Kickoff For March 7, 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:

Space

When the Earth Had Two Moons, wherein we learn about a new model that tries to explain how our planet's sole satellite took on its current asymmetrical state.

The space station race, wherein we learn about the intended fate of the International Space Station and what the United States hopes to replace it with.

We need a more egalitarian approach to space exploration, wherein Ramin Skibba argues for less corporate influence in efforts to explore the solar system, and for us to consider the moral challenges of that exploration.

History

World Series: The sports data pioneer who spotted baseball's big fix of 1919, wherein we learn about how sportswriter Hugh Fullerton used the detailed notes he took to not only prove that the 1919 World Series was being manipulated by gamblers, but to predict the winners of baseball's championship.

How a handful of prehistoric geniuses launched humanity's technological revolution, wherein we learn about how some key inventions, which helped archaic peoples advance, may have developed and spread — and no just by or to modern humans.

William Wells Brown, Wildcat Banker, wherein we learn how an escaped slave, who became a popular author and lecturer, may or may not have started his own bank in a small Michigan town and how he used that story as a key part of this writing and talks.

Productivity

Tackling Hard Tasks, wherein we get three pieces of simple advice that can help us tackle the difficult work that we're avoiding.

Time management has become harder than ever — and we should be grateful, wherein Brad Aeon argues that our problems with managing our time have a lot to do with choices and freedoms, choices and freedoms that we didn't have 30 or even 20 years ago.

What Would Happen If We Slowed Down?, wherein Cal Newport wonders about what would happen to us professionally if we decided to work 20% less.

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

Scott Nesbitt