shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: bike pics

Morning Linkage (Sep 28)


Six cir­cu­lar saw motors, half a go-cart chas­sis, and a weird sense of humor. I give you the Bolt Light­en­ing dragster.

So many of us like look­ing at bike (and car) pics. Maybe it’s time to add a few of your own? Pipeburn gives you a quick two lessons in bike pho­tog­ra­phy for begin­ners. (Fol­low the links in Part I but only after you’ve put down the cof­fee and maybe had a cou­ple of Advil.)

I love this lit­tle XL250. Even though I should hate it — all the bits are just vague­ly wrong.

I don’t think there’s any bet­ter proof of true love than this 1962 C100 scoot­er restoration.


Tita­ni­um foam as a bone growth matrix. Fas­ci­nat­ing bio-medical appli­ca­tion of mate­ri­als sci­ence with the now oblig­a­tory Wolver­ine reference.

Yay for bio­lu­mi­nes­cence. Yay for comb jel­lies. Yay for Crea­ture­Cast. (Sor­ry about the east coast ori­en­ta­tion — but there’s no good sin­gle site for Puget Sound bio­lu­mi­nes­cent species. — sigh)


Appar­ent­ly the most irre­sistible food on earth is… toast. Um, I already knew that. Some of the oth­er choic­es are pret­ty good too. (The fun is in the comments.)

Art, Images, and Design

Ran­dom pho­tos from the “Good Design Expo”  Some are sil­ly, some are clever, and a num­ber are just plain puz­zling. I like the ele­phant tape dis­penser and the toma­to grow bag.

A tiny bit of street art on a pad­lock. Nice­ly done. (And if you like Seat­tle and good pho­tos you might want to add Seat­tle dai­ly Pho­to to your RSS reader.)

Items for a Tim Bur­ton set design. Exot­ic leather fur­nish­ings that  belong in a some movie described as “tense” and “fraught with sub­text” or maybe just “creepy”. Wan­na start a British men’s club with a bizarre sense of humor.

Oops — inter­we­bz goin’ down in 3… 2…

Morning Linkage (Aug 6)


Watch­ing moto-cop drill teams is always a hoot. Please note that this team is lit­tle extra spe­cial. *Tokyo* motor police and all women. 2 videos, a bunch of stills.

Givin’ away the goods. Visu­al grat­i­fi­ca­tion is a reli­able source of good-looking and good to look at bikes. It also has a “com­mu­ni­ty” page fea­tur­ing oth­er bike blogs. Here’s a run down of some of the best of the bunch. Along with sam­ple pics from each.

Again from Visu­al Grat. Over the top details of the Con­fed­er­ate P120 as revealed in a spe­cial email to subscribers.

More fine details. This time on a XJR 1200. Triples, fork brace, and blue on the calipers.

From huge to tiny. The Suzu­ki EN125 pop­u­lates S.E. Asia like fruit flies on old bananas. And some­times gets used to cre­ate nifty lit­tle buzz-bombs like this one.

Tech and Science

Again with the hack­ers, def­con, and the sup­posed high secu­ri­ty locks. Always a good sto­ry and always a good reminder that secu­ri­ty is more than a bet­ter lock.

Goby. With a name like that it’s got­ta be a weird fish — and it is. Trash-eater.

Art, Images, and Design

I did­n’t know that those vicious­ly ugly con­crete build­ing of the 50’s and 60’s (and their even worse revival in 70’s aca­d­e­m­ic set­tings) had a style name. Bru­tal­ism. Per­fect fit. Andy Spain is not so dis­mis­sive as I am. His black and white pho­tographs bring as much beau­ty to these build­ings as any­one ever will be able to.

Day dream­ers hide-away. I can’t find the orig­i­nal image but this is too won­der­ful to pass up.

Pho­to­shop is the most overused tool in the uni­verse. Some­days. And then oth­er days you see it put to use to reveal the world in a new light.  The ghosts of WWII merge with the present in these dual image pho­tographs cre­at­ed by Sergey Larenkov.

Nice lit­tle joke with your morn­ing cof­fee if you slop a bit over the edge of the cup.

Friday Animation

A three­some. All with some con­nec­tion to Goo­by Herms.

El Kabong — done for Car­toon Net­work. A horse, some more hors­es, and a bad guy.  Mex­i­can cin­e­ma lam­poon. Look for the Nation­al Steel near the end. (1:57)

5 words that sound dirty but aren’t. For Chick­lets. I’m all over the gum and ink draw­ing style. (0:15)

Love­ly and lyric, ani­mat­ed intro for a doc­u­men­tary film about danc­ing in PR. Bom­ba y ple­na. (1:30)

now go play out­side if you’re to make all that racket.