For a rainy day, it sure ended as a nice one.

For a rainy day, it sure ended as a nice one.

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

Love this deck. Love this weather.

Love this deck. Love this weather.

devidsketchbook:

THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES OF ZDZISLAW BEKSINSKI

Artist Zdzislaw Beksinski (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his fantastic realism period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, nightmarish environment. The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksiński’s later paintings.

more: wikipedia beksinski facebook

annasheffield:

*first kiss*

I know this has been all over the internet today, but I’ve watched it at least 10 times now. It’s just so awkwardly beautiful and you can’t help but get butterflies for these people. Like you’re there experiencing it all with them while simultaneously recalling all of your first kisses. This is so brilliantly simple and yet remarkably complex.
Someone got cold and wrapped their blanket around them. I swear he’s under there! #ohdiego

Someone got cold and wrapped their blanket around them. I swear he’s under there! #ohdiego