Archive for the ‘BuzzFeed’ tag

#  Angelina Jolie’s PR Prowess →

July 2nd, 2014 at 10:03 // In Worth Considering 

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.

#  How Heartbleed Happened →

May 23rd, 2014 at 17:01 // In Worth Reading 

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 He points out that until April 23 the list was out of date — and included at least one person who is deceased.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.

#  Origins of Everyday English Phrases →

May 1st, 2014 at 14:45 // In Worth Distraction 

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’.

(via disassociated)

#  The Internet and God →

June 27th, 2012 at 11:40 // In Worth Considering 

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

May 5th, 2009 at 19:31 // In Worth Seeing 

Neither of these bits would have merited a post on their own, but they made a nice pair. And I love Louis CK.

(via BF and @darrenhoyt, respectively)

#  Second-Specific YouTube Links →

March 6th, 2009 at 17:34 // In Worth Knowing 

Want to send visitors straight to the incessant song in Charlie the Unicorn 2? Now you can:

(via BF)

#  Tribute to Fallen Sodas →

February 11th, 2009 at 19:17 // In Worth Distraction 

I enjoyed this remarkably complete — Super Mario Soda, anyone? — compilation of the varieties of branded sodas no longer being produced.

(via BuzzFeed)

#  Save The Words →

February 8th, 2009 at 17:39 // In Worth Distraction 

A conservation site for nearly dead words. You can do your part by pledging to start using a few in normal conversation.

(via BF)

#  Nano War →

December 8th, 2008 at 19:55 // In Worth Distraction 

This took up at least 90 minutes of my day. It’s deceptively simple. And according to a BuzzFeed commenter, a ripoff of Galcon.

(via kottke)

#  Cool Pictures of the Sky →

December 7th, 2008 at 14:00 // In Worth Seeing 

Discover adds a veneer of science to this skyporn so you don’t have to feel bad about enjoying it.

(via Buzzfeed)