Morning Linkage (Jul 9)

It’s been a good week on the inter­net and there are just too many things still to share with you all. So dig in for a good hour or two.


A recent con­ver­sa­tion with the moto-heads of my acquain­tance ques­tioned the nature of some of Ducati’s recent crop of “spe­cial edi­tion bikes.” Here’s a look at one of the real™ clas­sics.

I don’t know whether to be offended, amused, or heart­ened by this look at the role of women in the design of auto­mo­biles. I dis­agree with the state­ment that you don’t need to be a gear-head to be good, but only if you allow for gear-head to cover more ground than just a fas­ci­na­tion with  cylin­der head shape and  rebound cal­cu­la­tions. I hes­i­tate to admit that the most appeal­ing image in the story is the “Damsels of Design” lined up with Harley Earl. Oh, and the head­line writer should be pelted with pow­der puffs.

You can go look up the his­tory and all that if you’d like. I’ll just sit qui­etly and look. Megola.


Oh you’re a diver, how cool is that? Um, maybe not so cool if you are Car­los Bar­rios Orta and your job is to keep the sew­ers of Mex­ico City flowing.

… and the national geo­graphic video here (not safe for lunch)


Freez­ing tis­sue sam­ples at the Amer­i­can Museum of Nat­ural His­tory. The Ambrose Mon­ell Cryo Col­lec­tion. Bet you didn’t know that AMNH had so many kinds of collections.

Remem­ber the Giant Spi­der Crab shed­ding it’s shell from the other day? Here’s a nice Nat Geo gallery fea­tur­ing him and some of his deep ocean liv­ing bud­dies. Start­ing with the aptly named Fang Tooth Fish. OMG, and there’s a Vam­pire Squid. The usual Nat Geo high qual­ity photography.


Candy specif­i­cally designed to be shared.

A brief look at the process of hand rais­ing apples in Japan. We’ve all mar­veled at the per­fectly pre­sented ideal fruit in Japan­ese gro­ceries, these bas­kets and trays are meant for giv­ing as a gift. Jane Alden has pho­tographed the farm­ers and their orchards.

Art, Images, and Design

Jane Alden’s own web­site fea­tures a less peace­ful but utterly com­pelling essay World War I on the Tears of Stone.

A cou­ple of point­ers to the art of Kodomo no kuni, a Japan­ese children’s mag­a­zine pub­lished in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. From the gallery of illus­tra­tions I par­tic­u­larly like the work of Takei Takeo and Onchi Koshiro. (Click on the list icon under the pic­tures to see a list of all the illus­tra­tors.) Some gen­eral infor­ma­tion about the mag­a­zine is also given.

Sum­mer arrived quite sud­denly a cou­ple of days ago and I want this instant Pop­si­cle maker. Now where did I see that cit­rus cooler pop recipe? The one with the vodka in it?


Helen Mir­ren with a sniper rifle. If you don’t want to see this… I’m going to won­der about your taste in vio­lence. RED the trailer is up.