Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

The Paris Métro’s $43 Billion Buildout Is Feeling the Olympics Bloat

A plan to push the system deep into the suburbs is facing delays tied to the 2024 Games and ticking off commuters.

China Is Turning Ethiopia Into a Giant Fast-Fashion Factory

The project is Beijing’s big experiment in outsourcing, and a $10 billion shot in the arm for the African nation—if there isn’t a civil war first.

What Is the Perfect Color Worth?

Inside the mysterious art — and big business — of color forecasting.

How to Take a Vow of Silence

Give yourself a clear time frame.

Get a Degree in Gear at Utah State University

At USU, students in the country’s first program for gear designers aren’t just learning how to sew a bestselling jacket. They’re being groomed to lead the industry’s next big political and environmental fights.

The Beginner’s Guide to your Internet Speed

Understand how your internet works, and how you can make it faster