Michael Conforti

Michael Conforti is the Director of New Media for the Long Island Press and many of its associated properties. He occasionally writes things. Things like his biographical information for the author excerpt thingy you are reading here. He writes in third person. Mike is awesome.

A Beautiful Video To Look At And Listen To So Look At It And Listen To It

Horse Video

“You haven’t done a ‘Buzz’ in a while,” he said.

“I know.” I answered. “Been busy doing the other things I do. It’s a busy time of the year here, what, with the Bethpage Best of L.I. results being tabulated and all, and me building a new website to list the winners.”

“Yeah, no, I know, but if you could do a new one, you should.”

“Ok. What do you want it to be about?”

“Well, you normally pick them…”

“Yeah, no, I know, but give me an idea… Funny, acrobatic, scientific… Like, what kind of story or video… Magic? Music? Dance? Driving? Near-death experiences? Porn?…”

“No, haha, not porn. Um. Maybe something cool.”

“Yeah, great, that narrows it down. Why don’t you just suggest ‘Something in English’ while you’re at it.”

“Haha ok, so, like, maybe a video…”

“Go on…”

“Like of something. Like, something normal, but filmed really pretty.”

“Like what?”

“Like… I dunno… Horses.”


“Yeah, horses. Just really nicely filmed, and like, the sound of horse activities, and birds, and just, serenity. Like, the day in the life of a horse. But pretty and sounding amazing and soothing.”

“Uh. Ok. That’s pretty specific. But I’ll see what I can find.”

“Ok, cool. That’d be — Oh, and a dog! Put a dog in there.”

“I’m not going to FILM a video you know, I’m just going to put UP a video.”

“No, haha, yeah, I know. I mean, a dog in there would be cool.”

“Ok. Weirdo.”

“Haha, yeah, no I’m serious.”

“So am I.”

“Haha, ok. Let me know.”

“I will.”

(The best part of this whole dialog? Made it all up. Needed to justify the randomness of the stupid horse video I’m posting about.)

Best watched with headphones on.

LIKE ♥ HORSES from Julien Guntz on Vimeo.

Long Island Blizzard? The Most Important Thing You Need To Remember

Long Island Blizzard

It was about a year or so ago when Long Island received advance warning of a monster snowstorm. With recent memories of wild weather in our region, including tornadoes in Brooklyn and Snowmaggedon, Long Islanders — a hearty stock yes, but one shaken by prior hurricane-seasons’ wicked women — took heed to the dire omen.

But what do we need to do this time? Between emails from our new electric company and robocalls from our schools, we’re on information overload! Hopefully, everyone’s bought a shovel. Maybe some rock salt. Hot cocoa for the kids, who will probably/possibly be stuck in the house with you tomorrow…

Winter Storm Hercules

Our house has a tradition that must be fulfilled… Entenmann’s Classic 8 Rich Frosted Donuts. A fine family tradition passed along to me from my wise father, Dr. Joseph M. Conforti, a professor of Sociology, and a fine storm-hunter-gatherer, especially to a young boy who he seldom allowed any kind of name brand treats. (I grew up on off-brand cereals for instance…. Tasteeoos, Crispy Rice, Lieutenant Munch…)

It is the perfect parallel to this, a favorite, timeless classic of The Buzz column, as Vic Dibitetto reminds us all what is way more important during these trying, troubled, turbulent times of extreme winter.

Bless your heart Vic.

And please shoot future viral videos in landscape mode.


(For more information about the upcoming snowstorm, check the Long Island Press homepage – Happy now Philip?)

The Only Version of Little Drummer Boy You’ll Need This Season

Little Drummer Boy

Hey Christmas song lovers. Between classic standards, and Mary J. Blige, you really have no shortage of great holiday music to have wafting through your home.

For those who prefer exquisitely-harmonious-and-perfectly-executed sounds of near-divinity, the a capella sensation that is Pentatonix has a little ditty that you should add to your Xmas Playlist. You might have seen it already (I’m admittedly many days behind on this) but for the 7.129 billion minus the 15-or-so million people on the planet who HAVEN’T seen it (minus the non-Christians who probably don’t care, the people without internet, infants, sick people, etc…), it’s kind of a must-listen.

(Even though it’s always been a bit of a dumb song. I mean, everyone knows oxen and lambs have no rhythm…)

Anyway, we’ve featured Pentatonix before, and it’s pretty stunning how good they are at this sort of thing. To be honest, they are perfectly suited for Christmas music, and their rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” is great evidence to prove it.

In fact, if Pentatonix’s Christmas stylings are your cup of peppermint tea, pick up their entire Christmas album here: http://bit.ly/PTXMASDELUXE

Bob Dylan. Music Video. Fantastic!

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has delivered one of the more creative music videos you have probably ever seen.

Song’s not half-bad either.

Click the image and go watch it. Kindly report back in the comments below.

Bob Dylan Video


Dear Most Parents: You Are Boring.


