Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #537

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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: 

  • TikTok Grocery Store Musical. “I love planned, collective creativity. This turns into a bit of a pile-on—but it warms my heart to see people collaborating with strangers at a distance.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Social Cooling. “Simple website that explains the impact social networks have on our conformity and thinking. Algorithms use feedback to adjust how they treat us online; so humans tailor their behaviour to get better algorithmic results. From lying on Tinder profiles, to self-censoring provocative speech, online collectivism shapes our behaviour. People don’t understand how the Internet works, and we need more of this please.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • How Taiwan’s ‘civic hackers’ helped find a new way to run the country – The Guardian. “If anyone wanted to fix democracy (which, it seems like a good portion of the world does not), Taiwan is perhaps leading the way.” (Hugh for Alistair).  
  • A Shocking Find in a Neanderthal Cave in France – The Atlantic. “There’s this cave in France with signs of Neanderthals activity, dating back to 42,000 years, which is 20,000 years earlier than any other remains in the world. They’ve just found evidence of stone building dating back 175,000 years, which is an incredible number.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The Ultimate Home Studio for Live Streaming, Zoom & Presentations – 3 Camera Setup in Small Area – Pat Flynn. “I’ve been in the digital and virtual communications space from day one. Covid has really forced all presentations (for the most part) to be virtual. I had an issue: Years and years of gear and software piling up, and now I really wanted an intelligent way to pull it all together (video, audio, lights, software, etc…). Simple is hard. As a speaker, you wind up realizing that you’re also doing all of the audio visual production as well (which makes the presenting part that much more complicated). So, down the YouTube rabbit hole I went. It’s a never-ending experience of studios, gear, software and (if you like this stuff), entertainment. Lots of amazing people describing the ideal set-ups. I found Pat Flynn’s really smart, classy and (somewhat) easy to replicate (in my own way). Thought you might appreciate this as well…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Interview with Eddie Van Halen: Is Rock ‘n’ Roll All About Reinvention? – Zocalo Public Square. “Legend. Period. Full stop. We use this word often, but it doesn’t always apply. In this case, it does. Eddie Van Halen’s sudden passing this week took the wind (and everything else) out of me. I eulogized him (as best as I could ) online, if you’re interested in my personal take on what Van Halen meant to me (in a word: EVERYTHING). I’ve been really down and bummed out since hearing about it because, as each day passes, we get further and further away from those moments that really impacted who we become. The musicians that rocked our world, are now leaving our world. I still can’t believe that I’m living in a world without Eddie Van Halen. I still can’t believe how lucky I was to live in a world with Eddie Van Halen. Here is an amazing interview with Eddie that (even if you don’t like/appreciate his genre of music) will make you better understand why the word “legend” truly applies here…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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