Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #77

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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:

  • RIP – The Movie Camera (1888 – 2011) – Salon. "I went to see The Ides Of March recently. It was the first film I’d seen since getting Lasik surgery in the summer. As the trailers started, I noticed some really cheap titles — poorly rendered, so I could see the pixels of the letters. But as trailer after trailer — and then the film itself — suffered the same flaw, I realized that my newly-minted eyes were simply seeing the artifact of the digital projector. And I may be stuck with this admittedly first-world problem, because someone, somewhere, has the last film movie camera ever made." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • What Business Can Learn From Organized Crime – Harvard Business Review. "Marc Goodman was a huge hit at Strata in New York. He spends his life understanding how criminals think and act, and in this Harvard Business Review article, he looks at how criminal enterprises run so smoothly — and what their more legitimate counterparts can learn." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Supermassive black holes are largest ever discovered – The Guardian. "Think your problems are big? They aren’t as big as these two supermassive black holes, which are billions of times more massive than our sun. That’s big." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity – Cat V. "This is actually a wonderfully useful bit of writing, for anyone who spends any time interacting professionally with other people. While it might be construed as tongue-in-cheek, it seems to me it is perfectly serious and just great general advice." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Earth-like planet found in distant sun’s habitable zone – cnet. "It’s hard to watch the news on TV. Let’s be honest here: how many people saw this news item plastered all over their 6 pm telecast or in their morning newspaper? That’s right, they discovered a habitable planet like the Earth, but it’s very, very far away. To me, this is the kind of stuff that needs to be in the news and getting kids excited about science, math and our future. Then again, kids are probably seeing this on cnet and Reddit because they’re not watching the news or reading newspapers." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The Internet, innovation and learning – Joi Ito. "Think that the Internet is a technology? It isn’t. Joi Ito (from MIT Media Lab) argues that it’s a philosophy. I love philosophy… and I love Joi Ito’s philosophy. Now, we just need to get everybody else to understand this." (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.


  1. I’ll share this one, Mitch, because I’d love to see it get some traction! πŸ™‚ Maybe help give Canadian retailers a Christmas boost from a certain shopping segment, as well.

  2. Can’t wait to go read the organized crime piece!
    I love learning through well written examples that teach through things I know. Wait. That sentence makes it sound like I KNOW organized crime. Hahaha
    Let me rephrase. I love learning through well written examples that teach through things I know and things I love watching Discovery Channel shows on. πŸ™‚

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