… well, at least compared to the creatively cool inventors of Dinovember!

Admittedly, I am a couple of days late, as this has been floating around for a couple of days (I mean, even Jaime Franchi has probably seen it by now…) but that’s OK because your nana probably doesn’t peruse Buzzfeed too much and when she sees this she will squeal in elderly delight.


Of course, my first choice was to share the video from Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s latest press conference…

But nana wouldn’t have approved.

So, parents, click these words, and go read about these amazing people and see what they’ve done to make me declare all you other parents, boring.

And parents, I’m sorry for making you feel inadequate. I’m sure your children love you just as much as theirs do.

Then again, probably not. Because dinosaurs!

What’s Old Looks New Again: Amazing Images From The Past, Updated

Old Looks New

There is an amazing phenomenon happening in the world of graphic design that many might not know about.

You might be of a certain age, to remember when the art of colorizing old cartoons and movies came into being. Classic, black and white features were given a new life with their colorized versions, a practice that was sometimes unnatural, leading to a backlash by many in the movie industry.

Albert Einstein on Long Island, 1939 (See: Einstein on the Beach
Albert Einstein on Long Island, 1939 (See also: Einstein on the Beach)

Nowadays, fans of classic movies are probably more content to view them in their original incarnations, while color movies have been around for long enough that the novelty of colorizing film is pretty much gone.

Not so for a newer trend, the colorization of old, black and white photographs.

Washington D.C. auto accident, 1921
Washington D.C. auto accident, 1921

Colorizing old photographs takes an extreme amount of skill, particularly to do it well, and judging by some of the better ones that have been circulating through the internet, great pride is taken in order to update these photos as accurately and realistically as possible.

Shading, lighting and a near-endless range of skin tones are among the many nuances that a crafty graphic artists needs to contend with to visually update a dated photo in this manner. While the end result is often as accurate as one might find from a modern-day Hollywood period film, knowing that the photograph was actually taken decades before the advent of color film is still striking.

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn

The result is often a remarkable transformation, a chance to view a variety of photographs from days of yore, from iconic images to everyday snapshots, in an way that the subjects, photographers and viewers throughout the years never could.

In (almost) living color.

For a great assortment of these and other colorized photographs, visit http://imgur.com/a/YiOLx

See also: The Civil War in Color For The First Time

See also: A Vibrant Past: Colorizing the Archives of History


Wow. These Guys Are AMAZING Pole Dancers. Wait, What? (SFW) (Video)

Pole Dancers

Here at The Buzz, we’ve had history with pole dancing. Often relegated to the underworld of scantily clad women who perform for ogling dollar bill rainmakers, I have shown how in some cases, this artform can be physically and artistically astounding.

Then there’s my ex-girlfirend who I ran into when I was at… Um. Never mind.

In any case, there is something to be said for scantily-clad acrobats, pouncing, swirling, ululating and sliding up and down a pole, in an impressive display of Olympian-like dexterity.

Even if those scantily-clad pole performers are dudes.

Wait. What?

Yep. This shows another side to the pole-dancing phenomenon that had taken the rap world, and the suburban-mom-readers-of-50-Shades-of-Gray world, by storm.

It’s an older video, so you may have seen it before, but if not, prepare to be amazed!

(And fellas, it’s still worth the watch, but be prepared to cringe a little. OK. A lot.)

And thanks to Eve for bringing this to my attention. Freak. 😉

Your Stupid Halloween Prank Isn’t This Good. Or As Well Choreographed.

Halloween Prank

It’s no Thriller, but it’ll do.

Game of Thrones: The Movie?

Game of Thrones

Not really.

But let’s play a game of What If!

What if HBO’s smash hit TV series Game of Thrones somehow became a movie, about a ragtag bunch of workers at a renaissance fair-styled amusement park?

What if the team behind the completely and utterly fantastically hilarious Bad Lip Reading series took on this hypothetical challenge with a priceless reworking of scenes from the show?

What if it was a video on YouTube?

What if I wrote about it here in the form of a bunch of What If? questions?

What if you read these What If? questions, and then watched the video?

What if you laughed?

What if you shared this post on Facebook and Twitter and at the PTA meeting and to a panhandler you encounter on your way to lunch.

What if I stopped with the

The Best Movie Trailer That’s Not A Movie Trailer, Ever

Best Movie Trailer

As the author of this very prestigious, highbrow, intellectually stimulating column, I have no patience for shenanagins (no matter how you spell shenanigans.)

No room for tomfoolery.

No time for petty hijinks.

Ha ha ha, ok, ok, I can’t pretend anymore. I mean, really. I’m the guy that brought you this. And this.

I have all the time in the world for shinanygans!

Check THIS out, as an elaborate stunt strikes hilarious terror (the best kind) in the hearts of unsuspecting New Yorkers.

Now THAT is how you promote something!

If only we could think of a clever way to do something similar for Jed Morey’s new book, The Great American Disconnect?

Anyway… Watch!