Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #600

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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 Future Is Not Only Useless, It’s Expensive – Gawker“I’ve been trying to understand the Web3/Metaverse/NFT noise from first principles. There’s something to it, but that thing isn’t collectible art—it’s digital identity. Just like your physical wallet, your digital one will store money and identification and receipts proving you own things. It’s that simple. But there’s a bunch of noise around the NFT bubble, and this Gawker piece is a delicious takedown.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Santa Brand Book – Quiet Room. “If you were rebranding the jolly elf, it might look like this. Brilliant satire, and uncomfortably close to what agencies do. Plus, there’s an easter egg at the end—a link to the meeting that produced this gorgeous travesty.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The Lock-Picker, the Lockmaker, and the Odyssey to Expose a Major Security Flaw – Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “Did you know there is a community of ‘white hat lock pickers’ who post how-to videos of lock picking to YouTube (partly in an effort to get lock manufacturers to improve their designs), and that Covid has seen an explosion of members of this community, and that a guy from Drummondville, Quebec found an easy exploit for one of the most common key-pad locks out there, and the company mostly ignored his efforts to get them to fix it?” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • “Corrosive Communities”: How A Facebook Fight Over Wind Power Predicts the Future of Local Politics in America – BuzzFeed. “There’s a subreddit called awfuleverything and that’s how I feel about this story.” (Hugh for Mitch).  
  • Six Links Worth of Your Attention Hits #600 – Six Pixels of Separation. “I can’t just let this moment pass, so I’ll leave this usual space (where I think of a link that Alistair might like) to brag a little bit. For 11.5 years, Alistair, Hugh and I have been choosing one link for each other – never missing a week. So, 3600 links have already been shared… and there is no plan to stop. I can’t think of many things that I have done with this level of consistency, but here we are… our 600th weekly installment. It’s a true act of joy. I can’t wait to see what links they share, and I am usually quite blown away by the selection (and how they flow into one another) – especially considering the fact that we never know who’s sending what. If you’ve enjoyed these links as much as we have sourcing them for you… thank you! Here’s to my good friends, Alistair and Hugh and many more decades of link exchanges! Cheers!” (Mitch for Alistair… and Hugh).
  • Brian Eno on NFTs & Automaticism – The Crypto Syllabus. “I know this about technology: I hate being dismissive about new things that seem nutty but also could also become the foundation of our future. I was there when people thought they didn’t need a web browser, email, a smartphone, email on their phone, social media, blogs, podcasting, online dating, e-commerce… and just about everything in between. There’s a current swath of criticism for all things Web3 (or Web 3.0) and many of it’s underlying technology. I love how Brian Eno thinks, so now I’m stuck at this crossroad. ‘I’ve been approached several times to ‘make an NFT.’ So far nothing has convinced me that there is anything worth making in that arena. ‘Worth making’ for me implies bringing something into existence that adds value to the world, not just to a bank account.’ With that, he’s got some interesting perspectives and I just love it when Eno muses about the future…” (Mitch for Hugh). 

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