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.

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:

How Data (and Some Breathtaking Soccer) Brought Liverpool to the Cusp of Glory

The club is finishing a phenomenal season — thanks in part to an unrivaled reliance on analytics.

Soccer game

Apple Just Patched a Modem Bug That’s Been in Macs Since 1999

The exploit centers on a sort of universal translator Apple created for modems known as the CCLEngine, which helps interpret and orchestrate data links between two computers.

Apple iMacs

The Roar, the Riches, the Race: Previewing the Monaco Grand Prix

Ninety years after it was first run, the race still reigns supreme on the Formula One calendar.

Monaco Racecars

Former Boeing Engineers Say Relentless Cost-Cutting Sacrificed Safety

The failures of the 737 Max appear to be the result of an emphasis on speed, cost, and above all shareholder value.


For the Love of Fast Cars

Lessons in trust, distance, and growing up.

Salt Flats

Design Is (Not) Just Making It Up

Three mindsets to embrace the uncertainty of the design process

Design Process