Archive for the ‘BuzzFeed’ tag
At BuzzFeed, Ann Helen Petersen makes and elaborates a really interesting point: Angelina Jolie’s PR in the last 10 years has been amazingly good. Don’t believe it, consider Ann’s great hook:
What was Angelina Jolie best known for in 2004?
a.) Wearing a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck.
b.) Making out with her brother on the red carpet.
c.) Being the offspring of ‘70s star Jon Voight.
By now the drama of the Heartbleed bug has mostly come and gone — though if you’ve not changed any passwords you’d be heartbroken to see comprised, you still need to — this little piece about the reality of the way the open source software that allowed it was being built is a pleasant little yarn.
The come-and-go, casual nature of the group means that hierarchies aren’t formalized. Marquess can’t say exactly how many people help out with its development at any one time, but directs me to a list on the foundation’s website naming seven active contributors. He points out that until April 23 the list was out of date — and included at least one person who is deceased.
As a result, OpenSSL’s code is a slurry of cobbled-together snippets that work — but only just. It’s strewn with developers’ comments to one another, sandwiched between slashes. Some of them are aesthetic, like, “BIG UGLY WARNING! This is so damn ugly I wanna puke … ARGH! ARGH! ARGH! Let’s get rid of this macro package. Please?” Some are outright petrifying, like the comment that reads, “EEK! Experimental code starts.” They’re unflinchingly honest, yes, but they give an insight into the chaotic nature of the code that makes the program.
I’m a bit worried about believing etymologies on BuzzFeed, but they’re definitely interesting. Here’s the first, for “back to square one:”
Meaning back to the beginning, the phrase originated in the 1930s when the first radio broadcasts of football matches were made by the BBC.
To help listeners keep track of the game, The Radio Times devised a numbered grid system which they published in the magazine, enabling commentators to indicate to listeners exactly where the ball was on the pitch.
“Square One” was the goalkeeper’s area, and whenever the ball was passed back to him, play was referred to as being ‘back to square one’.
Ben Jackson spends some time with an under-regarded question: how does spirituality fit into internet culture? And while I understand your concern that all you’ll get on that topic at BuzzFeed is snark masquerading as value, but I’d encourage you to give him some of your time.
Religion was a pervasive theme during the panel, with Vasquez [of Double Rainbow fame] stating, “I need to bring spirituality to humanity.” He explained that his repeated cries of “Oh my god” were caused by the rainbow forming what appeared to him to be a giant eye, which he considered to be the eye of god.
Louis CK on Comedy
Want to send visitors straight to the incessant song in Charlie the Unicorn 2? Now you can:
I enjoyed this remarkably complete — Super Mario Soda, anyone? — compilation of the varieties of branded sodas no longer being produced.
A conservation site for nearly dead words. You can do your part by pledging to start using a few in normal conversation.