One of the necessary but confusing parts of traveling is figuring out the taxi system in various countries. How do I hail a taxi? Do I negotiate? Do I tip? Is it safe for single females? What the heck does a taxi look like anyway? In Japan they might just have one of these cute little signs on top. (Photo gallery navigation challenge.)
Custom scooter. No clue. No comment. Well, okay, maybe that he should trim the tie-ties. Equally bizarre translation of the website by Google here.
Previously mentioned here for a video of a custom bike arriving at a tea ceremony (seriously.) This new vid of custom builder Shinya Kimura captures the mood and attitude of the builder and his bikes. Pure Monday morning inspiration. My favorite of his bikes, for the moment. The Barracuda.
Thinking about airspace and airspace regulations. The referenced article is good. The proposed “museum” is intriguing.
Mapping the degree of touristy. No, I didn’t make that word up, someone else did. Heat map of photo-tag frequency gives you an idea how many camera toting dweebs you are likely to encounter.
Art, Images, and Design
Tim Flach highlights the exaggerated, almost freakish, perfection of his subjects — show dogs, bats, and other animals. Watch the dog walk across the screen and then click on Portfolio. NSFW after image #38.
Cathy Gatland gives a quick look at the World Cup fever sweeping SA with a couple of street corner portraits.
A nice set of black and white interference illusions. Soothing music.
Not really animation but puppets. The coarsely violent origins of the muppets; Henson did ads for Wilkin’s Coffee. Poor Wontkins gets done-in in amazing ways.
Off you go now…
There is very little information on the bike in this picture but the setting — BBQ and the photos are nice. A Ducati cafe racer. But which one? The paint looks realistically, well, rough. But would someone please aim the headlight?
I’ll make it 2‑fer Guzzi Monday
Moto Guzzi Le Mans — subtle silver.
Moto Guzzi Condor — arrest me red. Mind boggling mechanicals.
Science and Pretty Girls
What are we cuttlefish? Isabella Rossellini is back with more paper creations and creatures to explain the world of sexual reproduction. Seduce Me season 1 begins with — Cuttlefish.
How to eat a cupcake. I know you think you don’t need instructions. You need these instructions.
More cupcakes. Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes. Been done to death so what can I possibly have come up with that would justify another post on cupcakes? Muppet wedding cake — that’s what.
Art, Images, and Design
Any of you that have been involved in the commercial design world will remember, fondly or not, crits. Well, here’s one you might have enjoyed participating in. The summary of couch forts as architecture.
John Burge makes intimate portraits in either watercolor or oil. Old school painting. Just like life, some images are NSFW.
Yuko Shimizu is drawing for Vertigo (DC Comics) again, another cover for Unwritten. This standalone edition delivers a fairy-tale world with a dark predator. As usual her post has lots of in process scans of the work, some editorial changes, and snaps of her visual reference material.