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

Brooklyn Lands a Drone Store
Brooklyn’s newest specialty shop caters to a very specific clientele: drone enthusiasts…


How To Get Serious About Do-Gooding
Jane the Virgin costar Justin Baldoni on what it takes to juggle an impressive array of social-good and business ventures…


Inside the New Way Stuff Gets Made
AR sounds like science fiction, but small manufacturers are finding it’s not as inaccessible as many people think…


Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans
A variety of machine intelligence software approaches known as “deep learning” or “deep neural nets” are taking baby steps toward solving problems like a human…


How Snapchat Built a Business By Confusing Olds
Advertisers want the $16 billion social network’s young users…


Pizza Jerk is Portland’s First Punk-Rock Family Pizza Joint
Tommy Habetz brings together high chairs, punk rock, and some serious pies…


See the Happy Chaos at Astronauts’ Landing Site
A successful return to Earth for Scott Kelly, Mikhail Korniyenko, and Sergey Volkov…


Anything worth doing takes years.
You can’t set short time frames. That’s short sighted…


Death is a High-Tech Trip in Japan’s Futuristic Cemeteries
In Japan, declining birth rates, shortages of space in cities, and skyrocketing prices for cemetery plots have brought on a radical rethink in how the deceased are both buried and commemorated by those they leave behind…


Glass slide suspended from 1,000 feet up? It’s coming to U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A.
Want to scoot down a glass slide 1,000 feet above the streets of downtown Los Angeles? Come June, you should be able to…