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
Ebola outbreak: Why has a disease that's only ever killed 2,000 people captivated the darkest side of our imagination?
Ebola virus: UK health officials issue warning to doctors as experts admit the outbreak 'is not under control'
National Orgasm Day: Don't get caught up on climaxing
Watch: Vogue Italia's plus-size models in fetish-inspired lingerie shoot
Ebola: UK is ready to deal with outbreak, says Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
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
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
- 1 Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
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