Just a couple of funny links I read last week on gifs, and embeded animations on the web.
Here's a library that uses animated gifs as a way to comunicate with browsers. gifsockets is written as a joke o proof of concept, but anyway the idea is cool.
In the last days, after the presentation of the iPhone 5, there was also some discussions around on how and why they managed to put an animation on that website that would be playable in all devices, and would be high quality and wouldn't weight too much. It's funny how we have to fight the same old problems daily, and there's no fixed solution.
<rant> New platforms are so flaky that they don't even try to comply the standards, and they evolve from naive patch to naive patch to solve immediate problems, making them more and more appart one from the other. Everything is fucking broken, and you have to be an expert even to put a short animation online. And Apple is not the only one doing these tricks. That same hack has been used for many others. SublimeText, for example also used this trick. Very clever, but fuck, that's not blackbox abstraction, when You have to think about how your animation will be encoded when doing a web.</rant>
Well, and the appropiate HN pages, just in case you wanna dive into the comments.