Strands of Genius: October 22
Curated by @rosiesiman + @faris.
- Content is NOT KING - People are! This excellent, wonderful interview with Ze Frank talks about what content spreads and why. MUST WATCH.
- In its final days is The Week Dominator Kickstarter campaign. We're big fans of our NeuYear calendar and have already pre-ordered the kick-ass planner, which is a dream tool for those who like to stay organized and who appreciate good design.
- These parking meter "Robin Hoods" save people from getting parking tickets - and have lost the state $80,000+ in fines. Which means they're popular with the locals, but less so with the government. Oops.
- First time novelist Kathleen Hale confronts a critic attacking her book online, only to discover the murky world of book blogging trolls. Am I being Catfished reminded us that online identity is still not a reliable thing. And that trolls are just the worst.
- I've fallen and I can't get up is a spectacular experiment in multi agent 3D animation.
- When people ask about our crazy third-world experiences, we tell them about doctors in Cambodia who wanted to amputate an interns broken leg, and we learned that this got them the highest kickback. (Don't worry, she was life-flighted to Bangkok and got a cast instead.) I was appalled, but while it would be hard for the same extreme example to happen in the US, health care in the states also "operates predominantly on a fee-for-service basis, which rewards doctors for doing as much as possible, rather than for offering the best care possible." Looking at a few different "Tell All" books by doctors, this Atlantic article dives into disillusionment from not patients, but doctors.
- How Businesses Kill Creativity is a great HBR piece that they've unlocked for the weekend. If it's behind a paywall by the time you read this, email us and we'll ping you the pdf. Don't say we don't look after you.
- Having recently got into Veronica Mars [a decade after broadcast] we love Kristin Bell - and she plays an excellent Mary Poppins. [We also love Mary Poppins and believe in a fair minimum wage.]
- For those that love grammar - or perhaps more for those who don't love being corrected by those who claim to love grammar - Here are 10 grammar mistakes people love to correct that aren't actually wrong.
- Urusula Le Guin's essay on Being a Man is incredibly brilliant [extracts & context by Brainpickings]
- Happy Divali - which is the Hindu Festival of Lights, and also New Year. In the spirit of celebration, here's an uplifting message we got from an EPOS terminal.