That’s the thing though- they don’t have to be running linux. The computer pinging them runs linux- the computer that the dot represents just has to respond to an ICMP request, which (practically) anything with an IP address will.
lobstr my friend, I am smelling the genesis of an article here. Now to beat Adrian to posting it…
They bring giant tentacles to life!
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Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet. As science and surveillance progress in their relentless fashion, former frontiers become suburbs, and the universe, once infinite, seems to close in on itself like a Klein bottle. In an ever-shrinking world, there are fewer and fewer sources of mystery and awe. Fewer and fewer, but still some. RELATED STORIES The Morning GIF: Cephalopodoptera The Morning GIF: Once in a whale This is one of them. The squid is as common as calamari, yet as elusive as the Kraken. Yesterday’s news that a Japanese expedition had filmed a live Giant Squid (Architeuthis dux) in the wild was greeted with ecstasy by both scientists and civilians, united in wonder at one of the planet’s last living mysteries. However, NHK and the Discovery Channel are no fools: They have released only eight seconds of footage so far, featuring an impressive, yet wounded, specimen missing its two attack tentacles, but not hesitating to go after the camera, showing a truly admirable Cthulian spirit. Our GIF this morning is similarly cephalopodian, although not so giant, being merely a humble Gonatus onyx. It comes from the second issue of Wholphin, a publication from the McSweeney’s family dedicated to underrepresented DVDs worth another look. The short film Baby Squid, Born Like Stars was meant to substantiate biologist Brad Seibel’s theory that squid brood (i.e., mind) their young rather than simply let them drift off and fend for themselves. As Seibel said on the liner notes, “On the first dive, at 2500 meters depth we came across a squid carrying an egg mass. As we pursued the squid the eggs started hatching.” This GIF is from that moment; the starlike floaters are baby squid swimming under their own power. Prior to the film, the idea that squid brooded their young had been dismissed as a hopelessly anthropomorphic pipe dream. Afterward, well, judge for yourself. The video has had 216,585 views since uploading in 2007.
You know, “only” 35 years distance.
My pal Clinton is opening a new German street food-style sausage joint called “Bestie” in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and he and his biz partner made this adorable video to raise crowdfunding money on IndieGogo. Not only did they achieve their fundraising goals in record time, but guess whose video was just ranked as one of the site’s top 12 pitch videos of 2012? It’s super cute… click and see why.
Denny’s introduced a Hobbit-inspired menu last month with some pretty interesting items like Gandalf’s Gobble Melt and a Hobbit Slam (Sounds like a bad pro-wrestling move).
The menu was extensive and it had to be hard for hobbit lovers to choose what plate to order. Competitive eater Jamie “The Bear” McDonald had no such trouble as he decided to just take on the entire menu and test the limits of his bowels.
McDonald’s challenge consisted of seven plates of food, three desserts and a smoothie.
Classic tennis champions. Designer undies. Seasonal Yuletide motifs. Scandinavian ungulate sex. Animated GIFs. Put them together and what have you got?
It’s a Morning GIF column. What do you think you get?
It all started when Amsterdam artist and ad consultant Silje Lian saw this pair of Scandinavian Fair Isle-inspired boxer briefs at the Björn Borg clothing company (yes, that Björn Borg). Naturally, she was possessed by inspiration and positively driven to create an original artwork infused with the seasonal spirit, and animated by an absurdist sense of humor, and she took Björn Borg’s design challenge handily.
On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen. On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen. Oh Rudolf, you really get around!
Lighting up the holidays in sexy style, here’s Rudolf and his unnamed consort getting their jingle on, Krissing their Kringles, and hollying their jollies. Thankfully for your quickly fading sense of innocence, you cannot quite make out whether they have doffed their gay or hetero apparel, or whether that’s Prancer or Vixen under there. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Rudolf lights up his or her life, as he does ours, gentle reader.
Björn Borg Xmas Design Challenge is now closed for entries and we’ve chosen the design champion!
What if Jesus was an ugly baby? Not a question to which theologians have given a great deal of thought, but one which has clearly occurred to artist and filmmaker Kristian Andrews.
Remixing High Renaissance with low comedy, distant past with current events, his “The Deformation of Christ” is truly one of the most unforgettable Christmas GIFs ever seen. Clearly, although only a youthful virgin, Mary has some pull with her babydaddy, as her call for divine intervention is swiftly answered.
Amen, sister. Amen.
Illustrator Ward Jenkins, known online as Wardomatic, is a bit of a machine, a bit of a social media star, and now a bit of a muse. He has the Internet bases covered with a website, a blog, a Tumblr, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and, yes, an Etsy store. With an appealing and imaginative mid-century-influenced style, he’s got the artistic bases covered too.
Now he’s sharing the podium with Banksy as an inspiration to GIF artist ABVH, who famously brought to life Banksy’s iconic graffiti.
Choosing an atypically dark (in every sense) Jenkins piece as his starting point, ABVH turned it into a subtle cinemagraph. By animating only the eyes, the smoke, and the tip of the barfly’s cigarette, he was able to retain and even accentuate the claustrophobic immobility of the subject.
The original Jenkins piece was an entry in Illustration Friday, a casually competitive challenge among professional illustrators and artists that dates to 2005. He explained:“I immediately thought of a film noir scene when I first read of the week’s theme, black & white, and so, being that I had recently wrote about Frank Miller’s Sin City, I wanted to get real dark and gritty. I wanted to go to both extremes with the tone, from bright whites to jet blacks, from bright lights to sunken shadows. So, what a better setting to convey this type of scene, than in a bar?”
An decidedly noir scene for both normally sunny artists, the GIF has received 446 notes since it was posted yesterday. As for the subject, he’s probably on his third bottle and his last chance by now.
Well lookit that. My Black & White Noir illustration I did several years ago is turned into an animated gif by artist ABVH.
Animated Ward Jenkins
For a friend of mine who looks just like this!
“Life itself is only a vision, a dream. Nothing exists save empty space and you! And you are but a thought.”
There’s surely no better way to start a dance track than with a quotation from Satan, right? It gives the fundamentalists material.
Those memorable words are the opening words of our Monday Mashup, an amazing piece of electronic dance music from British DJ Tut Tut Child, otherwise known as Nick Kingsley. With over 10,000 likes on Facebook in a year, he’s made quite a social media splash, and thanks to Monstercat, the label to which he’s signed, rocking the YouTube, this particular video has racked up 195,500 views despite being basically static.
The quotation is taken from Chapter 11 of Mark Twain’s unfinished book The Mysterious Stranger, and the stranger in question is that most fascinating of angels, Satan. This recording comes from the 1985 Claymation film The Adventures of Mark Twain, where the novel is greatly condensed and adapted, yet still manages to convey Twain’s main themes of the essential malevolence of the universe and how man’s petty nature ultimately dooms him.
If you care to freak yourself out entirely, the Mysterious Stranger segment is on YouTube.
Now to work out those jitters you just gave yourself with today’s mashup, available on Soundcloud as well as YouTube and Spotify. Punctuated with remarks from the Mysterious Stranger, a.k.a. Satan, it’s an almost entirely original composition, but it’s just too good not to feature. The irresistible dance beat, combined with Satan’s fatalistic pronouncements, invites us to dance while the world burns.
Happy Hanukkah, everyone! Okay, technically it doesn’t start till tomorrow, but there’s never been a better time to get your dreidel GIF on!
When you look this good, no matter what you spin, you win.
Hanukkah’s just over a week away, people.
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