Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #507

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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: 

  • Covid-19, your community, and you — a data science perspective – Fast.ai. “Two of the smartest data scientists I know—Jeremy Howard and Rachel Thomas—spent some time explaining the idea of exponential growth, inevitability, and applying scientific thinking to the spread of a pandemic. It’s a good, difficult read, but cuts through a lot of the fake news and hyperbole. And includes some practical, and frankly scary, ways to think about it. ‘By the time you notice that the hospital beds are full, community infection is already at a level that there will be 5-10 times more people to deal with.’ Yikes.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Maraschino Mogul’s Secret Life – The New Yorker. “Cerise Mayo, red honeybees, and a secret weed farm. Just another day in New York. But also a story of a life lived to the fullest; they don’t make them like that any more.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the U.S. – Scientific American. “A level-headed rationale for why you should change your behaviour to help curb the spread of COVID-19.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Let’s Colonize Titan – Scientific American. “If we’re not wiped out by COVID-19 and climate change, maybe we should all move to Titan?” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Lonely, scared and very bored — Brit writer in Italy reveals what life’s like in coronavirus lockdown – The Sun. “We’re on the topic. It’s hard not to talk about it. Here’s one of the most compelling stories that I have read about the virus. I am seeing way too many people on my social feeds saying stupid things, making jokes or sharing a lot of false (or, worse, old) information. Read this article, then think a little bit about what you are really doing to ensure that you’re a part of the solution (and not the problem). Stay clean. Stay safe.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Between Books – Steven Pressfield. “If you have been thinking about writing a book (or your next one), what’s the holdup? Now, it would seem like many of us are going to be spending much more time in our homes and in front of our computers. With that… get writing… and keep writing… Here’s some great thoughts on the topic from one of my favorite and most prolific writers, Steven Pressfield.” (Mitch for Hugh). 

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