Digital Digest: 16/05/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 16 May 2011
A one-click clothes shop
ImagineFashion.com features interactive fashion films where you can click on pop-up credits and be directed straight to the designer's site to purchase instantly the clothes and make-up seen on screen. It is not an e-tail site, more like a clever, interactive, moving glossy magazine shoot.
Inside the mind of a composer
Think-Work-Play.com is a video content site that attempts to get inside the creative process of people working in London today. They have just uploaded a short film with Daniel Pemberton, an Ivor Novello-winning and multi-Bafta-nominated composer whom they consider to be a national treasure.
Make a tree lamp
With summer on its way, why not try to bring a bit of the outdoors inside? This clever gallery explains how to make a lamp out of the branch of a tree. In 15 simple steps, the process is explained. Not only do you get a design piece on the cheap, but you'll impress your friends – and yourself – along the way.
How shop layouts make us fat
Supermarkets may be planned to make us buy as much as possible – but are they planned to make us fat, too? Sarah Rich, founder of the Foodprint Project, thinks so. She argues that governments might be better off rearranging supermarkets if they really want to tackle obesity.
Zooey's precocious feminism
Aged 17, Zooey Deschanel wrote to Vogue to complain about its unrealistic ideal of female beauty. Now, a blogger has found the letter and posted it on Tumblr – much to Deschanel's delight (she has tweeted about it). Read the young actress's feminist sentiments at:
How to pack like a pro
Going abroad but not sure what to pack? This guide from Esquire magazine offers advice for every occasion. From basics to weather variation to how to put your case together, you'll never be stuck again. And it's all illustrated with a handy gallery, too.
McCain Jr thwacks Glenn Beck
Blond, stylish and young, Meghan McCain often gets written off as a flibbertigibbet. In fact, she's articulate and intelligent – as this open letter to right-wing shock-jock Glenn Beck shows. After he insulted her appearance on his radio show, she asks what legacy he wants to leave his daughters.
Life & Style blogs
Winter crisis in A&E: Hospitals declare 'black alerts' as admissions shatter records, but full stats still unpublished
Unpaid make-up artists reveal the ugly side of Miss World
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg
Google launches 'Contributor' payment service for ad-free internet browsing
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
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
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 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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