If you’ve got 25 minutes to kill and the desire for a new career in the exciting field of military aviation you might want to sit down with this video. Or maybe if you need at a look of the unfortunate history of humor and pretty girls in training films. 1943 Army Air Forces P‑47 Thunderbolt training video. That really is worth a watch for plane fiends. (Video 24:41)
For my SuperMoto loving friends. The Black Pearl. But could you go out and get this one all dirty?
Pure, unadulterated yum. BSA Gold Star Daytona Special. Because sometime restoration is way more effective than customizing.
Must be something about the holiday hangover but I can’t wrap my mind around any sort of serious science news. Instead you get shit like this… io9 writers and commenters rule the world (again.) Why we need to do real, experimental science. Involves giraffes and water and no computers.
More helpfully, and more seriously. An insightful deconstruction of the subtle aids that Google maps use to make their maps the most readable maps on the web. (Arguably.)
Art, Images, and Design
Jim Flora did this Baba Yaga late in his life. Wonderful depiction of the wise old witch.
Tangentially, I was watching a documentary recently and saw a picture of the cover of Charlie Parker’s Charlie Parker with Strings. Not my fav Bird album but the art work is way cool. So I went looking… David Stone Martin did tons of the covers that I remember from my childhood. Including the one at the top of the post. (NSFW — artistic nudes)
Pop-up fairy tales in French. Not at all what you’re expecting.
I love it when a company uses competent stylish women to sell cars. I also love the unapologetic pizzaz of these Tail fins from ’58.
Soft tail frame plus R1100RS engine… um… Here’s the finish, click back to page 1 to read the entire story. Some of the custom fabrication and more impressively modifications of stock parts from random models are worth a look.
Pointless Editorial Commentary
One of the rare funnies I have to share with you all. Cookie Monster in a fix.
Art, Images, and Design
The French artist Dran has a show in London this month, I Have Chalks. With a new twist on the usual prints on a the wall. 100 screen prints of one of his well known characters, the little boy drawing on the wall, were made up without the background. In other words there’s no drawing on the wall. Darn then drew on each print. That’s a terrible explanation. Just go look at the pictures.
I give you, without comment, The Architect’s Brother.
The link to the exhibition info at George Eastman House is broken. However, Simone Preuss gives some background on the artist and the process over on Environmental Graffiti.
The video quality isn’t the best but the technique and the storyline are top-notch. Animation that mimics a pop-up book, the story of a duck that unwisely stalks a little boy. The Happy Duckling.
Long week = short links. But I’ll try to have something for you every day.
Stunning indeed. I love the red cradle frame and the squat mushroomy tank. Triumph.
You will, no doubt, have an opinion. I think the mechanicals are interesting and the paint abominable.
Sometimes a simple clean up and sort a few details job turns into a real remake/remodel. Especially when the “running” part of the advert was, well, optimistic. Sometimes that remake turns out to be way more special than a simple sprucing up could ever have been. A 1957 BSA B31 becomes a Clubman Goldstar Replica.
Unsettling views of a beam that needed repair on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. I hated driving over it before. I may never cross is again. (WS-DOT continues to publish interesting stuff on its blog and on flickr .)
Sunspots are the celestial weather machines that drive our atmosphere (hyperbole alert.) The Big Bear Solar Observatory captured the best-so-far real light image of a sunspot recently. It’s like a black hole in the sun. Very cool. There’s more interesting stuff at the observatory’s website including lots of raw data. I haven’t a clue what to do with the data but I want to applaud that it’s there, freely available to anyone who cares to use it.
Art, Images, and Design
Another delightful little building. This one perfect for a bibliophile with a tiny bit of a back yard. The Reading Nest would have been a perfect hide away for the 13-year-old me. The Reading Nest is prefab and you can see photos of one being trucked in and placed on site on the website of the architects.
Goodly Creature by Leah Palmer Preiss. A vintage feel and form but a modern imaginary animal. Details of the Goodly Creature’s creation on her blog, Curious Art Lab.
Pop-ups, fairy tales, and an animated trailer for a book. What could be better? Il Etait Une Fois, to be published in November, illustrates a handful of fairy tales with complex pop-ups of crucial scenes. I particularly like the playing card army from Alice in Wonderland. Leave the sound on while watching the video if you can. (Video)
it’s mid-week darlings, hang in there,