Digital Digest: 25/04/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 25 April 2011
Mugshot of the day
Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County, Arizona, has struck on a novel way to deter crime in his area. Every morning the sheriff uploads a "mugshot of the day" from the previous day's arrests and the public are asked to vote for the oddest photo. An infringement of human rights? Or a clever crime prevention technique?
Britain's oldest telly goes on sale
If you're in the money and fancy splashing out on a new television, Bonhams auction house has got just the thing. The 13-inch Marconi type-702 is on sale at a whopping £17,000. It's a pretty special bit of kit. It may not be 3D or HD-ready, nor does it have any super-special sound system. But it is Britain's oldest working TV from way back in 1946.
Super Mario propaganda
The long war waged on the denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom by the dastardly King Bowser never seems to end. Shortlist magazine has taken up the fight, showcasing graphic designer Fro Reza's attempts to help them with these wonderful futurist-inspired propaganda posters that ask citizens: "The Koopas are fighting, why aren't you?"
The modern assassination map
The first and second decades of the 21st century have been turbulent times when it comes to political murders, as this infographic from Good and Column 5 media illustrates. It shows that politicians are most in danger in Iraq and Russia but also includes the UK murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
The Beasties' star-packed video
Beastie Boys' new 20-minute short film Fight for Your Right Revisited might promote their upcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee Vol. 2, but it's the cameos that everyone's talking about. New York Magazine has helpfully linked to a handy guide of every star, from Seth Rogen to Susan Sarandon.
The world in a day
Last year, on 24 July, directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald asked YouTubers from all over the world to record their day – mundane or exotic – and upload it. They turned the footage into Life in a Day, a globe-trotting, feature-length time capsule of one day on Earth. Here's the trailer:
Do you have what it takes to become a CEO? Adam Bryant interviewed top executives to find the five qualities most common to them and what they look for in new leaders and identified the "x factors" for leading an organisation. Lifehacker picked up the New York Times's extract from Bryant's new book
Life & Style blogs
How old is your heart? US research finds three out of four people have hearts five years older than their actual age
iPhone 6s Plus photos: leaks show Force Touch display, subtly altered size
Huawei Mate S and Huawei Watch: new products take on iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
Why do we have eyebrows? The social significance of our silent communicators
WhatsApp: How to discover who your best friends are - using a hidden tool within the application
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
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