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.)
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.”
Ho-hum, finally! I opened the store to sell the copies of the “A redtail’s Dream” book that I have left over from the print drive. You can grab one here: http://minnasundberg.storenvy.com/
Those of you who don’t know, “A redtail’s Dream" is the webcomic that I made before I started "Stand Still. Stay Silent”. I finished it last summer and had a print drive for the book on Indiegogo (raised just over 150.000 bucks, woop!) to print 2000 copies, and about 1200 of them were already sold through the print drive. I’m not planning on making a second printing since I’m focusing my all on my current webcomic, so it’s a limited edition book. Yay!
The book has 608 pages of which about 560 is the comic, there’s a bunch of extra content in the back to make you all happy. It’s hardcover, smyth sewn, with an elegant red chapter band, silver foiling and embossing on the cover and, of course, full color interiors. It’s…a brick. A very fancy brick.
The comic is about the young Finnish lad Hannu Viitanen and his dog Ville (who isn’t a dog for most of the comic) going on an Finnish mythology-inspired adventure somewhere by the edge of the afterlife. Completely against their will, naturally. The story is pretty light-hearted and suitable for children, possibly sans for a couple of parts with mythological beasties with scary teeth and stuff. :O
I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.