While Tom Wheeler’s friends spent afternoons flirting with girls and drinking, Wheeler tore through mountains on his bicycle, racing to the peaks. Years later mountain biking and downhill racing became Wheeler’s professional pursuit, but in 2012 Wheeler was involved in a terrible accident that left his right arm entirely paralyzed. Thanks to his perseverance, scientific innovation and hope, Wheeler is riding again.
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What’s better than a fantastic TED Talk on human vulnerability? A TED Talk on human vulnerability that’s presented as a short animated film on the connections and relationships between whimsically drawn creatures. Dr. Brené Brown’s talk on the importance of connection, empathy and communication has never been so poignant.
The Best Holiday GIFs
Sure, the real reason we say we chop down trees and adorn our homes in red and green every year is to honor the birth of Jesus Christ, but the season also brings with it a chance to indulge in food, drinks and of course, fun. Shedding light on the more “sinful” aspects of Christmas, London-based designer Ryan Todd has sifted through all sorts of humor-filled holiday GIFs from around the world and brought us this dark and delightful set. See ‘em all at Juxtapoz.
Abandoned parking lots. Long stretches of open road. Empty sports fields. The hollows underneath a busy bridge. All are great areas to experience natural reverb, but what happens when a drummer performs the same rhythmic set in each of those spaces, and those natural reverbs are condensed into one single video? Well, this. And it’s absolutely incredible.
Good news! Poinsettias aren’t actually poisonous. Bad news: there’s no cure for your spiked eggnog hangover. Watch as all of our holiday-related myths crumble before your eyes.
From the author: “Composed of mirror, LED lighting, custom built electronic equipment and Arduino programming amalgamated with a preexisting structure, this architectural intervention, at first, seems alien in context to the bleak landscape. Upon further viewing, Lucid Stead imposes a delirious, almost spiritual experience. Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteader shack, that serves as the armature of the piece, reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain like a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desolate darkness. This transformation also adapts personal perception, realigning one’s sensory priorities. A heightened awareness of solitude and the measured pace of the environment is realized.”