A blog I follow (OneOwner) had a photo of a spinner that looked neat (click on the link to see it). Well, of, course, I had to get one . . . or more.
Warning: this post will be boring for some — if not all — readers.
“What are spinners?” you ask.
Good question, Bob. The name says it all; they spin.
“No, I don’t mean what they do; what are they?”
Well, Bob, what they do and what they are are one and the same. I bought me a couple of cheap ones, but you can buy these for some unfsmly amounts of money and all they do is spin. The spin very effortlessly. The above spinner will — with a moderately decent shove — spin for a timed 4 min 28 sec. They have low friction bearings at the center and a weighted periphery of various shapes and colors. Basically, something for the person who likes to fidget . . . or likes to SPIN things.
Here’s what it looks like spinning . . .
Well, that’s not very interesting, is it?
What if I take six photos of it spinning and create a looping animation?
I liked that, but I wanted to show it spinning at high speed . . .
OK, so it’s still pretty boring, so I got me the idea of getting one of my LED flashlights and adding a bit of light to the frame. Also, I decided the thing looks better if it’s not all in the frame.
Here are a couple of the individual frames . . .
. . . and a five frame GIF animation.
Before I go on, I want to highlight an artist few people might have heard about, or remembered from when they did hear about him, or currently listen to anything of his.
I rediscovered Carey in the early 2000s and followed his works here and there when I remembered to do so. There are a number of songs of his I really like (I own the CDs) but many are not anywhere online that I can see. Still, I’ll drop a few of the ones I like in this post, starting with this one . . .
He has a distinctive sound that I think I’d recognize anywhere.
Anyway, spinner animation. The interesting thing with GIF animations is that you don’t need many frames. This next animation was made using two photos.
If you choose the right sequence of photos, you can get what I think is a pretty good illusion of animation.
By the way, there is a gallery at the end that will have all of the files used in this post.
The first video should have ended by now, so here’s another one of my favorites . . .
A song I really like is his “The Company I Keep” but I cannot find it anywhere online. Too bad.
Let me add one more animation, this one with the spinner not quite stopping.
This does look as if it spins up and then abruptly stops.
Here are a couple of shots from the sequence . . .
I plan to do more with this, maybe combining it with the other (smaller) spinner. We’ll see.
One more song of Carey’s. If you like the music, there are a number of his recordings online, but like I said, not all of his songs.
So, in addition to taking a lot of photos which I ended up using to create animations, I also shot a few movies. The first is 90 seconds, the others are all one minute long.
Exciting stuff, no?
Here’s a cover of Room With a View with the lyrics. There are a lot of covers of this song.
Before I do the gallery, a few jokes . . .
And here’s the boring gallery (randomized for a wee bit of excitement):
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