If you’ve got 25 minutes to kill and the desire for a new career in the exciting field of military aviation you might want to sit down with this video. Or maybe if you need at a look of the unfortunate history of humor and pretty girls in training films. 1943 Army Air Forces P‑47 Thunderbolt training video. That really is worth a watch for plane fiends. (Video 24:41)
For my SuperMoto loving friends. The Black Pearl. But could you go out and get this one all dirty?
Pure, unadulterated yum. BSA Gold Star Daytona Special. Because sometime restoration is way more effective than customizing.
Must be something about the holiday hangover but I can’t wrap my mind around any sort of serious science news. Instead you get shit like this… io9 writers and commenters rule the world (again.) Why we need to do real, experimental science. Involves giraffes and water and no computers.
More helpfully, and more seriously. An insightful deconstruction of the subtle aids that Google maps use to make their maps the most readable maps on the web. (Arguably.)
Art, Images, and Design
Jim Flora did this Baba Yaga late in his life. Wonderful depiction of the wise old witch.
Tangentially, I was watching a documentary recently and saw a picture of the cover of Charlie Parker’s Charlie Parker with Strings. Not my fav Bird album but the art work is way cool. So I went looking… David Stone Martin did tons of the covers that I remember from my childhood. Including the one at the top of the post. (NSFW — artistic nudes)
Pop-up fairy tales in French. Not at all what you’re expecting.
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)