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)
Yesterday it was bumblebee fairy tales. This morning it’s a bumblebee hacked hack. Ural. Citroen engine. Really.
Aprilia’s print ads have a distinct flavor about them, no matter which part of the line up they are showing you. (NSFW butt cheeks)
Enclosed motorcycle parking container. Would you pay to be able to lock up your bike like this? The only down side I can see is that the 3 vehicles in one parking space advantage of riding is eliminated by the bulk of the container. Also available for private purchase for your garageless house.
Girl shaped moto gear is available. Sort of. Mostly it’s guy gear recut and not designed from the ground up. Except maybe this grrl shaped chest protector. Tactical corsets indeed. (NSFW — black plastic girl shaped stuff)
3 videos of neurons at work. Awesome to think that all this stuff is going on inside my head. Keep the mutant comments to yourselves.
National Science Foundation 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. A video in which some of the winners talk about their science and the illustration there of. Also links to bigger version of all the winners.
Art, Images, and Design
Fritz Hoffman’s photographs contrasting the new and the old in Shanghai. For Nat’l Geographic. Flavorless modernism does not age well, Shanghai will come to regret it’s push to eliminate the old everyday parts of it’s city
Jason Holley’s paintings have appeared on the covers of many well know magazines including, New Republic and Rolling Stone. He also writes well about each painting and it’s role in creating the theme of the issue. His anti-ode to Okra for the Texas Monthly echos my own hatred of that veg. Far left, fourth row.
Very, very obscene, slightly disturbing, lyrically graceful, and a sly poke at the PC-filled world of BDSM. Bound a type face for special projects. By Gatis Cirulis. Don’t miss the sketch book pages at the bottom of the post. (NSWF)
that’s enough slacking for one day.