Happy Weekend! You know the drill. Before there can be summer fun, there must be weekend links to get us in the mood.  Below are some of my favorite picks of the week. What did you read? Let me know in the comments.  I’ll need something to keep my interest when I’m back on Long Island this weekend. ;)

Here’s what I was reading:

  • Minority Rules:  Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, represent!) found that when 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. I hear that percentage falls even lower if we’re strictly talking about the Internet.
  • The power of vulnerability: In order for connection to happen, we have to let ourselves be seen because what makes you vulnerable is what makes you beautiful. This is a video of Brene Brown speaking at TedxHouston.
  • So you’re MAD about something on the Internet: A very handy flowchart for Internet arguments.
  • This is why I’m fat: After tagging another awful Facebook photo, it’s time for the excuses to end.
  • Who is the real Google Guru: A clip from the old To Tell The Truth game show from 2000 where an assortment of semi-famous have to guess the real Sergey Brin by quizzing The Real Sergey and two other random dudes. Comically, not only does everyone guess wrong, Paula Poundstone thinks a search engine is something you have to plug in.
  • Dear Cancer, you may have killed me but I kicked your ass:  If you were to write a final tweet to be published after you died, what would it say? Would you be proud of everyone else people would fine in your stream?
  • Twitter’s 30 Most Eligible Bachelors:  What? I only read it for the quality of the article? [There was an article, right? Was there?]
  • Cereal Marshmallows: Did you know you could buy cereal marshmallows in bulk? I’m talking about the charms in your Lucky’s without the boring oat part.  I did not.  Consider my life forever changed. [hat tip]
  • Mariachi Connecticut Serenades a Beluga Whale: Don’t even pretend you’re too cool to watch this video. I assure you that you’re not. And that it’s awesome.

That’s it for me!  If you’ve enjoyed the content on Outspoken this week or if you like what we’re doing, I’d love it if you’d consider voting for me in the Small Business Influencer Awards.  You can vote every 24 hours and voting is open through TUESDAY.  Have a great weekend and I’ll see you crazy people on Monday.


About the Author

Lisa Barone

Lisa Barone co-founded Outspoken Media in 2009 and served as Chief Branding Officer until April 2012.


4 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Links – Cereal Marshmallows Edition


  • Nick Gowdy on said:

    This Is Why I’m Fat: Cereal Marshmallows.

    Also: http://thisiswhyyourefat.tumblr.com/

    In other news, I’ve seen similar studies to that spread-of-opinion research. The problem is that getting that many “committed” people is so exceedingly rare on most issues. It’s not enough that you entertain or even hold the opinion – you have to be committed to it to such an extreme that it largely defies reason. “Unshakable” beliefs are rarely a good thing.


  • Jerry McCarthy on said:

    Lisa,

    There is a book I started reason by accident last week called “Business Stripped Bare by Richard Branson.” I couldn’t sleep and stumbled across it in bed the other night. Downloaded it and before I knew it was 3am. Good book. He gives a great perspective into the power of people and how it relates to building something for the greater good by investing in people and building global brands as a direct result. He goes way beyond margins and being in the black. The book isn’t concentrated on the typical fundamentals you read about in self improvement books related to business. It’s an earthly perspective without the cliche’s of Yoga or meditation. It’s unique and a quick read too. Long island?! Good call!


  • Naomi Sichler on said:

    Hi Lisa, Glad you enjoyed my “dear cancer” post, and thank you so much for sharing it with your readers. I also was a HUGE fan of Brené Brown’s TEDx video on vulnerability and it’s in the queue for as a topic for a future blog post. I’ll be sure to share that with you when it comes out! I’m following you on Twitter so will continue to read your weekly round-up, but if anything else comes across your desk/Twitter feed/email that you think would make good fodder for my blog (something at least loosely connected to cancer/living the good life) please pass it along!


  • Pam on said:

    Lisa, I just watched the Brene Brown Ted talk. I recently read a book by her, which was so amazing – “The Gifts of Imperfection”. It talks about her “research” into shame resilience, and how all of us deal with setbacks and shame, but its how we bounce back from them that shows us the stuff we are made of.
    She is a tremendous writer, and now I know she is a great speaker too.
    Thanks for sharing this one – I’ve been following Brene on Twitter for awhile! :)


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