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How to Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome

I admit it: I’m a huge fan of the animated GIF. Don’t worry, though – I’m not going to embed any in this post, because the chances of you wanting to see an animation after reading that headline are slim.

There’s nothing wrong with the GIF image file, itself – it’s just that when frames are spliced together into a single GIF file, the resulting animation may be jarring to some (especially when used as a web page background).

In most browsers, you can simply tap the ‘Esc’ key to halt the sequence (since turning off support for GIFs altogether is never advised). Google Chrome, however, doesn’t currently support such a feature – so, until that happens within the browser itself, there are a few Google Chrome Extensions you might try using:

If you care to test any one of these scripts, here’s a page with a simple animated GIF to try. Did the extension work for you?

I was prompted to assemble this post after one too many people complained that they didn’t want to see any more animated GIFs cluttering up their Google Plus experience. They may still appear in My Google+ Profile from time to time, but that shouldn’t stop you from following me (especially with these extensions installed).

How to Create an Animated GIF: Webcam2GIF


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I was moving my lips, but I wasn’t saying anything. It’s not a movie, it’s an animated .GIF. It’s a single file with a series of frames spliced together – set to loop forever. I made this in less than a minute! This was done with nothing more than my webcam, and an Adobe Air app called WebCam to GIF.

WebCam to GIF is a tool that lets you to create animated GIF images using your webcam. You can use this to create an animated avatar for forums, social sites and more. If you don’t already have the Air platform installed, you’ll want to do it. There are a ton of great apps available for it. The best thing is that it is cross-platform, and works on even Linux!!

This isn’t the first animated GIF I’ve ever made. I’ve been doing them for years – starting way back when all hyperlinks on the Web were blue. Yeah, I know, I’m getting “old”. GIFs are a lot of fun to play with, and are just another way you can enhance your photos and make them fun.

When looking at the program, you have the live preview on the webcam showing on the left side. On the right side, you have the way to browse the images you’ve taken in the series. You can choose how many times it will loop, and decide the quality and size of your creation. When you start snapping captures, you can move around and change the frames (or even delete frames from the series).

It’s easy to do, and it’s fun. Remember that it’s not a video… it’s a GIF! Take your series of photos, mash them together, and loop them forever! Have a GIF of yourself doing almost anything! Download and play with it, make your own GIFs, and come share them with the rest of us.

Which one is the real me?

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What Will Our Kids Look Like?

Our wedding is in another week or so… OH MY GOD, OUR WEDDING IS IN ANOTHER WEEK!? How is this possible? Why didn’t someone tell me about this? Will there be free WiFi? Why didn’t Ponzi add an HP 30″ LCD monitor to their wedding registry on Amazon? Inquiring minds wanna know.

I realize that thousands of bloggers have been asking themselves: “Yes, they’re getting hitched – but what will their kids look like?” You might be asking yourself how I know that so many bloggers are asking themselves this very question. You might also be asking yourself: “Are they seriously serious about having kids?!” Unagi!

Chris and Ponzi

Instead of waxing pathetic about the whole “marriage is the blending of two lives” story, I thought I’d simply illustrate it for you in animated GIF form. Courtesy of my friends at Morpheus Software (this link good for an exclusive $10 savings), here’s what we’re going to do on December 9th. Yes, the world’s very first live morphing event will be happening in downtown Bellevue that night!

Obviously, we can’t do that in person (not without VERY special software) – but at least your mind can rest assured knowing what Ponzi and I would look like if we really met each other half way. I don’t know whether to be turned on or disgusted?

Well, if you think you can do a better morph of us, be my guest.