shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: moon

Morning Linkage (Jan 12)


A Her­mann visu­al from one of the Jere­mi­ah books. Post-apocalyptic moto.

Hacky-sack wheels for a lit­tle moon rover. Too cute.

I should­n’t like this bike. I real­ly should­n’t but… all that elec­tric blue and sense­less pro­por­tions. Yippee. Hon­da 305 Dream.

To make up for that — from the same web­site, the very next entry is this love­ly bob­ber based on the Dan­ish mark Nim­bus.

Science (and Food and Advice)

Final­ly a GMO food that the food­ies can get behind. Engi­neer­ing bet­ter choco­late. Srl­sy.

Good advice at that.

Art, Images, and Design

Fun­ny? Sad? Clever? Visu­al puns of Brett Weber. The moon’s trou­ble with his gold­fish is both the fun­ni­est and the saddest.

I am com­plete­ly enam­ored of the idea of “dis­or­der­ing” the struc­ture of paper, using a tat­too gun.

These huge images cre­at­ed on lay­ered panes of glass are fas­ci­nat­ing but per­haps not in a friend­ly way. Xia Xiaowan draws with col­ored pen­cil on glass plates that are then lay­ered up in floor racks. The chang­ing per­spec­tive as you walk around the piece lends an even creepi­er aura to some already pret­ty dis­turb­ing pieces. (Pos­si­ble NSFW — grotesqueries.)


From PESThe Deep. Old tools under­sea life. Wait ’til you see the angler fish.

(Much more PES. )

Morning Linkage (Aug 19)


I’m at it again with the tiny cus­toms. This non-NA mod­el Hon­da JX110 impress­es with a hand­made muf­fler.

At the oth­er extreme. large, low and very long. An Indi­an with a nod towards the bicy­cles of the 20’s.

The title says it all. Engine Porn. A well done pho­to of the RD33 engine put into such Sovi­et planes as the MiG29.


The Earth and the moon, togeth­er. As seen look­ing back from the Mes­sen­ger spacecraft.


What if GMO plants were used to cre­ate some­thing oth­er than food? Artist David Benque pro­pos­es mod­i­fi­ca­tion and selec­tive breed­ing to add cus­tom acoustics to a forest

More arti­fi­cial sounds — what hap­pens when you slow one of those ter­ri­ble songs by the boy phe­nom Justin Bieber by 800? You end up with some­thing that sounds like a Bri­an Eno air­port expe­ri­ence. But it’s weird­ly soothing.

Art, Images, and Design

Por­to. A col­lec­tion of ran­dom images tak­en by Miss K and pub­lished by the street art blog Stick 2 Target.


Visu­al apho­risms. 3.5 seconds.

Din­ner:  Keep calm and car­ry out

Morning Linkage (Jun 1)


With Game Over spelled out on it’s tank sides, this bike by the Navel Fac­to­ry can only be said to hulk. But the details are love­ly. The cut away speedo for one.

True love. Seri­ous­ly. The guy built this sweet Nor­ton for his girl­friend. That just screams mar­riage mate­r­i­al all over it.

Not very good qual­i­ty video but I just love lis­ten­ing to the com­men­tary.  Catali­na 1954.

Society and Culture

I’m sad­den to have just dis­cov­ered Nei­ther More Nor Less at the end of it’s run. Images and sto­ries from the real world of the East Willage. A dai­ly diary of a small part of our world writ­ten and pho­tographed every day for 4 years. It’s over now. Take a look back at one man pay­ing care­ful attention.

Images, Art, and Design

Colum­bar­i­um is a good dic­tio­nary word. It’s also a wise and com­pas­sion­ate way to deal with our dead. Tin-Sun But is a pro­posed colum­bar­i­um for the bay of Hong Kong.

Pri­pay­at was evac­u­at­ed in May 1986. Told it would just be for a lit­tle while, the 50,000 res­i­dents took only a few days worth of clothes and a hand­ful of per­son­al items with them. Sit­ting along side all of the belong­ings that were left behind, these new images now live on the walls of the homes, offices, and fac­to­ries that they left. Note that the arti­cle is wrong — most of these images were cre­at­ed by tres­passers in the last 10 years not by the flee­ing res­i­dents 20+ years ago. That does­n’t make the images any less effective.

Ani­mals full of whim­sy. (Row­ers on a whale tail? A sheep made out of scissors?)

just pre­tend it’s Mon­day y’all