed.
game  games  gaming  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
Met paintings transformed into interactive art / Boing Boing
The software developer Simone Seagle has taken the images of several paintings in the Met collection – released on open access – and transformed them into lovely and moody animated interactives.

You can see a bunch of them here on her own web site, and at the Met's site she's written an essay meditating on the process. It's an ode to the enormous creativity that's uncorked when we legally allow artists (encourage them, even!) to transform the works of their forebears
art  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
How GIFs conquered the world – IBMIndustrious – Medium
Now more than 30 years old, the GIF certainly wasn’t initially designed to become an economic powerhouse, a fixture of social interactions, or a form of art—and yet, improbably, it has become all of those things.

“The GIF has really gone through a lot of unexpected reinvention,” said Jason Eppink, the curator of “The GIF Elevator,” an installation of newly commissioned GIFs (some of which you see on this page) at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
netnarr  gif  animatedgif 
5 weeks ago
The House That Spied on Me
The reason I smartened up my house was to find out whether it would betray me.
I installed internet-connected devices to serve me, but by making the otherwise inanimate objects of my home “smart” and giving them internet-connected “brains,” I was also giving them the ability to gather information about my home and the people in it. The company that sold me my internet-connected vacuum, for example, recently said that it collects a “rich map of the home” and plans to one day share it with Apple, Amazon, or Alphabet, the three companies that hope to dominate the smart home market. Once I made my home smart, what would it learn and whom would it tell?

One person I knew it would be leaking to was my colleague, Surya Mattu, because he built a special router to monitor the devices monitoring me.
privacy  security  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
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