Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #603

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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 codes behind our warez – General Galactic CorporationGalactic makes web experiments. Founded by folks who’ve built and sold startups, including one of my absolute favorite humans, Harper Reed, they’ve dabbled with webcam tools, as well as NFTs. This isn’t an easy read, and it requires some facility with coding. It stretched parts of my brain I haven’t used in a decade. But it’s a clear, satisfying document that explains everything about creating digital things with physical attributes, and I now understand so much more about Blockchain, gas fees, and how to separate Web3 facts from Metaverse hype. Totally worth your time.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant – Nick Bostrom. “This allegory by Nick Bostrom, who so eloquently warned us of the dangers of AI that blindly follows its programming at the cost of all else, poses a profound question: Do we have our priorities right as a society? I won’t spoil what the fable says we should be spending time on, but it’s worth considering, and could be used to frame many of the crises that we face, and the things we might do about them. Read it and think hard about whether we’ve organized humanity around the right problems.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • JR Digs – Longest Telemarketer Call – Patrick Coppolino – YouTube. “I’m not sure if this is painful or funny or what, but I couldn’t stop watching. Apparently this was a show on Canadian late night TV back in the early 2000s. The person on the other end of the phone has saintly tendencies… I don’t know how she did it.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Gustave (crocodile) – Wikipedia. “Gustave the crocodile, who (maybe still) lives in the Ruzzi River in Burundi, is about 100 years old about 18 feet long, and weighs 2000 pounds. He has apparently killed and eaten 300 people.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • 70 newsletters curious minds are reading in 2022 – Estelle Metayer – LinkedIn. “I’ll need you to (please) put aside that I contributed to this article (I would never self-promote my own work in these links). During lockdown I got caught up in the Clubhouse hype. I enjoyed it for many (and previously documented) reasons. Beyond that, I met a handful of really great people. At the top of that list is Estelle Metayer. She also happens to run a room/conversation on Clubhouse called, Trends! And Weak Signals (which remains one of the only reasons I still have the app on my phone). In this article, she’s gathered some of her favorite newsletter sources for informations (and included lists from others as well). There’s much more great content out there… here’s a great place to get started…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Podcasting Hasn’t Produced A New Hit in Years – Bloomberg. “File this under: I had not thought of that before! Has it been years since podcasting has produced a breakthrough media star or show? According to this article, it’s true. ‘There are more podcasts than ever before. Spotify hosts more than 3 million podcasts, up from a few hundred thousand just a few years ago. While the vast majority of those new shows are either defunct or have minuscule audiences, there are still way more podcasts than there were just a few years ago.The number of new podcasts has grown more quickly than the podcast audience, and so the number of listeners per show is going down. The list of shows competing to be that program you try on your weekend walk is longer than the backlog of TV shows you want to watch.’ What a weird new media problem: more creators than audience. Bizarre!” (Mitch for Hugh).

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