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16:58 UK time, Wednesday, 3 June 2009

A celebration of the riches of the web.

Welcome to Web Monitor, a regular digest of the latest interesting stuff on the net. While you kick your feet up as the end of another working day approaches, Web Monitor has been selflessly clicking its way across the net to unearth the most interesting bits and tell you about them. Make sure you share your best links with us by sending us a comment via the box to the right of this page.

Marilyn Monroe • Life Magazine have published never-seen -before pictures of Marilyn Monroe at 24-years-old. The negatives for these photos were discovered recently when Life Magazine were converting their archive films onto digital. Photographer Ed Clark explained why they weren't originally published:

"She was unknown then, so I was able to spend a lot of time shooting her... We'd go out to Griffith Park and she'd read poetry. I sent several rolls to Life in New York, but they wired back, 'Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?'"

• Web Monitor understands the importance of Google to play around on the internet. So, when elections, such as this Thursday's European elections come along, what comes up when you search for a party could sway the voter. In Martin Belam's Google-eye view of Thursday's European elections he analyses the differences between each party on Google. It's worrying for some parties, such as Libertas who aren't top of the list when searched for - pipped to the post by an adult literature shop. If Google isn't helping you decide who to vote for, two websites, Vote Match and EU Profiler have multiple choice questions to fill out and tell you whose policies your views fit

• The director of the civil liberties group Manifesto Club Josie Appleton argues in Reason Magazine that Great British Pub is at risk, not just from demolition but from over-regulation. Licensing is needed for all sorts of activities - from a sporting license to play dominoes and another one to watch the game. Apleton argues the regulation of pubs has gone too far. She warns that this threat to the pub will be a threat to the civilising influence of pubs on young drinkers.

• With a new Pixar film, Up, coming out in the US this weekend, Slate magazine looks at what a director of an animation actually does. After all, they don't have any actors to boss about. It turns out they have much more control over the minutiae and the end result is much more one vision from the director than a group.

• Charles Darwin described it as "the most peculiar and most human of all expressions". But now the New York Times reports on recent research which says blushing, instead of making you look like a guilty liar, can soften others' judgments of bad behaviour rather. The research suggests that if you spill coffee in someone's lap, the best thing you can do to be forgiven is blush.

• Now here's something Web Monitor can't wait to try - and fully intends to when it gets home to its webcam-enabled computer - a pop video that you can tilt and move as it plays. The mechanics sound a bit complicated but what you do is print off a special "tracker image" and hold it in front of your webcam while you are at Julian Perretta's website. The result - you, apparently, see a 3D video play in your hands. It looks like this:

Creative Review explains the finer details.


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