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Tag: deep sea

Morning Linkage (Jul 13)


Destroy­ing land­mines before they destroy you. Intro­duc­ing the Assault Breach­er Vehi­cle.  Video at the bot­tom. (Typ­i­cal­ly trag­ic choice of sound tracks.)

The VFR1200F. Any review that starts with the Ohlins tech at the track laughing…

I“m bet­ting that a num­ber of you will feel a lit­tle wisp of nos­tal­gia when you look at this shiny restored Hodaka.

Air­port shut­tle, moto park­ing comes to France. Gear lock­ers, dis­count­ed price, and a ride to the ter­mi­nal. Any­one in Seat­tle got a chunk of land near Sea-Tac? Okay — maybe a bet­ter idea in LA.


Under­sea crea­tures fas­ci­nate me. I have no idea why and I don’t think I want your opin­ions on the mat­ter either. Some more portraits.


Sal­sa verde the way I’ve seen it made in Mex­i­co. Yum­my recipe and presentation.

Art, Images, and Design

Once used to trun­dle those ter­ri­ble, not real­ly food meals down the aisles of air­planes, these trol­leys are refur­bished and cov­er­ing in decals to make hip stor­age objects.

Food stored in draw­ers with elec­tron­ic wiz­ardry. It’s kinds cool to think that draw­ers might be bet­ter than cup­boards for food. (Even if this is just a reefer concept.)

From Coil­house — a new take on the Japan­ese Float­ing Worlds tra­di­tion of paint­ing. This is what re-visioning of old­er forms should look like.

Just because I’ve already done ten­ta­cles this morn­ing; I think I’ll add this col­lec­tion of squid images from Animalarium.

Paul Lung’s por­traits are mas­ter works of per­cep­tion. You want to meet each one of the peo­ple he’s drawn. (Done with a.5mm mechan­i­cal pen­cil — I can’t find a ref­er­ence to the hard­ness of the lead he uses.)

James Dean. Because it’s that kind of day and I’m feel­ing the girl­friend love.

Morning Linkage (Jul 9)

It’s been a good week on the inter­net and there are just too many things still to share with you all. So dig in for a good hour or two.


A recent con­ver­sa­tion with the moto-heads of my acquain­tance ques­tioned the nature of some of Ducati’s recent crop of “spe­cial edi­tion bikes.” Here’s a look at one of the real™ clas­sics.

I don’t know whether to be offend­ed, amused, or heart­ened by this look at the role of women in the design of auto­mo­biles. I dis­agree with the state­ment that you don’t need to be a gear-head to be good, but only if you allow for gear-head to cov­er more ground than just a fas­ci­na­tion with  cylin­der head shape and  rebound cal­cu­la­tions. I hes­i­tate to admit that the most appeal­ing image in the sto­ry is the “Damsels of Design” lined up with Harley Earl. Oh, and the head­line writer should be pelt­ed with pow­der puffs.

You can go look up the his­to­ry and all that if you’d like. I’ll just sit qui­et­ly and look. Mego­la.


Oh you’re a div­er, how cool is that? Um, maybe not so cool if you are Car­los Bar­rios Orta and your job is to keep the sew­ers of Mex­i­co City flowing.

… and the nation­al geo­graph­ic video here (not safe for lunch)


Freez­ing tis­sue sam­ples at the Amer­i­can Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry. The Ambrose Mon­ell Cryo Col­lec­tion. Bet you did­n’t know that AMNH had so many kinds of collections.

Remem­ber the Giant Spi­der Crab shed­ding it’s shell from the oth­er day? Here’s a nice Nat Geo gallery fea­tur­ing him and some of his deep ocean liv­ing bud­dies. Start­ing with the apt­ly named Fang Tooth Fish. OMG, and there’s a Vam­pire Squid. The usu­al Nat Geo high qual­i­ty photography.


Can­dy specif­i­cal­ly designed to be shared.

A brief look at the process of hand rais­ing apples in Japan. We’ve all mar­veled at the per­fect­ly pre­sent­ed ide­al fruit in Japan­ese gro­ceries, these bas­kets and trays are meant for giv­ing as a gift. Jane Alden has pho­tographed the farm­ers and their orchards.

Art, Images, and Design

Jane Alden’s own web­site fea­tures a less peace­ful but utter­ly com­pelling essay World War I on the Tears of Stone.

A cou­ple of point­ers to the art of Kodomo no kuni, a Japan­ese chil­dren’s mag­a­zine pub­lished in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. From the gallery of illus­tra­tions I par­tic­u­lar­ly like the work of Takei Takeo and Onchi Koshi­ro. (Click on the list icon under the pic­tures to see a list of all the illus­tra­tors.) Some gen­er­al infor­ma­tion about the mag­a­zine is also given.

Sum­mer arrived quite sud­den­ly a cou­ple of days ago and I want this instant Pop­si­cle mak­er. Now where did I see that cit­rus cool­er pop recipe? The one with the vod­ka in it?


Helen Mir­ren with a sniper rifle. If you don’t want to see this… I’m going to won­der about your taste in vio­lence. RED the trail­er is up.