Other People Do Cool Stuff Too #1

And then you have to live up to promises you made while under the influence of optimism.

Uh oh.

So! As it’s Wednesday, I should be talking about someone who isn’t me. Who better, then, to start with than the man who spurred me onto this foolhardy quest to, uh, be more interesting – one Patrick Hadley.

Pat’s an archaeology PhD at the University of York, sort of. His work is all about audience engagement with the Mesolithic period, and to that end all he does is teach his students how to use Twitter and lend me gorgeous-looking comics about cavemen. I’m pretty sure that’s it.

[You’ll have to let me know if I’ve left anything out, Pat. Or if I’ve gotten it completely wrong. I wouldn’t be surprised.]

You should read his blog Think|Dig|Write|Share for an intriguing, entertaining and actually accurate look at Pat’s work, and he’s definitely a must-follow on Twitter. Why you aren’t following him already is beyond me.

Pat also shows me short films on Vimeo that, as a (invert commas) filmmaker I really should be finding on my own. Kind of a cheat sheet. Like this ‘un here:

More importantly, he’s a damn good drinking buddy and cooks a mean salmon. What more could you want?

[Some of you may be thinking “bromance” right about now. Go with the feeling.]

I’m hoping that we’ll be able to work together at some point in the future; the post-grad stuff means he has to think up new and exciting ways to present old stuff, and he’s made quiet noises about a ‘retreat’ with a bunch of creatives and experts in the future, which would be rather exciting. If you’re going to do a period piece, you might as well make it as ‘period’ as ancient history.

Until then, I’ll have to hope the beer, the films, the hip-hop discoveries (Pat introduced me to Blackalicious the other day) and the being shown pictures of little stone pigs will be enough. I think I’ll cope.

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