the gif offlined

People are really digging the animated .gif as of late. See. No really, see.

But as with any new (or dug out from the grave) technology, it’s only a matter a time before someone flips it on its head and sends it ironically back to analog.

In this case, the irony is multiplied upon realization that the analog version is in fact an existing, and similarly outdated, technology which could have forecasted its descendant’s life path.

The phenakistoscope was the animated .gif of the 1800s. It showed very short clips, based on still images, eventually to be made sort of irrelevant by actual motion pictures (movies.) In the 1980s animated .gifs offered very short clips, based on still images, eventually to be made sort of irrelevant my the internet’s ability to more easily share actual motion pictures.

Now with that history lesson behind us, lets smile a little harder at this .gif player – which is just a modern day replica of the phenakistoscope. In true 201x style, it even comes with DIY instructions AND an offer to buy the completed box.

But how can you really tell it’s a 201x project?

It’s star is a cat.

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