I’m not a fan of choppers — it’s a style I just don’t get. But ZZ Chop is true to his roots and does graphics with a distinctive chopper ethos. Great, grungy, retro work.
Making a scrambler out of an older BMW RT is cool. Though I wonder a little about bashing through the woods on anything with that kind of width :) The quote from the Cycle Magazine explaining the 70’s BWM nomenclature and the relationship between the various bikes in the line is priceless.
Planes and bikes. A lovely little blue and white piper cub and an equally sweet blue and white Passport. (Yeah it’s just a nice pic. Soothing even.)
Gyrodactylids. Parasitic flat worms living on fish. Cut paper animation and nesting dolls? As always Creature Cast shows you something you wouldn’t come across in your daily reading of the news. (And provides great examples of amateur animation used as a learning tool.)
Art, Images, and Design
Faces in objects, found and enhanced by Flix. Bright mecha-man goodness.
Swoon is an American girl in Paris and she takes us on a night-time ramble to install one of her wheat paste posters. Her life-size images of people stand up well to the background noise of Paris.
Snippets (SFW) of classical paintings enlarged and pasted into new but entirely appropriate contexts. Zilda. More (some NSFW.)
Large scale, partial images, hints of a story yet untold. Mesa works up some faces on a ruined wall somewhere in rural Spain.
keep calm and carry on
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,
These guys are confused about whether they are producing an electric bicycle or a video game trailer. The M55-EVO‑1 brings mindless ePR to the fore.
Three nice black and white images of motos in India. Old school, good photography.
I’ve shown you more than one collection of pictures of the odd things that people do with the Ruckus. How about a switch of brands for a look at what you can do with Yamaha Fino.
Another Julian Dupont hooligan video. This time in Jeruselam and Tel Aviv. Must be nice to have Red Bull to watch your back while you stunt like a fool. (RB hires some of the best video crews in the business.) Music.
Society, Culture , and History
Astonishing things lurk in the files and archive boxes of many nations. Recently a Duke grad student (USA) found the only known copy of Haitian Declaration of Independence. Originally printed by the new government in 1804 there are no copies from the first printing in Haiti. Or France, or anywhere else as far as scholars knew. But Julia Garfield found one in the collection of papers of relating to the colonial governance of Jamaica held at the British National Archives.
Yulia Brodskaya has been featured here before. This new poster for the Stern Grove music festival is happy, summery, and almost makes the sun come out all on it’s own. Details of the print production provided.
Otto Nero runs an Italian motorcycle blog. In this post he provides a nice collection of street art images featuring motos. A couple of classics and one or two silly little things.
Nice interview with Tom Whalen and a selection of his images. Whalen is one of the people who’s been defining “new modernernism” Though I doubt he’d use the words himself. He thinks more in terms of the comic books and super heroes.
Sweet little photo gallery of cars participating in a recreation of the Mille Miglia. Including the winning BMW 328. Don’t miss the ultimate pedal car.
And here’s a gallery of black & whites from the inaugural MM won by the BMW featured above.
More old stuff. 1915 Indian, 8 valve boardtrack racer. Running and unrestored. All the moving partsare hanging out in the open on this fire breathing dragon.
Pretty girls and bikes. It’s been going on a long time, as this 1951 portrait of the winner of the Miss California Motorcycle Beauty Contest show.
Science and Technology
An interesting muse on the nature of “curated computing“and why the iPad is relevant to the future of information technology. Note that I said information technology; the _author_ is calling it computing.
More good news. Google will begin allowing https connections to google.com. Encrypted searching is now yours.I plan on using it.
Art, Images, and Design
Yeah I know there’s almost no excuse for posting something this inane. But come on, photoshopped dogs doing yoga. It just makes you smile.
Absolutely luscious travel posters. Advertising steamship lines in Japan at the turn of the (last) century. Something here will inspire you for the day.
Lost Howdy Doody cartoon. Howdy Doody and His Magic Hat. Found in the dank confines of the LoC. Brought to you by the fine folks at Dinosaurs and Robots.
and that’s the week…
Oh, and somebody get this fixed for me ‘kay? (minions, not minkies, clearly there are idiots in shipping.…)