My dreams of romantic, retro get-aways always include a flying boat. I thought I was SOL for this lifetime. I am not. Dornier is bringing the flying boat back into production.
Wood on a bicycle. Very nice set of handlebars.
Southeast Asia and tiny bikes. The new world order in customs. So many of the bikes featured here begin with CB, but they rarely go on to finish up with 100.
“Or Glory: 21st Century Rockers” a book of photographs by Horst A. Friedrichs of modern Rockers. (Publishes in September; available for pre-order on Amazon now)
Tidal turbines. Like windmills for generating electricity from the continuous motion of water. I’m sorry for linking to the NYT; the comments are so dull.
In 1974, Philippe Petit and a few compatriots slung a wire between the World Trade Centers and M. Petit walked it. That sort of balance and focus is unimaginable to most of us. Or is it? You can sign up for a workshop to learn to walk on wire from the master. Details on your next opportunity when I can find them.
Art, Images, and Design
From Retro Age Vintage Fabrics. Upholstery fabric featuring a design by Picasso of a lady on a horse. I can’t quite seeing doing my sofa in this print… or maybe I can.
BTW if you like the aesthetic of the photograph of the wooden handlebars on the bicycle there’s an entire tumbler full of similarly airy images. Is this the photographer him/herself? Or someone with a very good eye for a style curating the net for us?
Chas Laborde was a French illustrator of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The blog Adventures in the Print Trade takes the opportunity of a new book about him to show a few of his illustrations of everyday life. I keep thinking that I want to see a graphic novel of something by Fitzgerald done this way.
I believe that this is a 1960’s Velorex 350. You can get the confusing translated from the Hungarian original here.
Very nice CB360T build out. Link to the build blog included.
Not the Citroen Picasso (a boring commuter car) but UK custom-car builder Andy Sander’s Picasso Citroen.
This may make your brain warp but it’s a look at the state of the thinking today. Attempting to combine quantum physics and neuroscience in the quest to settle the argument between determinism and free will.
Or if that isn’t your endless debate of choice, how about who was right about the nature of our future dystopia? Huxely or Orwell? Recombinant Records provides the key talking points.
Public transportation commuters, bedtime readers, and gym-rats alike should know about longform.org. An archive of the best essay length material published in the past decade. There are several ways to access and read the material. I use Instapaper on my iPreciouses.
Art, Images, and Design
Some really lovely posters from the Empire Marketing Board (1936–1933) and a pondering of the troubling images in these efforts to market the products of the British empire to the subjects of the British empire. The complete collection is available at Manchester Galleries.
Crow on a wall in Spain. I love the blurry feather work.
Cardboard monster arms.
Good illustrator, good animation Shaun Tan’s illustrated novellas have made me smile. Now his The Lost Thing is being animated. If you have some patience left over from your week you’ll enjoy the trailer more if you get it from the official Lost Thing but it’s a flash site and takes approx 15 seconds to load.
Okay, we made it to Friday. Now to make it through the day,