My eyes, hurt, my brain hurts and I still didn't get what I wanted. I learned that rotating an AVI is annoying, especially one where the original is at 20.1 frames/second.
I learned that getting an animated gif out of an avi is also annoying, and only mildly easier to do it with a series of programs than it is with hand doing screen grabs.
I learned that the cactus has a more complex movement that can be portrayed in the 40k limit placed on icons.
I learned that my old DDR dancing icon. was much cooler than I thought. (New one here.)
I still need to do more work on the cactus and I still need to chop of the first few frames of my ddr movie but at least it's rotated. So I didn't even get any of it done.
And now the evening is gone, consumed by these fool hearty quests. Fooey.