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 mother who never gave up on her child abused by the Oxford child sex ring
Britain scrapes into top 25 countries in the world to be a mother in Save the Children report
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
The 12 most sexually satisfied countries in the world revealed
Uploading pictures to find out how old you are gives Microsoft the right to post them wherever they want
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 1 'Fire at every person you see': Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if the targets may have been civilians
- 2 Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
- 5 Met Gala 2015: Beyoncé manages to out-skimp Rihanna, Miley and Kim Kardashian combined with near-naked ensemble
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