Kickoff For January 2, 2023

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.

And welcome to 2023. Here’s hoping that it turns out to be the year that we all wanted 2022 to have been.

Let’s get this Monday (and this year) started with these links:

Word Is Bond, wherein Peter Mommsen argues that by making a vow, we’re giving up our future freedom but that doing so can also have its upsides.

How It Feels To Chase a Tornado Across Three States, wherein Matthew Cappucci recounts an evening of tracking, and being assaulted by, tornado-producing storms in rural Texas.

Your Career Is Just One-Eighth of Your Life, wherein Derek Thompson shares some marginally useful career advice, but advice which is more useful than most of the advice that we might receive.

What’s Wrong with Technocracy?, wherein Matthew Cole examines the concept of technocracy, arguments for and against it, and the differences between technocracy and smart democracy.

How Kevins Got a Bad Rap in France, wherein Lauren Collins looks at how a once-popular name for French males came to be associated with the image of an uncultivated, vulgar, narrow-minded and phallocratic man.

Creating a More Spacious Life, wherein Leo Babauta offers some advice to help you change how you experience life.

What You Need to Build a Greek Temple, wherein Edmund Stewart outlines the material and human resources (both considerable) for such a large construction project in the ancient world.

All is not vanity, wherein Noga Arikha ponders memories and sentimentalism in the digital age, and about what we choose and choose not to hold on to.

The Digital Soldiers Taking America’s Forever Wars Online, wherein Andy Kroll takes us into the world of people who spread disinformation and conspiracy theories online, and how their Internet-fueled fantasies … could have grave consequences in the actual world.

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

Scott Nesbitt