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This assignment (from the animated gif section) challenged me to create a gif and make a story around it/perfectly describe it. I made a gif of my cat, Pepper, who learned how to open the fly screen of our kitchen window. For context, he is an outside cat. He should not be letting himself inside - and especially not into the kitchen where we sometimes leave food out. Here's the quick story I came up with:
My sister and I are making lunch when a loud "MEOW" breaks the silence of the kitchen. We look up, and at the same time she groans I beam.
"Pepper!" I say, walking over to the window. "How are you, Mr. Cat?"
Predictably, he answers with a meow. I nod as if this makes sense.
"Don't let him in," my sister says. She finds him too troublesome to tolerate as we try to do anything in the kitchen. I can't really argue, though, after I once caught him sitting on a chair and eating someone's unattended leftovers. But still...
"Don't," my sister says, probably guessing at what I want to do. "let him in."
Obviously - in the way of sisters - her firmness in her desire to keep him out just makes me want to let him in more. But, being the lovely sibling I am, I decide to heed her words.
"Okay," I say. Rightfully, she is suspicious of me and looks away from the food.
I start to tap on the edge of the window screen.
"Heidi!" she shouts.
"What?" I ask, still tapping. "I'm not letting him in!"
I find the lack of amusement on her face in this moment infinitely amusing. Again, in the way of sisters. After all, I won't be letting him in. But, Pepper is a smart cat. As I tap, he looks down intently. And after a few seconds--
"Ugh," my sister complains as Pepper starts to bat at the screen, because we both know what's coming.
Bat - Bat - Bat - Kshhhhhhh
One paw comes through the window, flailing wildly, then a fluffy snout. One more push, and he wiggles his way inside and onto the counter with a meow of pride.
I beam at the same time my sister groans.
This activity had a bit more to do with the categories I was lacking in. While it also included aspects of "Create & Innovate," it also had to do with "Tools & Technology." This is because I'm not that well-versed in more than basic technology, but I was able to figure out how to create a gif from a 39 second long video. I also found a way to include it in this post, which gave me a bit of trouble since I didn't see a "Gif" element that I could easily add. What I ended up doing was cropping and sending the video to myself as a five second gif on whatsapp, then emailing it to myself as a file I could upload. I found that just regularly saving it just made it a still image.
I don't often have the need to use gifs outside of Whatsapp, but this activity showed me a bit more related to the file format and how I might properly transfer it to other devices. So, I feel that helps me improve in terms of "Tools & Technology."