Low rent transformer of now neglected, beloved city mascot. This robot built of soviet era car parts stands outside of Odessa.
Lovely. Thruxton based.
Some background on the engine design of the IoM Norton I showed you a week or so ago. The squish combustion chamber was the idea of a janitor? Not really. Leo Kusmicki’s story reads like an adventure comic none-the-less. Read the comments for additional info.
Interesting if true, BMW has a firmware rev limiter on the new S1000RR. It gets turned off at the 600 mile service. Is this going too far? Or is BMW justified in trying to protect it’s machines from early life abuse and itself from unreasonable warranty claims.
Literature and Gadgets
A book designer talks about the move to eBooks, what the iPad brings to the party, and what the future of the printed book looks like. His distinction between formless and definite content is a good way of considering which books deserve to be printed and which don’t. Perhaps it is time to recognize that some books are not worth the paper they are printed on. Excellent civilized discussion in the comments as well.
Less thoughtful but more immediately and commercially relevant. These two videos featuring Penguin Books’ CEO John Makinson talking about the publisher’s move into the digital book market and the upsides and downsides that they see in the near future.
Low tech, for book lovers. Book plates can aid the return of your precious volumes. There are three free designs, I like the one with snakes.
Art, Images, and Design
Flickr is home to the portfolios of some amazing photographers. The work of Nicholas Moulin includes lots of wicked cool macro images like this four-eyed spider.
Cecilia Murgel’s journal pages. Each features an image of two women and a commentary on the activities of a day. In Portugese but you don’t need to read the entries to know how she’s feeling about what’s going on in her life. I haven’t seen markers used so well in ages.
ta ta for now my freaky darlings…