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
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
- 1 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns aged 27
- 3 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'
- 4 Nicki Minaj finally releases predictable 'Anaconda' video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
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