David Rakoff, a prizewinning humorist championed by David Sedaris, died Thursday night after two public battles with cancer. Rakoff cultivated a following among listeners of This American Life, the beloved radio show hosted by Ira Glass. In May, he made one of his last appearances on the show when TAL presented “The Invisible Made Visible,” a live stage performance beamed to movie theaters nationwide. Here, Rakoff reads the story, “Stiff as a Board, Light as a Feather,” about “the invisible processes that can happen inside our bodies…and the visible effects they eventually have.” You won’t want to his miss his poignant last dance. It’s yet another reminder of why he’ll be sorely missed.
Excel, the tool we love to hate. An artist created a sto-motion that makes us fall in love with Excel again.
The Velodrome at the Olympic Park is one of the most stunning looking venues in this newly built sporting landscape—it’s a beautifully curvaceous sculpture of a building with wooden paneling that mirrors the curved wooden track that’s housed inside. A track that cyclists whizz around with their reflective helmets and aerodynamic, finely-tuned bikes like they’ve just ridden in from an anime sci-fi movie from the future.
This futuristic spectacle was used to create a three minute animation screened before each track cycling session, created by London based design company Crystal CG. The animation is an accompaniment to the Chemical Brothers’ track “Velodrome,” the official theme for the track cycling, and together they make for an audiovisual experience that pays fitting dues to the fast-paced action taking place at the venue.
The animation follows a race of two competitors battling it out to thumping electronica. Taking neon-inspiration from the go-faster world of Tron and its light cycles, we follow the racers in rapidly-harsh Technicolor—shards of light trail behind them as they zoom round the track.
Everything about this AV short punches you in the face—from the hard hitting snares to the shrill synth melody, so put it full screen, turn it up, and let it take you into digital psychedelic bliss.
We’re on an Olympic break. This image showcases everything the Olympics will always be about.It’s Oscar Pistorius running with 5-year-old Ellie May Challis. Images were taken from here, photographed by Andy Hooper. To learn more about Ellie May and her run with Oscar, explore here. Power to all the people who keep on trying.