This article in Seattle Weekly is about the butterfly effect that the Amanda Knox case had on many of the people who worked and wrote about it, including myself. Mark Baumgartner gets a few details wrong, but shows how people's lives were redirected by their involvement in a cause.
In my own case, I am now working to write about some ideas that have long interested me, and that I think shed some light on our existence. My current projects, along with being a physics professor at Bellevue College, include a book on life throughout the universe, Life in a Crowded Cosmos (www.crowdedcosmos.com) and a book on solitons, solitary waves that I believe resemble many social phenomena (www.solitons.info). Both those sites are under development, but look back at them if interested for more materials soon.