shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: cgi

Morning Linkage (Nov 23)


Just in case any of you thinks that this gig is all about spend­ing the day look­ing at pret­ty bikes and enjoy­ing adult bev­er­ages. I’d like to give you a lit­tle look into the prob­lems of shiny hunt­ing. Scott over at Pipeburn shares a hand­ful of pic­tures that he’s been hang­ing onto because he does­n’t have enough info to post them. (And his ace read­ers get the goods for him on two out four — go read­ers!) A Guzzi, 2 BMWs and a Sportster.

I’m unde­cid­ed about this cus­tom bike with a Buell motor. The frame is unique enough to pull in my eye and the exe­cu­tion is top-notch. But hey the motor’s gonna have to be changed. The spud.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Is that a Tony Kart chassis?

Art, Images, and Design

Yuko got to do a cov­er illo for the NYT Review of Books. The Kei­th Richards cov­er. Wow.

Etch-a-Sketch, sports fig­ures.  ’nuff said. (Mak­ing of videos too.)

30 year-old Jung-Yeon Min paints peo­ple in the every­day world with the sur­re­al land­scape of the human soul on the edge of break­ing through.(NSFW — artis­tic nudes)

Animation and CGI

Is this real­ly all CGI? Reli­able sources say it is.

This just makes me hap­py. I hope it makes you hap­py too. Bet­ty Boop does the hula. Bam­boo Isle. If you want the full meal deal (with some fab Hawai­ian music) and have 8 min­utes you can watch the low-res ver­sion of the com­plete film here. Is Bet­ty SFW?

sled­ding and hot choco­late today?

Morning Linkage (Apr 29)


A col­lec­tion of SR400 and SR500 videos. These high­ly mod­i­fi­able sin­gles are the start­ing point for tons of cus­toms in Japan. Now in addi­tion a to the work on the bike — it seems that you have to make a rid­ing video. Kick start bike, cruise the neigh­bor­hood, hit the under­pass, have your bud­dy take lots of shaky close­ups of your pants pock­ets :-D But you real­ly want to spend time with the SR500 built by trouthunter. It’s the nicest build doc­u­men­tary I’ve seen. (Video #4 — Music)

Amir Glinik draws CGI bikes that you can hear rum­bling in your brows­er. Swear to God.  This ‘45 Harley can be had in either red or white. Luscious.

The fel­lows at Jamesville (that’d be James) have moved a lit­tle out of the cus­tom bike field to work on a 1936 Ford Coupe. Maybe I read too many R. Crumb car­toons as teenag­er but these always give the gig­gles. It’s a beau­ti­ful job.


Very nifty opti­cal illu­sion. You’ll see a spi­ral but it’s not there. I’m not sure how it’s done, some­thing about the background.
There are a ton more exam­ples here. and some explanations.

Art, Images, and Design

Insects and dew. Macro pho­tos of the bejew­eled denizens of a world we over­look every morning.

I’m not sure where to go with these, a mutant bio­log­i­cal dystopia. Line and sim­ple col­ors cre­ate charm­ing night­mares. (Fer­nan­do Hereñú (AKA Pulpo)

Sim­i­lar­ly, not-quite human char­ac­ters but full of whim­sy and bright col­ors. Hap­py robots liv­ing in a hap­py world drawn by lit­tle kong.

keep calm and car­ry on…

Morning Linkage (Mar 31)


Oh sweet baby jee­bus. A 1970 Husky 400 Cross all fet­tled up and ready to go… to the 2010 Baja 500? Mucho gory details on the build-out build-up. (The rest of the site will send cer­tain men I know into nos­tal­gia comas for a week.)

KTM’s e‑bike.


Society and Culture

All pub­lish­ing eyes are on the iPad as the big boys of books wait to see how much fur­ther Apple can push eBook pen­e­tra­tion into the main­stream (of the tech­ni­cal elite.) Some of the self-publishing ser­vices are also prepar­ing for Apple book store publication.

Sec­ond in my heart only to car­i­ca­tures of Hel­lo kit­ty are mash-ups of My Lit­tle Pony. I bog­gle at the idea that some­one went to  the trou­ble to find 45 of these things. If you have a favorite pop cul­ture trope it’s here.  I’m dis­mayed that the crafts­man­ship dis­played on some of these has­n’t been put to bet­ter use.


Art, Images, and Design

The pic­ture of this spider/tractor hybrid have made the rounds and end­ed up on That Will Buff Out, but here’s what they did­n’t show you. The orig­i­nal CGI footage. Sweet.

Lob­by cards adver­tise the cur­rent and up-coming fea­ture films. They’ve been around for ages. And some of them are full of awe­some. Like this col­lec­tion of Mex­i­can film cards.

I hear you can buy your own on-line. Steve Wor­thing­ton calls out three eBay sources at the bot­tom of this post. No I am not going to admit to look­ing — or buy­ing. (The video is a scream — but NSFW)

This will take you more than a few min­utes to work through but Smash­ing mag­a­zine’s col­lec­tion of 50 images of India will def­i­nite­ly give you some­thing to day­dream about.