Kickoff For November 26, 2018

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I’ve found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

It’s good to have you back. I hope the last week has treated you well. If not, I hope you were at least able to slap last week across the face with a brick to teach it a valuable lesson.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


Open Source Challenge: Why One Band Chose Linux To Record Their New Album, wherein we we discover that we don’t need to be techies to use Linux, and that we can use it to do creative work.

How to Build a Low-tech Internet, wherein we learn the benefits and drawbacks of using inexpensive components and slower connections to bring the internet to rural areas and developing countries.

An introduction to medieval cities and cloud security, wherein we look far into the past to learn how better protect our digital kingdoms.


Traditional storytelling meets new media activism in Iran, wherein we discover how some artist and activists in Iran are using a combination of traditional Persian storytelling techniques and modern media to make sense of what’s happening in their country.

Edward Snowden Reconsidered, wherein Tamsin Shaw presents a contrarian view of folks like Edward Snowden, Laura Potrais, Glenn Greenwald, and Julian Assange and their motivations for doing what they did and do.

Sticks and Stones, wherein we learn that partisan politics has a long history around the globe, and that partisan politics have some very negative effects on people and on nations.

Odds and Ends

The Gay Black American Who Stared Down Nazis in the Name of Love, wherein we hear the story of Reed Pegtram, and American intellectual who refused to leave war-wracked Europe without the man he loved, and learn what happened because of that.

The creation of Missile Command and the haunting of its creator, Dave Theurer, wherein we get a peek into what it took to create the classic arcade game Missile Command, and the literal nightmares that effort spawned in the sleeping mind of its main creator.

Of Donuts I Have Loved, wherein Miranda Dennis walks us through some of the major epochs in her life and looks at how those round pastries with the hole in the middle marked those epochs.

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

Scott Nesbitt