Except for the choice of blue hoses, I can see this charming CB550 being a someone’s pride and joy in the early 80’s.
Love the paint. CB450. Yeah, another one.
1970 Japan. You do not want to see this police model CB750 in your mirrors. Original in Japanese (more pix)
(Bonus Transportation Animation) REDLINE. Nope, it’s not making the lists of Christmas season block busters. But we might get a look at Takeshi Koike’s racing epic (with subtitles) in the Spring. Wicked cool, intra-galactic racing. (Video — loud, violent and full of aliens — oh and racing)
I should be much more hyped about the deep ecological implications of the work of Lucy and Jorge Orta, but really I just want to watch the butterflies. (Video with voice over. 1:40) More details on the multi-media installation “Amazonia” at the Natural History Museum
Art, Images, and Design
If you need a little something eldritch for your Halloween party invites you could do no better than to consider one of Sidney Sime’s fine ghosties and ghoulies.
More gruesome images for late October. The Walter Potter collection has been (partially) reassembled. “A fine example of Victorian whimsy.” If your taste in whimsy runs to stuffed squirrels.
Pen and watercolor. A little reminder to all those who don’t live here in Pugetopolis why we love it. Crisp, sunny, morning in the ID.
Doomed, A biological cartoon by Guillermo Garcia Carsi. Inverted hedgehogs, coral parrots, strange songbirds, and cube fish. Click on the word Doomed to start the preview. Snork. (Video with voice-over. 1:07 — Flash)
Apparently things are little different in GT racing in Japan. Anime franchises sponsor cars painted like space ships, drivers wear suits patterned after officers uniforms and the ‘race queens’ look like cos-players. Evangelion gets the treatment.
It’s not all Evangelion and Gundams. Run’a did Toy Story. (It’s worth running this through Google translate of Babble Fish. The driver is a funny guy.
Speaking of cartoons: Are you cool enough for the Dark Knight? Yup, they’re back — for a limited time you can get your very own, personal, custom crafted, batman moto gear.
Closer to home and bit more real: A nice, very custom, Harley flat-tracker. Lots of build info too.
Society, Culture, and Literature
There’s a new estimate of the dollar value of fair use: $4.7 trillion. Google’s policy blog summarizes and points to the full PDF. I’ve been waiting for the content cartels to provide some counter points arguing against the numbers given here. I haven’t seen them. Hmmm.
Art, Images, and Design
Shoes and fantasy photography No, it’s not what you think it is. These are images created by Khuong Nguyen for Louboutin’s Fall-Winter 2010 fashion magazine ads.
Free-form blocks, in bright colors and patterns. Alberto Garcia makes commerical illos in Spain. Check out the Red Hot Chili Peppers CD art.
Paper quilling is an old fashioned art. Something for maiden aunts to do in the kitchen on weeknights. Or the young Russian, Yulia Brodskaya, to create for Starbucks and Nokia to use in some very cheery and colorful advertisements.
You might want to turn the sound off after the first minute of so — the music doesn’t get any better — but definitely watch the video all the way through. Yes, your printer is haunted :-) (Sound)