KZ400, El Diablo by Mad Crow in Barcelona. The details on the headlight and tank make it special.
Hedton. A rare Hedlund engine crowbarred into a Norton(?) frame. Includes links to the Hedlund engine story and a flickr stream of Hedlund motos.
Odd-bits bicycle sculpture. A Monday morning smile.
Science and Technology
Yeah, sociology is a soft science but wth. Why a limited level of corruption among officials and law enforcement may be necessary to the cohesiveness of society.
Something to mull over. this map of the world shows the heavily walled national and international borders. Are we walling off the rest of the world? And can you think of other heavily fortified borders and how do they fit into this map?
Art, Images, and Design
Thomas Allen brings pulp fiction paperbacks to life by moving the subjects out of the flat plain of the cover. Artist bio.
A sample of the work of Hermann Huppen — one of the rare breed of writer/illustrators in the world of comics. Some of the Jeremiah series featured here are available in English translation.
Headless Productions. Teaser for I’m a Monster. It’s going to be a first-rate family giggle.
Electric-Spoofaloo. Tron Angry Birds. ‘Nuff said.
A mediation on what makes the Nurburgring special. It’s history and it’s creation in an era when racing was about racing and not product placement. Bonus shots of the earliest construction work.
Even the track maps had more charm back in the day. Le Mans ’55
Spencil Borchard has at least as credible set of conspiracy theories as any of the other freaks out there getting air time. Moon gophers indeed.
Last year, when I was on walk-about, I drove down the Ohio River from my home town (Pittsburgh) to the confluence with the Mississippi. There was nothing, or damn near nothing when I got there. The state park was closed and the road to the point washed out. So I crossed the river and headed into Cairo, IL. I did not stop, I did not get out, and I did not take any pictures. You can probably figure out why by having a look at this small collection of pictures taken by people who did stop.
And if you wonder how a once thriving industrial town could have ended up in this state you can spend some time with the Reddit thread mentioned.
Art, Images, and Design
I like old fashioned silhouettes and I think this updated version of the cutout silhouette may just have to find a place on one of my walls. Though I may have to use some other material for the background as these are a bit twee.
How to make someone else’s words your own. Tree of Codes is the text of The Street of Crocodiles remade. Die cut pages with most of their words stripped away allow a new narrative to emerge. Pictures, a video of the creator, and candid reactions from readers when they open the book. (Yes I bought a copy immediately after seeing the vids.)
You know I love animation but who has the time and resources to get the software or buy the cameras and learn the routines. What if all you needed was google docs? Seriously, three guys, three days, 450 pages. All google docs.
3 from Asphalt and Rubber this AM.
I seem to be all about the black bikes lately. And Ducati has gotten the message. The disastrously white Diavel has gotten a pre-release make-over and now comes in a much yummier Diamond Black. More riding, less polishing.
And Aprilia has the perfect Xmas gift for your fav boy-racer. The RSV4 carbon fiber fairing kit. Perfect if you’re a bit more flush than most of us. 5K? Srsly? Damned pretty though.
I cannot explain the pic that goes with this post. Other than to assume that I am not the only who could use an appetite suppressant during the holiday (over) feeding season. But the news appears to be real. Paris Hilton has flung a bunch of money at a credible 125GP team.
Toys and Maps
The unfortunately named Fuck Yeah Cartography tumblr. Many , many pages of maps. Some clever, some odd, some cheesy, some more art than maps. Links to the sources vary in their usefulness but some lead on to wonderlands of images and history.
It was inevitable. Foodie Lego. A village bakery and Parisian green grocers. I’m not sure the local four-year old is gonna be pleased to see either of these under the tree instead of the next Star Wars set, but I’m going to have a great time on Xmas.
Art. Images, and Design
A lovely print of a line of prancing devils. Matt Forsythe.
Episode One — Robots in film. The usual suspects from the early days are here. Maria, Gort, Robbie. And few that are new to me. Tobor? He looks like fun.
Fruit and Veggie Alphadeath. Maybe a few too many deaths by knife but there’s not many other ways you can murder an eggplant. (Click through to flickr)
Made for Moleskine by Rogier Wieland. Cut paper animation of dates in a planner. Bonus dinosaur appearance. (1:07 — the sound track is grating and you don’t need it)
We’ve had some bad weather around here lately. Too much rain leads to saturated ground which leads to mud and rock slides. Here’s one of the fab pics from the WA-DOT of some of the clearing activity. This one is on Chuckanut Drive a bit north of here.
Something special for aficionados of the smaller makes. A visual history of KTM. Sadly without identifying information for the bikes. Still fun.
Perhaps all those flood myths in the middle east have a basis in a previous round of global warming? Are the remains of a once thriving civilization damply waiting for us beneath the Persian Gulf.
Art, Design, and Images
A little over the top for most office reception areas but if you have the need… TF2 sentry gun. (WETA, of course)
Thomas Perkins draws triptych comics. Every day. On his three kids’ lunch bags. And he posts them for the rest of us to enjoy.
Is it even possible that I did not post this the first time I saw it? BLU makes animation on buildings. Really. The evolution of life on earth.
There you go my dears, see you tomorrow.
Seemingly random, Japanese, custom-bike guy blog. I prefer looking at these without the assistance of Google translate. The story of one guy’s life, his friends, his lunches, and his bikes. (Occasional bits of NSFW — mostly anime girls.)
For all of you drinkers of the Orange kool-aid who were disappointed by the small (125cc) size of the proposed KTM mini machines can relax. There’s a new proposal — for a 250 or 300. Sometime in 2012? Maybe that’s long enough for them to find someone to do something about the 1980’s era watercraft graphics. Urk. (And, yes, I know that’s the promo pic for the 125.)
The photographer’s site is down for maintenance. But here are a handful of Christopher Wilson’s images from the salt. Ethereal indeed. (thanks Chicane)
A little fiction leads to a whole bunch of facts and a couple of videos about giant squid.
Art, Images, and Design
Another of the Portuguese artists from the turn of the last century. Amadeo Souza Cardosa is little known outside of his home country. Bright, often geometric, paintings full of life and good humor.
Do puppets count as design or animation? The giant puppets of Royal de Luxe arrived in Mexico City with a special performance for the bicentennial.
Little, fragile, ephemeral bits of the real world are added to Micheal Aaron William’s street art. Heartbreaking.
I want to like this. I think I like this. The trailer for O Apostolo. Frightening folk and fairy tales from Northern Spain. Review in English, trailer in Spanish. (Video 1:06)
keep calm and carry on