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June 2, 201210:40 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #102

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:

  • Day 319: Self-Help Advice From A 2 Year Old - Jason Good 365. "My daughter is getting to that age. She wants to play 'sleeping,' but won't sleep. Crying babies make her sad, but she can't explain why she cries. Apparently, this is what we have to look forward to. 'Tired of looking at yourself in the mirror? So was I until I met my friend permanent marker. FACE TATTOOS ARE RAD.' Jason Good's stuff (by way of my wife) is pretty funny; why do I get the feeling he's being perfectly serious here?" (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Which cities shape our musical tastes? Atlanta, Montreal and ... Oslo - The Washington Post. "Montreal music celeb photographer extraordinaire, Eva Blue, pointed me at this article, which discusses research based on data. The researchers tracked the spread of new groups to see where they started. Atlanta for hip hop, and of course, Montreal for Indy music. Even the math says Montreal is cool." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The Unabomber's Pen Pal - The Chronicle of Higher Education. "The Unabomber is known almost exclusively from that police sketch of a mustachioed guy in shades and a hoodie. A dangerous crackpot. Which of course he was - his mail bomb campaign injured 23 people and killed three. Behind Ted Kaczynski's terrorism is a deeply-held - and carefully argued - belief that our modern technological society is sick. David Skrbina, a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Michigan, has been corresponding with Kaczynski for years, and has collated Kaczynski's writings in a book, Technological Slavery." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • You Should Probably Send More Email Than You Do - Kalzumeus. "Maybe email isn't so bad afterall." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Piracy, Google and Facebook Crowdfunding: Ari Emanuel Lets Loose at D10 (Video) - All Things D. "I've had the pleasure of meeting and seeing Ari Emanuel (co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor) speak in person. He does not mince his words. He's spent years representing some of Hollywood's biggest talent and he, himself, has been immortalized by the show Entourage (the character Ari Gold is based on him). In this conversation from the recent D10 event, Emanuel presents his very pointed view of entertainment and commerce. Make sure to stick around for the Q&A portion if you want to see the Ari Gold character come to life." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Six Tough Truths About Self-Publishing (That The Advocates Never Seem To Talk About) - Lit Reactor. "All authors are leaving major publishers because the big bucks are in self-publishing! Umm... not so fast. Editing, marketing, distributing, working on a great book cover... all of these things are not so easy. Book publishers still have power. Book authors just have more options. The thing is, just because you can write a great book, it doesn't mean that you're going to be great selling it. Are big publishers great at all of these things? No, not necessarily, but they have experience doing it. I liked this article. Not because I believed everything it said, but because it offers another perspective on the shifts in publishing. It turns out that the answer isn't as black and white as you may think. In fact, there are fifty shades of grade (insert rim shot here)." (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.

By Mitch Joel