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August 12, 2012 6:40 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #112

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:

  • Human cycles: history as science - Kurzweil. "Look for patterns in enough places and you'll find them. And three iterations does not make a cycle, so take this with a grain of salt. But according to Peter Turchin, who studies weather patterns, upheavals in human society come at regular intervals. And the next one is due in 2020. Stockpile some canned food and stuff money in your mattresses." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Pocketful Of Dough - Gourmet. "Ever wonder how to tip your way into a restaurant? This Gourmet Magazine piece by an intrepid reporter explains what it feels like to jump the queue at some of the world's best tables. Far from feeling slimy or underhanded, he found himself empowered, part of a secret elite. As much a study of restaurant dynamics as good advice. It's a fun read." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking - Wired. "I've been waking up in sweats after reading this. The horror of losing control of my digital life is... horrifying. And then today: my Mac died. People: back things up, and have a sensible security approach to your digital life." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Two Weeks of Nothing: Random Thoughts After a Relaxing Vacation - Arjun Basu. "Remember when people blogged, and you knew them, or got to know them online, and they got to know you? I miss those days. This is just a nice old fashioned blog post from my pal, Arjun Basu, about a bunch of stuff he was thinking about during and after an unconnected holiday. Refreshing to read." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Before Green Eggs: See The Advertising Work Of Dr. Seuss - Fast Company. "What The Beatles are to music, Dr. Seuss is to children's book. You come to that realization pretty quickly once you have young kids and start reading to them on a nightly basis. Nobody does it better than Dr. Seuss. Period. End of sentence. As you read to your kids, you will marvel not only at his words and art but - and, much more impressively - where his ideas came from. They are not only 'out there,' but they're amazingly clever and warming. In the past while, I've become interested in obscure art and some strange pieces. One of my potential areas of interests was to start picking up some Dr. Seuss prints. After seeing this, it's clear that before buying anything, I should probably read his biography. I had no idea he was in advertising, and I had never seen some of these amazing pieces." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The 5 Things People Regret Most Before They Die - Business Insider. "The contents of this news item could be a blog post (or three) unto itself. We get caught up in our daily work and the anxiety that comes with it. So few of us ever really sit and ruminate on our final days. While there's nothing mind-blowingly new on this list, it would probably be wise to print it out and stick it somewhere visible. Thinking about these five regrets on a daily basis could well inspire a change in your moral compass. The majority of us think that we'll go to bed one night and never wake up. That's glamorous, but unlikely. Imagine having years of sitting around and waiting for your final day to arrive (with little to do but wait)? What do you think you will do with that time? What type of regrets do you think you will have? Take a look at this list and have a serious chat with yourself." (Mitch for Hugh... and everybody else).

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

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  • Posted by Davey Moyers
    Mitch Joel

    The last link on the 5 things people regret was pause for reflection. It wasn't regret that got me thinking, it was gratitude. This article got me thinking about all the people, places, thoughts, concepts, and events I'm greatful for. So thanks for bringing this piece to our attention.

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