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 »
In the past two weeks:
- Geno came up to visit and we went on the “gastro tour of Vermont,” stopping at breweries, Ben and Jerry’s, and free samples as much as we could. Also watched some good live music, explored downtown, went to Amanda’s peace and justice event, and all of the normal SMC thangs. And we watched Ukrainian egg decorating?
- The Onion River Review was finally published!!! The release party was hoppin’ and it looks beaaaaautiful.
- Started my new job at Shelburne Farms and I LOVE IT, the Inn is so beautiful, the message behind Shelburne is so great, and everyone there is so friendly.
- Wrote a first thesis draft that I actually like
- Had my mom and aunts up to visit for a few induction ceremonies and the sun was shining for the first time in forever for them
- And I GOT MY FULBRIGHT! I’ll be living and teaching in Malaysia by next January
Now I just want to sleep forever, but Steph’s gonna drag me to Earth Fest and then I need to help Greg set up for his senior recital tonight, and then I need to write a few papers and clean my room. Ain’t no rest for the wicked.
"why do white people think having a confederate flag anywhere on your property screams anything other than 'im a blatant racist and slavery was cool'" Well let's see, white people think that the Confederate flag stands for southern pride. It's not about racism or anything that the Confederate army stood for, it's about being proud of your heritage. And what a rude assumption I may add.
who is this ugly white heifer in my askbox
It’s about white folks being mad they can’t have slaves anymore. Because who takes pride in LOSING?????????????
Even if I were to buy into the “southern pride” argument: How come the only flag these assholes wave is the BATTLE flag? The mark of armed secession and slave holding violence? They’re not waving the actual flag of the Confederate States.
Even if I bought the “southern pride” argument: What is that pride of? It’s not state pride, because then you’d use your state, county, or municipal flag. It’s not “founders pride”, because then you’d have any number of not-US or Confederate flags.
So what are you taking pride in? What part of the South are you taking pride in?
This is exactly like when people try and argue that it was about “states’ rights”
States’ right to do what, exactly? Hm?
Those southern battle flags didn’t start cropping up until Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Those fuckers waited 90 years to start showing those flags. They didn’t fly them during Reconstruction, even though President Andrew Johnson was sympathetic to the “Southern cause”. They didn’t fly it post Reconstructions, when the Federal government abandoned freed slaves, whites passed every single black code and Jim Crow law the disenfranchised black people, instituted “separate but equal” and held black people hostage to their whims. They didn’t fly it during the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and neither World War I or II. Not until the Supreme Court of the United States of America told them their fucking laws were unconstitutional in 1954. That shit is a protest of desegregation, and no amount of revisionist, Gone with the Wind ahistorical white nonsense is going to change that.