Digital Digest: 07/03/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 07 March 2011
Van Gogh in pie charts
The Power Point ubiquity of the pie chart might be far from the post-impressionist beauty of Vincent van Gogh, but one art fan has married the two. Arthur Buxton took the most common colours used in 28 of van Gogh's paintings and turned them into percentages and then pie charts. While not quite 'Bowl With Daffodils', they are oddly striking.
Christian Annyas decided to make a screenshot of the title of every movie he watched as a way of documenting his viewing history. After his computer crashed and he almost lost his collection, he decided to save them online. A website designer by trade, the resulting site is a beautiful celebration of the diversity in a much undervalued art.
The greatest essays
Inspired by the University of Iowa's nonfiction Essay Prize, which is "given each year to the work that best exemplifies the art of essaying – inquiry, experimentation, discovery, and change", Flavorwire has tried to compile a list of the 10 best non-fiction essays of the past 50 years, featuring work by Didion, Gladwell, Sontag and more.
Watch this video by a rider in the Valparaíso Cerro Abajo, a legendary extreme bike race in the Chilean city of Valparaíso, in which participants must brave jumps, stray animals and flights of stairs along the steep downhill path. The first-person perspective of the helmet camera adds to the drama.
Can naughty be natural?
We have lots of sympathy for those whose everyday cognitive abilities are disturbed. Yet when the ability to control and inhibit, say, our sexual appetites and other Bacchanalian drives is lost, are we so understanding? Slate investigates a tricky philosophical question.
Charlie Sheen's bad behaviour shows no signs of abating. But before it gets far too sad, why not take the chance to enjoy some of the videos, photo mock-ups and cartoons that have spread like wildfire across the internet since his dubious interview claims of "winning" and having "tiger blood".
Gil and Jamie's million dollar baby
The second single from Jamie xx's Gil Scott-Heron remix album, We're New Here, the video for "I'll Take Care of You" has been directed by Jamie James Medina and tells the story of a female boxer training for a bout while looking after her son in a small New York apartment. Watch it here, on Dazed Digital.
Life & Style blogs
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
Facebook attacked over dead relative photos in 'Year in Review' slides
Grim second life of the 'breastaurant': The oft-loathed sector is booming in the States thanks to Hooters, Twin Peaks and Tilted Kilt
Anti-smoking adverts accused of 'scaremongering'
GTA 5 pulled from shelves after petition
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Doctors remove 80 teeth from boy's jaw
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 Naomi Wolf reacts to Isis 'conspiracy theories' critism after she questions whether beheading videos are real
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