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People do all kinds of strange things with Twitter these days, and that's part of the beauty of it. But I'd never heard of anyone doing something like Reorbit, a project co-founded by my friend Dawn Danby. It's an attempt to reanimate historical and literary figures as they go about their daily lives. Here's the plan:

Reorbit will host a collection of plays each performed in text by an author. The author takes on a persona of a historical or literary character of their choosing as they go about their daily lives and mis-adventures. The audience follow the plays in real-time using this site or via the Twitter. Plays are preserved and selectively published in traditional deadwood book format.

The organization that they're building to do it will function a bit like a theater company, and for some reason, it feels like such a thing really should exist. With fictional Twitter accounts whirring to life from @FEMINISTHULK to @CrankyKaplan, it makes sense to me that someone would try to take the form to the next level, if such a thing can exist.

They're officially launching the site in March. If you want to be a part of that, they're looking for more writers. Or you can follow them on Twitter, @reorbitproject.

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Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology Channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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