The Digital Digest: 14/03/2011

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Cookery



Flat-pack food


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.



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Obituary

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.

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Sculpture

Play-Doh mobile

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.

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Photography

Accidental art

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.

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Music

Your song

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.

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Film

Sneak preview

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.

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Internet

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?

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