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:

Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.)
A new initiative to beam messages into space may be our best shot yet at learning whether we’re alone in the universe. There’s just one problem: What if we’re not?

The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution
Planet Labs and other companies are sending hundreds of low-cost satellites into orbit. We’re only beginning to understand how that will change life on Earth.

This Secretive Billionaire Makes The Cheese For Pizza Hut, Domino’s And Papa John’s
In all, Leprino Foods sells more than a billion pounds of cheese a year, to the tune of $3 billion in revenue.

Amazon’s Achilles Heel
How connected inventories and mesh delivery networks could take down a behemoth

Multimillion-dollar Ferraris, Jaguars, Astons, and a Fine Cup of Tea
I was at the 1993 Goodwood Festival of Speed

What’s Wrong with Apple’s New Headquarters?
Apple Park is an anachronism wrapped in glass, tucked into a neighborhood.