The Digital Digest: 28/03/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 28 March 2011
Fun facts about Vonnegut
In the latest instalment of its "Gateways to Geekery" series – in which readers are offered a bluffer's guide to a particular area of cultural interest – the AV club turns its attention to American author Kurt Vonnegut. It's packed full of facts for fans as well as being a great starting point for future ones. ind.pn/KVonnegut
Penguins at the pictures
The first trailer for a new adaptation of Mr. Popper's Penguins, in which Jim Carrey plays a New Yorker with penguins in his penthouse, has gone online and it looks every bit as madcap as one might hope. Expect plenty of Carrey's trademark exaggerated facial expressions. ind.pn/PenguinFilm
Why religion makes us fat and happy
Religious involvement had been linked to increased happiness, lower rates of smoking and alcohol consumption, and enhanced longevity. But a new study has found that those who attend religious activities are more likely to gain weight than those who don't go to church as often. Why? Time's Alice Park considers the possibilities. ind.pn/ChurchFat
Reimagining The Wire
Blogger Sean Michael Robinson has reimagined cult television show The Wire as a Victorian novel. Sound crazy? It's not as incongruous as you might think. After all, The Wire's Dickensian qualities have been discussed by various commentators before. Make up your own mind at: ind.pn/VictorianWire
For many men, baldness still remains a scourge, but fresh insight into the role of stem cells (essentially, even though it appears as though bald heads have less hair than others, they actually just have less active hair follicles) may signal new hope for balding men everywhere. ind.pn/baldcure
Follow the tweeters
Whether it's We Are Scientists' comedy tweets or Best Coast filling you in on just how much she's eating on tour, you can certainly get closer to your favourite musicians through Twitter. NME has compiled a list of 100 musicians to follow, beginning with the one and only Mr Kanye West. ind.pn/tweetingmusos
Web and flow
Last year in Wired, editor Chris Anderson argued that loading pages in a browser was passé and the future was in downloadable apps In this piece for Slate, Farhad Manjoo wonders if the web will have a place in a world full of apps. ind.pn/worldofapps
Life & Style blogs
This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin: How I outwitted the Gestapo
Tinder Plus: premium service launches, charging much more for those over 28
Running test reveals whether you will die in the next decade
Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
- 1 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
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