shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: letterpress

Morning Linkage (Oct 20)


Fea­tured in the most recent issue of Ital­ian Motor Mag­a­zine (which looks like a very worth­while off-line effort.) John W’s Mk 2 Le Man’s based Guzzi cafe rac­er is one of the finest cus­toms that I’ve seen. Fine enough to over­come my dis­like of the all knees and elbows look of the MG engine. And that’s going a ways.

Just the thing for the rut­ted grav­el path out to the back forty. CT90 in OD and kha­ki. Well sort­ed lit­tle thing.

Four fine old Detroit icons. Pen and water­col­or. The out­line draw­ing of the Pon­ti­ac logo is worth the price of admis­sion. Click for embiggens. Wall­pa­per worthy.

Okay — this is just weird. I think it’s a Fairchild J‑44 jet engined trike built by EJ Pot­ter. Read more about the Michi­gan Mad­man at the Knee Slider.


Remem­ber­ing just how pol­lut­ed out night skies are. Com­par­ing the vis­i­bil­i­ty of night sky objects.

With the goal of cre­at­ing a tiny lit­tle sun inside a ware­house in Liv­er­more, the Nation­al Igni­tion Facil­i­ty on both a macro and micro scale. Bonus pic­ture of the Gov­er­na­tor on tour in 2008.

Art, Images, and Design

One of the nicest let­ter­press adver­tis­ing sets I’ve seen. Cranky Press­man sends out a set of 4 Par­li­ment of Owls designed coast­ers with the charm­ing res­i­dents of an imag­i­nary sea­side town. Meet Edna, Mr. Snog­gle­baum, Ade­laide and her pal Mr. Pis­ta­chio, and Cranky him­self. Now I must con­sid­er exact­ly what I want in the way of cus­tom, die-cut, letter-pressed coast­ers for my next social func­tion, hmmmm.

Lost artists. Jos Albert. Umber and grey. Domes­tic scenes and still-lifes, look­ing as if an under-painting was over­laid with graphite and then aban­doned. A slow­er, calmer world than the one we live in.

Cut-out paper ani­ma­tion. The sto­ry of Star Wars told by lit­tle paper peo­ple. (Video/Music 2:41)

Morning Linkage (Sep 1)


It’s not a bad look­ing bike — at all. H‑D pitch­es to the young­sters. No blondes allowed?

A bit of French his­to­ry, a pret­ty lady on a bike, and a Comiot tricycle.

Ralph Stead­man illus­trates Hunter Thomp­son on a Ducati. Per­fect match.

The GSX 1100 des­ig­na­tion has been with us for a very long time. This item from the 80’s is one of the rea­sons why.


From WSU. Why the nice guys get vot­ed off the island. Prop­er title of the paper: “The Desire to Expel Unselfish Mem­bers from the Group”. Humans are so weird.


Point and click adven­ture games are always pop­u­lar with the “I don’t wan­na shoot more stuff” crowd. Most­ly they’re based on var­i­ous poly­gon ren­der­ing engines. But Cock­roach is build­ing some thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Clay and actu­al mod­el mak­ing are used to cre­ate stop-motion sequences for The Dream Machine. A haunt­ed apart­ment com­plex… and a game for grown ups. You can play a demo or sign up for the beta test of chap­ter one here.

Art, Images, and Design

I have a new com­ic in the RSS read­er. Try this one with the fly­ing car.

Humans make unin­ten­tion­al art by their actions. A col­lec­tion of pho­tographs of all of the con­tra­band brought in to the USA via Kennedy Inter­na­tion­al Air­port from Nov 16 to Nov 20, 2009.

Food, visu­al puns, and nice­ly done let­ter­press work. Let­ter­form does a series of sweet greet­ing cards.


We wel­come our mys­te­ri­ous cat-head over­lords? Um, demon­ic, ted­dy bears? I have no idea but it’s fun and goes well with too many lattes. (Video 0:57)

snack time!