Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #622

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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 Legendary Commando Raid At St. Nazaire – The Greatest Raid Of All Time – Timeline – YouTube“Say what you will about Jeremy Clarkson, this is an amazing documentary about the commando raid on the German-occupied dry dock at St. Nazaire in France on March 28th, 1942, at a time when the idea of small, agile teams of ‘commandos’ was still controversial. Eighty—eighty—years ago. I found it surprisingly gripping.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Nomen est omen – Secretum Secretorum. “My sister’s dermatologist is Dr. Skinner. A friend’s gynecologist is Dr. Flow. Coincidence? Not really. These aptronyms (the term for a fittingly apt name) do appear to actually have an effect on our choice of career or our skills. No wonder, when only a few generations ago Mr. Smith came from a long line of hammer-swinging smiths. But is the reverse true? Is ‘Mitt’ an accursed name for an aspiring politician? From writerly bias, to the bouba/kiki test, this is a fascinating article. For me, it really underscores just how much influence the right slogan (‘Lock Her Up!’ or ‘Idle No More’, for example) has on our neurology.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The power of shit – Aeon. “I debated who would get this link to the most fascinating article about shit I’ve ever read. In the end I decided to flip a coin. Alistair won.”  (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Why Success in Canada Means Moving to America – The Walrus. “I include this article mainly for reference to the game: ‘Dead or Canadian’, in which a name is presented, say, Phil Hartman, and the challenge is to decide whether he’s dead, Canadian, or both.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • All-In Summit – Bill Gurley & Brad Gerstner on markets, downturns & investment cycles – Episode #81 – All-In Podcast. “The weather is getting warmer and warmer, which means that my early morning walks are getting longer and longer… which means that I have more and more time to listen to podcasts. I was not familiar with this show, All-In. I, obviously, know the hosts and guests from their reputations in the tech startup investing world. This show, All-In, had their own gathering, All-In Summit, and this is one of the panel conversations. It’s a sobering perspective on the world of tech, startups, venture capital and the near-term economy. Hat-tip to Brett Hurt for posting about this episode out on his socials. I learned a lot listening to this episode, and it gave me a lot to think about… not all good things but a reasonable perspective on just how good the past fews years have been, and how lean things may be for the next while…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Michael Saylor: Bitcoin, Inflation, and the Future of Money – Episode #276 – Lex Fridman Podcast. “Podcast host, Lex Fridman, likes to joke that he asks dumb questions. Questions like, “what is money?” I’d argue that they are not dumb questions. We take what we know for granted and rarely reflect (deeply) on many topics that are critical to our growth and future. This episode is over four hour long, and it’s with two intelligent minds discussing a range of topics. Most people in tech know Michael Saylor as the CEO of MicroStrategy and an ambassador for Bitcoin. I’m not as interested in crypto and Bitcoin as I am about divergent thinking on economics, money, power and politics. This episode has a lot of that. As buffed as you think you might be on these topics, please take a listen. There’s still so much more to think about and understand, especially as the markets get rocked and safe havens become harder and harder to find.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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