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, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) 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:
- State of image metadata in 2018 – imatag. “We live in an era of truthiness, not knowing what to trust. And much of that misinformation is photographs, and soon, videos. If only there were metadata attached to things we share, so that we could tell where they came from, or if they were real. Of course, images have always had metadata, from the very first digital cameras. But that data has a rough road between its capture and your consumption.” (Alistair for Hugh).
- Queensryche – Wikipedia. “You know how sometimes you wind up down a rathole on Wikipedia and learn something that blows your mind? Maybe that’s just me. But for reasons I won’t get into, I was looking up Queensrÿche the other day. And I learned this simple, astonishing fact (to me, anyway): The band had a split that left both parties able to legally use the name. Like, there was literally a time – in 2013 – when you could go to two real legit concerts by that band with the same back catalog and one new album each. I know, this isn’t a deep link. But it’s the kind of stuff I’d share uncontrollably over lunch with you both, which is why we started doing this, right?” (Alistair for Mitch).
- Russia Beyond Caricature – The Dig with Daniel Denvir. “For a certain political class, Russia has come to be seen as the global villain destabilizing the world. But, as with most global foes we engage with in the west, we don’t spend much time trying to understand them. I was fascinated to hear this conversation about the context under which Putin/Putinism emerged, the stark chaos of the Yeltzin years in the nineties, and the massive financial destabilization that came with the financial crisis of 2008, and the current worldview out of Moscow.” (Hugh for Alistair).
- New Dark Age: James Bridle and Ben Vickers on Technology and the End of the Future – VersoBooks. “James Bridle calls himself a recovering techo utopian, and has coined a term for where we are now, ‘New Dark Age.’ Here he talks about our times, and the fraught relationship with the technologies we are building, but clearly don’t understand.” (Hugh for Mitch).
- PV Sindhu: How India’s Olympic badminton star became a sponsors’ dream on £126,000 a week – BBC. “Name the top ten wealthiest female athletes in the world. I’ll wait. Still waiting. Funny how after the Williams sisters, most people go blank. I had never heard of PV Sindhu. I’m guessing that you have not either? I’m also guessing that you did not know that she is ranked seventh in the world on the Forbes list of highest-earning female athletes. ‘Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, more commonly known as PV Sindhu, is a 23-year-old badminton player from India and became only the second Indian competitor, male or female, to win an Olympic badminton medal with a silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her on-court winnings last year totalled $500,000 (£387,000) but endorsements saw Sindhu bring in an extra $8m (£6.2m) in sponsorship in sports-mad India.’ I’ll bet that PV could walk down the street in any major North American city and not even be stopped for an autograph. I love this story. It’s a big world. We need to spend a lot more time exploring it and the people who make it so special, like PV.” (Mitch for Alistair).
- The NY Public Library wants you to read more books-on Instagram – Fast Company. “How do we feel about the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, being tweaked, designed and published as a story on Instagram? Lovely, isn’t it? It’s not going to stop there. Over the next few months, the New York Public Library plans to publish several classic books in this format. We could dismiss this as an advertising stunt for the museum. We could state that this is the future of books and reading. Time will tell.” (Mitch for Hugh).