shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: aliens

Morning Linkage (Jan 21)


The auto­mo­tive press goes into its annu­al orgy of list mak­ing every win­ter around the December/January pub­lish­ing cycle. Each and every list high­light­ed with ital­ics, cap­i­tal let­ters, and Big Red head­lines. And pho­tos of each and every one of the cars or trucks. Bor­ing, copy­cat, can’t tell one mag­a­zine from an oth­er pho­tos. Except that this year Auto­mo­bile used an illus­tra­tor rather than a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. Not sure if the results will be repeat­ed but I like Daniel Stolle’s work any way.

The full arti­cle. What’s with motor rags? — find­ing any­thing on their web­sites is damned near impos­si­ble and the images are hid­den in the chaos on the right edge of the article.

Food trucks, we all love ’em. And now you can have a look at the fac­to­ry that makes them. The good fel­lows at Tel­star Logis­tics did a piece for the NYT.

1 minute of 1960’s hip. Girls go for guys on Ves­pas. Hap­py Fri­day my lit­tle scoot­er dudes and dudettes.

1959 Moto Guzzi Fal­cone, by Von Dutch. Love it, hate it? No mis­tak­ing the era.

Art, Images, and Design

Mr. Peabody, the hep-est cat around.

I can only quote John K’s first cou­ple of lines. ” If there’s one thing I learned from skulk­ing around in the paper­back sec­tion of my local drug­store when I was kid it was this: ALL THINGS EVERYWHERE CRAVE OUR WOMEN. (…)  I don’t care what race, species or gen­era you are, whether you are liv­ing or dead, ani­mal, veg­etable, min­er­al, fun­gi or bac­te­ria — your first thought upon each aching wak­ing morn is how to steal our women. (…)  And who can blame you? Look at them.”  Fol­lowed by a bitchin’ col­lec­tion of pulp sto­ry cov­ers. (NSFW)

More sedate­ly, in black and white. On  a slow boat from Africa. The New York Times would send a pho­tog­ra­ph­er to the docks to cap­ture the unload­ing of the ani­mals import­ed for Amer­i­can zoos.


Best dog ate my home­work ever.…

Hap­py Fri­day y’all.

Morning Linkage (Aug 30)


The week­end’s over, but there’s a new week­end just around the cor­ner. Some of you are gonna need this. Hayes M1030 — bitchin’ off road machine. Multi-fuel, 2‑foot ford­ing depth, option­al IR dri­ving light! woohoo!

And one of these. Bufali­no. Piag­gio APE goes camper. Yup­pers, I’ll take one.

Snick­er. That’s some bal­last you got there. Fright­en­ing­ly close to home for some of us hack own­ers. And more Stan Mott car and bike art. Bonus pho­tos at 2/3rds. Go Carts!


Astronomer Seth Shostak pro­pos­es that we could increase our chances of find­ing intel­li­gent life in the stars by expand­ing the type of intel­li­gence we are look­ing for. Where should we look if we want to find alien arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence?

Slight­ly more earth bound news. Migra­tion is a com­plex social func­tion; not just a mat­ter of every­one in the flock gets an urge for bright sun­ny beach­es come October.

Art, Images, and Design

Tum­blinger­strasse? Tag Tag? Super Paper? Still does­n’t mean any­thing to you? How about Hot Wheels stop-motion ani­ma­tion and graffiti?

These do not look like tat­toos. But they are… I’m unde­cid­ed about them but I val­ue the reminder that ink on skin does­n’t have to con­form to a look. More of Aman­da Wachob’s work (click on abstract)

Utter­ly point­less ani­mat­ed gif. But there’s a monkey…


Sad news from Japan, Satochi Kon has passed away.

He gave us many films but none so won­der­ful as Tokyo God­fa­thers. A look at three mis­fits who find a bun­dle on Christ­mas Eve. T.G. long ago replaced It’s a Won­der­ful Life as our Christ­mas movie of choice. Earthy, humor­ous, and real­is­ti­cal­ly hope­ful. (Avail­able on disc from netflix.)
Amer­i­can ver­sion of the Tokyo God­fa­thers trail­er. Lame trail­er, good movie.

oh so Mon­day around here, I hope your locale is a lit­tle less inundated.