Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #148

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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, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) 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:

  • My 90 year old grandmother tries the Oculus Rift – YouTube. "A few months ago, I backed a nascent Kickstarter to make a workable, low-latency 3D VR headset. That project bloomed into the Oculus Rift, and thanks to being an early backer, my developer kit showed up this week. It comes in a black plastic gun case that feels like Q just delivered it to Bond, and it’s light, and fast. Fast. That’s the real key to immersiveness: making it work smoothly. This video of a 90-year-old grandmother trying the Rift demo — a walk around Tuscany — is beautiful. My dystopian side says it’s also the future of geriatric care." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • How to become internet famous for $68 – Quartz. "Possibly the single best article ever written on Twitter, our habit of substituting popularity for value, and just how little you can trust the Internet. Also, I think Quartz may have figured out how to do Internet publishing." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth – RT. "Yikes!" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Kidney grown in lab successfully transplanted into rat – The Guardian. "On the other hand, soon we’ll be able to grow our own organs." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Wired Still Connected After Two Decades – AdWeek. "I love Wired Magazine. Not just the stuff you see online or the iPad app (both are great), but the physical magazine. I still love going into magazine stores and book stores, and nothing makes me happier than seeing a new issue of Wired Magazine. Even with our instant-on, real-time Web-infested Twitter feed world, they still manage to publish in-depth and interesting articles that simply make me feel smarter and more ‘in the loop.’" (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The National Digital Public Library Is Launched! – The New York Review Of Books. "The National Digital Public Library launched on April 18th of this week. There are so many fascinating layers to this, it’s hard to figure out where to begin. First, it’s the Internet, so it will be interesting to see how this rolls out beyond America (which they claim they will be doing). Second, copyrighted books and publications that can be used in libraries was complex enough in their paper form… just imagine what this means for digital. Digital isn’t one copy/edition loaned out… every copy in digital is an original version. I’m so curious to see how all of this unfolds, especially after having just read an article in the latest issue of Fast Company titled, Second Life, all about ReDigi and their desire to enable people to sell their used digital media. It’s going to get a whole lot more interesting." (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.


  1. I just want to thank you & your contributors for providing our Sundays with the “6 links” program. This really helps generate “comprehensive coverage” of all that you see going on. I’ve accessed multitudes of these items and again say “Thanks” for their inspiration and enrichment.

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