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 Everlasting Forrest Fenn

Five years ago, a legendary art dealer left his home in Santa Fe, traveled to an undisclosed location somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and hid a 42‑pound chest filled with priceless treasure. Why?…


The time that Tony Fadell sold me a container of hummus.

On May 15th a critical Nest product will go dark. I’m shocked this isn’t bigger news…


Why I love ugly, messy interfaces — and you probably do too

Here’s some ugly design that’s unbeatable…


Panama Papers show how the very rich use art to get richer

“Whether we like it or not, art is used for tax avoidance and evasion,” said NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini last year. “Plenty of people are using it for money laundering…”



On Slack, love, happiness, Slack as an operating system for your company, and the inevitable end of all things. And also Slack…


How a Virtual-Reality Skeptic Made the First Great Oculus Game

“Virtual reality doesn’t work well on me,” he says…


Etsy Wants to Crochet Its Cake, and Eat It Too

Can a company upend capitalism without really earning a profit?


Plastic Surgery With a Mouse Click

Spaceships and giant robots are old news. Now, Hollywood special effects can shave years off an actor’s life, reshape a performance, or even recast a role after a movie’s been shot…


The Future Of Microsoft Office: Many Apps, Many Interfaces, Many Devices

“What was once a box of monolithic apps is getting broken down into discrete tasks and reimagined for a less PC-centric age…”


Guns N’ Roses Roar Back With Epic Las Vegas Reunion Show

Axl Rose sat on Dave Grohl’s throne throughout electrifying pre-Coachella gig…