Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #376

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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 (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS; chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), 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 Thankless Task of Being Michael Moore – Vulture. “Love him or hate him, the Curmudgeon of Flint has been ahead of the curve on almost every major social issue Americans have faced in the last three decades. It must suck to be right, and pilloried, and ignored, this much.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Why didn’t great painters of the past reach the level of realism achieved today by many artists? – Quora. “I always wondered what it was about human perception over the ages. I know we ’discovered’ perspective in art — but surely cavemen could see in three dimensions. Was it the tools? The human brain? If someone can bang out photorealism with a ballpoint pen, why does old art look muddy and distorted? The answer is pretty fascinating.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Kim’s Nukes Aren’t a Bargaining Chip. They’re an Insurance Policy – Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “There’s not much good news about North Korea these days, but this article gives a compelling — and refreshingly rational — framework for thinking about the problem. Whether the author is correct or not, I have no idea.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces Are Already Here – Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “More on recent efforts to connect human minds with computers.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The Ugly Evolution of Cyberbullying – Vice. “We have all been there. Now, a good chunk of us are dealing with/facing this with our own kids. Bullying. We’ve seen the stories in the mass media. We know how much worse (and tragic) it has become because of technology, connectivity and online social networks. Still, reading this is a massive gut punch. It’s much worse than we thought. Seriously. Most parents pride ourselves on being our children’s advocates (helicoptering and all), and yet with this… what are we really doing? This one is a big wake up call.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Here’s How Some of the World’s Great Writers Begin Their Workdays – Observer. “Great writers have great habits. Great habits are usually best established right from the start (when you wake up). Still, understanding how the best of the best get started might – in some way – inspire you to change how you start your day. I’m guessing most of us start our day by checking our smartphones. Probably not the best strategy.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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