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
Life & Style blogs
Britain's kitchens so filthy that they present a health risk, says new research
Fashion Revolution Day: wear your clothes inside out and ask #whomademyclothes to support worker welfare
The world's first edible garden of cake
KickassTorrents down: new Isle of Man domain taken offline just hours after launch
How to turn off/stop 'seen by' on Facebook: Disable it to make your chats seem less passive aggressive
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
- 1 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 2 How to turn off/stop 'seen by' on Facebook: Disable it to make your chats seem less passive aggressive
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 'We're not heroes, just tourists': Swedish police officers on holiday stop vicious assault on New York subway
- 5 Buckingham Palace guard who attacked passers-by in 'most most violent piece of CCTV footage' police officer had seen walks free
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