At the Movies: Friends and Neighbors


Pain, awards, traveling autism, morphing metadata, potentially poisoned chocolate, technology use and drug abuse … It doesn’t sound like today’s videos have anything in common, but what they share is that all of them are either by people I know personally or are from places I’ve been and loved.



Empowering People for Community Health in Manistique, Michigan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-rajjRA9ds

Did you see that Manistique, Michigan is one of the winners of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize? How awesome is that?! Completely aside from my loving the place, and aside from my mentor Maurita Holland having a long standing relationship collaborating with the tribe mentioned in the video, it’s just a great and inspiring story. I love the line, “Teach kids skills for a lifetime,” in the context of building healthy lives. I’m excited. You can see more videos about RWJF awardees in their grantee playlist. More info about the Manistique project here at the award announcement.



The United States of Autism Official Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td1pxNXNjjU

While this isn’t exactly new as a Youtube video (originally uploaded in 2011) it is new in the sense that the movie the trailer was made for is finally actually OUT! The premiere in NYC is set for April. I found out through a Twitter friend of mine (TannersDadTim) who’s been working in support of this project for three years.

The United States of Autism: http://usofautism.com/ Arrange a screening: http://www.tugg.com/titles/the-united-states-of-autism

“Follow one man’s 11,000 mile, 40 day journey across the American landscape to visit twenty families and individuals affected by autism while searching for answers for his own son. With interviews from around the nation that include the widest spectrum of backgrounds – each conducted in the participants’ original language – the film weaves a broad and compelling tapestry across the spectrum of American life in all its faiths, disparities, colors, and cultures. What he learns along the way will change not only his life, but the lives of those he meets, forever. It’s a story about the best days that still lie ahead for our nation, the families, and the people who give America its heart.”



Cataloging Unchained http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQRHNdw2_yw

This one is for the librarians and metadata geeks in the crowd, and anyone with a sense of humor. My favorite line? “Metadata is inherently lazy. It just sits there unless you make it work. [sound effect: whip cracking]” Roy Tennant and I have known each other virtually, through email lists (mostly Web4Lib) and Twitter and professional publications, but have never met in person. I am delighted to see the library geeks talking about exploding library systems out into public and collaborative spaces.

“Created by Roy Tennant to introduce his talk “Leveraging WorldCat: Data Mining the Largest Library Database in the World” at the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting 26 February 2013.”



RiskBites: Chocolate, Lead and the Measurement Conundrum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ6FvTU2rqk

I’m a HUGE fan of RiskBites, partly because I’m a fan of Andrew Maynard, and try to hang out over at his department on campus as much as possible. I have blogged about them here before. They just keep getting more and more interesting, and more and more intricate. This particular one is on such a great topic (chocolate!) and has really rich information resources in the video notes.



[Project] PainTrek – Mobile Pain Tracking and Analysis (Beta – v0.9) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP8tvz2nmpY

I’ll be blogging more about this one later. Earlier this week (last week?) I livetweeted an event where this marvelous app was presented. PainTrek was the brainchild of Dr. Alex DaSilva in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. I might add I worked in the School of Dentistry for over ten years, and have a deep and abiding love for the place and the people. Hearing Dr. DaSilva present on this and express so clearly his powerful desire to aid migraine patients didn’t do a thing to diminish that.



TEDxDesMoines – Peter Komendowski – Media Literacy: Mind Versus Mindful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FwCUCquFsE

Last but not least, a video from TEDxDesMoines on media literacy. I grew up about a half hour from where this was recorded. The speaker, Peter Komendowski, isn’t someone I know, but he is an activist for Drug Free Iowa and talks here about the ways in which technology can be as addictive as drugs. This seemed especially timely, given that the National Day of Unplugging was just yesterday. Here are a couple of lines I really liked from his talk. “Tightness allows for a lot of efficiencies, but is it really humane?” “Do we really understand the difference between real and virtual?”

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