Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #129

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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:

  • Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson – The Guardian. "’Nigella Lawson is hot. So hot. She might just have to take off her shirt. And lick this whipped cream to quench her thirst. Ooo, naughty.’ In the UK, it’s a running joke that celebrity chef Nigella Lawson sells crumpet along with, well, her crumpet. So this review of her latest cookbook is spot on." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Wheel of Karma, Microsoft Division – The Atlantic. "Steve Sinofsky’s widely publicized departure from Apple in the wake of the Maps debacle has been discussed plenty. But there’s nothing as poignant–or schadenfraude-filled–as James Fallows‘ cleverly-worded, lawyer-dodging comeuppance. Karma’s a bitch." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Summer Reading… and Programming – Robin Sloan. "This is kind of cool. A book review of Close To The Machine by Ellen Ullman, but one that gets the reader of the review do some light javascript programming." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • information in Bb – YouTube. "Looking over the catalog of links I’ve sent to Mitch and Alistair over the past year, I am struck by their lack of staying power: interesting in the moment, but not ultimately all that meaningful. I’m going to make a small effort to find and pass along things that I expect to have some more universal/lasting resonance (for me at least). We’ll see how that goes. Here is a spoken word/poem called ‘Information.’" (Hugh for Mitch).
  • 4D transistor: The future of computers? – Futurity. "Technology is awesome. It’s not just the software and the cloud, but the hardware as well. Whenever I pick up my iPhone, I can’t help but think to myself that everything I saw on Star Trek and Star Wars growing up is becoming a reality. Who would have thunk it? While everyone else is thinking about apps and the next Facebook, it is stuff like this that truly gets me excited about technology. Smart people engineering the next breed of hardware. Thin and light beyond words means that technology is quickly becoming invisible. This is about a few short steps more in that direction." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • This Vintage-Looking Vending Machine Dispenses Rare Books For Just $2 – Fast Company. "Creativity meets retail meets books. I’d love to see this idea evolve beyond niche, independent booksellers and be placed in more public spaces. Helping people discover magical worlds of words for a couple of bucks. What does this mean for the future of selling books? Nothing much. But, it is an attention grabber, something that made me smile and it gave me a sense that there are people out there (better than I) who are protecting and preserving the value of great literature in a world of tweets and Facebook timelines." (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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