Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #613

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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: 

  • Querdenken Everything“Can you think of a recent time when thousands of protesters, bristling against Covid restrictions and fueled by misinformation and conspiracies, stormed the houses of government? You may not be thinking about the 2020 storming of the Reighstag, but it has strong parallels to protests in Canada, the US, and elsewhere. This amazing piece of web design tells the story in several parts, and it’s interesting to see QAnon through another country’s eyes.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness – The Guardian. Nick Brown was a starting student with nothing to lose, which is why he took on one of the psychology establishment’s favorite, and most-cited, theories. There’s a reproducibility crisis in social sciences, with plenty of highly quoted studies around priming, human behaviour, and self-help crumbling under the weight of scrutiny. This is a good tale of how it takes someone with nothing to lose to challenge norms.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Lisa LeBlanc – Pourquoi Faire Aujourd’hui – YouTube. “A bit chiac (New Brunswick French Canadian) disco to cheer you up, from Lisa LeBlanc.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Has An Old Soviet Mystery At Last Been Solved? The New Yorker. “I’m pretty sure I’ve posted about the Dyatlov Pass incident before, the 1959 mystery that saw nine young hikers/skiers die in the Ural mountains in the USSR. Their tent had been slashed, and bodies had a range of bizarre injuries: a burned head, missing eyes, missing tongue. UFOs, secret weapons, CIA assassins, and an attack by Yetis have been proposed as explanations. An explanation has been, perhaps, found.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Slobbing out and giving up: why are so many people going ‘goblin mode’? – The Guardian. “I guess we need a name – or a new name – for everything. We used to just say that this person is a ‘slacker’ or a ‘slob’. The idea of going ‘goblin mode’, really does make me laugh. It’s a great visual. I’m busy hauling myself up to the summit, here in Montreal, every day as I trying to clock in 5 km of better health, while constantly fighting the goblin on my shoulder. Now, this isn’t to say that I think you’ve gone full goblin mode, but most of us have had our moments during this pandemic. Be the goblin. Embrace the goblin.” (Mitch for Alistair). 
  • “After I Read It, It Took Me Two Weeks To Fully Recover”: People Are Sharing Books That Have Genuinely Changed Their Lives – BuzzFeed“The hardest part about publishing a book, is selling it and marketing it. Most future-authors don’t realize this. Sure, the writing can be treacherous. Still, that’s nothing compared to trying to get people to buy the book, read the book, review the book, and talk about it. One of the many tactics that authors aim for is getting as many reviews as possible online. There’s something to be said about the quality over the quantity of these reviews. I read this article, and realized that the road to being a better writer is much longer and wider than I had ever believed. We can all pine for thousands of five-star reviews, but would that mean anything in relation to getting one or two book reviews that are written like the ones that are featured in this article?” (Mitch for Hugh).

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