The Digital Digest: 14/03/2011
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Monday 14 March 2011
Ikea made waves last year with its cookbook Homemade is Best, which took a "flat-pack" approach to recipes. Now the Swedish retailer has gone one better. The photographer behind the original book has teamed up with two film-makers to produce a nine-part video series which demonstrates everything from making espresso to cracking an egg.
A feline farewell
Obituaries document the glories and achievements of the great, the powerful and, sometimes, the really quite dubious. This very special obituary, however, was written to eulogise a recently departed cat. Titter ye not though, the story of his life may just get you sobbing into your Cornflakes.
Most of us have, at some point, done a bit of sculpting with Play-Doh. Some of us make little cities out of the gunk, some craft models of animals, and some, it seems, create 1.5 ton full-size model cars. Taking two weeks to make, and using the equivalent of 10,000 pots of putty, the car was made to mark the launch of a new Chevrolet 4x4, and is seriously impressive.
The aftermath of a road accident – ripped steel, skid marks and boken glass – is never usually anything but dreadful. However, this crash (in which no one was hurt) is rather beautiful. A truck carrying 8,000 gallons of printer ink had an unfortunate meeting with a low bridge, to artistic effect.
The return of Brooklyn indie-rockers TV on the Radio is cause for celebration. They are currently offering a free download of a track called "Caffeinated Consciousness", taken from their new album Nine Types of Light. It has an amped up, thudding tone to it, switching between sections that clang and soothe.
Following on from the 30-second teaser that was shown during the Superbowl, here is the first full-length trailer of the movie Super 8. With Lost's JJ Abrams directing, Steven Spielberg producing and a plot that involves an alien invasion cover-up, whole websites have already been set up to discuss the trailer.
Can you guess what it is yet?
Gizmodo asked its readers to send in photos they'd taken of familiar, everyday objects that rendered their subject a complete mystery. Here are 91 of them, everything from a fork to a pan scrubber to chewing gum, but can you work out what's what?
Life & Style blogs
Reader dilemma: 'Our son is 34 with an IQ of 85, and spends all his time in his room. What will happen to him when we're no longer here?'
Why it matters 26 million people have changed their Facebook profile picture to a rainbow flag
YouTube star Loey Lane hits back at hateful comments about ‘fat girls in bikinis’ and how plus-size women promote obesity
The age of inactivity: How laziness is killing us
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
- 1 Reader dilemma: 'Our son is 34 with an IQ of 85, and spends all his time in his room. What will happen to him when we're no longer here?'
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
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