“Six months ago, Taylor [Morris] was serving our nation in Afghanistan. And as a member of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, his job was one of the most dangerous there is: to lead the way through territory littered with hidden explosives; to clear the way for his brothers-in-arms.
On May 3rd, while out on patrol, Taylor stepped on an IED. The blast threw him into the air. And when he hit the ground, Taylor realized that both his legs were gone. And his left arm. And his right hand.
But as Taylor lay there, fully conscious, bleeding to death, he cautioned the medics to wait before rushing his way. He feared another IED was nearby. Taylor’s concern wasn’t for his own life; it was for theirs.
Eventually, they cleared the area. They tended to Taylor’s wounds. They carried him off the battlefield. And days later, Taylor was carried into Walter Reed, where he became only the fifth American treated there to survive the amputation of all four limbs.
Now, Taylor’s recovery has been long. And it has been arduous. And it’s captivated the nation. A few months after the attack, with the help of prosthetics, the love and support of his family, and above all his girlfriend Danielle, who never left his side, Taylor wasn’t just walking again. In a video that went viral, the world watched he and Danielle dance again.
I’ve often said the most humbling part of my job is serving as Commander-in-Chief. And one of the reasons is that, every day, I get to meet heroes. I met Taylor at Walter Reed. And then in July, at the White House, I presented him with the Purple Heart. And right now, hanging on a wall in the West Wing is a photo of that day, a photo of Taylor Morris smiling wide and standing tall.
I should point out that Taylor couldn’t make it here today because he and Danielle are out kayaking. In Taylor we see the best of America—a spirit that says, when we get knocked down, we rise again. When times are tough, we come together. When one of us falters, we lift them up. In this country we take care of our own—especially our veterans who have served so bravely and sacrificed so selflessly in our name. And we carry on, knowing that our best days always lie ahead.”
—President Obama on Veterans Day
Tokyo’s stylish Harajuku district will soon be home to an unusual pop-up photo booth - customers will walk away not with photos, but with 3D printed figurines of themselves. The customers is first 3D scanned in a process that requires them to stand still for 15 minutes. A 3D model of the customer is then refined on a computer before output to a 3D printer. The figurines are available in sizes ranging from 4 to 8 inches. The 3D printer photo booth will be open November 24 to January 14, 2013. It is the work of Japanese creative studio PARTY.
It’s the democratization of the figurine… No need to be famous or a superhero to have a miniature version of yourself, to put on a shelf.
3D photo booth.
Clearly, Apple’s thinking here was to take a page from the point-and-shoot camera book. Every single point-and-shoot I’ve ever owned has had a wrist strap. Apple being Apple, rethought how it should work. There is no indented area that you try to fish a cord through. Instead, there’s a metal button you push and up pops a metal latch to which you can easily attach the loop. This is not something they just tacked onto the iPod touch. They designed the entire iPod touch with this feature in mind. And again, that must speak to Apple’s thoughts about the evolving role of the iPod touch in the world: as a point-and-shoot camera. (via The New iPod Touch Will Further Obliterate The Point-And-Shoot Market | TechCrunch)
Trenton Oldfield. Jonathan May-Bowles. Names that will not live in history, even if their bearers desperately wish otherwise. The latest entrant to the ranks of these Y.B.A.’s—Young British Assholes—is Vladimir Umanets, who, on Sunday afternoon, walked into the Tate Modern, whipped out a black paint pen, andscrawled the message, “Vladimir Umanets ’12 A Potential Piece of Yellowism,” in the bottom right corner of Mark Rothko’s 1958 painting “Black on Maroon.”
Lauren Collins on Vladimir Umanets, and the Yellowism movement: http://nyr.kr/OiVLMb
In 1966, a persistent 17-year-old with a high school radio show near Chicago got the interview of lifetime: Muhammad Ali. But only a handful of people ever got to hear this time capsule. Until now.
Ali epically riffs about fighting on Mars, traveling through time, and explaining why big talk and boasting got him a shot at a title fight faster than other challengers. “Some of them thought I was crazy,” Ali said. “They were frightened of me.”
Watch the animated version of the interview @ blankonblank.org
Interview by Michael Aisner // Muhammad Ali Fan Club, Chicago 1966 // reel-to-reel tape recorder
Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producers: Sky Dylan-Robbins & Amy Drozdowska
In a series called Strip Paintings, Richter cuts a pixel-wide wedge from one of his paintings from 1990. Then, using image editing software, he duplicates each strip thousands of times, producing striated patterns that look like textiles. In other pieces, the repetition of color snippets create raucous optical effects, recalling fractal patterns. (via 1 | Gerhard Richter Goes Digital, Reducing His Old Paintings Into Patterns | Co.Design: business innovation design)
Marco posted an update to twitter last night that included the icon to his forthcoming app for iOS. Given this information and feedback I’ve received from readers I’m going to predict that the app will be for New York City transit information. This would also explain why Marco wanted to wait until iOS 6 to release the app. Thoughts?
One down, one to go. twitter.com/marcoarment/st…— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) September 14, 2012
I hope this is a trip planner for Metro North Trains. Icon would match the new M18 Cars nicely.