Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #325

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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: 

  • Framed – The Los Angeles Times. “Well, it’s back to school time, and nothing says back-to-school like PTA drama. But this is more like Serial. Nick Bilton‘s long-form journalism does this juicy story of suburban vengeance justice. Movie rights have probably already been sold.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Alien VS Predator Stop Motion – Counter 656 – YouTube. “Oh, but the title belies the number of pop-culture crossovers. When Batman and C-3PO show up to take out Aliens, it’s on. This is a glorious piece of stop-motion work. Maybe still a bit too much stop-motion blood for the kiddies, though.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Why Wasps Sting In Autumn – Country File. “We’ve a had a pretty great summer here in Montreal, and the past few weeks have been no exception. That means, for my family anyway, lots of outdoor eating. We’ve had wasps around all summer, but they’ve never been much of a problem. Until now. As soon as we sit down to eat, they are all over our food. The other day, one landed on my daughter’s cheek and stung her! What’s going on? Why are wasps so quiet in the early summer, and such a nuisance at the end of the summer? Finally, I know the answer.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Do: Sol LeWitt’s Electrifying Letter of Advice on Self-Doubt, Overcoming Creative Block, and Being an Artist – Brain Pickings. “Do you ever get stuck, unable to move forward? Worried about what you are doing, how it will be received, the meaning behind your efforts? If you are at all creative, the answer is probably yes; and the solution, according to Sol LeWitt is to just… DO.” (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • How to Raise a Genius: Lessons from a 45-Year Study of Supersmart Children – Scientific American. “Alistair is one of the smartest people that I know. Seriously. When he talks, I wish I had a ‘rewind’ and a ‘save’ button for him. I, literally, just nod most of the time because – quite frankly – I have no idea what he’s talking about. Yes, that smart. I’m not pandering. It’s true. This past summer, I had the chance the chance to meet his mother at Startup Festival. I spent a lot of my time with her trying to figure out how she managed to create such a smart creature. No such luck. Maybe the answers are right here?” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • One in four Americans didn’t open a book last year – Quartz. “We are reading so many ridiculous headlines in the media lately, that we are being completely desensitized to pieces of research and articles that should – in all seriousness – make our jaws drops. This is one of them. I could not believe it. 25% of the population? How can it be?…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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