Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #514

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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: 

  • 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki – NHK World Japan. “Since I’m going with Japan this week, here’s a four-part documentary on Miyazaki, the genius behind Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and more. It shows the creative tensions and real challenges of staying true to one’s art, even as it catches the world’s imagination by storm.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Animal Crossing’s fake language is different in Japan, and here’s why – Polygon – YouTube. “Social isolation is manageable, but for my partner, Animal Crossing is escapism. I fall asleep listening to funny murmurations—dubbed animalese—many nights. She has a five star island and a million turnips, which is apparently good. To me, the idea of landing on an island, being handed a tent, told to fend for yourself, and forced to adopt a cryptocurrency sounds more like Fyre Festival than fun, but to each their own. But as I tried to understand what was so engrossing, I learned a lot about the cultural heritage of the game, which is pretty fascinating. This explains part of it.” (Alistair for Mitch). 
  • Alex Wong And Twitch Hip Hop – YouTube. “One of my isolation joys has been watching So You Think You Can Dance with my daughters. This clip of a ballet dancer slaying a hip hop routine makes me happy.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Phenom – YouTube. Zoom music video for the times.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice – The Technium. Kevin Kelly turned 68. The futurist, author, teacher, entrepreneur and deep thinker gave everyone this gift. Usually lists like this are just fluffy and inspiration. This is not that. This is smart. This is needed. This is how to think about living a real life. One of the comments on this post comes from Seth Godin. It reads: ‘The non-linearity of this list is part of its magic. And 100 years from now, when so much of the nonsense of our age is forgotten, people will still remember Kevin Kelly and his wisdom. He’s not from another planet, but he is from the future.’ All true.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Design Matters With Debbie Millman – Ira Glass. “I love every episode of Debbie Millman’s podcast, Design Matters. I tend to fall behind on my podcast listening. Now, I’m woefully behind. So, I just scroll through the shows that I like and cherry-pick the guests that I’m curious about. This episode is from this year, and it was a showstopper. Filled with great anecdotes about telling better stories, asking better questions and much more. You don’t have to love This American Life to get value out of this conversation with Ira Glass. Great episode.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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