Kickoff For June 12, 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.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:

In Praise of the Long Movie, wherein Richard Brody examines the tensions between filmmakers trying to push boundaries and create art on their terms and the demands of studio executives.

Meet the people who use Notion to plan their whole lives, wherein we’re introduced to folks who bring the productivity tools that they use in the workplace to bear on their personal lives, but who can also fall into the trap of spending more time organizing than actually doing.

All of our “theories of everything” are probably wrong. Here’s why, wherein Ethan Siegel argues that scientists may never devise a single all-encompassing theory to explain everything that goes on in the universe.

The Time Thief Who Stole 106 Rare Clocks in a Daring Heist, wherein we learn about the 1983 robbery of a Jerusalem museum that netted tens of millions of dollars worth of rare timepieces, some of which are still unaccounted for.

Is Time Travel Possible?, wherein Sarah Scoles explores the problems confronting anyone who wants to visit other points in time.

The Hotel-Spirit, wherein Henry Grabar looks back in time for a solution to the housing shortage and finds one in the form of once-common residential hotels.

Why we can dream in more than one language, wherein Sophie Hardach looks at the role that sleep and dreaming play in learning, maintaining, and using languages (including our native ones).

Is that a bowling lane, or a piano?, wherein we learn about some of the novel ways in which entrepreneurs are trying to revive casual bowling.

How might telepathy actually work outside the realm of sci-fi?, wherein Gary Lupyan and Andy Clark look at the barriers to actual brain-to-brain communication, and how it’s not as clear cut as some tech lords make it out to be.

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

Scott Nesbitt