The odd sto­ry of George Dis­teel and his hoard­er’s col­lec­tion of motor­cy­cles. Which I give to you most­ly because the dog in the first pic­ture of Dis­teel, late and crazy in his life, clear­ly shows a Bou­vi­er des Flan­ders. Prov­ing that good taste in motor­cy­cles and good taste in dogs often go together.

Get­ting a bike that fits right and looks good is tough. Or was that shoes? Nope bike. Help is at hand. Cycle Ergo takes your mea­sure­ments and plops a lit­tle man­nequin built like you onto any one of hun­dreds of bikes. Though it claims that your rather petite cura­tor of shiny can flat foot a K1600 GLT. I am skeptical.

Speak­ing of the salt. (We were just yes­ter­day) Tri­umph — mod­i­fied. Pret­ti­est sil­ver bike ever. Ever.


We were just dis­cussing these mag­nets in the shop the oth­er day. Neodymi­um mag­nets are such a geeky won­der. Tiny lit­tle bits of (nickel-plated) met­al that grab on and won’t let go. You can get all sorts from K & J Mag­net­ics. But more impor­tant­ly you can get their newslet­ter with stuff like this: “How Neodymi­um Mag­nets are Made.”

Art, Images, and Design

A hand­ful of San­jeev Joshi’s quick sketch­es from Istanbul.

I know of Cliff Roberts only from car­toons in my father’s New York­er mag­a­zines. Turns out he did some won­der­ful chil­dren’s books as well. I so want a copy of Thomas — he’s cer­tain­ly the finest cat I’ve seen this fall.

Though odd­ly, I do recall a copy of Langston Hugh­es’ First Book of Jazz also illus­trat­ed by Cliff Roberts. I just nev­er con­nect­ed the two.

Fas­ci­na­tion with 60’s and 70’s design. There are pho­tog­ra­phers who seek out and cap­ture images of the every­day objects that filled our lives and homes. Brows­ing in this col­lec­tion can fill up your inspi­ra­tion well in just a cou­ple of min­utes. (via phil k)