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March 1, 2014 9:46 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #193

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:

  • Tupperware! - American Experience. "This is an hour-long documentary. It's also a time capsule. And to understand modern North American society, you need to grok the tug-of-war between this technical optimism and the post-Vietnam, post-9/11 mistrust that pervades much of media today. But for now, go back to a time when the future was bright and plastic, and a generation of women found themselves building a business empire one plastic tub at a time." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • How Cash Would Be Seen by the Media if Invented Today - CoinDesk. "I once spoke with a proponent of electric cars who pointed out that, if we were trying to get the internal combustion engine approved today, nobody would allow it -- it's essentially an explosive on wheels. Well, Bitcoin proponent Antonis Polemitis took a similar approach to Bitcoin, writing this satirical piece about cold, hard cash. He makes a few good points about just how antiquated modern currency really is." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • This Looks Like A Charming Little Cabin. And It Is... But It's So Much More Than That. Trust Me. - ViralNova. "Oh, to live in a tiny, wonderfully-designed cabin in the woods..." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • A Simple Strategy To Get More Replies To The Emails You Send - Buffer. "When you write: 'Let's schedule a call - how do things look for you next week?' what you are really saying is: 'a) I am too lazy to look at my calendar b) I want you to do the work of looking at your calendar c) I am going to make this a 4 x email exchange (1. how does your schedule look? 2. what about Tuesday? 3. no, Wednesday. 4. OK.)' Instead of a 2 email exchange (1. Tuesday 10am? 2. OK!). Learning to be efficient and clear in emails is so much kinder to your contacts, and to yourself." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • How to Get a Job at Google - The New York Times. "Do you think it takes an awesome GPA and Ivey league college diploma to score a great gig at Google these days? Remember the countless blog posts and articles about the highly intricate questions that they were asking in the hopes of scoring the world's best and brightest talent? Well, guess what? Grades (obviously) matter in some of the more technical jobs, but as Google grows and continues to employ more and more people, they're looking at other - more fascinating - attributes to decide on who, exactly, they consider to be the best of the best. What are those attributes? You will have to read the article to find out (I am such a tease). But, more importantly, start asking yourself this: if Google is looking for people with these kinds of dynamic skill sets and thinking capabilities, just how well are the schools of today prepping kids for the workplace of tomorrow?" (Mitch for Alistair).
  • How Much My Novel Cost Me - Emily Gould. "I read this post on Medium and I didn't know what to think. We live in such a strange world when it comes to book publishing. On one hand, because of social media, it has never been easier for great content to get noticed by people like literary agents and book publishers. On the other hand, it is so hard to get people to care about buying books (let alone reading them). If you look at the landscape, it doesn't feel like there is much hope. Then again, I know countless people who are doing well financially on their books, because they understand how to either play the game or do things on their own. This is a fascinating piece that will make you think deeply about the true nuances that exist in the book publishing world and how we define success." (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.

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