Ten Stories From This Week

12th March 2021

The Inspiring Girls’ Global Movement demands the Nobel Prize for Albert Einstein’s first wife and co-author Mileva Maric. Albert to Mileva – ‘How happy I am to have found in you an equal creature, one who is equally strong and independent as I am.’ #NobelForMileva.

A couple of pieces on Roblox. From the BBC, How the children’s game became a $30bn bet on the Metaverse and a deep dive from Stratechery – The Roblox Microverse.

Jack Dorsey is offering to sell the first tweet as an NFT. His March 21, 2006 tweet “just setting up my twttr” is up for bidding. The highest offer is $2.5 million as of Saturday afternoon.

From the Royal Shakespeare Company – Dream is a live performance set in a virtual midsummer forest. Inspired by Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it will give you a unique opportunity to directly influence the live performance, from wherever you are in the world. Performances 12th-20th March. See trailer here (30″)

From the NME. An original Banksy artwork has been burned by a cryptocurrency group and sold as NFT for $382,000.

‘Trying to envision something that didn’t yet exist, Ottens used a wooden block that was small and thin enough to fit in his pocket as the target for what the future of tape recording and playback should be.’ Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette tape, has died.

‘Until October, the most Mike Winkelmann — the digital artist known as Beeple — had ever sold a print for was $100. This week, an NFT of his work sold for $69 million at Christie’s. The sale positions him “among the top three most valuable living artists,” according to the auction house.

A short experimental film of refractive caustic patterns, optics, dispersion, and transmission in glass and liquid like materials (2′ 52″).

Venus Williams and the best (four legged) ball boys in the world (1′ 32″)

‘Millions of men have improved their lives with daily use of Shhhyagra. When combined with a healthy diet of respect, curiosity, and empathy, men around the world have discovered the power of Shhhyagra to improve relationships with women. Some men have even learned new things…..’ Shhhyagra–for when you need a little hush in a rush. (HT @markpollard).