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November 13, 2010 1:29 PM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #21

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, Rednod, 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, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for each other (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:

  1. Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography - Language. "Stephen Fry makes words like 'verbal freshness' sound delicious. He can mint 'sound-sex' and make swearing at once trenchant and deft. The only thing that can improve on his oratory is some good typography. So designer Matthew Rogers did just that, creating this beautiful animation of words about words, from a master of them." (Alistair for Hugh).
  2. Risk Reduction Strategies on Facebook - Danah Boyd. "As Facebook becomes the de facto communications medium for many teens, users are finding new strategies to maintain control over their online personas. This piece by Danah Boyd provides two examples of unintended privacy controls that two users - in strained social situations - are applying to their virtual presence." (Alistair for Mitch).
  3. What a Hundred Million Calls to 311 Reveal About New York - Wired. "The City of New York has been compiling data about what all the calls to their information line - NYC311 - are about, resulting in some wonderful data and visualizations about what's on the minds of New Yorkers." (Hugh for Alistair).
  4. Is this evidence that we can see the future? - New Scientist. "Psychologist Daryl Bem spent eight years working on curious research: reversing the sequence of common psychological experiments, so that 'the event generally interpreted as the cause happened after the tested behaviour rather than before it.' Turns out, maybe, that we are predicting the future all the time. Bem's paper - peer reviewed, and standing up, so far, to scrutiny - will be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology before the end of the year." (Hugh for Mitch).
  5. Great Scott! Over 35 Hours of Video Uploaded Every Minute to YouTube - Broadcasting Ourselves - The Official YouTube Blog. "You would think that people have begun to tire of creating videos and posting them online. You would be wrong. Just this week, YouTube released some new numbers. It turns out that over 35 hours of video is being uploaded to YouTube every sixty seconds... and that's just YouTube. The numbers are even more staggering if you consider the fact that the technology is still fairly limited. Just wait until we're all getting video live streaming in HD and real-time (it's coming). As cool and advanced as we think the Web is, it's still early days - especially when it comes to video. And yet, the usage is still growing and mind-boggling." (Mitch for Alistair).
  6. Videos of Japan's 3D Hologram Rock Star Hatsune Miku in HD! - Singularity Hub. "Why go to a concert when you can watch it professionally shot and recorded in HD on your sixty-inch LCD TV with surround sound in the comfort of your own home? We go for the live experience, that's why. Well then, ask yourself this: would you go to a live concert if the performer was a hologram? David Usher sent me this link, and all I could think to myself is, 'this is both the most frightening thing I have ever seen and yet it makes complete sense to me as well.' You have to read the Blog post and watch the videos to better understand how Hatsune Miku sells out live concerts all of the time, even though she is just a hologram. Welcome to the real-life version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'" (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.

Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography - Language from Matthew Rogers on Vimeo.

By Mitch Joel