Morning Linkage (Jan 11)


1930 Norton CS1 TT, the very best kind of fam­i­ly heir­loom. Marcel Schoen inher­it­ed it from his uncle who was a bit of a Norton nut and had pur­chased the bike in 1959 from some­one who was using it a dai­ly com­muter. Lots more details and some nice old­er pho­tos. Note that cur­rent own­er is a sil­ver­smith and there’s a Norton Manx mod­el exe­cut­ed in ster­ling at the bot­tom of the post.

The man who sits next to me at break­fast wants to make one of these for him­self. Anyone caught aid­ing and abet­ting this insan­i­ty will be… um, scolded.

You knew it was just a mat­ter of time. Cops on silent bikes


I love string, and yarn, and thread, and wire, and … Except when it gets tan­gled. No, that’s not true. I love untan­gling things. Odd but there it is. But I nev­er knew that there were enzymes whose job it is to rush around inside our cells and untan­gle the strands of DNA. Too cool.

Art, Images, and Design

Photography of aban­doned America cities has made the big time news recent­ly. Modern explor­ers of the urban decay have been fill­ing Flickr with their work. Visual News has a nice set of images with links back to the pho­to­streams of the creators.

Hal Rasmusson will teach you to draw pret­ty girls. Utterly cute and safe for work.

This is here just so I can find it again lat­er when I need it. Amazing pen­cil draw­ing of flow­ers, leaves, and oth­er plant bits. And, oh, and Jacob Dahlstrup drew a skull.

Moving Image

Very ear­ly (1913) stop motion ani­ma­tion. A Christmas play about Father Christmas and the insects — sur­re­al is the best way to describe it. Nicely restored and updat­ed with a soundtrack.