What is Marwencol? After a brutal beating stole his memory, artist Mark Hogencamp created a fictional town he named ‘Marwencol’ as a storytelling haven to help him recover from the traumatic attack. The doc follows Mark as his Marwencol photos gain national attention and bring his intensely personal, private work into the real world’s spotlight.
It’s a beautiful, poignant film, and one that serves as a powerful reminder of why we love documentaries in the first place – their ability to give us so intimate and honest a look at other people, other lives, and other perspectives we may never encounter otherwise.
And the trailer:
Doesn’t look like it’s on Netflix streaming (but yes DVD) and you can rent it on iTunes. (I borrowed a copy from my local library, thanks for asking.)
YouTube’s infamous for having one of the worst comment sections on the internet. There’s no reason to ever read them. Unless you’re writer & filmmaker Mark Slutsky. Mark spends hours scouring the comments section on YouTube, and occasionally, scattered in the dross, he finds small poignant stories for his site Sad Youtube.
As part of a potentially explosive lawsuit making its way through federal court, the giant online-services provider Google has acknowledged scanning the contents of millions of email messages sent and received by student users of the company’s Apps for Education tool suite for schools.
Frightening rebuttal to the oft-repeated claim that “it’s just meta data; there’s not much one can learn from that”:
The NSA has defended its controversial surveillance program by arguing that it just collects metadata, and therefore doesn’t violate the privacy of individual Americans. But computer scientists at Stanford Security Lab have conducted their own simulation of the NSA’s program, and found the metadata to be inherently revealing. Bob speaks with Jonathan Mayer, one of the researchers on the project, about how much can be learned just from the numbers.
Interesting to learn that the tax-deferredness of 401(k)s was an accident and was “never intended to be available to everyone.” It was designed by rich guys as a way to not have to pay taxes on their income.
Now I think this blog is officially about everything and nothing at the same time.