Digital Digest: 07/02/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 07 February 2011
If you’ve ever been to LA and taken the bus you will have seen TransitTV, a TV network that plays on the city’s public transport. Up until now the programmes have been game shows and pun-ridden cooking segments. But now a group of artists have been commissioned to create an art short for the network. Check out this video about the project.
While many British libraries are facing closure after tough funding cuts, in Austria the government has embarked on an ambitious plan of investment for its own libraries. It has just commissioned the architect Chris Precht to design an extension to the National Library of Austria, in Vienna, and the building is set to be both dramatic and beautiful.
Fans of the hugely acclaimed Mad Men tend to be extremely vocal in their love for the Sixties-set television drama. Bound to ruffle a few feathers, here is a rare dissenting voice on the show from the New York Review of Books, which calls it a “glib, smug soap opera with weak writing, bland acting, and preposterous plotting”.
For their third single from their debut album, Treats, the Brooklyn-based band Sleigh Bells have released a fabulously dark video for “Rill Rill”. Lead singer Alison Krauss plays a murderous school girl, driving through the desert with her band mate and guitarist, Derek Miller. You can watch it here:
Time Out has put together its annual list of the best restaurants in London. Divided into 13 categories – British, gastropubs, Indian, Oriental, French, Italian, Vegetarian, Modern European, Spanish, best to impress, best service, best for grazing and something different – it promises to prove as controversial as it is useful.
Style blogs are ten-a-penny these days, but Swagger New York is one with a difference. Not only does it feature street snaps of stylish New Yorkers, it also includes a video section and a music page. A one-stop shop for stylish.
The New Yorker has done a fascinating in-depth profile of the Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, whose films include Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. He opens up about his successful career and, perhaps most interestingly, his ongoing fascination with fantasy, horror and monsters.
Life & Style blogs
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
Dame Vivienne Westwood: The former Queen of Punk may now be an establishment pillar, but her work is still controversial – and much copied
Regin: Newly uncovered malicious software snooping since 2008 'was developed by a nation state'
Kim Kardashian recreates iconic Jean-Paul Goude naked 'Champagne Incident' photo
Henri de Toulouse Lautrec: Google celebrates 150th anniversary of French artist's birth
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
- 1 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
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