Digital Digest: 24/05/2010
The Best Of The Web
Monday 24 May 2010
Not content with just mobile phones and computers, Google's endless quest to organise (and monetize) all the world's information continues with this week's announcement that they're getting into TV. With a new Google TV enabled set-top box, available in the US this Autumn, you'll be able to stream HD online content and browse your favourite sites.
Who hasn't wondered how big Mulan is compared to, say, Pocahontas, or if the Seven Dwarves are taller than Pinocchio (they are, just)? This beautifully-realised long, sideways-scrolling graphic renders 250 Disney movie characters to scale and in chronological order, from Grumpy to Princess Tiana. (Nb, you need to click on the image strip to enlarge it.) Ind.pn/doKswd
It's not the World Cup until Nike weighs in with an epic commercial. Directed by Alejandro Iñarritu ('Babel'), "Write the Future" shows how minor plays on the biggest stage can send shockwaves round the world. There are also loads of names to spot, including Rooney, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Simpson (as in Homer). Vimeo.com/11896489
David Rumsey, a Californian property mogul turned cartography nut, has a collection of tens of thousands of rare maps, some of which he has expertly laid over Google Maps. Fly over London and toggle between 1843 and the present day to discover, for example, that Trafalgar Square was covered in grass. Ind.pn/cA3bD9
'Lost' is getting lost, '24's day has come to an end, and it's time for the US TV networks to try out some new shows on their audiences. The Daily Beast has compiled the best trailers from what's known as the 'upfront' season, when pilot episodes get fed to the wolves and only the strongest survive. Ind.pn/9SPn8U
The "book trailer" is surely one of the publishing industry's sillier innovations, but it is now so ubiquitous that it has an annual awards ceremony – the Mobys – celebrating the medium. Flavorwire has collected some favourites, and some aren't half bad. Especially the one for Maurice Gee's 'Going West'. Ind.pn/c8yRkL
On 5 May, a Danish bus driver named Mukhtar got a pleasant surprise when passengers on his route through Copenhagen broke into song to celebrate his 41st birthday. Then a birthday flashmob turned up. Mukhtar was moved to tears. You might be as well. It is a viral ad for the bus company, but still. Ind.pn/dAeKv8
Life & Style blogs
The Last of Us Remastered: Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover
Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
Ebola outbreak: Why has a disease that's only ever killed 2,000 people captivated the darkest side of our imagination?
Government backs massive new £300m gene sequencing project
National Orgasm Day: Don't get caught up on climaxing
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
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