Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #227

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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:

  • One Lap with Rob Coneybeer – One Lap with Rob Coneybeer. "Rob is a smart VC from the Bay Area who’s been to Bitnorth and Montreal’s Startupfest. He’s a smart investor, having backed companies like Nest. He is also a hardcore race car driver. He has a new series in which entrepreneurs have exactly one lap at high speeds to pitch their product. This takes elevator pitches to the next level — and the results are pretty funny to watch." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Rhyme: Why Eminem is one of the most impressive lyricists ever. "As a music fan, you’ll love this inside look into how songs are written, and the depths of true lyricism." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The Runners. "Interviews on the big and small questions of life, with (jogging) joggers in London’s Victoria Park. Love, sex, God, depression, passion and more. Pretty amazing little film." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Political Polarization & Media Habits – Pew Research Journalism Project. "Pew (as usual) with more interesting research, this time on the political polarization and media in the US." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • William Gibson: The Future Will View Us "As a Joke" – Mother Jones. "Here’s a pretty fascinating podcast/interview with the person who coined the phrases ‘cyberspace’ and ‘cyberpunk.’ Not only does famed science fiction writer, William Gibson, think that the future will see us as ‘a joke,’ but it’s shocking to read that he avoided the Internet and email for as long as he did. Beyond that, this interview also illustrates how challenging it is to be a science fiction writer, in a world where science fiction is always becoming reality." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • ‘Am I being catfished?’ An author confronts her number one online critic – The Guardian. "For fun, several years ago, a fellow blogger and author (I think was Julien Smith, Chris Brogan or Scott Stratten) asked all of us who had also written books to head over to Amazon and read the absolute worst one. Reviews are funny. You can read hundreds of great ones, but it’s that one bad/brutal one that will always roll around in your noggin for days, weeks… and beyond. Bad stuff sticks to your ribs. I have thin skin, but you’re supposed to have thick skin. Also… never engage. In four words: Don’t feed the trolls. This author decided to go for it and ignore the online golden rule. Ugh." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.