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)
Oregon raceway park — extreme shifter cart. Though 800 pounds makes it something other than a go-cart IMO.
More extreme. These cars (and bikes) look like cartoon characters. In part because they spring from Japans otaku culture.
Examples of bosozoku bikes are a little harder to find but here’s a couple. (Nice non boso-Morowaki 600RR smack in the middle of the thread.)
And for something soothing. Bernardet produced a very common and successful line of scooters in France in the late 40s and the 50s. But from 1921 until 1940 they produced racing and street sidecars. Scroll down to see some wicked racers.
Science of pretty. How do butterfly wings get their color?
More science of pretty. How do fireflies light up?
A slightly different view on the problem of lagging science innovation in the US. It’s not the education it’s the jobs.
Art, Images, and Design
Peter Taylor’s round little fellows with patterns and swirly pretties. Jolly. (NSFW bare cartoon butts)
Only the shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. The rest of us just assumed that the average beach going kid has a bit of monster in their heart.
Edmund Dulac illustrated many books in the 30’s Here is a set of scans from Treasure Island. Soft clear colors and charming images.
Perhaps you could also look at his illustration for the Rubaiyat. Much darker and lush.
This is another one of those “how could I possibly write a better intro than Meredith wrote?” items. Czech children’s film — Kooky’s Return. I can’t. Just watch.
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