Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #128

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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, 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:

  • Rejection Therapy Day 3 – Ask for Olympic Symbol Doughnuts. Jackie at Krispy Kreme Delivers! – YouTube. "What if you decided you needed to learn to handle rejection as a basic life skill? Maybe you’d try to practice it by making outlandish requests. What if those requests were answered? I’m sending this not just because the video is funny, but because some of the ‘bad’ things that we try to avoid, might in fact be good things to work on. As a parent, I wonder about how to instill these things in my daughter as she grows up." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • ‘I Pretty Much Wanted to Die’ – Grantland. "Lost was a huge success. But it didn’t follow any normal rules of television. Created by a network executive, thrown together in a hurry, and built for failure. This Grantland piece on the book shows just how much modern media is rewriting old rules." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Every story has a beginning – Wraggle Labs. "I’ve been thinking a lot about structuring the data inside of books – thinking about the ‘semantic book,’ on the Web (rather than the usual thoughts of the semantic web). Here is an example of web content that is semantically explodable: click through to the various buttons, and scroll down the page on the ‘Full Text’ view. I am thinking about how powerful it would be to do this with books (and easy! if you use the right tool to make your books! — ahem, PressBooks)." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Perhaps it is broken, the cover of your diadem […], darkness collar […]? – BaseCamp. "This is the most extraordinary thing I think I’ve read in years. After reading it four times, I still can’t quite explain why. NOTE: it’s designed for the screen, with lots of space = ‘silence’ … so scroll down to keep reading." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Disney Robots Play Catch With Your Kids – Mashable. "I have become overly fascinated with animatronics and robots. Computational power is getting good. Really good. What does this mean? We’re inching closer to having robots do all sorts of cool things right along human beings. Science fiction? Crazy talk? Sure, currently this is all a bunch of parlor tricks, but it’s going to change and it’s going to happen at an exponential rate. Watch this…" (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The 4-Hour Chef is a NYT, WSJ, and USA Today Bestseller! But There is Mystery and Intrigue… – Tim Ferriss. "When people think of writing a book, they also (can’t help but) think about having it land on the bestsellers list of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Hey, a boy/girl can dream, right? Well, Tim Ferriss did it (again) with his latest book, The 4-Hour Chef. Ferriss is a fascinating guy (don’t believe me? Check out our conversation here: SPOS #333 – Learn To Do Anything With Tim Ferriss) who reveals the data, logic and mystery behind everything that he did to make it to the top. If you’re interested in books, publishing and even social media marketing, this is a must-read." (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.

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