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
Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
KickAssTorrents down: biggest file-sharing site moves to .cr domain after takedowns
Gisele Bundchen celebrates 20-year catwalk career with naked Vogue cover
The confessions of men who ordered mail-order brides
Protein World 'Beach body ready' advert: Mass demonstration in Hyde Park planned against 'body-shaming' weight loss advertisements
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
- 1 Avengers: Age of Ultron: Nearly 700 German cinemas refuse to show movie
- 2 Man cooked alive with 12,000 pounds of tuna
- 3 X Factor in crisis as numbers of people auditioning plummets
- 4 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
- 5 Baltimore riots: Furious mother marches her son home live on TV
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