Digital Digest: 28/06/2010
The Best Of The Web
Monday 28 June 2010
YouTube has embraced the vuvuzela: many of the clips on the site are now enhanced with a "vuvu button", which is shaped like a football and appears at the bottom right of the video (like this Nike Advert), and allows users to watch with the sound of the South African trumpets buzzing in their ears. Ind.pn/a2cNAV
If Wimbledon has inspired you to dust off that old racket and try your hand at a spot of tennis, check out the London Tennis website. On their comprehensive database those living in the capital can find hitting partners, join tennis groups and local leagues, and track down your nearest court. Ace? Ind.pn/9S98ru
This week is your last chance to vote for Film London's 'Best of Boroughs' Audience Award, or 'BoBs'. Among the entrants is 'The Tunnel', a documentary about south London's Tunnel comedy club, which in the 1980s gave a start to the likes of Harry Enfield, Vic Reeves and Arthur Smith. Watch it (and its rivals) here. Ind.pn/9hY9sD
Michael Hastings, author of the 'Rolling Stone' article that brought about the downfall of General McChrystal last week, responds to McChrystal's sacking with this follow-up article, quoting Obama: "This is a change in personnel, but not a change in policy." That, Hastings writes, is "precisely the problem." Ind.pn/djnKz8
Since the real 'Toy Story 3' is on the way out, this 2007 comic by Tom the Dancing Bug has gone viral. It's 'Toy Story 3 by Cormac McCarthy', a hybrid in comic strip format. You may have to see at least one 'Toy Story' movie and read at least one McCarthy novel to appreciate it. Ind.pn/aa7Tis
Publishing powerhouse McSweeney's has a knack for persuading remarkable writers to contribute to its website. For instance, literary theorist Roland Barthes (1915-1980) reviews 'Pac-Man' (ind.pn/boBxXx), while Nobel-winning novelist William Faulkner (1897-1962) reviews season one of 'Gossip Girl'. Ind.pn/avkQaa
Sir Sean Connery has been persuaded out of retirement to appear as a voice actor in the low-budget Scottish animation 'Sir Billi Sizzle', as this rather confusing trailer can attest. Connery was won over by the project after his grandchildren loved the DVD he was sent by producers. Aw. Ind.pn/bseWQa
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney 'denied all knowledge' of the Twitter activity
Detective novelist who wrote Death comes to Pemberley passed away peacefully at her home, aged 94
Sites using the popular Gigya comment platform were attacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)
Life & Style blogs
Dame Vivienne Westwood: The former Queen of Punk may now be an establishment pillar, but her work is still controversial – and much copied
Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
Coke milk? Coca-Cola to launch premium milk brand called Fairlife
NHS could triple number of weight-loss surgeries to reduce number of obese Britons
Black Friday: Best fashion deals -online and on the high-street
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy after appearing in mock TV wedding scene
- 1 Sean Abbott: Messages of support flood in for bowler following death of batsman Phil Hughes
- 2 Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
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