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Tag: picasso

Morning Linkage (Aug 17)


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.

Morning Linkage (Jul 30)


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 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,