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
Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
Victoria Beckham's clothing sales double to £30 million in one year
'Tis the season!: Google celebrates Christmas Eve with second animated Doodle
Christmas 2014: Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian
UK's first plus-size fashion magazine Slink hits the shelves: 'Style doesn't stop at size 8'
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
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