I’ve gotten interested in trade on the Indian Ocean between 1000 BC and 1990 AD. Turns out that it’s really rather an interesting story, involving Indians, Arabs, Chinese, Indonesians, Africans, Muslims, Persians, Portuguese, Spanish, British and Americans. It’s really pretty ugly in places, quite beautiful in others. It’s a story of science, mathematics, geography, history and language. I’ve no idea how to tell it properly, but I’m making a start on it by designing this storyboard, at left, to figure out how to turn it into a podcast or an animated video. It’s going to be hard, and I’m trying to figure out how to get my students to help. If they can help, it’s going to be really cool. If they don’t, and I do it on my own, it’s going to be really hard.