shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: pencils

Morning Linkage (Jul 13)


Destroy­ing land­mines before they destroy you. Intro­duc­ing the Assault Breach­er Vehi­cle.  Video at the bot­tom. (Typ­i­cal­ly trag­ic choice of sound tracks.)

The VFR1200F. Any review that starts with the Ohlins tech at the track laughing…

I“m bet­ting that a num­ber of you will feel a lit­tle wisp of nos­tal­gia when you look at this shiny restored Hodaka.

Air­port shut­tle, moto park­ing comes to France. Gear lock­ers, dis­count­ed price, and a ride to the ter­mi­nal. Any­one in Seat­tle got a chunk of land near Sea-Tac? Okay — maybe a bet­ter idea in LA.


Under­sea crea­tures fas­ci­nate me. I have no idea why and I don’t think I want your opin­ions on the mat­ter either. Some more portraits.


Sal­sa verde the way I’ve seen it made in Mex­i­co. Yum­my recipe and presentation.

Art, Images, and Design

Once used to trun­dle those ter­ri­ble, not real­ly food meals down the aisles of air­planes, these trol­leys are refur­bished and cov­er­ing in decals to make hip stor­age objects.

Food stored in draw­ers with elec­tron­ic wiz­ardry. It’s kinds cool to think that draw­ers might be bet­ter than cup­boards for food. (Even if this is just a reefer concept.)

From Coil­house — a new take on the Japan­ese Float­ing Worlds tra­di­tion of paint­ing. This is what re-visioning of old­er forms should look like.

Just because I’ve already done ten­ta­cles this morn­ing; I think I’ll add this col­lec­tion of squid images from Animalarium.

Paul Lung’s por­traits are mas­ter works of per­cep­tion. You want to meet each one of the peo­ple he’s drawn. (Done with a.5mm mechan­i­cal pen­cil — I can’t find a ref­er­ence to the hard­ness of the lead he uses.)

James Dean. Because it’s that kind of day and I’m feel­ing the girl­friend love.

Morning Linakge (May 24)


There’s an app for that. Rolls-Royce lets you build a Ghost on your iPhone.

Corn and used cook­ing oil aren’t the only mate­ri­als suit­able for pro­cess­ing into fuels. Amtrak is test­ing, urm, what was left on the slaugh­ter house floor.

One of the great­est things about Boe­ing’s devel­op­ment of the 787 is how much of the process is being doc­u­ment­ed and broad­cast to the curi­ous mass­es. The cli­mat­ic test­ing has begun in Flori­da. It’s dan­ged cold in that hangar. And you need an elec­tric pen­cil sharpener.

Society and Culture

Boing-Boing pro­vides a review of a nifty book about vend­ing machines. Ama­zon car­ries the book. (Some of the sell alongs are distasteful.)

There are few things more grat­ing than a car alarm in the night. This lit­tle video of Nasty Canas­ta just might go a ways to mak­ing the next sleep­less night a lit­tle more bear­able. Inno­v­a­tive bur­lesque and NSFW.

Art, Images, and Design

I know she’s kind of mor­bid and a whole lot emo but I love the way Sarah Sharp jux­ta­pos­es images and words.

Econ­o­my of  line can be the most expres­sive tech­nique for sketch­ing. These three quick stud­ies by Jean-Marie Guiv­ar­c’h from the Bidon 2 Litres are fine exam­ples and hap­pi­ly also include two side­cars. If you’d like to see more of his work — most­ly auto­mo­tive look fur­ther.

This and the next five pic­tures were tak­en in an aban­doned build­ing in Lock­port. The build­ing and the source of the bikes is IDesd in the com­ments. The HDR work is nice­ly restrained.

ooh, look, it’s anoth­er week starting…