Digital Digest (06/06/2011)
The Best Of The Web
Monday 06 June 2011
Tracking Robyn’s tears
The video for Robyn’s new single “Call Your Girlfriend” features one long unbroken tracking shot of the popstar dancing and singing, all the while looking like she could burst into tears at any moment. Which is fitting as the track, from her wonderful Body Talk album, is about asking her lover to inform his current partner that things are over.
The beer monitor
If you’re looking to have a bit more control over your boozing, you might be interested to know that the charity Drinkaware has launched a personalised online tool, MyDrinkaware, to help consumers monitor the effects of alcohol on their weight and wallet and keep them on track for any personal goals that they set for themselves.
Spray your own Breton stripes
It’s summer, the sun is shining (just about) – it’s time to get out your Breton top. The classic stripe, a warm-weather staple at picnics around the country, is flattering and chic. Now it’s cheap, too. This blog shows how to make your own striped T-shirt. Thankfully, it’s much easier than it looks.
Why Weinergate won’t go limp
“Weinergate” has dominated American news channels ever since Congressman Anthony Weiner was accused of sending an intimate photo of himself to a student. Why won’t the flames die down? Because of Weiner’s media strategy, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz says.
Thirty years of Aids
It has been 30 years since the US government reported that “five young men, all active homosexuals” had been diagnosed with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in California. Since then, we’ve come a long way in understanding this complex syndrome. Time marks the 30 milestones in the virus’s history.
Japan’s colourful candies
Bored of plain old Dairy Milk? Then feast your eyes on this slideshow from the foodie website Serious Eats, which highlights its favourite colourful Japanese confectionary. From edible wrappers to neon-coloured wrappers, they make our Fruitellas and Chewits look a bit staid.
How to curate your summer reading
Whether you’re looking to take a slushy romance away with you on a beach holiday or you just want get lost in one of the classics on a long and idle sunny day in the garden, Lifehacker has put together this hugely helpful guide for curating your perfect reading list this summer.
Life & Style blogs
Blood test that predicts Alzheimer's disease
Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
Lego told off by 7-year-old girl for promoting gender stereotypes
Mapping the tubes: The hidden world of undersea cables that make up the internet
Titanfall: Release date, gameplay basics, DLC and everything else you need to know
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 Bad cattitude: Family call police after crazed and 'hostile cat with a history of violence' attacks baby before attempting to 'flee custody'
- 2 Family forced to flee home after discovering 'terrifying' nest of spiders in bananas
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow
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