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Did You Know?: The default Mac OS X (I’m on version 10.4.11) screensaver picture slideshow function can read an alpha channel in a .gif file. That is to say, as the slideshow plays your images, a .gif with an alpha channel will appear to be “on top” of the previous image, and as the slideshow goes on, the .gifs will continue to “layer” on until an image of a different format is displayed, which has a default white or black background.


So what?

Take advantage of the randomizing function to create some home-made screensaver machinima art!



The animation above is a sample implementation: The NEW Office Party Screensaver from FATLAB.

In the spirit of Men of the Internet, this screensaver is a series of carefully-sliced 800×600 .gifs, sourced from the faces of the hardest working local board members, regional vice presidents, administrative assistants, and other fruitful regular-dude-generating search terms on the internet. The .gifs layer over one another to hybridize these generic gentlemen into a randomly-generated ultimate budget-balancing force of suits. Its dudes! (<-- math joke)



Click here to download a small .zip file of the .gifs. Point your screensaver to it and set your preferences like this:



And you’re all set! Never not working, brought to you by the FATLAB.

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Posted on May 8, 2008

BROWSE / IN TIMELINE

COMMENTS

  1. Steve Lambert says:

    This is what it’s all about. Even when you’re not doing business on your machine, your machine is still doing business.

  2. Steve Lambert says:

    p.s. did I say business? I meant serious business.

  3. tracky says:

    asdhflajhsdfglhasbdövhuasdöiblafpöidsflkjsabdflkjSBDFLKJbsödihjb!

  4. jamie dubs says:

    asdf!!! pwned

  5. tracky says:

    i’ll sue you for naming it office party

  6. roglok says:

    this sucks. you fucked up a nice idea by somebody else.

  7. evan says:

    Just noticed the link is busted, it should be:
    http://fffff.at/bennett/FINALgifs.zip

  8. thanks evan, just fffffixed it.

  9. hey if anybody downloads and installs this, take a pic and post it up here for all to see!

  10. tracky says:

    finally it works. too bad you can’t set the speed for the slides… but this is cool; why didn’t you put a link to my work b? anyways i feel honored for this remix. never not reworking

  11. sorry Tracky – its no disrespect, and Roglok got you above. Also, I think of Office Party as like a genre, a catch-all term for ‘those guys’ whose pictures show up so much online.

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