Kickoff For April 11, 2022

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:


We’re Killing Ourselves with Work, wherein Scott Koenig argues that our attitudes towards work are holding us back from pushing to work less, and that our jobs aren’t our lives.

Family Units, wherein Julian Posada looks at the people, often entire families, in Venezuela who grind away for data annotation platforms (for horribly low pay), at the precarity of the work, and at some solutions that might help those workers.

Infiltrating Amazon: What I learned going undercover at the corporate giant, wherein Mostafa Henaway, an organizer and workers rights advocate, recounts their month working at a Montreal delivery centre and contrasts how Amazon’s rhetoric clashes with its treatment of, and attitudes towards, its workers.


Working with Your Inner Resistance, wherein Leo Babauta offers some advice that can help you flow around any doubts or blocks that are stopping you from completing a task.

Fighting Infomania, wherein Nate Liason shares some thoughts about why we overload ourselves with information, and offers some advice on how to cut back.

How to: reflect, wherein Andrew Beattie gives us a short course in how to apply reflection to our work and personal lives, and explains the benefits of doing that.

Odds and Ends

Miso Soup Won’t Protect You in a Nuclear War, wherein Molly Osberg looks briefly at the prepper movement in America, how some of the most vocal advocates have pivoted to surviving an atomic war (shades of the 80s!), and why they’re wrong.

Grab the Airplane and Go, wherein we enter the world of airplane repossession, and learn a bit about the techniques involved in taking planes back from airlines that can’t or won’t pay their bills.

The End of the Empress, wherein we get a look into the history of a giant market in Karachi, what it meant to locals, and how its demolition reflects a drive to modernize both the city and Pakistan.

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

Scott Nesbitt