Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #639

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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: 

  • We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business – AIGA – Eye On Design“There was a last telegraph repairman, and a last Blockbuster. What about those once-ubiquitous floppy disks? There are still plenty of computers out there that need them (turns out, a lot of them are in the airline industry, probably because those PCs are just dumb terminals. I should know; I used to be a product manager for that software, and we shipped a lot of floppies).” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Dries Depoorter. “I love the world of tech art. Here’s the portfolio of one Dries Depoorter, a Belgian tech artist who, among other things, has trained an algorithm to detect when politicians are scrolling on their phones, or match staged Instagram photos to data from public cameras to see when a photo was shot. These kinds of things might seem far-fetched, but artists playing on the digital frontier today turn into mainstream code tomorrow, and we should all be paying attention.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need – Scoop.Me. “What’s the cheapest and most effective way to deal with homelessness? According to Finland, the solution is to give people homes (or at least, small apartments). Apparently this is less costly than just leaving homeless on the streets.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit – GQ. “Ever want to just get away from it all? Like everything? Forever. From homeless to hermits.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Tim Cook, Sir Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs – Code 2022 – Recode – YouTube“It’s hard to believe, that it has been more than ten years since Steve Jobs passed away. It feels like yesterday, and I remember a lot of the musings that Apple‘s brightest days were behind it. In the past decade, Tim Cook has proved everybody wrong. Apple’s market capitalization increased over 600% since taking over the reigns. It’s a number that is so hard to imagine. Apple is, without question, an organization that is way bigger than it was when Steve Jobs was leading it. This, is a very interesting conversation that features, Cook, along with Laurene Powell Jobs (Steve’s widow and business executive/philanthropist) along with Apple’s Chief Design Officer (from 1997 – 2019), Jony Ive, where the trio ponders what Steve would think, do and say about the current state of technology and the world. Well worth the watch…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • How “Spider-Verse” forced animation to evolve – Vox. “Listen, I am a huge comic book nerd, science fiction freak, and pop culture infovore. With that, I could never have imagined the types of movies and TV shows that we currently have in the marketplace. If you would have told the 12 year old me, that there would be a Doctor Strange movie, and that it would be a huge success… I would have never believed you. Let alone many of them. There is probably no one as excited as I am about the new Star Wars television show, Andor. With that, I can’t seem to keep up with all of this content, and I’m not all that much appreciative when I do get to it because it is simply not striking a chord with me. I recognize that I am being a ‘market of one’, but if it’s not striking a chord with me, I am going to guess that it’s having a hard time reaching a broader audience. When someone asks me what the best Marvel movie is, I always refer them to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Yes, the animation is incredible, but it’s also the way the story flows. It proves, that animation is something that can satiate both the child an adult. Here’s a great rundown on a movie that doesn’t get enough attention in the Marvel universe and beyond.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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