Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention

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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 (BitCurrent, Rednod, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, Bite-Sized Edits, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for each other (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:

  1. Ten Rules For Writing Fiction – Guardian UK. "Well, it’s back to the mainstream media this week. For Hugh, check out Rules for Writing Fiction. Many of these are good for nonfiction types, too. With killer advice like, ‘Never open a book with the weather,’ ‘Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.’ and perhaps Pullman’s contribution to the list, ‘My main rule is to say no to things like this, which tempt me away from my proper work.; It’s a compendium of advice from great writers on writing, well, great." (Alistair for Hugh).
  2. Infographic Of The Day – Fast Company. "I’m a big believer that informational discourse in the twenty-first century will be about giving semi-data-literate audiences access to rich data they can grasp quickly. As my co-chair Edd Dumbill and I get ready to lay out the first O’Reilly Strata conference, we have to season the masses of Big Data nerdmanship with a decent amount of interaction and visualization so that all rich content lurking in the world’s data sets can be made relevant to the masses. I particularly liked the Chilean Miner example, probably the best visualization I’ve seen all year." (Alistair for Mitch).
  3. 50 Posts About Cyborgs. "Toronto game designer Tim Maly is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the coining of the word ‘cyborg’ by making 50 posts about cyborgs." (Hugh for Alistair).
  4. Falling – Radiolab. "There is some great radio being made these days, and so much of it is available as podcasts on the Web. I am always excited when Radiolab has a new episode – it’s the best of the best. This episode has eight stories on the theme of falling, each one wonderful. I teared up at the second story, about the couple falling in love again and again. It’s extraordinary (and pay attention to the richness of those voices, especially at the end of that second story)." (Hugh for Mitch).
  5. Just Manic Enough: Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs – The New York Times. "In congratulating Alistair on his new venture – Year One Labs – where he will help entrepreneurs go from ideation to implementation, I thought this article on the psychotic states of what it take to be an entrepreneur would both make him laugh and cry (at the same time). Being an entrepreneur in his own right, there’s probably nothing in this article that doesn’t represent any other regular day when wakes up and look in the mirror ;)." (Mitch for Alistair).
  6. The Future Of The Book – Ideo. "As Hugh preps another BookCamp unconference and while his radical rethinking of the book publishing industry still heats up the O’Reilly Radar blog (more on that here: The line between book and Internet will disappear), here’s an incredible video demo of how design firm, Ideo, is attempting to rethink not only the concept of a book, but what the relationship we – as human beings – have with this printed (or already-digital) experience." (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 Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.


  1. Another great list, some spoke to me more than others, but I certainly enjoyed the video.
    The link I’m sharing has stuck with me this week. At first, I thought it was a joke, silly even. But I couldn’t stop considering it’s implications about how we all experience the world.
    See what you think:
    John Cage 4’33”

  2. An article I read that inspired me this week was: Three belief secrets about achieving your goals, by Christopher Penn.
    The article inspired me to re-focus how the teams I manage determine their goals, share their goals and achieve their goals. Many times we focus on “writing goals down,” “remembering what you want”, etc., etc. However, do we insist on helping each other achieve their goals?

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