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.

Life in a Day

Life in a Day {official site}:

A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world [192 countries] that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.

They took 80,000 submissions and 4,500 hours of footage, and turned it into a ninety minute film. I could’ve done without the symphonic soundtrack, but it was interesting to see.

Here’s the trailer:

That Ain’t Smart, That’s Creepy: Home Movie Edition

Welcome to this week’s installment of That Ain’t Smart, That’s Creepy. Today’s edition brings you a movie that’s the Girl Talk of the cinema. It’s called Life In A Day {youtube}, and is a compilation of videos uploaded to YouTube on a single day.

Director Kevin Macdonald and overtaxed editor Joe Walker culled their one-world symphony from a total of 4,500 hours of home video, raw material from 80,000 amateur cinematographers who shot between midnight and midnight on July 24, 2010. With 192 countries represented, the film sets about making the personal universal, one montage at a time.

In theaters now. From the review, ‘Life In A Day’: The World According To YouTube {npr}.