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 Maker of Things
In the late 1800s, the Brooklyn Bridge was built with no power tools, no heavy machinery, and only a basic, evolving understanding of how to make steel.


Which Rock Star Will Historians of the Future Remember?
The most important musical form of the 20th century will be nearly forgotten one day. People will probably learn about the genre through one figure — so who might that be?


Sorry, There’s Nothing Magical About Breakfast
I don’t eat breakfast. It’s not that I dislike what’s offered. Given the choice of breakfast food or lunch food, I’d almost always choose eggs or waffles. It’s just that I’m not hungry at 7:30 a.m., when I leave for work.


A guy just transcribed 30 years of for-rent ads. Here’s what it taught us about housing prices
Much like everyone else who has recently attempted to live in San Francisco, Fischer is very interested in housing costs. However, unlike every other such person, Fischer decided to contribute to this conversation by doubling the depth of modern historical data about them.


Two Buildings on Canal Street Are Waging a Post-it War in Their Windows
What reportedly started last week with a simple message reading “HI,” spelled out in Post-it notes in the window of a downtown office building, has escalated into a war of elaborate Post-it designs between two buildings across from each other on Canal Street that demonstrates the creative talents of employees, as well as a rather impressive ability to put off doing actual work.


In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human
A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal.


How I Learned to Love Snapchat
So much of what we mean lies not just in what we say, or in the exact words we choose, but also in the light that animates our eyes (or doesn’t) when we de­­liver them and the sharpness (or softness) of the tone we use.


These Bro Scientists Want to Sell You Mind-Hacking Pills
How about a nice cube of coffee to start the morning?