I have a handy bookmark of a Cloudup stream with a bunch of GIFs ready to go. In Simplenote, a pinned note contains descriptions and URLs of those GIFs for quick searching.
With several of my colleagues as inspirations1, I’m fairly quick to have a relevant GIF for a Slack channel or P2 thread at work.
Priorities. Don’t hate! 😎
In all seriousness, GIFs are fun, and the visual element might be helpful for subconsciously improving recall detail of certain facts.
Consider the NBC TV series, Chuck. Flashing images, then Chuck knows Kung Fu.
Perhaps the connection of a GIF with a lengthy conversation can be recalled in greater detail when thinking about the GIF.
I said “perhaps”.
While drafting a post to share with my Automattic colleagues, Ian shared a tidbit — on an internal P2 — that was old news, but new to me: you can specify Google search results to only return animated images.
I blame my buddy, colleague, and GIF master, Kevin. :)
I think I was an intense gamer as a child. When I had free time, I loved my Gameboy, Nintendo and Super Nintendo. My fingers got really sore from hours of playing Street Fighter 2.
If I was at my godparents’ house, I’ll admit to being fidgety while my godfather watched a documentary or NFL game. (Please, just a few levels of Super Mario Bros 3. I have a Game Genie, so it’ll be quick.)
I was a tad annoyed with assignments in high school that required me to watch—or listen to—a news program, as the material would be discussed the following day in class.
Today, I don’t want a gaming system. I love podcasts, documentaries, and long form articles/posts. Crazy.
Netflix conveniently froze at this point for emphasis while streaming Silver Linings Playbook:
Do you feel that? That’s emotion.
I haven’t read the novel, but I thought it was a great movie. :)
I’m not posting [words and photos] as often as I should, and the blame goes to my inner perfectionist.
While I’d like to think I have plenty to say and share, my fear is to sound mediocre.
Fortunately, your encouragement (in the form of visits, comments, referrals) keeps me motivated. Thanks!
I have about twenty drafts that need additional thought. I’ll look into those.
Why did you add me to your email newsletter without my permission? (Strike 1.) Where’s the unsubscribe link? (Strike 2.) Why did you paste everybody’s email address in the To field? BCC Please. (Strike 3.)
Please read “Stop adding me to your email newsletter” by Chris Brogan.
When you’re done, setup an account with MailChimp. Then, you’ll have a legitimate email newsletter with a subscribe form for your website, an unsubscribe link in your emails, and keep your recipients’ email addresses safe.