Kickoff For May 7, 2018

Here week go again. And I mean that in a good way!

A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me what license I’m publishing The Monday Kickoff under. I hadn’t really thought about that — I’m just curating links after all. I didn’t think of that as something I needed to license.

After about five seconds of thought, I decided to use a CC0 Public Domain license for the posts this space. Yeah, I’m nice like that …

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


The 10 most important things to simplify in your life, wherein Joshua Becker offers some advice that can help you streamline what you do and how you live you life.

In defense of cheap, wherein we learn that it’s the quality of what you put down on paper, and not the quality of your paper and pen, that really counts.

Prioritization – More Important Than Any Productivity Technique, wherein we hear something I’ve been saying for years: productivity isn’t about doing more. It’s about doing what you need to do more effectively.


An Apology for the Internet - From the People Who Built It, wherein some of the pioneers of the early days of the web look back at what it was meant to be and where things went wrong, and offer some potential solutions to the problems facing the online world.

Why ‘urban villages’ are on the rise around the world, wherein we learn that an urban village is more than just a physical space, and how the concept can transform and strengthen communities.

The Nighthawks of the Giant, wherein Alex R. Jones recounts lonely late nights shopping at a Giant supermarket in Los Angeles, the people he encountered, and how those excursions helped him escape (albeit briefly) the worries and stresses of his daily life.

Open Source

Producing Open Source Software, wherein we learn, in book form, about how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software.

How to develop the FOSS leaders of the future, wherein my fellow community moderator VM Brasseur explains why leaders of open source projects need to cultivate their eventual replacements to ensure the longevity of their projects.

Williamson Schools to develop open source social studies curriculum, wherein we discover that open source encompasses more than software, and how a school district in Tennessee is using the open source ethos to create textbooks for their students.

And that’s it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt