Digital Digest: 19/07/2010
The Best Of The Web
Monday 19 July 2010
In the 1950s, Nobel Prize-winning American author William Faulkner spent two years as the writer-in-residence at University of Virginia, where he gave lectures, readings and took questions from students. The lectures were recorded on reel-to-reel tapes, which have now been digitised and published online. Listen to them here:
Europeans fear for their jobs and savings, their governments and companies cannot easily borrow money, banks are struggling. Why is Europe's economic might not what it once was? 'The Economist' asks if the region has the resolve to overcome adversity or has its time come and gone? Scary stuff. Ind.pn/a2G5kF
Worried about your impact on the environment but too lazy to do anything about it? This handy footprint calculator asks you questions about food, travel, home and "stuff" to ascertain your carbon footprint. It will take you less than five minutes to complete and it might make you think twice about turning on light switches or driving to work. Ind.pn/cUUVc5
Best Coast's debut album, 'Crazy For You', is the perfect summer soundtrack and Urban Outfitters are kindly streaming the entire album of dreamy lo-fi pop on their website ahead of its release in August. There's even an interview with the bandmates, Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno on there too. Ind.pn/ad7pVr
The trailer for Ben Affleck's directorial debut, 'Town', looks like the latest peak in the actor's undulating career. Affleck plays criminal mastermind Doug, who falls in love during a heist. Most notably for his female fans, the flick sees 'Mad Men' muscle-man John Hamm step up to the silver screen. Ind.pn/d2KQxQ
This app, complete with delightfully-retro trailer, promises to combine the fun of a role-playing games with a "to-do" list; players get awarded points for completing certain tasks. You can also share your diligence through Twitter: though expect any domestic smugness to be met with online derision. Ind.pn/9LYtZF
La culture en clandestins: L'UX, a shady network of Parisian artists, first came to the public's attention when the police uncovered a makeshift cinema beneath a Paris street in 2004. Various hacks have tried to get to them since; but Sean Michaels, has come the closest. Read his account in 'Brick' magazine. Ind.pn/a56pE4
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Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
- 1 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 2 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 3 Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
- 4 Exclusive: Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse
- 5 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
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