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.

Every Monday, we 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 to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

A $1 Billion Solar Plant Was Obsolete Before It Ever Went Online

SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes received backing from Citigroup and the Obama Energy Department but couldn’t keep pace with technological advances.

Letter of Recommendation: Dumb Robot Vacuums

Perhaps I see some of myself in it: poorly constructed, easily confused, constantly emitting a low whining noise.

What I Learned in Avalanche School

I wanted to be prepared for the worst nature could throw at me. But the real threat turned out to be human.

Everything You Thought You Knew About Inbox Zero Is Wrong

Merlin Mann says people took his idea far too literally. 

Patagonia Is Refusing To Sell Its Iconic Power Vests To Some Financial Firms

Sorry, Wall Street. The vest purveyor of choice for tech and finance bros now is prioritizing bulk orders of corporate swag to mission-driven companies.

How to Build a Low-tech Website?

…a website redesign was long overdue — and because we try to practice what we preach — we decided to build a low-tech, self-hosted, and solar-powered version of Low-tech Magazine.