Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #543

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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 woman who fell from the sky – Reuters. Star City is home to Russia’s space program. None of the people who live there are ‘normal.’ And until recently, it was the only path for humans to get to space. But a virus doesn’t really care whether you’re a high-ranking official. Here’s what happened when Dr. Natalya Lebedeva had to contend with Covid. Great long-form reporting, and an amazing design. Plus Russian Brutalist Space Architecture.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Should Spotify Be Responsible for What Joe Rogan Does? – Vulture. “As podcasting gets lucrative, and platforms like Spotify try to lock in anchor talent, they’re condoning what happens on those shows. Get ready for a lot of philosophical hand-wringing on platforms and editorial oversight. Yes, this feels like journalism school to many people. But as we see the rise of uber-open (Parler) and uber-careful (Telepath) platforms—2021 will be the year of the Great Internet Platform Schism, I think—this kind of discussion is going to get complicated fast.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Untitled Goose Game – House House. “I’m not a gamer, but this one somehow seems appropriate in 2020.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Mundane Halloween – Twitter. “A bit late for this, but Japanese website dailyportalz hosts a ‘mundane halloween’ contest, where you dress up as something mundane, which is a delight. I particularly like ‘Man at the entrance of a used clothing store, but you can’t tell if he’s a customer or a clerk.'” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan – Wired. “I’ve probably shared this here before. If I did, apologies. It just showed up again in my feed (thanks, Tim Ferriss), and it’s both a beautiful piece of writing, and something powerfully relevant as we face the reality of what this pandemic has in store for us in the coming weeks and months. Walk, be bored, and get good at being alone. This will make you/me/us stronger.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Best Business and Leadership Books of 2020 – Amazon. “When the year comes to a close, I do look forward to certain ‘best of’ books (especially in the non-fiction and business category). My reading habits for 2020 were pretty much stuck in the toilet. I try. I push. I read a page here and there, but I’ve let myself down. I’m working on it. So, if you’re hunkering down, here’s a great place to find the best of the best for 2020…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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

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