Animating my name

 

As some of the regulars here may be aware, for the past few months I have been learning coding with the help of online code school Codecademy. Today marks the completion of their Learn HTML course. Now I’ve started a fun project/mini-course using JavaScript to produce a funky little animation of my name where the little circles move aside when you roll your mouse over it. The GIF above, from a Codecademy email, shows what the final result could look like.

Credits: Codecademy via GMail

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Mr Shah, are you helping identity thieves?

 

I bloody hope not. Many years ago, my bank account was hacked into (or maybe an inside job) by someone in South Africa who spend around £250-300 on clothes. The first I knew of it was when I received a phone call from the bank while out asking me if I had been been abroad recently. The person who called me then said my debit card had been blocked. Scary.

Credits: Lloyds Bank via Outlook

New Free Courses: Build Amazon Alexa Skills 🗣

 

“Alexa, tell me your innermost workings” – a GIF from an email by online coding school Codecademy advertising their new course on creating Alexa Skills.

Credit: Codecademy via GMail

#30YearsofGIFs – 8

 

In the earliest days of the net, GIFs and JPGs for different aspects of this brave new world often made reference to pre-existing technologies and objects. For example, the above GIF shows two letterboxes for email, a virtual reinterpretation of the traditional door flap for letters and parcels. This analogy helped people be more comfortable with the new technology by relating it to things they were already familiar with IRL.

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee