Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #412

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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 Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code – Bloomberg. “I watched Molly’s Game this week, and it was an amazing tale one can scarcely believe is based on the truth. And yet it is. Well, if that does well, this story will be next: How some mathematicians and card-counters broke the back of horse-racing, spurring a decades-long feud and some pretty fascinating subterfuge.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • I Went to a Flat Earth Convention to Meet Flat Earthers Like My Mom – Vice. “The rise of conspiracy theories in recent years is astonishing. Stuff that was widely, probably accepted–that the earth is round; that vaccines are a miracle of modern medicine; that water doesn’t have the memories homeopaths wish it did–is now considered an ‘alternate viewpoint’ that should be considered for ‘balanced reporting.’ Much of recent political upheaval can be traced back to this. And Vice‘s Tom Usher decided to go find out why anti-science is spreading like wildfire. His conclusion? Social media, and a sense that the world is changing too quickly.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Lou Reed Last Interview – YouTube. “I’m on a Lou Reed kick lately, here’s his last interview.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Lou Reed – Dirty Boulevard – Rhino – YouTube. “I’m on a Lou Reed kick lately, here’s the offical video for his 1989 song Dirty Boulevard.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind – Quartz. “Ready for this? Time does not exist. It’s a human creation. It’s not real. I guess I don’t have to worry if I’m late ever again?” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Are ebooks dying or thriving? The answer is yes – Quartz. “Here’s a really fascinating read about facts. Facts that we do not have. How many books have been sold? Honestly. We have zero idea. The bulk of books (and ebooks) are sold via Amazon. They tell us, basically, nothing. So, just how are books doing? They’re doing great! They’re not doing so great! Uch…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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