Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #116

Posted by

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 (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, iambik, PressBooks, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so 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:

  • Scientific Communication As Sequential Art – Worry Dream. "Can we make things easier to understand by moving beyond the constraints of text? All this talk about digital publishing misses much of the point: that interactive interfaces let us re-imagine information. Here’s how Bret Victor would structure a paper on network theory, making it something the reader can explore." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Dude (Director’s Cut) – Vimeo. "Turns out The Big Lebowski is a documentary. Well, maybe not — but it’s inspired by a guy named Jeff Dowd. Here’s a film by Jeff Feuerzig that shows you how he abides." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Obama spending binge never happened – The Wall Street Journal. "So you know how Obama has been spending money like crazy, cranking up the US deficit like no other President? Well, it turns out he isn’t. In fact, he’s the most miserly President since Eisenhower. In Reagan’s first term, US government spending increased by 8.7%; Bush I increased spending by 5.4%, Clinton by 3.9%, and Bush II by 8.3%. Obama the spendthrift has increased spending by… 1.4%." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • DNC Recap: Bill Clinton’s Night – The Atlantic. "It’s US election time, which means round-the-clock coverage. You can’t avoid the constant onslaught, and almost all of it looks and sounds like the same stuff you’ve heard and seen a billion times. So, it was a nice surprise to land on this Atlantic piece that presented an event (Bill Clinton at the Demoractic National Convention) in a fresh and interesting way: using a clever mix of animated gifs, quotes and commentary. It’s a sort of hybrid between video and text that really jumped off my iPhone screen in a way no other article I’ve ever read has done." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Foundation – Episode #19 – Om Malik. "I couldn’t be more in love with this podcast. Kevin Rose (Digg, etc…) does this video interview podcast called, Foundation, where he holds a fascinating conversation with people in Silicon Valley. This episode, with Om Malik (GigaOM), is a gem for anyone interested in technology, writing and how to get a message heard above the noise. It’s clear that Malik holds a deep passion for the work he does. It’s inspiring. Trust me… watch this." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Don’t Get Fooled By The Fakes Of Publishing – Netminds. "Tim Sanders writes about something we all know about in the publishing industry: many authors buy their way on to the bestsellers list. There are people who are paid to make it look legitimate, and then there are the authors who simply buy a whole bunch of books to make their scenario look better than it is. Is it worth it? The cool part about this piece is that it’s not just a rant about what’s wrong with gaming the situation. Sanders provides some solid solutions for readers, so that they can figure out which books are truly great when compared to the books that have gamed the system." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it’s your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.

THE DUDE (Director’s Cut) from Jeff Feuerzeig on Vimeo.