Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #529

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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: 

  • Explore Debates – Kialo. “So how do we find common ground? What’s a good way to have reasoned debates around the thorny issues and wicked problems humanity faces? There are plenty of attempts to do this—I came across Kialo recently as one example. Should all humans be vegan? Is pornography ethically wrong? Should there be a universal basic income? If you’ve got an opinion, someone’s talking about it here.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • TheirTube. “‘Fish discover water last.’ This expression means that we’re not aware of the things we’re surrounded by, because to us, they’re normal. What’s YouTube like for a climate denier? Radically different from that of the average scientist. So this project created six personas, then used viewing histories from volunteers to create accounts for each persona. Seeing what they think is ‘news’ is eye-opening. But remember, as you’re being shocked, that you, too, live in water you take for granted.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The space between our heads – Aeon. “Will we ever get rid of spoken/written language, and go straight to communicating directly through though? Could anything be more awful?” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • The demise of the second-hand bookshop – The Critic. “The sad decline of one of the great places to spend a half hour on a rainy afternoon.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Entire Youtube Studio Setup on one desk – DSLR Video Shooter. “With over one million views, I find myself not surprised by the popularity of this video. I also find myself tweaking and re-tweaking everything from how my monitors are set-up, where the camera goes, extra lighting and more. Welcome to both the work from home revolution and a world where (almost) everybody is being asked to up their video production game. I’m more of a minimalist, when it comes to these types of things, so I found myself drawn to this setup. And, from there, down the rabbit hole I go… on the prowl for the best laptop and external monitor setup that also works with a video camera and ring light. Feel free to share examples below… I’m not satisfied yet…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Why do people go to restaurants? It’s not about the food – 1843 – The Economist. “I miss restaurants, but this whole pandemic still has me frayed and a little raw around the edges. I’m not ready for a full-blown dining experience, while the waiters (with masks, face shields and – sometimes – gloves) do their best to make you feel comfortable (while, secretly, they’re praying that you don’t infect them)… it just doesn’t…feel right? So, what is it about restaurants? I mean, think about it: It’s a place you go to eat instead of making it on your own. Or, maybe it isn’t?…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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