The Digitales Digest – Edition Ten

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Fridays are perfect for catching up on all the interesting things you missed during the week. That’s why, every Friday on the Digitales blog, we post some of our favourite social media discoveries of the week. After all, we pride ourselves on posting fun, interesting links and we wouldn’t want you to miss a single one!

(Just a reminder – you should totally follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you don’t already!)

Cattle Me

Computer scientist, Elle O’Brien, decided to see what would happen if she fed the titles of 20,000 Harlequin Romance novels into a computer program…then asked the neural network to write new titles of its own.cattleme

The results vary from hilarious to ridiculous to really, really weird. Prepare yourself for some serious lolz (I’m warning you, this list made me laugh until I cried) then click here.

(Once you’ve recovered, tell us in the comments below which is your favourite!)

I think I’m alone meow

purrDo cats purr when they’re on their own? The Conversation looks at when cats purr, why cats purr and even how cats purr – and they’ve been kind enough to include plenty of cute cat images, because they know how the internet works. Click here to take a look.

Life is like a hurricane


At last count, a search for “DuckTales theme” on YouTube provided 362,000 results. You can listen to the DuckTales theme done a capella or with wailing power-metal vocals, as Hungarian power pop, ska-tinged rock or in the style of an 8-bit video-game chiptune track, performed by a brass band or the clarinets section of the Penn State Blue Band. [...] One video, with 1.1 million views, pairs the unaltered original music with the clip for “Single Ladies.” Another video, with seven times as many views as that one, re-creates the opening sequence with actual ducklings.

Well, I never thought I’d say this, but Vanity Fair published a brilliant longread on the DuckTales theme song – a song that gets stuck in my head, on repeat, on a way-too-regular basis. It’s an amazing article. Get clicking!

Good vibrations

If you’re a librarian looking for work, imagine having to deal with this list of selection criteria, The Paris Review raided The Library Assistant’s Manual, published in 1913, and found a list of guidelines for selecting library staff and apprentices. The list invites selectors to choose candidates based on questions like “Has she a pleasing personality?”, “Has she a knowledge of books?” and bizarrely, “Are her vibrations pleasant?”. We don’t know what that means either. Steel yourself for some 1913-level sexism, then click through to read the rest.


On the Digitales blog…

We’ve got a few Fast Five reviews to share, including Get Out, Doctor Who’s tenth season and the second Guardians of the Galaxy film, which will be out on DVD really soon. Enjoy!