Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #49

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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, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, iambik, PressBooks, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so 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:

  • A movie lover’s plea: Let there be light – "It’s not enough that movie theatres and TV vendors, desperate for differentiation, are foisting 3D on an unwilling and largely uninterested market. Now those technologies are making regular movies worse too. Turns out those 3D projectors have to be manually switched to show regular films in a complicated process made worse by DRM protections. Here’s why your movies don’t look as good any more." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Layers – Jo Walton. "This piece by Jo Walton reflects on the situations that force us to hang out with people who are different from us: doctors’ offices, shunned slices of the population, schoolyards, public transit. It reminds me of Lenny Rachitsky‘s piece on serendipity, something we’re all afraid of losing in a world that increasingly solves for similarity." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Open science: a future shaped by shared experience – Guardian UK. "More on ‘open source science.’ Science will always operate better with an open exchange of information, because the scientific methods depend on many people testing and proving or disproving a particular hypothesis. The Internet accelerates the flow of information, and never before has it been easier to share information. That radical openness – one well-known in blogging and parts of the tech world – is starting to bear interesting fruit as it is embraced by scientists." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’ – The Chronicle of Higher Education. "If you don’t have anything to hide, then you shouldn’t be worried about the government knowing every little thing about you. Right?" (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Destination: Laptopistan – The New York Times. "Ever wonder how a cafe owner who offers free wi-fi can make a living when a handful of start-up entrepreneurs clog their tables and chairs for seven hours a day? While co-working seems like an affordable solution to renting an office, how about spending ten bucks on a few coffees and milking the cafe owners for free connectivity and electricity every day?" (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Sharp Growth in Ereader Penetration – eMarketer. "’I could never type with my thumbs.’ ‘I can’t type on glass.’ ‘I could never read a book on a screen.’ Human beings say all kinds of funny things… in hindsight. The argument for the smell, feel and touch of a book is quickly dissipating (as this data shows). We used to think there was no point in listening to music unless we could sit in bed and read the liner notes or examine the album cover art. Let’s face it, our world is changing and while some may still want to hold a book, it’s becoming more of an artifact with each passing day." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it’s your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.


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