We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: The origin of the GIF, the Minnesota Timberwolves' rookies go ice-fishing, and the sun fired off the biggest solar flare since George W. Bush was president.
A day after BuzzFeed gave Americans their first extensive look at President Obama on the basketball court comes video from 1991 of the president -- who back then was also president, but only of the Harvard Law Review -- speaking out in support of increased diversity on the law school faculty during a campus rally. Obama also praises Derrick Bell, the first black law professor to receive tenure at Harvard. It's been pointed out that the president sounds exactly the same today as he did then. This is true, but what's more remarkable is that he sounds the same despite being an on-and-off smoker for the past two decades. [BuzzFeed]
We love GIFs. You love GIFs. Everyone loves GIFs. (Though we're always a bit worried we're not pronouncing GIFs correctly.) Now the history animated file format is the subject of a segment on the PBS design show Off Book. There's also talk about the GIF of the future. Which we hope won't stray too far from the GIFs of the present, because why mess with a good, silly thing? [Off Book via The Atlantic]