Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #518

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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: 

  • The Tinkerings of Robert Noyce – Tom Wolfe – Esquire Magazine. “A wonderful piece from 1993 on the birth of the semiconductor industry, and Silicon Valley in general, written in Tom Wolfe‘s inimitable detail and flourish.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Figma In Quarantine: The Musical – Figma – YouTube. “I first met Dylan Field at Strata, when he was a data wunderkind most famous for being the first intern to present to the whole company at LinkedIn. He’s done amazing things since, not the least of which is launching browser-based design platform Figma. The company runs ‘maker weeks’ each year for employees to work on whatever tickles their fancy. So, it’s no wonder that they put out a full-blown musical, virtually. And it’s good.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The 500-million-year-old reason behind the unique scent of rain – New Atlas. “You know that smell of when rain first starts falling? Flinty, earthy? Because of bacteria trying to attract a bug, which helps it spread its spores, apparently.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • White boy drops unbelievable freestyle rap – Chris Turner – YouTube. “Man, this guy’s mind must move fast, improv freestyle rapping on a random collection of topics suggested by the audience.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Why Remote Work Is So Hard – And How It Can Be Fixed – The New Yorker. “Good news: remote work can be fixed. Bad news: it’s not happening fast enough. This is not a fluff piece meant to get the clicks. This is a deep (and long) piece by none other than Cal Newport (who knows a thing or two about focus, concentration, productivity and how great work gets done). I would love for every leader to share this article with their team. I fear that they will not. Companies have a lot of work to do to get themselves working (well) remotely. Giving your employees a couple of hundred bucks to spruce up the home office doesn’t even get you to the starting line.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The New Model Media Star Is Famous Only to You – The New York Times. “The term ‘anything for a buck’ comes to mind when you read this article. On a positive spin, the tools, technology and distribution mechanisms are (finally) in place for anybody to connect with everybody. The more obscure, the more niche… the better. There’s a buck to made… and it’s happening in the strangest of places. I wonder what George Orwell, Marshall McLuhan and Andy Warhol would make of this…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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