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
Men in tights: getting to the bottom of the latest trend
Night Nurse could put drivers over new drug limit
Snapchat removed the Best Friends list feature and 'stalkers' are upset
Xbox Live down: gaming service breaks itself, but hackers claim credit
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Game of Thrones season 5 trailer: The first full-length look is here
- 5 Rashida Jones speaks out against male-centric porn saying 'women should have sex and feel good about it'
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