Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #84

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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:

  • Hollywood and Bust – netplaces. "As downloaders everywhere reel from the highs of beating back SOPA and PIPA, followed by the lows of many sources of free movies going dark, it’s time for a history lesson. Today’s movie industry lobbyists push for the enforcement of copyright law — but only a century ago, Hollywood was born by an industry trying to avoid paying licenses to the inventors of the camera. That’s right: Big Movie was once on the run from Edison and his patent thugs. What a difference a century makes." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three-Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin – Colossal. "This is a fascinating approach to sculpture. Or maybe it’s painting. It’s reminiscent of 3D printing, which is all the rage these days, but it’s done by hand. It’s also a great introduction to Colossal, which has many other great examples of modern art that’s creative, surprising, and often inspiring." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Between the Lines – Los Angeles Magazine. "Do we build parking lots so that people can get around cities in their cars? Or do we build cities in order to justify parking lots?" (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Saudi Arabia. Nigeria. Venezuela. Canada? – Slate. "A Slate article about Canada’s new global image." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Big Data, Big Dead End – CTRL-SHIFT. "In case you have been living under a rock, the Internet is less about reporting news and facts and much more about the opinions of others. In this instance, Alan Mitchell says that while big data (and how to use) is all the rage, it’s simply not going to work out in the way that we need it. Sure, it’s easy to take a contrarian viewpoint, but in this instance it’s a well thought-out perspective that is worthy of your attention as we all take that dive into the deep end of the big data pool." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Applied Neuroscience, the Six-String Method – The New York Times. "I used to play electric bass quite a bit (I was in a band and all). From there I tinkered with a guitar (mostly because my brother was a guitarist), but it has been years since I played. Something came over me the other week (maybe it was because I was listening to The Coffee House Channel on Sirius XM a lot) and I bought an acoustic parlor guitar. A couple of days after that, I was in New York City with my literary agent who just had another one of his authors, Gary Marcus, release his book, Guitar Zero. The famed Cognitive Psychologist decided to learn how to play guitar when he turned 40. This book not only documents his frustration but shows us the complexity of the brain and learning as we get older. Some cool riffs in here… pardon the pun." (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. Fantastic interview by Brian Solis on how Suntrust Bank approaches Social Media. Bianca Buckridee, the AVP from Suntrust, is easily won of my favorite folks to have sat on the couch with Brian on his ‘Revolution’ video series.

  2. Well being a best selling author, I like to keep an eagle eye on political and social scenario around the world. This link about Canada flexing it’s muscles banking on its huge oil reserves was quite surprising. It was indeed a haven and a magnet for the people around the world.
    Since I also own a company, which was voted as one of the fastest growing companies by the Inc magazine, I appreciate the liberal ethos of the most of the western world and I hope this continues.
    Lets hope it is a temporary phase in Canada and that it reverts back to its original serene self.

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