Grooving With GIFs

Like memes animated GIFs are often silly. But as very compact short form videos, an advantage is they work in most web browsers. And the repetitive, looping structure can be useful for demonstrating processes.

“I ran across this animated GIF of C. elegans on the move while putting together the previous post on optogenetics. It’s the work of Bob Goldstein of the University of North Carolina’s biology department, who has created a large body of microphotographic cinema. This little looping movie of a sinuous nematode seems nearly the perfect marriage of format and subject: the winking, primitive, robust genre of the animated GIF; an ancient, simple, vermiform specimen of multicellular life. It’s as if C. elegans had swum down through the aeons to intersect with an image-making format precisely engineered to express its particular qualities.”
Great Animated GIFs of Science (GearFuse)

If you groove with the source of things, read up Mashable’s History of the GIF.

Explore GIFdom

School Reaction GIFs (by Fountain Valley High School students)

Find An Animated GIF You Could Teach a Lesson With

Many GIFs From One Video

Make Your Own GIF from Any Video

Featured image: Animated GIF made by Eric Mendel