JIF vs GIF

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

CompuServe engineer Steve Wilhite is adamant that GIF is pronounced “jif” and while many believe being the inventor of the format gives him that right, it’s a (sometimes hilarious) subject of contention. Interestingly though, Wilhite isn’t really the inventor of the GIF—his version of a GIF played just once, and it was actually Netscape who added the ability to loop animations, in 1995. In his …

The Inaugural Wired Innovation Fellows

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

This week, Wired announced their 12 Innovation Fellows, a program in its inaugural year. The diverse crew spans seven different countries and includes CH favorite Nelly Ben Hayoun (a designer of experiences at the SETI Institute), Skylar Tibbits (developing a new process called 4D printing, where objects can self-assemble themselves) and Nina Tandon (CEO of EpiBone whose technology allows patients to to grow bone cultivated …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The inimitable Elaine Stritch, a crazy cooler, Wired's innovation fellows and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Vale Elaine Stritch Broadway legend and all-round sassy broad Elaine Stritch passed away this week and the outpouring of grief has been a testament to how special and appreciated she was. In his tribute to the icon, Steve Reiss writes, “She wasn’t traditionally beautiful, she didn’t have a particularly melodious voice, and her sole fashion imitator might be Diane Keaton. But she projected integrity, …