Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #563

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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: 

  • Bidenomics, explained – Noah Smith – NoahpinionNoah Smith has an uncanny knack for unpacking complicated issues. While I’ve avoided breathless punditry for the last few years, I’ve found two amazing posts this week that compare the state of American and Chinese society. In this one, Smith speculates that the current presidency will lead to a two-track economy: Export powerhouses and domestic employers. It remains to be seen whether this shift from the Reaganomics philosophy of past administrations can survive cut-throat partisanship, and the efforts of adversaries to sow chaos in democracies.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • 2020 Letter – Dan Wang. Dan Wang‘s job is to understand China’s technology industry, and how fast the country is changing. He avoids the usual oversimplifications and hot takes; if you want to understand where China’s headed in terms of tech, economics, and public policy, he writes one long letter a year on the state of things. Read this and Noah Smith’s piece (above), and you’ll have a decent perspective on how two rival superpowers are tackling digital expansion and infrastructure spending.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Is the Standard Model of Physics Now Broken? – Scientific American. “The latest possibly huge discovery in particle physics.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • The Coal Plant Next Door – ProPublica. “Coal is dirty stuff.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Herman Miller’s new office line is the anti-cubicle – Fast Company. “I have several (and self-admittedly, they are weird) interests. Comic book collecting (weird). Passion for music created on the electric bass (weird). Collecting Funko Pops of bass players (weirder). There are others. Fine, I will give you one more: offices. I like office supplies. I like office design. I even like office furniture. Now, for some context: I have an office that is about a ten minute walk from my house. It’s just my business partner and me. We haven’t been since the pandemic started (so, that’s over a year now). We pay attention to great work spaces. We want our space to look (and, more importantly, feel) great. If we’re going to be spending so much of our time at work, shouldn’t it feel great? Now, we need to think about spaces that look and feel great, while also being post-pandemic friendly (and realistic). So, take a look at this. How does it make you feel? For me? This is cold, scary and not too welcoming (it also feels like I have to rush to get work done and get out here). But, maybe, that’s what our work space will have to be for safety? So is the future of the office a space where we come together simply to make sure that we don’t get too close?” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Hemingway – A Film By Ken Burns and Lynne Novice – PBS. “The impact of one voice when it is put into words can change the world (or help us to see the world in another light). It’s hard for most of us to understand just how much the written word and books changed when Ernest Hemingway started publishing. His accomplishment and his life are this weird mixture of brilliance, challenges, and a look at when times were so very different. This is a new docu-series by PBS, and if you like writing, books, publishing, and the life of an artist, this is a series that you do not want to miss. I have become deeply enraptured by this series. I think that you will as well.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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