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GIF the picture that keeps on animating


Why gifs are the wave of the future in political satire (I was supposed to write this last week and had a helluva time with the second gif, got so frustrated it pooched it and then today, 2 seconds, gif inserted no problem, ruckin’ fruckin’ bluckin’ suckin’ …)

The above was the first gif I ever came across and to this day, as a frustrated and unrealized writer, it still appeals to me on so many levels I can’t even begin to tell you. Anyone who works in and around computers is also either a, familiar with this or b, busting a gut at this very moment. To say that gifs are a passing fad is akin to when people said betamax was the wave of the future (youth who are reading this, if you don’t know – google it, how hard can it be?!). What astounds me more than anything though is that we have this information highway and so many people are so busy reading mindless drivel that they know little about their culture, heritage or what’s really going on the state of the world today. This is why gifs are really important at this juncture. With all the social media, innundation of ‘sound bites’ and the gen. pop.’s attention span of a flea we need something, witty, innovative and captivating that’s going to incite today’s youth to want to know about the political climate and what’s going on in the world today. Let’s face it the vast majority of the people I know gleen most if not all of their information from Facebook, few people check the facts and I know even fewer people who actually sit down and read the printed word.

When I was growing up, not reading books was unheard of. Today with the advent of e-books and the computer a child could conceivably go through their entire existence and never read a book per se. These same children expect pictures and entertainment and things that run the mass media spectrum to amuse them and they like things that are short. So, if you throw in pictures, video clips and gifs you have a much better chance of hooking a wider spread audience. Even if it has little or no relevance to what you’re writing about. Apparently this really works:

otters

There have been various studies done that looking at pictures of cute animals is so appealing to humans that they actually lower stress levels while looking at them, imagine what this gif is doing for you because it’s animated – woot!

The point is we love animation and moving animation, even better. Can you imagine one of Ford, so hilarious! Oh wait, too late, bwahahahahaha.

Ford fumbles

Who needs satirical comics when they can do it all on their own? Okay, we need those too to make relevant points but still – how funny is this?!

I Wish I Were Able to Write All Day Everyday



WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge (these are really pretty cool!)

I love these weekly challenges, they keep me focused on maintaining my blog and stretching my writing muscles. Even amidst the craziness of the NaNo Wrimo I thought it would be great to just take a break and wax poetic which is exactly what this challenge allows me to do. Seriously guys, I wish I could just sit here and write all day every day. I am soooooooooooo envious of those who blog for a living although I don’t envy the flaming that goes on because people think they can hide behind anonymity, WTH?

I really don’t understand all this focus on negativity in general though. I mean think about it, here’s someone going out on a limb and having the guts to put their personal opinion out there for the world to see and there are more people who are hell-bent and furious on cutting them down to size than giving them kudos and praise. Honestly, I just don’t get it. If you don’t like something fine, don’t read it. But to take the time and effort to read it through in detail in order to cut it down to size, well that exhibits a special kind of hopelessness buried just beneath their comment. Personally, I find said “commentary” a great source of amusement and will never delete any derogatory comment that someone may post regarding my writing. It’s a wonderful way to deal with these cretins.

As for me, one of my favourite uplifting things to do is random acts of kindness. I’m also a big fan of handing out compliments, seeing people smile makes me happy. I am thankful and appreciate those around me and people in general (well except for the jerks). Errrummm I have not quite learned to extend this attitude fully when bike riding so I will have to stipulate an exception here so far as cycling goes. I am likely to lash out in that instance. However, form the most part I am courteous and friendly and patient. If I do resort to yelling now I am instructive, my biggest one being ‘use your signal light’, I also particularly like ‘would it kill you to look in your rearview mirror’. I try not to swear (please note I said try). ‘Really’ said in an extremely sarcastic tone has also helped a lot in the recent past – but I digress.

As I said in my post earlier this week I have written since the age of eleven. All I ever wanted to do was write. For me writing is a life force. If for some reason I could no longer write I think I would shrivel up into a shell of my former self. There have been times when my writing trickled off or became virtually non-existent. I realize now that I have begun this adventure and stretched my writing muscles, how atrophied I had become and how much it had hurt me emotionally. Without knowing exactly why, I have felt deeply unhappy for a long time and in retrospect now I know it was in large part due to this. I’d been repressing my essence, that which is most me. So thank you WordPress and thank you NaNo Wrimo and most of all thanks to myself for finally taking my finger out of my a** and doing that which I love most.