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 McLaren Learned to Treat Its Pit Crew Like Athletes

In March 2011, a sports scientist named Stafford Murray attended a Formula One preseason ritual in Barcelona. For the 12 Formula One teams, these so-called testing events are an opportunity to unveil new cars, try out new technology, and adapt to new racing regulations before the start of the world championship. For McLaren, one of the world’s premier F1 teams, it was also an opportunity for espionage.

How McLaren Learned to Treat Its Pit Crew Like Athletes

What I Learned From Making Hot Sauce at Scale

I set out to create the first line of all-natural, deeply flavorful Chinese condiments. Getting there was harder than I anticipated.

Making Hot Sauce

What 52,000 Percent Inflation Can Do to a Country

Hyperinflation is a mercurial phenomenon, a rupture that occurs when a government persistently spends (or prints) money that it doesn’t have, and the public loses confidence in the process.


The Irresistible Urge to Build Cities From Scratch

Master-planned cities are all the rage in the developing world. Reality may get in the way of their ambitions.

Urban Planning

Apple Used to Know Exactly What People Wanted — Then It Made a Watch

The company never achieved true dominance until the staggering rise of the iPhone, which was a Jobs-era project, but the iPhone itself didn’t succeed until after Apple relinquished its total control over it.

Apple Watch

Kai-Fu Lee Says U.S. Tech Companies Aren’t Ready for Chinese AI

The venture capitalist and Silicon Valley veteran says we need to start preparing for the challenges artificial intelligence will bring.

Chinese AI