Links & Notes

Random findings and notes that could enlighten, surprise or even provoke a bit.

What Mongolian Nomads Can Teach Us About the Digital Future – Wired
People who pack up and transport their house twice a year become choosy about their possessions. Kevin Kelly from the Wired recently traveled among the nomads of Mongolia for two weeks and had a chance to inspect their belongings. He was there to photograph their traditional practices, which were more intact than he expected.

The Complex situation in Syria – The New Yorker
The complexity of the war in Syria explained through the eyes of the citizens s in Saraqib close to (or part of) Idlib. How did the rebellion start? How come al-Qaida (Nusra) got its foothold? What about US, Russia, Turkey etc?

Russian disinformation: From Cold War to Kanye West – NYT
This three-part video is probably the best description I have seen about how disinformation, subversion, and propaganda (or as part of it is called today, Fake News) is forced upon us in today’s digital/cyber-environment. It is a long-play utilized by governments to influence and destabilize countries. Today boosted by speed and reach, all enabled by social media. When viewed from this historical perspective, it suddenly seems very obvious what has happened.

Predicting the future
12 interesting individuals are predicting the future. They are from different industries with different perspectives, highly enjoyable.

How Macklemore Tapped Major Label Muscle to Market an Indie Album – WSJ
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four Grammys Sunday night, including the coveted award for best rap album for 2012’s “The Heist.” Released independently through Macklemore’s own label, Macklemore LLC, the feel-good hip hop album has sold more than 1.2 million copies to date.

The Value of “Instinctual Integrity”
“In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities, integrity, intelligence and energy. Add if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you. – Warren Buffet”
I have often been criticised for having too much integrity, this article describes some of the advantages of having integrity and the impact on business if there is a lack of integrity.

How Facebook ads helped elect Trump
Brad Parscale is the man that orchestrated the Trump Online Campaign. He says he won the election on Facebook with highly targeted ads — this is a very interesting interview, well worth the look if you are into how today’s information infrastructure works and how to twist peoples minds.

Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk – NYT
How is an office best designed today. Cubicle, open office, your own office? Or maybe a combination of all? Personally I favour an office environment where most focused work are done at home or in an un-disturbed environment and all things related to problem solving, brainstorming etc are done at the office with a high density of whiteboards and coffee machines.

Reminder to self: Do not put your fingers in your eyes after you have sliced a Trinidad Scorpion! It hurts!

Secrets of “Special Ops” Leadership
I often state that startups are the special forces of business, so this article about Special Forces leadership is a really good read if you think your team is bleeding edge in their field. To lead high-performers in any line of work is hard, but few are as tough to lead as special forces soldiers. There is a lot to be inspired by from the tips in this article.

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
Team collaboration will always fascinate me. Googles Project Aristotle is a research initiative with the goal to build perfect teams. Interesting result was that they found no patterns in how to achieve the perfect team, but did find lots of great insights.

Dope song by my Lil Brother
One of my favorite songs from my Lil Bros band Freekok (discontinued unfortunately), this one is unreleased but I still love it.