Digital digest: The best of the web
Thursday 06 May 2010
The influential American pollster Nate Silver, who writes the blog Fivethirtyeight.com, has posted an interesting piece about the prospect of a hung parliament following today's election. The comparisons with Canada's 2006 election are clear, and will probably provide comfort for nervous Conservatives. Goo.gl/4fRa
Until his death in 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat helped set the template for a street artist-turned-artworld superstar. Film-maker Tamra Davis shot footage with the painter throughout his brief career, which she has turned into a documentary. Nowness.com has a trailer, an interview with Davis and an essay about Basquiat's memorable style by Glenn O'Brien. Goo.gl/cYXB
The Southern vampire serial 'True Blood' is returning to US screens for a third season, and to ramp up the anticipation HBO is webcasting a series of short "minisodes". They're not available to UK viewers on the HBO site, but have popped up on YouTube. The first features Eric and Pam auditioning dancers for vampire nightclub Fangtasia. Goo.gl/Dtjs
If you're a sci-fi fan wishing to spice up your sat-nav, look no further than TomTom's new set of 'Star Wars' themed voices. Now, you can buy the voice of Darth Vader ("Take the third left... Sense your way"). C-3PO, Yoda and Han Solo will become available during the summer. Goo.gl/JXBP
Leonard Woolf, future husband of Virginia, travelled to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1905 as a junior civil servant. Novelist Lev Grossman tells the fascinating story of his friendship with fellow ex-pat BJ Dutton, who appears – from his poetry on the theme of fairies – to have been a nascent fantasy nerd. Goo.gl/PIgK
As Greece teeters on the brink of economic oblivion, the graphics desk at 'The New York Times' paints a depressing picture of the wider dimension of European debt. A flow-chart shows just how much Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal owe Germany, France and Britain – and each other. Goo.gl/o604
Last week web entrepreneur and blogger Dan Yoder wrote a post entitled 'Ten reasons to quit Facebook', explaining exactly why he was removing himself from the world's favourite social network. The post has been hugely popular, and republished by influential sites across the net. Well worth a read. Goo.gl/KHRl
Life & Style blogs
Kylie Jenner challenge: Bizarre lip suction device inspired by Kardashian sister goes viral
Chloe Sevigny poses with a lobster on her crotch in a daring shoot for Marfa Journal
Loch Ness Monster: Google Maps unveils Nessie Street View and homepage Doodle
Coachella Festival 2015: from Kendall Jenner to Alexa Chung, stars and festival-goers parade their boho best
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£65000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A long-established, tech...
£55000 - £60000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Experienced Software Dev...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Senior PHP Developer position with a...