shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: flat track

Morning Linkage (May 5)


If you sim­ply *must*have a Ducati… No, no, please don’t hit me. I only find them and bring them to you. I don’t actu­al­ly cre­ate them.

East­ern Europe is turn­ing out a lot of tal­ent­ed visu­al artists and a cou­ple of odd-ball bike cus­tomiz­ers. Every­one has seen Yuri Shif’s tri-color Mon­ster the DUster, but this bike, mys­te­ri­ous­ly named Gus­tav Skip­pone has an creepy charm all it’s own.

Three appar­ent­ly unre­lat­ed pic­tures. I want to make up a sto­ry that accounts for the rac­er, the ad, and Nor­ton. I’ll set­tle for a nice look into the past.

Science, Tech, and Gadgets

In the midst of this col­lec­tion of images from the Museo Vir­tu­al del Diseno Cre­ativ­i­ty (Spain) there is a pho­to­graph a a radio shack belong­ing to EA3DY. Lin­ing the walls are the QSL cards he col­lect­ed from his con­tacts. The cards are also repro­duced here. A bit odd in the mid­dle of a set of images devot­ed to com­mer­cial design in the 30’s but a fas­ci­nat­ing find.

Art, Images, and Design

Wicked, or sil­ly. I can’t decide. This skele­tal arm micro­phone hold­er may be just the thing for a rock­er in need of a mean­ing­ful mike stand. Nah, it’s just very cool.

Very nice met­al work on this clock by Dutch design­ers Niels van Eijk and Miri­an van der Lubbe. A reminder that we can choose to have

A col­lec­tion of pic­tures of rhi­nos that should­n’t be as won­der­ful as it is. I par­tic­u­lar­ly like the Lean­dro Caste­lao and the Ser­go Ruf­fo­lo — con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed next to each other .

…and there you have it, the week is half over.

Morning Linkage (May 3)


Appar­ent­ly things are lit­tle dif­fer­ent in GT rac­ing in Japan. Ani­me fran­chis­es spon­sor cars paint­ed like space ships, dri­vers wear suits pat­terned after offi­cers uni­forms and the ‘race queens’ look like cos-players. Evan­ge­lion gets the treatment.

It’s not all Evan­ge­lion and Gun­dams. Run’a did Toy Sto­ry. (It’s worth run­ning this through Google trans­late of Bab­ble Fish. The dri­ver is a fun­ny guy.

Speak­ing of car­toons: Are you cool enough for the Dark Knight? Yup, they’re back — for a lim­it­ed time you can get your very own, per­son­al, cus­tom craft­ed, bat­man moto gear.

Clos­er to home and bit more real: A nice, very cus­tom, Harley flat-tracker. Lots of build info too.

Society, Culture, and Literature

There’s a new esti­mate of the dol­lar val­ue of fair use: $4.7 tril­lion. Google’s pol­i­cy blog sum­ma­rizes and points to the full PDF. I’ve been wait­ing for the con­tent car­tels to pro­vide some counter points argu­ing against the num­bers giv­en here. I haven’t seen them. Hmmm.

Art, Images, and Design

Shoes and fan­ta­sy pho­tog­ra­phy No, it’s not what you think it is. These are images cre­at­ed by Khuong Nguyen for Louboutin’s Fall-Winter 2010 fash­ion mag­a­zine ads.

Free-form blocks, in bright col­ors and pat­terns. Alber­to Gar­cia makes com­mer­i­cal illos in Spain. Check out the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers CD art.

Paper quilling is an old fash­ioned art. Some­thing for maid­en aunts to do in the kitchen on week­nights. Or the young Russ­ian, Yulia Brod­skaya, to cre­ate for Star­bucks and Nokia to use in some very cheery and col­or­ful adver­tise­ments.


You might want to turn the sound off after the first minute of so — the music does­n’t get any bet­ter — but def­i­nite­ly watch the video all the way through. Yes, your print­er is haunt­ed :-) (Sound)