Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #631

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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: 

  • Joe Pera Talks You Back to Sleep – Joe Pera Talks With You – Adult Swim – YouTube. “I can’t tell if I love Joe Pera, or feel uncomfortable laughing at him. I’d heard his voice, but didn’t know his backstory; then he was a guest on a late-night show and I decided to learn a bit more. Watching him get interviewed by Seth Meyers is like watching improv – where you aren’t sure if one person is in character or just… a little bit off. Which is why I found this uncomfortable: Is he a person with real social anxiety, or is that an act? Am I okay with that? Anyway, I eventually listened to this breakout piece he recorded a while back, which is as good an introduction as any (and I’m definitely late to the game). I’d love both of your thoughts.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Opening Clip For F1 GP Brazil – TV Globo – The CG Bros – YouTube. “Brazil’s hosting of the Grand Prix had an amazing CGI animation of the evolution of Grand Prix cars — with easter eggs for true fans. Stuff like this gets reshared on TikTok all the time, but I like to go find the source when I can – which in this case is a nine-year-old opening sequence. It’s great, and I’m not even a car guy.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Imaginary numbers are real – Aeon. “Math is such a beautiful and confounding thing. I recall, in third year advanced calculus, solving some equation when πi fell out of the answer, and I thought, ‘why would the ratio of a circle’s circumference to diameter multiplied by the square root of -1 (an impossible number!) appear here?’ Pi is weird enough, but the square root of minus 1, a number that can’t be computed, strictly, but nonetheless forms the basis for swaths of mathematics, and underpins our understanding of the physical nature of the universe.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Nukes, Nubs And Coners: The Unique Social Hierarchy Aboard A Nuclear Submarine – The Drive. “A friend of mine, the most unstressable person I’ve ever met, was a US naval officer on nuclear submarines. Amazingly, I have asked very few questions of the person I know, who (probably) has had the most intense and foreign job experience I can imagine. He did say that sometimes on a sub people have mental breakdowns, and you really have no choice but to lock them up until you get to shore. Anyway, it was cool to read this, about the structure and culture on a sub. I’ll have to check with Sean whether any of it is true.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • A Classroom Without Books: Florida Teachers Told To Remove Classroom Libraries for Review – Book Riot. “What’s at play here? Politics is an easy answer. Control is an easy answer too. What strikes me as odd, is that the same people fighting to have this content remove, controlled, regulated (I am guessing) also allow their kids to have unbridled access to the Internet, right? TikTok, YouTube and beyond… so… remind me, again, how does any of this make sense? It baffles me… and angers me.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Beyond books – The 21st century public library – CBS News. “I spend a lot of time at the library. Always have. Always will. I’ve mentioned it before: I am the Chair of the Executive Committee for my local public library (and I consider it a profound honor to have that role). Most people still think that a library is a repository of books and other paper (and media). Please watch this. This is not your grandparent’s library. If you’re looking for a truly powerful ’third space’ you will not find anything quite as inspiring as the library. Pro-tip: When you travel, make sure to make a stop at the local library. You never know what you might learn… or see… or be inspired by… or create… or eat…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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