Digital Digest: 20/12/2010
The Best Of The Web
Monday 20 December 2010
Despite being one of the most celebrated film directors of all time, Terrence Malick has made only four films in a career spanning 37 years. The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, is his fifth. The just-released trailer doesn’t give much of the plot away, but in keeping with his other work, it looks set to explore life’s bigger questions.
In this short film, New York rockers, The Strokes, reminisce about the old-fashioned mixtape. They recall how they used to record music onto a cassette from the radio and vinyl records, before going on to sharing some of their favourite songs from their youth, as well as what they would put on their dream mixtape now. Surprisingly sweet stuff.
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at some of the amazing photography that has come out of the past 12 months. Here are Big Picture’s finest shots from the first third of 2010: documenting the millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, several massive earthquakes, and the Winter Olympics. See them here:
In 2007, the US Geological Survey reported that the world’s polar-bear population could be reduced by two-thirds within 50 years if greenhouse-gas emissions continued unabated. But a new report suggests cutting emissions enough during the next few decades may stabilise the shrinking Arctic sea ice and bear numbers.
So the tree is up and the mistletoe is in place. Christmas decorations done, right? Wrong. Well, wrong if you happen to live in one of these trendy Manhattan neighbourhoods. For a glimpse of life on the other side, this New York Times article profiles the decorators brought in to deck the wealthiest halls.
Created by We Are What We Do, Historypin allows users to upload their old photos and superimpose them directly onto the Street View of today, creating an interesting super-imposed effect of old vs new. It is a great way to share photos and check out amazing events from the past on a street near you.
The New Year is just around the corner – and with it all the bleak promises of January. If you’re feeling blue at the prospect of starting 2011, this should cheer you up. It’s the Lonely Planet pick of the best destinations for next year. From Albania to Panama to Tanzania, find your perfect holiday and get planning.
Life & Style blogs
Men in crop tops seem to be trending thanks to Kid Cudi, the social media and the catwalk
What is ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge?
Greggs Google fail: bakery chain falls afoul of search engine's algorithms with 'unofficial' logo
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
Is this the end of apps? New research says a third of us don't bother to download
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
- 1 Three of Pope Francis' relatives die in Argentina car crash, including two young great-nephews
- 2 Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
- 3 Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her
- 4 Ferguson protests: 90-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein ‘arrested’ by police during St Louis demonstrations
- 5 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'
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