Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #533

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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: 

  • And The War Came – De Civitate. “Oh, wow. I’m going to break my politics rule, bigly. A friend dropped this very long post in a WhatsApp group, and many of us took the time to read it — in several chunks, because it’s immense, and wearing. I’m both glad and sorry that I read it. It’s a very well researched, and frighteningly plausible, future history. It doesn’t take political sides. In fact, it’s about an inability to choose a side. And it’s definitely worth reading.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Sounds of the Forest – The International Forest Festival. “Okay, that was heavy. Here’s something lighter. A festival celebrating forests was cancelled in 2020; so they launched a global forest soundmap in the meantime. Twice in the last week, I’ve hiked into a forest, broken out my Zoom H4 recorder (with its astonishingly sensitive microphones) and recorded the sounds of the forest around me. It made me actually listen—and realize just how rare pure nature, without humans or car noise or myriad other encroachments, really is. It’s a sort of reverse geocaching, in which players hike to an obscure location, then make it easily accessible. Since you like your morning hikes, Mitch, this one’s for you.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Insect Flight – Capturing Takeoff & Flying at 3,200 FPS – Ant Lab. “Incredible slow-mo footage of flying insects on take-off.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Rush – The Making of YYZ – YouTube. “Per Alistair’s post above, it’s pretty hard not to get lost in an avalanche of stress these days. Music helps, and mini-documentaries about music maybe even more. I was never a huge Rush fan, but I appreciate their music, and I had a short obsession about 20 years ago with their instrumental track ‘ YZZ’. Find out how it came about.” (Hugh for Mitch).  
  • Are office spies and sterile spaces the future of work? – CBC News. “I like going to the office. Mine and yours. I actually like the idea of office space, how it functions, what it serves, and how we innovate together. Some hate going to the office. Some would prefer to never go back to their office space ever again. I can understand why, but that’s not me. I believe that we need great places to work and that our best work (meaning true innovation and striving verses a place where the stuff gets down) happens there. This piece makes me realize just how much those office spaces will change. If you thought taking off your shoes at the airport really changed the travel experience, just wait and see what your ‘return to work’ looks like. Hint: not so much fun.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Chuck Palahniuk, Author of Fight Club — A Masterclass in Creative Living and Dangerous Writing (#457) – The Tim Ferriss Show. “I love a conversation about creativity, writing and how to turn ideas into something more. This chat between Tim Ferriss and famed author, Chuck Palahniuk, had me hitting the pause button and grabbing my notebook many more times that I expected it to. His idea of ‘dangerous writing’ is wroth the price of admission alone (and, it’s a podcast, so that price is free). If you’re creative, a writer or anyone interested in figuring out how ideas become an actual thing, listen and learn…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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