Kickoff For February 5, 2024

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:

Passive income: Can easy side hustles earn big money?, wherein we learn about some of the promises, and the realities, of set it and forget it-type schemes to generate income without doing much.

Why handwriting is good for your brain, wherein we learn how the direct involvement of the body and senses in mental processes, manifested using pen and paper, has many cognitive benefits.

California Nearly Killed HBO, wherein we learn how the Golden State tried to ban pay TV in its early years, the reasons why, and why that initiative failed.

Loved, yet lonely, wherein Kaitlyn Creasy examines the idea that our basic human needs include the desire to to be loved and to have our basic worth recognised, and how some people only get one of those two.

Math That Lets You Think Locally but Act Globally, wherein we’re introduced to graph theory and how it can be applied to finding the shortest routes between cities (and more).

Radioactive Fictions: Marie Corelli and the Omnipotence of Thoughts, wherein Steven Connor examines the Edwardian novel The Life Everlasting and looks at how ideas about radiation and radioactivity influenced the book and its author.

Ford/Food, wherein Patrick Ellis looks at how the idea of fast food got started with Ford automobile factories in the early 20the century, and the legacy of that today.

Striking Isn’t Enough: Screenwriters Should Create Their Own Studio, wherein a writer and a law professor argue that workers (and not just ones in the entertainment industry) need options beyond labour stoppages to protect their interest and to shift some power away from conglomerates.

She lived in a New York hotel for more than 40 years. But her life was a mystery, wherein we learn about Hisako Hasegawa who inhabited room 208 at New York’s Belvedere Hotel until her death in 2016, a woman that staff and other residents knew but really didn’t know.

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

Scott Nesbitt