I am taken by the smart simplicity of the headlamp bracket and the matte black on the header pipes. Moto Guzzi.
Hell for Leather stops just short of accurately describing this latest promo video from Triumph. Listen to the voice over without watching the video. He’s not talking about a bike…
As penance for the previous content-free link, I bring you… Drags and Racing’s all dark Triumph Bonneville. I sat on a Bonneville last weekend… It fits. Drags and Racing website — in Italian,. NSFW nudity.
Girls on bikes. A little sweet for some of you but I’m charmed and it is a Laverda.
Boys on bikes. Same look and feel but a boy and a Honda.
If lasers create light in carefully controlled wavelengths what would an anti-laser do? Absorb light in carefully controlled wavelengths. Okay, I’m not smart enough to have come up with that but someone has. And now that the idea has been described there’s a race on to build one and to figure out what it’s useful for.
Words and Food
Working Wordsmith Alert. New CMoS. Sneak a peak at some of the shiny new rules and learn which of your old favorites they took out back and shot. (Chicago Manual of Style)
Nora Maynard discusses her top picks from the field of new drinkables offered at Tales of the Cocktail. I’m thinking that I’ll have to hunt down a bottle of the Cocchi Americano before summer ends.
Art, Images, and Design
- the dreamy summer edition
These are Jim Denevan’s tools. These are his images.
The children’s book illustrations of Igor Oleynokov. Fluid pastel worlds. The seascapes are especially enchanting.
Have I told you about Pooh Sticks? Maybe not. But that’s for another day, when there’s a weak autumn sun and nothing much to regret. Meanwhile here’s a summer version of playing with bits of wood and water. Little Drifters. Lenny makes other things out of flotsam and jetsam as well.
Beach scene, black and white perfection. (Mildly NSFW)
Built as a custom in 1936 this Henderson is Art-Deco in all it’s black, shiny, curvy, swooping glory. Just don’t look at the last shot of the bike being ridden — it’s actually an ungainly midget. Le sigh.
For the junior set or aspiring moto designers and colorists. The Ducati coloring book. Print and scribble.
Nice bike. Wicked graphics. Matching helmet. Royal Enfield.
1938 OEC Commander. Today’s looker.
These little handy things come up every Christmas in the Lee Valley tools catalog. A better pocket screwdriver. No more hoping that the dime fits in the slot or that a quarter will give you enough gripping power for that stubborn bolt.
Food and Design
The idea of a gourmet scooping ketchup is, well, so damned foodie. And the packaging plays just the right note.
It’s fresh fruit and vegetable time. Most produce now arrives at the grocery store in anonymous, waxed cardboard crates, but that wasn’t always so. Animalarium gives us a helping of the cleverest animal themed labels. Tons more.
Art, Images, and Design
More from Yuko. The illustrations from The Beautiful and the Grotesque are enough to make you buy the book. The jacket back blurb will clinch the deal.
Not sure who or what just yet, but this is fab abstract street art from Italy.
Anywhere but here (Houston.)
New images for Edward Gorey’s Ghastly Crumb Tinies and a couple of new tinies. (One of these is NSFW if you squint real hard.)
Total Weirdness (and hotness)
Somehow you all seemed to have missed the “hot viral awesomeness” of the Old Spice Campaign; maybe that’s for the best. That’s okay, I watched a bunch for you. And so did the lovely dudes and dudettes at TwoWheels. The opener (with the bike at the end) and a couple of the bike based call and response replies. Oh, yes I do want to be someone’s sensual bike friend of romance.
These guys are confused about whether they are producing an electric bicycle or a video game trailer. The M55-EVO‑1 brings mindless ePR to the fore.
Three nice black and white images of motos in India. Old school, good photography.
I’ve shown you more than one collection of pictures of the odd things that people do with the Ruckus. How about a switch of brands for a look at what you can do with Yamaha Fino.
Another Julian Dupont hooligan video. This time in Jeruselam and Tel Aviv. Must be nice to have Red Bull to watch your back while you stunt like a fool. (RB hires some of the best video crews in the business.) Music.
Society, Culture , and History
Astonishing things lurk in the files and archive boxes of many nations. Recently a Duke grad student (USA) found the only known copy of Haitian Declaration of Independence. Originally printed by the new government in 1804 there are no copies from the first printing in Haiti. Or France, or anywhere else as far as scholars knew. But Julia Garfield found one in the collection of papers of relating to the colonial governance of Jamaica held at the British National Archives.
Yulia Brodskaya has been featured here before. This new poster for the Stern Grove music festival is happy, summery, and almost makes the sun come out all on it’s own. Details of the print production provided.
Otto Nero runs an Italian motorcycle blog. In this post he provides a nice collection of street art images featuring motos. A couple of classics and one or two silly little things.
Nice interview with Tom Whalen and a selection of his images. Whalen is one of the people who’s been defining “new modernernism” Though I doubt he’d use the words himself. He thinks more in terms of the comic books and super heroes.
I love the tail treatment on this Triumph. Such a sweet, round butt.
The post title says it all “Enjoy Some Gratuitous Classic Lotus Porn.” Pics from the Lotus archives. (SFW)
A bad jump start once cost me a ECU/BCU pair for a Mercedes. If the surge suppressor in these smart jumper cables works I’d be willing to pay a whole lot more than $35.
Just a note — TopSpeed has been removed from my reader. Their refusal to include links to sources and the websites of organizations they report on has finally driven me over the edge. Nominations for good sources of motor industry news sought. I’d like something that covers cars and bikes, business, and current products rather than vintage and custom.
Creature Cast update. Dr. Phil Pugh talks about the first time he got to see siphonophores from a submarine. He had studied these fascinating, clone-based organisms for years without having the chance to see one intact. Mesmerizing video too. (Audio Narration)
Huge data sets and massive computing power seem like they should allow scientists to find more and more significant correlations and dependencies. The opposite may be true. More data and more ways of slicing it increases the chance that results are nothing more than random noise.
More data to play with, Google brings more data sets to Public Data Explorer. Let’s all try to remember that the plural of statistics is not information.
Art, Images, and Design
The 50’s are often considered the golden age of commercial illustration. From the time the author first noticed a handful of images with the signature Lucia to a correspondence with one of her colleagues, this look at Lucia Lerner’s career in Chicago is a wonderful introduction to this world and a rather unusual member.
Olaf Hajek. I don’t know what these images were made to sell but this series of five “the new secret language of symbols” sells me.(mildly NSFW)
Another excellent photographer with a huge Flickr stream. Batintherain is Andrea de Poda of Pesaro, Italy. A gentleman with a fabulous eye for architecture.
I put this here mostly so that you can share my wonder at Cory’s description of the hulking naval(?) object in the photo.
good luck with that…