Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #241

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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:

  • Rabbit And Deer. This is an amazing, flawlessly executed, and extremely moving animation by Péter Vácz. It’s a love story, and an exploration of other dimensions.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence – Wait But Why. “Road to Superintelligence: A clever, clear, approachable explanation of why the future is sentient machines. This is a perfect explainer, which doesn’t skip things, but also doesn’t condescend and doesn’t resort to jargon. Invest twenty minutes in reading it and you’ll think about tomorrow differently.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • One Week of Harassment on Twitter - Feminist Frequency. “There has been a lot of talk of rape culture in the last couple of years in particular, with a host of horrible examples to choose from. There are some who seem to deny that this is a problem, but when you see, for example, the interactions with the @femfreq Twitter account, I hope it makes you pause. I wonder, do (heterosexual, white) men ever get this level of sustained, violent hatred directed at them from random strangers? I read one article about a woman who started investigating who was sending these kinds of messages; she soon found that many of them were teen boys. She contacted their mothers. Love that. But… what is going on with how we raise teen boys?” (Hugh for Alistair).   
  • Oof. Heavy. But Brave Response. [Adult] – Elephant Journal. “It amazes me that we can’t seem to enact laws that say: ‘It is unlawful to publish naked pictures of someone without the express written consent of the subject of those pictures. Anyone who does so, and any website which hosts such pictures, will be subject to [X punishment].’  A Danish women had such photos stolen, and posted all over the place – along with her name, the name of her parents, employers. And, years later, she still gets harassing emails. Here’s what she did about it.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Why Apps for Messaging Are Trending – The New York Times. “It’s something to think about. Everyone is still excited about social media, sharing and how technology allows connections. With that, the trend is moving back towards more one-to-one communications. Private stuff. Semi-private stuff. Maybe, in the end, we don’t want to share that much publicly. Maybe, in the end, we just want a better way to share with the people who really matter to us, or the ones who share our similar interests. Facebook groups are the one thing that makes Facebook that much more interesting. A better way to message and share with people? Sign me up!” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Half-Truths, Non-Truths, And Louis C.K. – The New Yorker. “It took me a while to get on the Louis C.K. bandwagon. Well, here I am. Been digging deep into the many hours of stand-up that Louis has done. With that, I have a side – personal – interest in the mechanics of stand-up comedy. I love documentaries about comedians (in fact, I think Jerry Seinfeld‘s documentary, Comedian, is one of my favorite movies). I feel a kinship to that art form, when I look at public speaking and writing content. That solitary slogging through the work, to then ‘put it out there’ and see if anyone cares… it’s a different kind of grind. This is a great piece about someone who is truly making an impact in a very tough and finicky business.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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