What is it about bikes with squared off bits and pieces? Looking like something made out of expensive candy boxes, the Mars.
Top Speed is either in on the joke or plenty dumb. This steam motorcycle with a Piaggo looking front end is rad. (Note the Worth100 watermark.)
Bio‐diesel motorcycle with interesting streamliner styling. Click on Metalback.
Who wants a jet pack? Not me. I want a Puffin, NASA’s single person flight pod. I like the explanation of the name as well.
Failing that I’ll look back in time and take this. Amphibious sidecar?
Oceans of liquid diamonds, with solid diamond ice bergs? Best possible science fiction world award winner for sure. Except that it could be very real.
Culture and Society
I know that a number of you saw the Burlesque Nutcracker this year, or watched “A Wink and A Smile”, the documentary about the Seattle burlesque scene. (Streamable on Netflix) The New York scene is highlighted in this Coilhouse article that touches on the past, present and future of burlesque. NSFW
Art, Image, Design
Not exactly a zombie proof shelter but it does deal with monsters wearing sheets. A demo of the Daily Shelter. 5 year olds aren’t the only ones who will want one.
Many of us are book fiends. Susan B. forwarded me a link to this book about books. Or more precisely a book about how people store their books. The idea of hanging about in a bosun’s chair while browsing my library is very appealing.
From Coronet magazine, Sept 1949. Beautiful black and white portraits of Americans. The captions are cringe worthy and the photographers uncredited but the images are precious. Nothing is perfect.
Gustaf Tenggren worked first for Disney but left to pursue his own path. His illustrations of fairy tales helped set the tone for picture books of the 30’s and 40’s. There are tons of examples here, as well as a thoughtful commentary on his developing his own style after leaving Disney.