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
Artificial intelligence will become strong and threaten us, says Bill Gates
Snapchat removed the Best Friends list feature and 'stalkers' are upset
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
British Breakfast Awards 2015: London restaurant wins prize for inventive take on the Full English
Eight-year-old girl Camilla Lisant suggests possible cure for cancer to her scientist father
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
- 2 Kim Kardashian on Bruce Jenner's 'story': 'We support him no matter what, and I think when the time is right, he'll talk'
- 3 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
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