Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #242

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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:

  • How I Lost My ‘Invisible Boyfriend’ In 6 Days – Jezebel. “We live in interesting times, when there’s an app to make your friends think you’re dating. Turns out it’s not so easy to hold onto that person, even when they’re paid to idolize you.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Bassline visualizations – James Jamerson plays ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’. “I’ve never understood the genius of a good baseline like this before.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Latin Lives – The Nation. “An celebration of lost causes, intellectual passion, and the pleasure of mastery of the obscure.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Bilingualism changes children’s beliefs – Concordia University. “Recent advances in neuroscience along with experimental behavioural psychology are constantly adding to our understanding of why people are the way they are. This is a fascinating study showing differences in how bilingual and unilingual kids view the world: unilingual kids tend to think that people have fixed ‘essential’ qualities; bilingual kids tend to expect that people learn their behaviours.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The Creepiest Things You Can Do on Facebook – Gizmodo. “Do people realize that when they ‘like’ a photo on Facebook, that the person who posted it is usually notified? I’ve been notified – on many occasions – that someone from my past has ‘liked’ or left a comment on a photo that is really, really old. So, yeah, that kind of creeps me out that they’re creeping. Maybe, they’re just doing something really funny when they do it? Doubtful. Still, here are a bunch of ways to make Facebook funnier… and much more awkward.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Music Piracy Has Been ‘Virtually Eliminated’ In Norway – Music Business Worldwide. “Less than one percent of people under thirty said that illegal file-sharing was their main source of obtaining music. In 2009, seventy percent of the population under thirty were illegally downloading music. What’s the secret? You guessed it: streaming. Is that good for artists? Well, consider this: a song streamed about one million times will get an artist about one hundred dollars (heard this from a friend). So, who is stealing from the artist now? Turns out that the labels are demanding a whole lot of loot from the streaming services for access to the music, but that money isn’t trickling down to the artists. Plus ca change.” (Mitch for Hugh).  

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