Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #472

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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, 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: 

  • The Problem Solving of Filmmaking – YouTube. “A couple of videos for this week. First up, a short clip from the director of Shazam that shows how a filmmaker resolves issues that occur when a script hits the real world. And it really underscores how challenging filmmaking must be in a world where every fan can scrutinize and analyze every frame. His sense of humour is amazing.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Fairchild Semiconductor 1979 Employee Orientation – YouTube. “A blast from the past: Employee training video from one of the world’s first semiconductor companies (much of which became what Intel is today; the whole history of Fairchild, NASA, Intel and more is fascinating). This video is a rare example of diversity and progressive attitudes in the Valley half a century ago.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Australian Thermal Coal Leaves Investors Cold – Bloomberg. “This article is interesting because lower cost of renewable energy is reported simply as a competitive factor in pricing of (coal) energy assets, no huff/puff about climate change, just simple economics.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Why Being Bored Is Good – The Walrus. “A theme I keep coming across is this problem of our easy access to distraction/entertainment in our pockets, and how we are increasingly unable to be quietly alone, and in particular, bored. And maybe being bored is critical to overall health and contentment.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • WTF With Marc Maron – Episode #1034 – David Lee Roth. “Some people love him. Some people hate him. I was a huge fan of Van Halen with David Lee Roth. I was a fan of his solo work (if you don’t like the album Eat ‘Em And Smile, we can’t be friends). Diamond Dave turns the tongue. It’s stream of consciousness. It’s sometimes a head shaker. It’s a lot of rambling. He takes you down gravel roads with no destination in sight. Then, sometimes, this comes a long. It’s still Dave… it’s still the wrangling (and rambling), but it’s sheer philosophical genius. This is an amazing conversation and insights into his life… and maybe how to build a better life for yourself. Take a listen… I promise… this will blow you away.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Why I Write – Joan Didion – Genius. “There has been more written about how and why to write than actual stories. That’s a lie, but writing about writing (or how to write) is a big thing. I love reading about it. I had not heard about this piece until recently (and now, for the life of me, I can’t remember how this came on my radar). Anyhoot, it’s not new (it’s old). It’s brilliant. It rings true. If you write. If you want to write. If you admire the craft of writing. This is for you…” (Mitch for Hugh).s 

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