Good Friday comes but once year, but it’s Epic Friday every week where we’re from. You might be at home on the couch or daydreaming at your desk, but wherever you are it’s more than likely you’ve got the long weekend firmly in your sights.
So without further ado, let’s kick this off in style!
For the weekend that’s in it, it’s only natural that we kick off with a tribute to everyone’s favourite seasonal sugary snack – the Cadbury’s Cream Egg.
It’s like the fig in the Figroll – how do they get it in there? Well, wonder no more friends, the good people of Wired have got the skinny on just how Easter Shift Manager Charles McDonald (actual title) and his team prepare the seasonal order of 350 million egg-tastic treats.
Not only are we hungry for chocolate recently, can’t imagine why, we’re always hungry for more data. Social data is most definitely the flavour of the month (or more like the decade) as marketers search endlessly for more and more insights into the consumer psyche.
For years, Gnip has had the monopoly on Twitter data, having secured access to Twitter’s fire-hose of data in 2010; that being every publicly-available tweet since 2006. Now Twitter have snatched up the company bringing this resource in-house in a bid to make their data more accessible (before someone else does, probably).
Why is this a win? Well, it means there will be more delicious data sets on the marketing menu of the future. Who else can’t wait to tuck in?
What’s Epic Friday without an injection of artistic talent to make the rest of us feel inadequate? This time it’s Canadian artist Sakimi Chan, who has put some much-loved Disney characters through some gender-bending wizardry. We’ve got Ariel the Little Mer-Man, Male-ificent and Beau(ty) and the Beast. Makes you wonder how generations of children would have grown up if Disney Princes had been the ones to be rescued … but that’s for another day, today, enough the pretty pictures!
Heartbleed is the unwanted gift that keeps on giving. Most likely to be including hundreds of man-hours put in by highly-stressed, highly-caffeinated IT departments and not to mention a run on headache tablets that the pharmacy, the true-cost of the Heartbleed bug is yet to be fully estimated – but there are one worrying set of figures likely to give you a rough idea.
This week, web site security provider CloudFlare published the results of their damage control which saw the revoking and replacing all of the SSL certificates for its customers and updating GlobalSign’s Certificare Revocation List. In the wake of Heartbleed, this list quadrupled in size from 22KB to a head-melting 4.9MB – meaning a drain on GlobalSign’s bandwidth. Some quick, yet terrifying calculations, published on CloudFlare’s blog outline the 40Gbps surge in net traffic is likely to have increased GlobalSign’s monthly bandwidth bill by $400,000. Yikes …
What’s the one thing you shouldn’t say when called to testify as an expert in a serious murder trial being watched by the whole world? Well, there’s any number of things really, but opening with “It would be nice if I was a ballistics expert…” that’s asking for trouble.
Forensic geologist Roger Dixon, giving evidence in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, was being cross-examined by prosecutor Gerrie “The Pit Bull” Nel, famed for his aggressive interigation tactics. The phrase digging yourself a hole springs to mind …
It’s rare that word fail men, but it’s happening. There’s a line in the 4th verse of this song that reads: “We try to keep from paying, That leads to hashtag #fail” but I’m sorry, it’s exactly what happened. Either it’s a stroke of genius tongue-in-cheek humour or it’s painfully ironic, but Let’s Get Social seems to be the most socially-awkward 5minutes on the internet.
Someone in the comments says that there is a rap breakdown at 3:50 but honestly, I haven’t had the nerve to get that far in. Give me a singing Priest any day.
Google’s new pet project, the modular phone has had quite a lot of buzz around it. Wired have dubbed it to possibly “be the last you’ll ever need to buy”. With models available from $50 to $5,000, Project Ara is set to revolutionise the cellphone market – but, just because Google thinks it’s cool, does that mean the rest of us do too? Do you want a completely customisable phone or would prefer something ready-made and ready-to-go?
It’s your call.