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

Bill Walton’s Long, Strange Tale of N.B.A. Survival

A basketball legend looks back with surprising
gratitude on a life plagued by physical agony…


#GrowthStall: Twitter’s Moment of Solemn Reflection

Twitter turns 10. Jack Dorsey has a plan to get it to 20…


The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers are Starting an Economic Revolution

I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my story. It’s a story of ecological redemption…


Why These Recipe Videos Are Taking Over Your Facebook Wall

The commenters on a recipe for Greek-yogurt veggie dip are tearing each other apart….


The Inside Story of How Oculus Cracked the Impossible Design of VR

When you set out to create a virtual reality headset, you soon realize that the idea of form following function is bullshit…


Learning Larry Page’s Alphabet

When Google became Alphabet, the rationale seemed simple: that a company of companies can innovate faster than a single large beast. But that’s only the start…


Physicists Unleash AI to Devise Unthinkable Experiments

Researchers trying to divine the bizarre nature of quantum particle behavior are getting some help from software that designs counterintuitive experiments…


The case of boredom: Enduring empty time

Blaise Pascal’s famous sentence in his Pensées “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone” can only be understood in the context of subjective time…


How to Ford a River

“Each time I cross a river, the power of water amazes me…”


How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization

The theme song itself is filled with foreboding, telling us that life is inherently deceptive, career pursuits are laughable, poverty is right around the corner, and oh yeah, your love life’s D.O.A. But you will always have the company of idiots. They will be there for you…