Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #611

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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: 

  • Line Go Up – Noema“Art has always been ‘meaningless toy money for the world’s rich to play with… we just made it more ubiquitous, more efficient, more technologically mediated. We made it faster.’ No pulling of punches in this sci-fi short story on Noēma. Just straight-to-the-vein cyberpunk social critique. ‘I can’t tell whether he’s worried someone is watching us, or terrified that nobody is.’ This one’s worth reading.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The ‘Incredible Treasure Chest’ of Homestar Runner – Vulture. “If you’re of a certain Internet Age, after Usenet but before the death of Flash, you probably know Homestar Runner. This weird website was animations, and memes, and weird characters that didn’t need to explain themselves. It was somehow limnal: Free of the tyranny of a label, channel, or studio, but too early to be a true creator. And yet its influence is everywhere. This reference is either making you nostalgic, or making you wonder what the hell I’m talking about. This article will satisfy both of those positions.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Andrew Dessler – The Joe Rogan Experience. “Podcaster Joe Rogan‘s been in the news lately for a variety controversies (Covid conspiracies, racism). I’m an occasional listener to Rogan. My observation is that he’s curious, interested and sympathetic to whoever is his guest. The conversations are 2-3 hours long, which gives a ton of time to really dig into ideas and issues. It’s a great format. But your mileage vary greatly depending on the guest: He is as interested and sympathetic to a seasoned epidemiologist/Covid expert one day, as he is to an Ivermectin champion the next. Clearly that poses problems. In any case: all that was a disclaimer before introducing this fascinating discussion with Andrew Dressler about energy and climate change, where I learned that the Texas grid is powered by ~40% wind and solar.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Alan Allan Allen Steve WHAAAAT!! Best ending!! – Rahazul – YouTube. “To take your mind off of climate change (or pick your choice of existential threats these days), here’s an old memevid that made me feel good recently.” (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • “We need to overcome our deep-seated phobia of major projects” – Dezeen. “I spent some time over this March Break in New York state. This involved a few day trips into New York City. I could not believe how unique and special the Hudson Yards development has integrated into the city. Couple that with a quick walk up the stairs into the High Line, and it’s hard to imagine this wasn’t always a core part of New York City. The landscape has completely changed in that city… in just a few years. Now, if we consider these as major projects, maybe we’re thinking too small? As I was reflecting on these spaces with a family member who lives in New York City, they mentioned this project. The ability to actually make Manhattan that much bigger. It got me thinking about our perspectives and limitations that we create around projects and new initiatives. If someone told you, we can make New York City bigger, how would you respond?” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Fiona Hill On The War Putin Is Really Fighting – The Ezra Klein Show. “I don’t know much about the history of Russia, let alone the Ukraine. I do know that war and violence is never the answer, for me. That’s probably the Canadian in me speaking. I’ve also not been doing great with my physical health. I put on a few too many pounds. and I stopped my daily walks up to the summit, here in Montreal. I decided to change that recently. It’s not easy doing this walk through the slush, snow and ice (and the cold… let’s not forget about the cold). I’m pushing forward. What gets me through these early morning steps is listening to podcasts. The Ezra Klein Show has done a great job of highlighting what’s really happening in that part of the world. I chose this episode, but you should also check out the episode titled, Putin Is ‘Profoundly Anti-Modern.’ Masha Gessen Explains What That Means For The World. Neither of these podcasts will make you feel less depressed about what’s going on in the world, but it will give you insights that you may not have previously had. I am learning a lot about that part of the world. With that, I’m hopeful for peace, but not feeling optimistic about it when you consider how these two thought leaders dig into the issues.” (Mitch for Hugh). 

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