The Mystery of Shirkers

To call Shirkers a mystery would be an understatement. The documentary, now out on Netflix, explores the story behind Sandi Tan’s 1992 would-be film of the same name. Together with her best friends and teacher from film class, they embarked on a two-month long adventure to make Singapore’s first surrealist indie road movie about a serial killer. Just when shooting was over, however, their teacher, Georges Cardona, vanished with the footage. He left no reason for his disappearance and no trace of the film the friends had poured so much into. The film answers the questions raised by the disappearance…

Tech Brief: Instagram Betrays World, VR Replaces Friends & Festivals, and… Butter Spray

Welcome to Tech Brief, your weekly wrap-up on all that’s happened in the tech and startup industries this week!  THIS WEEK, WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE TRAITOR THAT IS INSTAGRAM. THAT IS ALL. The World’s Largest Photo-Sharing Platform Just Pissed Off ALL Its Users In a blog post released on 15 March (“BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH”), Instagram tried its best to convince its few hundred million users that switching to an algorithm-based feed is really the best decision. Wrong. I’m not entirely sure where they plucked that observation that “people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds”…