Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #616

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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 Muppet Show Pitch – Rob Allen – YouTube“I was in San Francisco last week, and visited an amazing museum exhibit on the work of Jim Henson. It was amazing—not just Sesame Street and Labyrinth, but also plans for a club, and a dystopian movie, and more. Henson was an incredible creator. One part I adored, was the clip they played of the original The Muppet Show pitch reel, aimed at CBS executives. So, I went looking for it online. Every startup could learn from Henson.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Grapefruit Is One of the Weirdest Fruits on the Planet – Atlas Obscura“We learned that grapefruit interacts with many, many drugs almost by accident. This seemingly innocuous citrus can multiply the effect of amphetamines, cholesterol drugs, heck, even Viagra tenfold. It’s a weird clone with a weird name and a convoluted history; I found this Atlas Obscura piece fascinating.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Your Feelings Are No Excuse – The Atlantic. Margaret Atwood receives the Christopher Hitchens Award, and talks about beliefs and truths and our weird weird and worrying times.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • These Injectable Nanobots Can Walk Around Inside A Human Body – Slash Gear. “Something tells me there’s going to be some anti-nanobot injection rallies in the future.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Meta spent $27 million on protecting Mark Zuckerberg and his family last year – TechSpot. “It seems like supply chain, labor shortage, and workforce issues have struck again! I kid… I kid… if you were to ask me how much it might cost to have a personal security detail around a top executive, I don’t think I could have come up with this dollar amount. So… if you want to be frustrated about wealth inequality, the distribution of wealth, CEO pay, etc… you should probably avoid this article. If you want to better understand the great lengths those who ‘have’ go through to to stay safe, this is nothing short of breathtaking…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Jeanette Winterson – Remaking Ourselves – Edinburgh International Book Festival – YouTube. “I’m just back from my annual pilgrimage to the TED conference. I don’t take that privilege lightly. It has also been three years since the event has taken place in person. One of the more compelling components of the event, for me, is the open night. This is a chance for everyone to do their own thing, in what is regularly a highly regimented schedule from morning until late at night. Over the years, I’ve done my best to gather a small group of people for food, drink and conversation. As an icebreaker, this year, we asked one another to discuss one thing that really changed our thinking during the conference. For me it was a talk given by Jeanette Winterson. I had not heard of her prior to this TED talk. And, I’m pretty sure that once her TED Talk comes out, everyone will become more aware of her work. Just because I don’t know her, it doesn’t mean she isn’t already a legend. Because she is. What struck me most, beyond her very compelling commentary about artificial intelligence versus alternative intelligence (you can get more of a taste of this in her latest book, 12 Bytes), was her ability to take her skill as a writer and emote it in a public speaking platform. Her choice of words, her thinking, and speaking flow was a masterclass in how to communicate and present to an audience. So, beyond the intensity and beauty of what she said, I was so deeply moved by how she delivered it. Here’s an interview with Jeanette. This will give you a taste of her brilliance, choice of words and presence. I can’t wait for TED to release her talk.” (Mitch for Hugh). 

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