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Five Essential Parts of My Day in Gifs

Hi! You’re about to experience—through gifs—five things I do (nearly) every day.

I chose the visual assignment “GIF Animate Your Day Like Ben” because 1) I like gifs, and 2) I thought it would be fun to make gifs of moments throughout my day.

Ben Rimes regularly takes a day (February 2012 and December 2012) to capture key moments each as an animated GIF – as you go through a day look around and identify places, moments, things that are well represented in the infinite looping form. Assemble at least 5 of them to capture the essences of your day, start to end and publish as a single blog post, with narrative. What does it mean to see your day in just this form?

Stars: 3.5

These are the five gifs I created:

  1. Turning off the AC unit
  2. Pouring cereal
  3. Zipping up my backpack
  4. Filling up my water bottle
  5. Unlocking my dorm room door

1. Turning off the AC unit

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The very first thing I do in the morning after climbing down from my loft bed in my dorm room is turn off the AC unit. I keep it on at night so that I won’t get uncomfortably hot and sweaty when I’m sleeping. During the day, however, I keep it off because it’s directly across from my desk, and the strong drafts of cool air not only make me cold, but blow papers and lightweight objects around if I don’t put some kind of paperweight on top of them. It was only partway through last semester that I discovered I could actually turn it off. Now I can work at my desk without having to worry about things flying off, and I’m not as cold. Also, my roommate is totally fine with this arrangement, which is awesome.

2. Pouring cereal

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My breakfast is most often a bowl of Multigrain Cheerios, which is my favorite cereal. I usually set the bowl on the edge of my dresser, pour the cereal, and then sit in my comfy papasan chair underneath my loft bed to eat it and wake up.

3. Zipping up my backpack

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I bring my backpack with me virtually anywhere I go on campus (unless I’m only going out for food). Because of this, I zip and unzip my backpack several times a day to put books and pens in and take them out. It’s a simple part of my day, but it’s important. I often have to actively pay attention to what combination of books and supplies I’m bringing with me, because I don’t want to get halfway across campus and then realize that I forgot something I needed.

4. Filling up my water bottle

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Although my water bottle was almost full already in this gif, that isn’t usually the case when I fill it up. I don’t really like drinking the water in my dorm; it just doesn’t seem super clean, and it’s very easy to fill up my bottle at one of the stations around around campus.

5. Unlocking my dorm room door

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Between my roommate and I, I’m usually the one to get back to the dorm first during the school week; she often has work from the afternoon to evening. That means I’m the one to unlock the door, which is probably the most universally-experienced action in this list.

In order to choose the moments to make into gifs, I thought about things I did on a daily basis. The first thing that came to mind was pouring cereal into a bowl for myself. The next was turning on and off the AC unit. After that, it was a little trickier; I had to run through my typical schedule for the day, and that was when I came up with the ideas of zipping up my backpack, filling up my water bottle, and unlocking my door. Although I put these gifs in chronological order of how I would actually go about my day, I took videos for the cereal, AC, and door gifs first. Then, when I put things into my backpack to go to class, I recorded myself zipping it up. Before I came back to my dorm, I recorded myself topping off my mostly-full water bottle. Once I was back in my dorm, I transformed the videos into gifs using Imgflip’s gif maker.

I really enjoyed the process of picking out moments to document; when I’ve allowed myself to daydream about making vlogs, I’ve imagined making vlogs showing what my day-to-day life was like. Because of that, I’m looking forward to our unit on videos; I’m hoping to do the assignment “VLOG ONE DAY”.

While I think it’s great to record big, important events, I think capturing the small moments are worth it and can be just as meaningful.

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