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Links we like, February 6, 2008

  • Kevin Kelly -- The Technium - "When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied." That pretty much sums it up. I suspect this might be the most succinct, profound, and prescient sentence I'll read this year. A must-read post.
  • Dogcow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - "The original dogcow was named Clarus by Apple employees. The sound she makes is 'Moof!'"
  • Rands In Repose: Out Loud - "Developing a compelling presentation involves a series of decisions and exercises to align your head with the fact that you’re delivering your content directly to people. No internet. No weblog. Just you." [via Daring Fireball]
  • Quiet your Home with Ambient Noise - O'Reilly Digital Media Blog - Living in intimate proximity to a tribe of suburban Wookiees has made our family very familiar with white noise generators. They're a godsend. (Most especially if you have an infant) [thanks, Gordon!]
  • How to record a kickass podcast between two macs — and cheap! - I like the idea of using the Skype connection only as a "monitor." I'd add that it doesn't hurt to do a "clap" at the beginning so you have something common to sync around.
  • Your Prep Card: Don’t Leave Home Without It - "Take a 3″ x 5″ index card and write down 3 key points you want to mention in simple clear language, nouns and verbs. At the bottom, give yourself 2 reminders to avoid your bad habits." Good idea. Once you're out of a comfortable environment and feeling stressed, your head starts to swim. (And by "you" I mean "me")
  • The Smart Set: Night Terrors - "Chronic sleep loss of even two to three hours per night held the potential to hamper body and mind functioning, not to mention quality of life."
  • Being Funny - Steve Martin: "About to pass me by, Elvis stopped, looked at me and said in his beautiful Mississippi drawl: 'Son, you have an ob-leek sense of humor.'" [via MeFi]
TOPICS: Daily Links
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8 links with a dramatic arc

Merlin, you've got a lot on your mind! And by the fact that I read each item you linked to in this post, I guess my concerns range to the similar. I get that you want to a) stay current with thought leaders and their insights (duh!) [Kevin Kelly's Technium]; b) dig deeper into archetypal pleasures that have unconsciously captured your favor [Dogcow]; c) improve your presentations because maybe they're not going over so well [Rands in Repose: Out Loud]; d) cope with stress better because it might be threatening your well-being [Quiet Your Home with Ambient Noise]; e) leverage technology to get your message out, because what else is all this cool technology for? [How to record a kickass podcast...]; f) improve (even more) your presentations [Your Prep Card]; g) deal with life/health issues you've finally decided are well and truly threatening your well-being [The Smart Set: Night Terrors]; and h) do a little hero worship while you work on improving (even more than before, so that people will say Steve Jobs is last year's model compared to you) your presentations [Being Funny-Steve Martin]. Quite a lot of strident self-improvement going on here! A bit stressful even. Anyway, thanks for the links, from a fellow human-potential pilgrim.




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