Adventure does not require expensive gear, massive bikes, or exotic locations.
Somewhere between WTF and the most insightful portrait of the motorcyclist’s soul ever. A detail from Akira Yamagucchi’s The Nine Aspects. (If anyone can find a pic of the entire painting please let me know.)
This one is a little bit of a gimme. I know at least two readers who will love any Triumph Scrambler I post.
Time lapse photography seems to have fallen out of favor. Why? Did the wonder of watching plants grown and bloom and die somehow leave the world? It’s a beautiful planet — all the more so because it houses something as lovely as the snake gourd plant or the white egret flower. Plants of Japan. (video with music)
Art, Images, and Design
These “tank totes” are a common sight around here. They are carried around in the back of pickup trucks by folks with less than reliable water supplies. But I didn’t know they were so cheap. Here’s a good re-use. Signal lamps. Any other ideas?
Ramshackle hillside apartments with too many windows and too few doors? No, not some sort of hellish slum. Nina Lindgren’s magical cardboard houses.
I have been selfishly keeping this one to myself for the last couple of days. Alice Herz-Sommer is someone who you have to hold in the privacy of your own heart and consider quietly before you can share her.
Trailer for the documentary Alice: Dancing Under the Gallows (Video 12:11) More on Alice and the film.
I believe that this is a 1960’s Velorex 350. You can get the confusing translated from the Hungarian original here.
Very nice CB360T build out. Link to the build blog included.
Not the Citroen Picasso (a boring commuter car) but UK custom-car builder Andy Sander’s Picasso Citroen.
This may make your brain warp but it’s a look at the state of the thinking today. Attempting to combine quantum physics and neuroscience in the quest to settle the argument between determinism and free will.
Or if that isn’t your endless debate of choice, how about who was right about the nature of our future dystopia? Huxely or Orwell? Recombinant Records provides the key talking points.
Public transportation commuters, bedtime readers, and gym-rats alike should know about longform.org. An archive of the best essay length material published in the past decade. There are several ways to access and read the material. I use Instapaper on my iPreciouses.
Art, Images, and Design
Some really lovely posters from the Empire Marketing Board (1936–1933) and a pondering of the troubling images in these efforts to market the products of the British empire to the subjects of the British empire. The complete collection is available at Manchester Galleries.
Crow on a wall in Spain. I love the blurry feather work.
Cardboard monster arms.
Good illustrator, good animation Shaun Tan’s illustrated novellas have made me smile. Now his The Lost Thing is being animated. If you have some patience left over from your week you’ll enjoy the trailer more if you get it from the official Lost Thing but it’s a flash site and takes approx 15 seconds to load.
Okay, we made it to Friday. Now to make it through the day,