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October 18, 2014 8:58 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #226

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, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week 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:

  • Eggcorns. "The most useless piece of information I learned today is the eggcorn. So, naturally I shared it here. An eggcorn is a misspelling or misinterpretation of something which still makes sense. You might be 'curled up in the feeble position' or provide me with 'antidotal evidence,' for example. I suspect people who refer to Ellen Degeneres as Ellen The Generous because of her penchant for gifts are committing a similar eggcorn. So, here is a database of them for you." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Underworld: 'Rave was more punk than punk' - BBC. "My favorite band in the world is a British duo/trio called, Underworld. They've been the soundtrack to much of my life. After flailing around as a bad pop band for years, they released an album called, Dubnobasswithmyheadman. It was probably the album that made electronic music accessible. Every EDM artist today owes them their day job. So, imagine my delight when they released a re-mastered version of it, along with a flurry of posts, concerts, and articles like this one that chart their unlikely rise." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Watch A Hornet Be Cooked Alive By Bees - IFL Science! "Ahh, nature. The hive of the sweet little Japanese honey bee can be victim to attacks from giant hornets, which invade in groups and can destroy a hive, chopping up and chowing down on bees with their big mean pincers. Usually hornets send a scout to find tasty hives - the scout reports back to the hornet hive, and the invading army comes seeking destruction. Only these Japanese honey bees have other ideas." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • How The New Yorker Finally Figured Out The Internet: 3 Lessons From Its Web Redesign - Fast Company. "The New Yorker recently revamped its website, with a focus on mobile phone and tablet readers. The lessons here are simple, but powerful for anyone producing content that goes onto the Web." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness? - The New York Times. "I blew my knee out several years ago. I had to shy away from mixed martial arts training and running outdoors, to walking and stationary bicycles. Don't feel bad for me. I'm also getting old ;) That being said, I still follow the fitness space. When I see things like UFC gyms being opened all over the US, and the meteoric rise of Crossfit, I do stop and wonder why things have become so... extreme. This isn't about breaking a sweat and getting into decent shape anymore. It does feel like people have something to prove. It does feel like people don't just want a tough workout, but want to be tough. What gives? This article takes a shot at it." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Hemingwrite Typing Device Aimed at Distraction-Free Writing - PSFK. "A long time ago, I asked Hugh what the point was in buying an Amazon Kindle to read ebooks on? Why not just read them on a tablet or smartphone? He made a fairly lucid argument, that it's nice to have a device that is used, solely, for the quiet of reading. Not Web browser to distract you. No tweets or Facebook updates to take you away from the words on a clear digital screen. With that, we see the rise of productivity apps that will lock you out of the Internet, so that you can focus on doing your work. It makes sense. I read most of my books on my Kindle app, but it's on my iPhone. With that, I am often distracted. So, when it comes to writing, why not create a device that just lets you write? Pretty interesting idea, right? Say hello to Hemingwrite. It helps if it looks like an old-school typewriter as well. Especially, if you're like Hugh and I... and you have a thing for Typewriter Porn." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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