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Did the U.S. Government Make the Greatest GIF of All Time?

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The U.S. Census Bureau works with a lot of data. That makes sense, because they have a lot of data! So they need a tool to collate it, organize it, sort through it, sniff through it… a weasel-like tool… a…

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A Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T. Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T. is the tool you use to sort through US Census data.  To advertise it, the Census Bureau has a data ferret GIF:

Oh yes. Behold: This is a data ferret, using Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T.

Now, I ask you: Is this not the happiest little GIF of all time? 

Look at that pleased concentration. That considered pause. That chipper grin.

Look at that little data ferret go. This is what I want all computer work to look like. I want that data ferret to be my productivity spirit animal.

Despite its age — it lived at its current web address since at least 2001 — Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T. appears to be a tool still in use. It has a toll-free hotline, which I called, and which I discovered closes at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. 

It has a website, too: dataferrett.census.gov. The website is similarly Nineties-tastic. It has a PowerPoint about Data F.E.R.R.E.T.T., which are presented as images. It also has an intro video, which consists of a montage of nameless bureaucrats, numbers-scrolling-by-style B-roll, and a ferret wearing a Sherlock Holmes hat.

Here is that ferret, whom I dub Sherlock Ferret:

The website also has a tiny, tiny image of an aristocratic ferret in a top hat:

American citizens, these are our tax dollars at work. Here is an image of civic splendor in the 21st century:

A solitary citizen, sitting at her computer, chipping away at a massive public dataset, thinking, typing, thinking, typing, thinking.

Type on, you beautiful ferret.

via @sethdmichaels

    




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