Kickoff For May 30, 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:

Online Life

Upon my death, delete: how to plan your digital legacy, wherein Ritesh Chugh looks at how platforms are trying to make it easier for those close to us to download or delete our data after we pass on.

Your digital footprints are more than a privacy risk – they could help hackers infiltrate computer networks, wherein we learn that the trail of data that we leave online, whether inadvertently or not, enables bad actors to better phish for information that they can use to cause harm.

This Prepper Is Building a Post-Apocalyptic Internet, wherein we learn about the Reticulum Network Stack, a purportedly flexible, resilient, and secure online communication system that can be deployed and used when the internet goes down for whatever reason.

Work

This Is What Happens When There Are Too Many Meetings, wherein we learn that, thanks to the borders between home and work blurring, remote work can result in more hours on the job overall for some.

It’s confirmed: meetings are a waste of time, wherein we learn about the results of a study that found meetings not only put a dent in productivity but can also lead to more micro managing.

When the Future of Work Means Always Looking For Your Next Job, wherein Bruce Horovitz examines how more and more workers (at least, in the US) have started to look for jobs that are more personally rewarding.

Odds and Ends

How an Exiled Mexican President Accidentally Invented Chewing Gum, wherein we learn how an attempt at making a substitute for rubber morphed into the ubiquitous (and, frankly, disgusting) substance countless people pop into their mouths every day.

The Chaos of the Dice, wherein we delve into the world of professional backgammon, and the person who (at the time the article was written) was considered the game's top player.

Now THAT was music, wherein Lary Wallace explores why, when many of us reach a certain age, we start responding negatively to newer music.

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

Scott Nesbitt