Six Links That Make You Think #727

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, Interesting Bits, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see.”

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • Workbook – Jason Fried – X“The folks at 37Signals (Basecamp, Hey, etc.; books including Getting Real and Shape Up) put out one-time products every now and then. Their latest is an attempt to fix publishing with a web-based book publishing tool called Workbook. Jason Fried wrote it up in a long post on X. Since I’m waist-deep in publishing and you live in the world of simplified books, I figured I’d point you at this.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Real Olive Garden Scandal: Why Greedy Hedge Funders Suddenly Care So Much About Breadsticks – Salon. Red Lobster was in the news last week — and while it’s easy to laugh at losing money on endless shrimp, the backstory is way darker. Investment bankers bought the company years ago, sold off the land (which saddled the company in debt) and paid themselves a bonus. What’s more, one of the company’s investors is a shrimp vendor that dumped its product, leaving shareholders to bear the losses. This has happened before: In 2014, the same thing happened to Olive Garden.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • With Smart Sci-Fi In Vogue, Now’s The Perfect Time To Revisit A Confounding Classic – Inverse. “One of my favourite movies of all time. Watch after dark, on a rainy evening, and make sure you don’t need to be cheered up.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • The Demonization Of Rural America – Time. “Here is my (lightly held) hot take: wokeism is a psyop perpetrated by the Masters of the Universe against poor people, which convinces young, progressive rich white people to see the main problems of society through the lens of skin color, rather than through the lens of economics. So, rather than solving for poverty, we spend our progressive energy on solving for racism. The result is that poverty runs rampant, and very few spend energy figuring out how to fix these problems, especially in rural communities.”  (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • Sam Harris And Konstantin Kisin Debate – Impact Theory – Tom Bilyeu – YouTube. “I’m going to keep pushing this marble up the hill (hoping it’s not the hill that I will die on). I am (deeply) enjoying long conversations with people who are both intellectual and think different/smart things. I do not always agree with the perspectives, but I am always eager to listen to differing opinions and how these big brains can use words to duke it out. Here’s another new one (and, yes, it does get political – so you have been forewarned) featuring Sam Harris and Konstantin Kisin (I may have a ManCrush on him?). My advice? Maybe listen to these perspectives… maybe disagree with them… maybe put down (or share) your own perspectives. I, for one, am super-appreciative that I’m not just being fed perspectives in soundbites from the usual mass media juggernauts. I believe this is the edge of modern thinking (and media) and I want everyone paying some time and attention to it.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • At 10, I Fled The Nazis To Live Starving And Alone In The Woods. For Two Years, Detection Meant Death – The Guardian. “An incredible story that is almost so intensely dire that it is hard to fathom. Maxwell Smart was only ten years old when his life was forever changed. It took him close to seventy year to share his story. It turns out that he lives in our hometown of Montreal… and I had not heard about him (or his story). So, a special thanks to The Guardian in the UK for this article about a local hero in our midst. I am still haunted by his story of survival.” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on XFacebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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