Posts Tagged “video”
by Matt Wharton on May 8, 2011
Great 10 minute TED talk about how the personalization algorithms of sites such as Facebook and Google are creating a situation whereby users only see things that they might be interested in.
That in creating such personalization for commercial reasons because it goes hand in hand with creating targetted advertisements there is the unintended consequence that important events get filtered out as irrelevant.
by Matt Wharton on April 16, 2011
I stumbled across the Channel 4 documentary Kill It, Skin It, Wear It on YouTube today in which chef Merrilees Parker explores the ethics of the fur trade.
Parker admits to liking fur, but can she kill it, skin it and still wear it? She want to find out if it’s possible to source ethical fur as we source ethical food. Contains graphic footage of animals in distress, slaughter and butchery which some viewers may find upsetting.
I had pretty strong feelings going in that however ethical the fur trade might be that I could not ever find myself supporting it and the documentary largely didn’t change my position. I did however find myself somewhat convinced by the trapper whose selling of pelts came as a byproduct of controlling the population of wild animals that threatened the livestock of farmers.
I feel there is a fundamental difference between farming animals for meat and farming them for fur even if the end result is the death of an animal. This might not be a completely rational position but I value the human need for food much higher than that for fashion.
by Matt Wharton on April 12, 2011
I’d love to have a daughter that would do this, and as we all know being a Jedi youngling can end quite tragically. [via]
by Matt Wharton on January 15, 2011
Really cool interpretation of the brilliant Cee Lo Green’s Fuck You.
by Matt Wharton on May 29, 2010
This is amazing, a machine that is completely constructed from LEGO that builds small LEGO aircraft.
by Matt Wharton on February 11, 2010
Adam Curtis – A Film about how all of us have become Richard Nixon.
It Felt Like a Kiss, his previous work is available to view online once more.
by Matt Wharton on November 5, 2009
by Matt Wharton on July 26, 2009
Children Full of Life (viewable in its entirety here) is a very moving documentary about a teacher Mr. Kanamori and his 4th grade class in Kanazawa, Japan.
Mr. Kanamori, tells the children that their primary goal is to be happy, and that sharing feelings is part of the path to happiness. He encourages the children to keep a journal of their lives and feelings and to share them with one another in class.
I think Mr. Kanamori is a fantastic teacher and I can only hope that my own children will be lucky enough to have somebody this wonderful during their schoolyears.