Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #548

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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: 

  • Scam the Scalpers? eBay Vigilantes Are Selling Pics of RTX 3060 Tis – Tom’s Hardware“New video cards sell out fast. They’re not quite up there with sneaker drops, but gamers who want the latest and greatest will pay top dollar—so of course, scalpers buy them up with automated purchasing tools, then sell them for a hefty profit. Turns out there’s an arms race between these buying bots, and accounts selling photos of the card that are designed to trick them. More shades of things to come.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Debunking Fake Videos & Who’s behind 5-min crafts? – How To Cook That – YouTube. “Have you noticed that social feeds are filling up with five-minute cooking hacks? They’re mostly ridiculous, and often outright lies. I went looking for an explanation of the rise of these 5-minute-craft posts, and found this video by How To Cook That‘s Ann Reardon, which explains the economics and business model. Fascinating ‘weak signal’ of things to come with fakery and bite-sized spectacle.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Fermilab and partners achieve sustained, high-fidelity quantum teleportation – Fermilab. US Department of Energy scientists have successfully teleported qubits of photons, by achieving ‘disembodied’ transfer of quantum states from one location to another over 44km.” (Hugh for Alistair). 
  • Pink Floyd – Making The Dark Side of The Moon – HDPinkFloyd – YouTube“Here’s an amazing documentary about the making of one of the great rock n’ roll albums of all time, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Whether or not you are a Pink Floyd fan, this short docco is just fascinating.” (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • The lost art of deep listening: Choose an album. Lose the phone. Close your eyes. – Los Angeles Times. “Those were some magical moments, back when I was a teenager. It was one of the few (and easy) ways to escape. Grab a new album (preferably one that you were waiting a long time to hear), plug in some headphones, dim the lights, and just sit there with the music (maybe light some candles). Let it soak over you like a warm bath. It didn’t matter if it was vinyl, cassette or even CD. It was all about the headphones, eyes closed, and being alone in the dark for an extended period of time with the music. It was time travel. It was some kind of travel. In the streaming age, it’s too easy to build a playlist or hop from song to song or artist to artist. Choose just one album. Top to bottom. Try this out. It will take a lot of what’s bothering you and make it all go away. I promise.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Reading, That Strange and Uniquely Human Thing – Nautilus. “How did we become such a unique species? A tough question to answer. Many more questions than answers. Now, focus in on reading. How did that happen? We read. We encourage our kids to read. If you can’t read, it makes functioning in our society a tough ride. So, how did this all come to be? Reading. It’s something that I may have taken for granted, and this is a fascinating journey into how reading makes us human… and being a human has a lot to do with the fact that we read…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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