Welcome to your newest guide to the coolest things from the coolest people we know. Watch this space on the last friday of each month for a concise list of interesting and inspiring ‘things’ from our current universe.
Thomas – Watch me write this article
A lot of creation comes down to learning the mechanics. Not so much writing, where the act is invisible. But here is a tool that allows a writer to watch their own process, or the process of a master. It allows for an intriguing insight into how a singular piece of work can come into existence – that is, through the repeated destruction and mutation of its multiple selves. I just love the connection of writing and technology and what it could do for learning.
Chris – If I die on Mars
Mark – Scripnotes
Lucy – Sleepy Hollow
For lovers of modern recycling of fairy tales, a story out of Kazakhstan may be the point of inspiration for a gritty soviet-era retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Briar Roza spends her days in the forest with her three mysterious aunts, and by chance meets a party leader in the forest, on his way from closing the local uranium mine. As radon leaks through the soil, the entire village falls into a deep sleep, whereupon the princess can only be woken…days later with slight memory loss and a migraine. 152 people, a quarter of the town of Kalachi, have all fallen ill to a mysterious sleeping sickness since 2013. Read more at the Smithsonian or The Guardian.
See you in April for more updates from other worlds!