Kickoff For October 17, 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.

Starting this week, I’m going to be tweaking the format of the Monday Kickoff a bit. Lately, my reading has been all over the place and it’s been a bit more difficult to combine what’s passed in front of my eyes in to convenient categories. So, I’m going to try to do away with the categories. Please let me know how that works for you.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:

Marilyn the Poet, wherein Eliza Gonzales takes us into the poetry that Marilyn Monroe wrote, which depicts a mind searching for answers as it enacts the process of inquiry.

How our brains cope with speaking more than one language, wherein we learn a bit about the neuroscience behind how people who speak multiple tongues switch between them, and the problems that they can encounter when doing so.

Firsts in space, wherein Artemy M. Kalinovsky looks at the absurdity inherent in and surrounding some of the achievements in the space race over the decades.

Never-Ending Story, wherein Grant Farred explores what it means to be a self-described technophobe in a world in which the younger generation is (blindly, it sometimes seems) uncritically embracing technology.

The people of the cloud, wherein we learn about the folks who keep other peoples’ computers (and their supporting infrastructure) running, the same other peoples’ computers most of us rely on for just about everything we do online.

Citizen future: Why we need a new story of self and society, wherein Jon Alexander and Ariane Conrad introduce us to the titular idea, at the core of which is an effort to bring us all together instead of driving us apart as the current capitalist and consumerist culture tries to do.

The Resurgence Of Tesla Syndrome, wherein Iwan Rhys Morus examines why the idea of disruption is valued so highly in the business and tech worlds nowadays.

‘He’s sabotaged his entire life for greed’: the $86m rise and fall of Inigo Philbrick, wherein we learn how a charismatic young art dealer created what was essentially an art Ponzi scheme, and what led to his downfall.

Bicycle graveyards: why do so many bikes end up underwater?, wherein Jody Rosen looks at why and how a large number of bicycles find their way into urban waterways each year.

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

Scott Nesbitt