Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #574

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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 Cube Rule. “Sometimes, the Internet finds a hero so capable, so clear, that it serves as an example of jurisprudence. An Occam’s Razor that cleaves the world into manageable parts with clarity and parsimony. And yes, Lasagna is Pasta Cake.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Shein – The TikTok of Ecommerce – Not Boring by Packy McCormick. “I hadn’t heard of Shein before this, which means I’m (a) male and (b) old. But if you want to understand the shifting tides of online buying, this article does a good job of breaking down the rise of insanely-fast-fashion. I’m reading Matthew Brennan‘s The Attention Factory at the moment, part of the research I’m doing for Just Evil Enough, and he co-wrote this piece on Shein. It’s worth the time.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • David Bowie on the Internet in 1999 – BBC – Twitter. “‘The Internet is an alien life-form and it has just landed here.’ Incredibly prescient analisis from Ziggy Stardust on what the Internet would do to us.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Hudson’s Bay point blanket – Wikipedia. “It’s funny the weird things that we take for granted, like the notion that the iconic Hudson Bay stripes and points (black lines) were markers used to measure the number of beaver pelts for trading purposes. In fact, the stripes were just decoration, and the points just let you know the size of the blanket when it was folded. My little bit of revised Canadiana history.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The thriving business of ‘Ikea hacking’ – The Hustle. “It’s not just individuals that are figuring out ways to make Ikea furniture work in their homes without the product’s intended purpose. There are now companies (real companies, with lots of revenue) that are working in this design meets furniture space. Personally, I love these kinds of brand extensions (even if the brand doesn’t). If you were Ikea would be on board with these kinds of businesses or would you want it all to stop? ‘Tinker away,’ is what I say.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Buddy Rich’s Incredible Tonight Show Drum Solos – Geshmake – YouTube. “Drum solos are that special time during a concert when everyone, collectively, goes to the washroom or refreshes their beverages. Apologies to drummers everywhere. When I was a kid, my father (who had a passion for music) loved watching drummer, Buddy Rich. Whether you like jazz, drum solos or otherwise, it’s hard not to see the brilliance and the art that Buddy brought into the world. Drums are not boring to watch when Buddy played. Watch and marvel…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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