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
Life & Style blogs
Surgeon backs 'good death' plans - and reveals his own
NHS hit by stealth cuts of £2bn as tariffs received for medical procedures are reduced
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter
Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
The confessions of men who ordered mail-order brides
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
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