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:

The Atomic Theory of Origami

In 1970, an astrophysicist named Koryo Miura conceived what would become one of the most well-known and well-studied folds in origami: the Miura-ori.

How Netflix works: the (hugely simplified) complex stuff that happens every time you hit Play

This is, in short and in the most layman terms, how Netflix works.

The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English

The classicist Emily Wilson has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice.

The Old Man and the Sea, and the Sea, and the Sea

Adventure paddler Aleksander Doba willed his 71-year-old body and 1,600-pound kayak through a 4,000-mile trans-Atlantic journey

Not the Bots We Were Looking For

In 2016, restless tech-industry forecasters enjoyed a rare moment of consensus: Whatever else might be coming next, everyone seemed to agree that bots would be a big part of it.

These Founders Hit the Road–and Found Their Next Big Idea

Gourmet coffee. High-end cosmetics. Ridesharing services. These founders hit the road–and came back inspired to start something big.

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