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N.97 / A Monday In October

THIS WEEK → Almost Star Wars ⊗ Key Art ⊗ Mesmerising Dance ⊗ Way Of Life
N.97 / A Monday In October

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We are back with another Monday, this time an October edition. Are you excited? Are you hurtling or are you sauntering towards the conclusion of this year?

Whatever you present arrangement and posture to the possibility of October lets all take a moment to enjoy some high quality internet.


What sort of hotel is this?

HELLO, I’m Sammy Haywood and you’ve signed up for the Making Hay: Whilst The Sun Still Shines a weekly newsletter, which primarily features a curious, creative, and considered look at the world in internet form.

Below you’ll find an instalment of the newsletter, which contains a variety of items, some of them with a bit of additional commentary from me, and a closing note.

As always there is a one click unsubscribe at the bottom.

Read on. Share promiscuously.

Cool Tools

Phone Dates

Chatting with friends

I've was never really a Phone Person, but for whatever reason, during the pandemic I have become one. For me, phone is preferred to Zoom, Teams, Hangouts or whatever new video chat app is blowing up. There's something in hearing each other's voices that is preferable and textural as opposed to texting, and sometimes I send out a calendar invite like a real nerd. But it works. And when we do manage to see the other person, it's like the usual audio-only mode of our relationship just became 3D. Maybe it could work for you too?

Explore The Curiosity

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, I Was Almost Anakin Skywalker.

The New York Times | Youtube | 1st October 2021

The latest installment in the Almost Famous series from the NY Times and Ben Proudfoot is about Devon Michael, who as a young actor was almost chosen to play Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. It’s pretty poignant listening to Michael talk about the disappointment and disillusionment that followed his not getting chosen, as well his take on the hardship for Jake Lloyd, who was picked for the role (Watch).

The Key Art Edition

Rex Sorgatz | Why Is This Interesting? | 19th October 2021

“Good key art is elegantly efficient. It communicates so much so quickly. At a glance, you instantly know the universe within, like a pin in the map declaring YOU ARE HERE.”

A great little piece from Rex Sorgatz regarding the art we've all (those that have access to streaming services) been viewing in this modern viewing age (Read).

A Mesmerizing Dance Performance for the Paralympics Hand Off Ceremony Choreographed by Sadeck Waff.

Christopher Jobson | Colossal | 19th October 2021

As part of a closing hand-off ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games and the 2024 games in Paris, choreographer Sadeck Waff worked with 128 performers in a dizzying performance focused on arms and hands. The French dancer and choreographer has become known for his limb-centric performances (Watch).

Caminho dos Gigantes

Alois Di Leo | Vimeo | 21st November 2018

In a forest of gigantic trees, this very moving animation features Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, who aims to challenge her destiny and in the process learn to understand the cycle of life. Great style and pacing. (Watch).

The Contemplation Station

“If we are sincere in wanting to learn the truth, and if we know how to use gentle speech and deep listening, we are much more likely to be able to hear others’ honest perceptions and feelings. In that process, we may discover that they too have wrong perceptions. After listening to them fully, we have an opportunity to help them correct their wrong perceptions. If we approach our hurts that way, we have the chance to turn our fear and anger into opportunities for deeper, more honest relationships.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

Thanks for your time, energy and presence in making it all the way to the bottom.

Spelling mistakes, glaring omissions, furious rants or grudging tips of the hat, I welcome it all.

Till next time,


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