There’s something very endearing about this docudrama retelling of the story of the web.
Monday, March 20th, 2017
Friday, December 23rd, 2016
Matt Griffin’s thoughtful documentary is now available for free on Vimeo. It’s a lovely look at the past, present, and future of the web, marred only by the brief appearance of yours truly.
Saturday, October 8th, 2016
The 1978 short film Farewell, etaoin shrdlu documents the changeover from linotype to digital typesetting at The New York Times.
An evenhanded treatment of the unremitting march of technological progress, Weiss’s film about an outmoded craft is stylistically vintage yet also immediate in its investigation of modernity.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Moonscape is a free and freely shareable high-definition documentary about the first manned Moon landing. Funded and produced by space enthusiasts from all over the world, it shows the full Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk, using only the original audio, TV and film footage and the original photographs, rescanned and restored from the best available sources, with full English subtitles (other languages will follow).
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Friday, July 1st, 2016
A cautionary tale of digital preservation.
.generation is a short film that intimately documents three millennials in the year 2054 - uncovering their relationships with technology in the aftermath of the information age.
Sunday, April 24th, 2016
I particularly like Ethan’s Stop Making Sense era David Byrne suit.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
A film about Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web. Details are scarce right now but watch this space.
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Brilliant! Although it’s kind of like shooting fish in a barrel to make a Markov chain out of someone whose entire output is already one big Markov chain.
Adam Curtis: the Banksy of documentaries.
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
A short documentary on the wonderful Grace Hopper.
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Steven Johnson’s new television series will be shown on BBC in a few months time. Looks like it’s going to be good Burkian fun.
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
This has the potential to be a terrific little documentary. What say we get it funded?
Sunday, March 9th, 2014
I can’t wait to see this documentary on the monumental work at CERN.
Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this classic documentary on graphic design, courtesy of its producer Edward Tufte.
Sunday, May 5th, 2013
A really nice short film about the Willie Clancy Summer School. It makes me want to get back to Miltown Malbay this July.
Friday, February 1st, 2013
I, for one, welcome our slime mould overlords.
The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.
Thursday, January 5th, 2012
The story goes something like: Jiro trained Shiro who ran off to Seattle, started one of the first sushi joints in the city, and trained Taiichi, who now runs his own sushi shop. Jiro also trained his son, who works at Sukiyabashi Jiro and (one assumes) plans to take over the business once his octogenarian father retires (which, according to Jiro, is when he dies).
I love the additional photos that Craig took of each chef making their nigiri-te (the hand motion they use when forming nigiri).
The undisputed Jedi master of these sushi chefs is Jiro Ono. He’s the subject of the forthcoming documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
This remains one of the greatest pieces of documentary footage ever filmed.
Friday, August 12th, 2011
A documentary about the weekly session in Dempsey’s pub in Manhattan.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
Pitch-perfect parody of Adam Curtis’s particular style of documentary guff.