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August 23, 2014 8:03 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #218

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:

  • A 3D Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater" - Mental Floss. "I've never been an architecture buff, but from the moment I saw Fallingwater, I knew it was something special. It's an incredible example of tying structure into surroundings, functionality into creativity. And now, you can go visit it online, and understand how it was put together from the ground up." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Keith Richards: 'I Had a Sound in My Head That Was Bugging Me' - Wall Street Journal. "How do songs get made? Here's a fascinating look at how an iconic Stones' song was created. Turns out you can use a cassette recorder as a pickup - if you're Keith Richards." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Edward Tufte Wants You to See Better - NPR. "Great interview with the father of modern information design, Edward Tufte." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • University of Kentucky Cheerleading. "The world is going to hell in a hand basket, so why not watch this amazing cheerleading pair?" (Hugh for Mitch).
  • What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong - Time. "Just because you clicked it, it does not mean that read it. More importantly, just because you shared it, it doesn't mean that you read it, either. As consumers, we're doing all sorts of things online that most marketers and brands are confusing for action or a vote of confidence. I wish more marketers would read this article. Scratch that, I wish everyone would read this article and better think about the things that they click on and share. Why? Because if we don't (which we aren't), we're devaluing one of the most amazing things that human beings create: content... and our ability to share it and create authority." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • How Scrivener Helped Me Organize All My Writing - Lifehacker. "I am very fortunate to know some of the most prolific business non-fiction authors and journalists of our time. If you think that I write a lot of words, you should see what some of these folks pump out. I wrote my first book, Six Pixels of Separation, the same way that most authors still write their books: using Word (or some other word processing software). I wrote my second book, CTRL ALT Delete, a few years later using a piece of writing software called, Scrivener. The only way I can explain the massive chasm between Word and Scrivener is by telling people that when you write a book (or any long piece of content with Scrivener), it's like going from a black and white TV to IMAX 3D. Yes, that amazing. In fact, I have no idea how I would write a book without Scrivener. This Lifehacker post is a great primer (with links to some awesome online video tutorials) that can get you started. I know what you're thinking: 'I don't have time to learn another piece of software.' Neither did I. After watching some of the video tutorials, I was basically ready to go in about fifteen minutes. If you write, trust me, it's worth it." (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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