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:
- The Google misery index: The times of year we’re most depressed, anxious and stressed- Washington Post. “It’s time to spend days half-drunk with your family in enclosed spaces. So it seems only fitting to share what makes us miserable. And yes, despite what ads tell you, holidays make us depressed. But Mondays? Mondays actually make us physically hurt.” (Alistair for Hugh).
- The 2014 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog – The Concourse. “Describing things nobody needs, and trying to inject urgency while maintaining an air of independence and class, is a copywriter’s worst nightmare. Bah, humbug!” (Alistair for Mitch).
- Bugle 281 – One star review – The Bugle. “It seems like we can no longer be shocked, or if ‘we’ are, nothing ever seems to happen. Witness NSA mass wiretapping, which, I guess everyone just accepts now, US Constitution be damned. Or, the US Torture report that recently came out, detailing the CIA torture program post 9-11. We can expect that exactly nothing will happen as a result of this report. But, leave it to John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman of the Bugle Podcast (long live the Bugle!) to find the right outlet for the impotent rage I felt on reading about it, in one of the funniest things I’ve heard in a long while. Satire is really the only tonic we have left, but God does satire have to work hard to compete with the real world these days.” (Hugh for Alistair).
- Haunting Illustrations for Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Introduced by the Courageous Journalist Who Broke the Edward Snowden Story – Brain Pickings. “While we are on cheerful topics, in advance of the holiday season, why not re-read Orwell’s 1984, illustrated by Jonathan Burton.” (Hugh for Mitch).
- Instead of killing comments, we should be trying to fix them – GigaOm. “I like to tell people that I’ve known Mathew Ingram for so long, that we used to argue the merits of blogging, back when he was a journalist at a ’ espected’ publication and he was on the fence about its viability. Now look at us! LOL. Times have changed over the last decade. One of the things that hasn’t changed much, is the way in which we comment online. Should sites be turning off their comments, because social media solves for that, or is that we need to figure out a more relevant/updated commenting system? I’m for upgrading… how about you?” (Mitch for Alistair).
- Dear Metalheads, Stop Apologizing For Liking Metal – Noisey by Vice. “I started working on another podcast. We’ve recorded ten episodes already. It’s about metal music. I haven’t really told anyone about it yet. It’s called, Metal Wraps, and it’s a quick look at things that are happening in the metal news world, and what bands/musicians will be featured on the Talking Metal With Mark Strigl and One On One With Mitch Lafon podcasts, respectively. For now, it’s a fun, little show, where three nerdy/older metalheads debate whether or not a Guns n’ Roses reunion will be able to fill stadiums (I say ’no’), or if Ace Frehley‘s new solo record is any good (I also say ‘no’). Still, I’m somewhat shy about the fact that, after these years, I still love heavy metal. After reading this… chin up!” (Mitch for Hugh).
Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.