Tuesday, March 21st - 2023 - This week, our learners at AAFTL are on break so we figured this would be a great chance to test a different format for the newsletter... what we are called in the "short version."
That means you ONLY two gifts in this week's basket of goodies: 1) a short recap of events happening this week with links so you can learn more if they tickle your fancy; 2) a fun "Flotsam" thing to think about, that has nothing to do with our beloved City but is just plain interesting or will inspire your curiosity.
I will be curious to hear what you think... do you like this short form better?
Flotsam & Jetsam
Here's a nerdy passion for you... I love exploring alternative histories. It started years ago when I read the "What If" book by historians who detailed how history turns on small moments, and what if there had been a slight difference. Fascinating.
In addition to the pleasure of reading a rousing story, there is a special benefit in exploring alternative histories. It is both a great way to approach history, and a good skill for thinking about the future. The Sideways Awards for Alternative History on Wikipedia is a fantastic source that lists the best alternative history stories written for each of the past 30 years.
Lastly - I am having some playful fun with this $1.99 app on the App Store, which let's you imagine your own multiverse. Each time you are presented with a hard choice, you can use the Universe Splitter app to make your decision and track your alternate timelines. Think of it like... Schrödinger's cat in your pocket. 🤯