3 from Asphalt and Rubber this AM.
I seem to be all about the black bikes lately. And Ducati has gotten the message. The disastrously white Diavel has gotten a pre-release make-over and now comes in a much yummier Diamond Black. More riding, less polishing.
And Aprilia has the perfect Xmas gift for your fav boy-racer. The RSV4 carbon fiber fairing kit. Perfect if you’re a bit more flush than most of us. 5K? Srsly? Damned pretty though.
I cannot explain the pic that goes with this post. Other than to assume that I am not the only who could use an appetite suppressant during the holiday (over) feeding season. But the news appears to be real. Paris Hilton has flung a bunch of money at a credible 125GP team.
Toys and Maps
The unfortunately named Fuck Yeah Cartography tumblr. Many , many pages of maps. Some clever, some odd, some cheesy, some more art than maps. Links to the sources vary in their usefulness but some lead on to wonderlands of images and history.
It was inevitable. Foodie Lego. A village bakery and Parisian green grocers. I’m not sure the local four-year old is gonna be pleased to see either of these under the tree instead of the next Star Wars set, but I’m going to have a great time on Xmas.
Art. Images, and Design
A lovely print of a line of prancing devils. Matt Forsythe.
Episode One — Robots in film. The usual suspects from the early days are here. Maria, Gort, Robbie. And few that are new to me. Tobor? He looks like fun.
Fruit and Veggie Alphadeath. Maybe a few too many deaths by knife but there’s not many other ways you can murder an eggplant. (Click through to flickr)
Made for Moleskine by Rogier Wieland. Cut paper animation of dates in a planner. Bonus dinosaur appearance. (1:07 — the sound track is grating and you don’t need it)
If the Lamborghini has been dropped from your new ride shopping list due to its fixed roof and slightly porky profile. You might want to reconsider. The new Gallardo. Lighter. Topless.
The maintenance guys’ Cushman Carts were the object of derision, pranking, and common theft in college. I guess we weren’t the only ones who secretly thought they were cool.
The horse track in Aarhaus Denmark was given over to the sport of motor(cycle) racing in the 1950’s. Included on this Speedway Life page are racing programs, photographs, and race results. The pictures and drawings of the sidecar racing, like the one above, are especially fine. In the original Danish.
Art, Images, and Design
Arrested Motion’s best photos of the ROA show in LA at Thinkspace. The work on accordioned reclaimed doors is good.
The Sherlock Holmes stories were not the only thing that A. Conan Doyle wrote. The Arthurian romance “The White Company” was illustrated by N.C. Wyeth and published by David McKay in 1922.
Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox. Shaw Nielsen makes me happy by adding a couple of masked birds as well.
A whimsical little bit of metal and the most wonderful turquoise enamel ever. The circus ring. (And go read Jonah Leslie’s bio and shop information — curation of goods in an internet-linked world.)
Animation and Science and Papercraft
Combining live action, paper costumes, and sex. How can you miss? Just to remind you that the first episodes of Sundance Channel’s Seduce Me Season 2 are up. For the moment they are unlinkable on the flash-based SC website. Expect links to the individual episodes as they come up on YouTube.
As a teaser I’m giving you this behind-the-scenes from Season 1. (NSFW unless you are a zoologist.)
Except for the choice of blue hoses, I can see this charming CB550 being a someone’s pride and joy in the early 80’s.
Love the paint. CB450. Yeah, another one.
1970 Japan. You do not want to see this police model CB750 in your mirrors. Original in Japanese (more pix)
(Bonus Transportation Animation) REDLINE. Nope, it’s not making the lists of Christmas season block busters. But we might get a look at Takeshi Koike’s racing epic (with subtitles) in the Spring. Wicked cool, intra-galactic racing. (Video — loud, violent and full of aliens — oh and racing)
I should be much more hyped about the deep ecological implications of the work of Lucy and Jorge Orta, but really I just want to watch the butterflies. (Video with voice over. 1:40) More details on the multi-media installation “Amazonia” at the Natural History Museum
Art, Images, and Design
If you need a little something eldritch for your Halloween party invites you could do no better than to consider one of Sidney Sime’s fine ghosties and ghoulies.
More gruesome images for late October. The Walter Potter collection has been (partially) reassembled. “A fine example of Victorian whimsy.” If your taste in whimsy runs to stuffed squirrels.
Pen and watercolor. A little reminder to all those who don’t live here in Pugetopolis why we love it. Crisp, sunny, morning in the ID.
Doomed, A biological cartoon by Guillermo Garcia Carsi. Inverted hedgehogs, coral parrots, strange songbirds, and cube fish. Click on the word Doomed to start the preview. Snork. (Video with voice-over. 1:07 — Flash)
Transportation and Photography
1976 Benelli 750 SEI. Pure sex appeal.
Really big rocket engines… and trains. A Soyuz gets to the launch pad.
Sometimes you just need to know a guy. A guy whose grandfather raced Italian motorcycles in the 20’s and 30’s. A cache of photos from Alfredo Panella’s grandson.
Piling mountains of things on little wheeled vehicles. Brought to an art form in Shanghai.
Jordan Smith creates the trailer for Bryan Talbot’s graphic novel Grandville Mon Amour. (NSFW — animal characters engaging in noir violence)
Also noir but much more light-hearted, an addict and his poison. Key Lime Pie. Another cute Death. Blame Coilhouse, I do.
and… it’s over, see you all next week,
Rumors abound. And now there are pictures. The US Gran Prix circuit in Austin TX.
A 1943 WLC (that’s a Harley-Davidson) has been sitting since 1950 waiting for some guy’s grandson. Now it’s out of the basement in the hands of James of Jamesville Customs. Hopefully for a straight forward minimal restoration. It’s so lovely just the way it is.
Yeah, really. Where is the CB1100? Now that’s a perfectly plain bike that I’d give house space.
Two dashing fellows and a trailer of bikes. Jack and Frank Chiswell raced speedways in Britain in the 1930’s. Googling will get you bits and pieces of their history.
We all know it’s all about the drawings on They Draw, They Cook. Two nicely illustrated recipes for fall dishes. Lentils and sausage by Jonathan Hawker… and a mushroom and pea risotto by Weef.
Art, Images, and Design
Clichéd peasant girls. Hungarian painter Oszkar Glatz depicts idealized youngsters. His palette is wonderful.
Movable architecture, ritual buildings, and camping. From Saudi Aramco World, an essay on the tent cities of Central Asia. Most of the images are clickable for larger views.
I pointed you all to Maleonn’s circus-themed, fairytale images about a year ago. There’s another fine set of surreal photographs called Second Hand Tang Poem, reviewed by Wurzeltod. Also available in larger size in a flash gallery:
A little music to enhance your day. Make a Blues Song. A perfect use of Flash to drive a little browser-based app. Compose a blues song and hear it played just for you (or share your creation.)
until tomorrow then my dears,