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.

Each Monday, we’ll 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. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Why You Should Always Carry a Notebook
There isn’t one prolific creator of any kind that I know that hasn’t abided by the policy of carrying a notebook. I have stacks of Moleskine notebooks on my bookshelves. All the projects, books, and ideas that I’ve turned into reality started in the pages of my notebooks.


Disaster in progress – Autodesk’s all-rental plans are failing
It has been observed elsewhere that Autodesk’s decision to stop selling software has had the expected results. Rental? We’re not buying it. Literally.


Is the Jetpack Movement Finally Taking Off?
Personal flight, once a pipe dream, is now within our reach. But futuristic transportation does not come cheap


Canadian Teen Who ‘Discovered’ Lost Maya City Speaks Out
William Gadoury is shrugging off scholarly criticism and planning an expedition to Mexico to find the city he calls K’aak Chi, or “Mouth of Fire.”


A guy trained a machine to “watch” Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi.
Do encoders dream of electric sheep? (Or, how do you “teach” an AI to watch a film?)


Muhammad Ali Remembered, by Those Who Knew Him as Cassius
Muhammad Ali’s hometown reacts to his recent passing.


A Young Man Quits His Old Life and Goes West
Zach Both left his office job last summer, customized a Chevy van and hit the road. He hasn’t looked back since.


The Twin Peaks Cast List Is Out and Eddie Vedder Is on It
This is, excuse me, a damn fine list of actors.