Dude watch this movie now.

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Super-interesting documentary that was released in 2010. It got a lot of attention over the past couple weeks thanks to some viral Facebook thing.

I know all this because I subscribe to the Sundance Now Doc Club email list.

Here’s how they described the film:

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.)

Friday Link List

1. The Inside Story of Aaron Schwartz and MIT {boston globe}

More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist.

See also: this documentary.


2. Sad Youtube {tldr}

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.


3. Tetris Played on 29-Story Philly Skyscraper {daring fireball}

As part of Philly Tech Week, Dr. Frank Lee’s latest creation — a two-sided game of Tetris on the 29-story Cira Centre — illuminates the Philadelphia skyline.

Saw this in person—it was pretty cool.


4. If Daily Mail Articles Headlines Were Based on the Comments Section {tldr again}

Web designer Richard Westenra has created an ingenious browser plugin that swaps out the headlines from the British tabloid The Daily Mail with user comments about them.

Friday Link List

1. Google Under Fire for Data-Mining Student Emails {education week}

Oh, Google. Stop it. Now.

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.

2. Not-So-Private Meta Data {on the media}

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.

3. Winnebago Man {official}

Director Ben Steinbauer tracked down the “star” of the first viral video. What follows is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in awhile. Check out the trailer:

The Retirement Gamble

Firing up a new spreadsheet tonight after watching this guy.

Frontline: The Retirement Gamble {pbs}

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.