Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #273

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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:

  • Comment is weird. “I don’t know what this is, but I like it. Maybe NSFW, at least Tony Blair is. This kind of site (and it isn’t much to see) makes me question how easily we trust things, just because they look polished or professional. Our cues for veracity are all borked.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Claw machines are rigged — here’s why it’s so hard to grab that stuffed animal – Vox. “I knew it.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Hell’s Club. New Mashup AMDSFilms. “All the red-light-tinted club scenes, from all the movies, mashed into one. Pretty spectacular (though I thought Taffey’s Nightclub from Bladerunner should have made the cut)…” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Why I Put My Wife’s Career First – The Atlantic. “An interesting take on the realities of two-(alpha)-career households, ’ ead parenting,’ and what it takes for married women with kids to get to the top (that is, exactly what men have always had: a spouse who makes sure the household runs smoothly).” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Why Facebook’s $2 Billion Bet on Oculus Rift Might One Day Connect Everyone on Earth – Vanity Fair. “It’s easy to dismiss new forms of technology. Autonomous cars seemed silly – even to me – until I drove in one a few years back. Now, I’m just waiting for them to be everywhere. Why? After going for a spin in one, it became abundantly clear to me that the technology was way more sophisticated than what human beings are capable of taking in, absorbing and reacting to. Goggles and virtual worlds? Who would do that? Then, I tried it and now, everything else seems flat, boring and ‘fake’ (for lack of a better word). Just wait until Oculus Rift hits the masses, we may never look at a computer, tablet or smartphone screen again.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • David Byrne’s Lending Library – Brain Pickings. “Looking for something to read? Here’s a list… a serious, serious list. I guess David Byrne is even more cultured than I had already imagined. I have a lot of reading to do…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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