Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #573

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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:

  • An incomplete list of skills senior engineers need, beyond coding – Camille Fournier – MediumCamille Fournier packs a lot of wisdom into everything she writes. Her blog is basically a book on managing technical resources; this list should be part of an interview for every senior technical candidate.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Astroturfing, Dr. Evil, and N.Y.C.’s Elite Schools – z3dster – Medium. “I skimmed Ryan Holiday‘s book Trust Me, I’m Lying as part of research for Just Evil Enough. It’s a pretty simple thesis: The economics of blogging means it’s easy to get a shocking, and likely untrue, story covered by minor bloggers; and then you can work your way up the PR food chain to get larger sites—desperate for clicks—to use those smaller ones as references. Here’s a great dive into uncovering a fake grassroots campaign, because it turns out content management systems like WordPress are leaky as hell.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Evergreen, Ever Sun, Ever Moon – tumblr. “If you like (or hate) Jane Austen books/movies/TV, you may well get a kick out of this. (This is – I think – images from a Discord conversation posted on tumblr? Or whatever, something internetty. It’s funny anyway).” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Nokia’s Collapse Turned a Sleepy Town in Finland Into an Internet Wonderland – Quartz. “How the collapse of Nokia unleashed thousands of smart engineers to work on other cool things, in a small city 120 miles south of the arctic circle.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Modern Music’s Death By Auto-Tune – Rick Beato – YouTube. “I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos about creativity, culture and how people breakdown their process. Part of it is that it inspires me. A bigger part of it is that I believe (maybe foolishly) that within these dissertations and conversations I will finds answers that will unlock where the world is going. So, will understanding auto-tune change the future of business? Maybe. This is great breakdown of how a technology used to make a product better (and by product, I mean ‘music’, in this sense) has actually removed the humanity from it while also creating something else. Fascinating. Take a watch…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Leonard Cohen’s Legacy With Adam Cohen – Broken Record Podcast. “I will admit that I was never a huge fan of Leonard Cohen (which, I know is heresy for a Montrealer who loves art, music and culture), but I have been turning the corner in the past few months like a full 180 degrees). From watching documentaries, to listening to his music, to exploring conversations about Cohen and his life. In this podcast, his son, Adam Cohen, sits down with famed music producer and record label big wig, Rick Rubin. There’s so much in here about creativity, expectations, how we live, how the world sees us, how we see the world, and so much more. This is a very rich conversation about a musical and poetic legend and the shadow it can cast. Listen to this… and I hope you find the same Leonard Cohen rabbit-hole that I’ve been digging down deep into…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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