Kickoff For September 6, 2021

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.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


Why We Should End the Data Economy, wherein Scott Staton explains why we need to push for that, not only to protect ourselves but to protect democracy.

DuckDuckGo’s Quest to Prove Online Privacy is Possible, wherein we learn a bit more about the upstart search engine’s attempts to convince people that giving up one’s privacy online is not, in fact, inevitable.

Cozy Tech, wherein we learn about how some tech firms are replacing cold textures and materials in their products, which is leading to an upswing in textiles as a component of tech devices.


Coleridge the philosopher, wherein we learn that the famed poet was also a prolific, and highly respected, writer of philosophy.

A Life of Meaning, Without Buying, wherein Leo Babauta why many people buy things to get a sense of fulfillment, but don’t realize that gaining a sense of fulfillment comes from looking inside themselves and not to material things.

The Silences Between: On the Perils and Pitfalls of Translation, wherein Mark Polizzotti argues that moving between two languages involves more than translating words and ideas, but also taking cultural interpretations into account.

Odds and Ends

Wild Rice Waters, wherein Emily Hicks and Melody R. Stein take us on a journey through the waterways of Minnesota to learn more about efforts to restore wild rice and the obstacles those efforts face.

Heartlands: Shinkoenji, wherein we’re taken on a tour of a section of Tokyo, known for its shops and hangouts, but which also boasts an impressive collection of temples and shrines.

Into the Mystical and Inexplicable World of Dowsing, wherein Dan Schwartz meets some of the people who find water with sticks and has some of his ideas challenged.

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

Scott Nesbitt