Kickoff For June 20, 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:

Arts and Literature

Digital Rocks, wherein we learn how theatres, and traditional filmmaking, are in a fight for their lives against digital cinema, and how they’re gradually losing that fight.

On Notes to a Future Self: How Journaling Helps Me Write, wherein Kate Folk explains how writing in her daily journal provides her with potential writing ideas that she might dip into in the future.

Beebology: What next for the BBC?, wherein Stefan Collini looks at the history of the BBC — how it’s evolved over the last 100 years and how it needs to change to survive into the future.


What Le Corbusier got right about office space, wherein Tim Harford looks at how making tweaks to a worker’s space in their workplace can give them a feeling that the space is their own, which can increase their productivity and satisfaction.

Why workers and employers are ghosting each other, wherein we get a bit of insight into the reasons behind workers and companies are abruptly ceasing contact with each other, and how that can affect perceptions of professionalism on both sides.

Cut yourself and others some slack: we need more time to experiment and fail at work, wherein Maroš Servátka discusses why some managers and companies discourage their employees from experimenting on the job, and why that can be a mistake.

Odds and Ends

The hustler at the end of the world, wherein one person who was trying to cash in on the demand for personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic discovered just how unsavory and manipulated the supply chains for those products had become.

The Greatest Traveler You’ve Never Heard Of, wherein we learn about how James Robert Harris became a prolific solo traveler and why that continues to have a hold on him.

How polyester bounced back, wherein we learned how the one-time wonder material fell out of favour after a stint of popularity, and why polyester has now become the clothing fiber de jour.

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

Scott Nesbitt