Here’s a fun (zen) way to start the morning. Below are some neat animated gifs of the earth cycling through the 12 months, that make the planet look as if it’s breathing.
It’s pretty amazing stuff, the first image created by John Nelson at UX Blog, the other four created by me, using NASA imagery.
An animated gif is basically a small movie that you create by simply using a small number of photos, in a row, that when show in succession – and repeated indefinitely – looks like a movie (well, it IS a movie in a sense, as that’s all a movie is, is a series of individual photos).
The huge one of the earth below is comprised of 12 photos (Nelson had more, but I took some out to make the file download more quickly). And the 12 simply repeat, so that it looks like a never-ending movie. It’s the same technique I used for some of the silly images we posted on the home page this past weekend, to go along with some of the fun weekend videos. I’d also posted some other cool earth ones earlier, like this one showing Internet usage ebbing and flowing worldwide.
So here first is Nelson’s image of the world looking down at the North Pole, you can see Alaska and its Aleutian Islands reaching out to Kamchatka, Russia – then below that are several images I made, using NASA’s images, of the US, Europe and Alaska.
These are four of my images I made last night, showing the 12 months of the year, first with the entire world:
Next, the US and part of Canada:
Alaska – it’s amazing to see Alaska go totally green, then totally white: