AHAHAHA HE ACTUALLY TWEETED . YES.
The first time London hosted the Olympics, it was as a backup—the Games, originally scheduled to take place in Rome, were relocated to London after Mount Vesuvius erupted. The year was 1908, a bygone era of international competition when tug-of-war and the ten-mile walk were official sports, women competed in floor-length skirts, and it took men a glacial 10.8 seconds to complete the hundred-meter dash. Only at these early stages of the Olympic Games could a runner win the marathon after falling repeatedly and running in the wrong direction (he was later disqualified due to the physical assistance he received from a megaphone-toting man in a boater hat, above). In celebration of the 2012 London Games, here’s a look back at the early days.
It begins again!
Fun fact: This was improvised. The building was meant to explode and come down in one go and the crew had one take to get it right. When the explosions malfunctioned, Ledger reacted in character, and Nolan urged his crew to keep filming. By pure chance, it resulted in one of the greatest moments in the movie, and a moment that perfectly showcased Joker’s anarchic nature and Ledger’s sheer talent.
Edward Burtynsky - Photographs of Nickel Tailings
IRIS by Mimi Zou
London based product designer Mimi Zou has completed “IRIS”, a biometrics enabled camera controlled by your eye. The camera works at the command of your blinks. It understands who you are by looking at your iris signature, and lets you capture exactly what you see by tracking your eye. This project brings about a refreshing new product experience, and challenge the existing interaction, typology and capabilities of cameras.