Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #607

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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 Internet Is Just Investment Banking Now – The Atlantic. Ian Bogost’s latest piece perfectly describes what the Internet is becoming. ‘Before software ate the world,’ he observes, ‘finance already had.’ If the first version of the web was about marketization and the second, monetization then the third is about securitization. ‘The golden promise of Web3… is that every aspect of human life, as recorded by computers, will be collateralized.’ Yikes.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Deathclock. “I was expecting a series of questions and actuarial tables. Nope. This is just a simple visualization of your remaining time, in weeks. With all the chaos in politics and a million tiny interruptions, here’s a simple reminder. Seriously considering making this my default browser page.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Mick Jones – Train In Vain – Isabela Cordaro – YouTube. Mick Jones, punk legend and songwriter from The Clash, ‘the only band that matters,’ drinking a can of Stella, and playing a quiet Train in Vain solo to a crowd of 30 or so at the Rock n Roll Library in Portobello Road, London, and loving every minute of it.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Mystical Photographs Taken Inside a Cello, Double Bass & Other Instruments – Open Culture. “Amazing photos from inside musical instruments.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • It’s Not Your Fault You’re a Jerk on Twitter – Wired. “We need to be careful with this article. We need people to still be responsible for the things that they say and do. Calling this ‘polarizing times’ is really a muted way of saying that the world has gone nuts… and we don’t even know who the nuts are anymore (hint: it could be you! It could be me!). So, is this all social media’s fault? Is this a function of politics? Are we all still in this low depressive haze from the pandemic? How are your nerves these days? Mine are, admittedly, frayed. So… we need to be able to look within and better understand both why so many things are triggering us and making us want to tweet about it. We also have to make some tough decisions about cancel culture too. Are we just going to be full-on accusatory and burn it all down, or will we accept that humans make mistakes (sometimes big and bad ones) and – with that – not every crime deserves the death penalty… or does it?” (Mitch for Alistair). 
  • In Defense of Slow Reading – Book Riot. “At one point during the pandemic, I couldn’t bring myself to read a book. It was just too… much. I don’t know why. When that mood shifted, I found myself trying to race through books (as if I had some kind of goal to catch-up with), and then something shifted again. I decided to slow down. Like… really… slow… down. It helped. A lot. I can’t recommend it enough. So, instead of reading nothing or trying to race through a book you have been meaning to read, just slow down. Read a page or two.. here and there. Trust me… it makes it all the more satisfying… If we’ve had slow food movements and more, why not slow reading?” (Mitch for Hugh).

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