Digital Digest: 29/11/2010
The Best Of The Web
Monday 29 November 2010
We all know they are instrumental in making a good record but have you ever wondered what a producer actually does? VBS, Vice magazine's online television network, is running a series called The Producers which follows some big names into the studio. This episode turns the spotlight on Diplo, who has worked with M.I.A., Robyn and Snoop Dogg.
The first president of the United States, George Washington, and the modern-day rapper, Jay-Z, might at first seem like they have very little in common. However, off the back of new biographies of them both, New York Magazine noticed that their stories are more similar than one might expect. An American tale:
Sitting on a high-speed train watching the scenery fly past is a mesmerising experience. Artist Graeme Taylor decided to capture in a short film the bizarre feeling of remaining stationary as the world whizzes by. The film focuses on the moments when the train passes through crowded stations. When slowed down, it seems oddly voyeuristic.
Kanye West, pensioners and chintzy tapestries are things not usually found in the same sentence (let alone the same room). And that's why this video of an old lady reading Kanye West's Tweets from a fireside arm chair is so funny. Never before has a pensionable-age woman advised: "Man...ninja are kind of cool."
There's nothing quite like getting lost in a wonderful bookshop – especially when you are on a wonderful adventure. Here, Lonely Planet rounds up the best bookshops to be found abroad, from San Francisco's City Lights Books, to Berlin's Another Country to our very own Daunt bookshop in London.
When you think of design classics, you think of the Mini, the postbox – maybe even the iPod. But a police van? Not so much. Still, Imprint's James Gaddy thinks we need to open our eyes. On a recent trip to Holland, he clocked the country's bright vans and fell in love with them. Here he explains why they're so arresting (sorry).
It's that time of year – the time to crack open the bottle of whisky and toast the approach of Christmas. But what food should accompany your tipple? Here, Wallpaper offers a host of suggestions, from Glengoyne with venison carpaccio and beetroot salsa, to Hakushu with sashimi and Greenore with smoked salmon.
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
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?
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
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
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 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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