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Random Linkage (April 3)

Tal­ent­ed dancer, com­pos­er, and film-maker. Daniel  (cloud) Cam­pos. “Music Box’  about find­ing the per­fect apart­ment, the vid fea­tured at the moment will make you smile.

If you can bring your­self to watch “Rain Dodger” you’ll get a gig­gle but it may be too much for many con­sid­er­ing the ridicu­lous rain we’re hav­ing right now.

More envi­ron­men­tal sound. A giant xylo­phone cre­at­ed in the woods by Drill Inc. A slow rolling ball and a gen­tle incline pick out a famil­iar tune. Images from the shoot.

Robot hap­pi­ness. Well used, retro style toys by Cris Rose.
dirty faces and warm hearts

Extreme cam­era geek­i­ness, with the Girl DP. How to make very cus­tom bokeh fil­ters. hearts, stars, moons, and *words* in daz­zling fuzzy light.

making words with light

… do not read below this line …

And com­plete­ly, irre­deemably, unnec­es­sary: a My Lit­tle Pony/Dark Knight mashup. Worth­while com­ments on the dai­ly what.

you were warned.

Morning Linkage (Feb 8)


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

Morning Linkage (Feb 2)


The 2 door sta­tion wag­on (or is that 3 doors?) has always been a bit of an odd fish. But Fer­rari thinks that it’s the answer to the demand for a four seat super-car, the FF. And Pin­in­fa­ri­na can make just about any­thing beau­ti­ful. I think 12 cylin­ders is all the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion it needs. With Ferrari-in-the-snow video good­ness Woot!

I’m a total suck­er for Nick Clements videos. Pre­ten­tious as hell and too hip for their own cool. Still… pret­ty scenery, pret­ty bikes, and gor­geous cin­e­matog­ra­phy. Fea­tur­ing Cro Cus­tom’s BS1.  (Video)

Chopcult  pro­vides a fine set of images and info on the BS1 and the builder, Cro Cus­tom’s, site has a cou­ple of oth­er more typ­i­cal­ly chop­per bikes.

Arty inte­ri­or shots fea­tur­ing motor­cy­cles, and the bikes are for rent to use in your own shoots. The care­ful­ly dis­tressed Cross­bones is, well… actu­al­ly, a real­ly appeal­ing piece of rolling sculp­ture. Gen­try Day­ton is cre­ative direc­tor of EvaGentry.

Art, Images, and Design

Ray Cae­sar is one of the many painters cur­rent­ly doing pal­lid, big-headed girls in per­il. Much of a much­ness, except that once in a while he does some­thing that stops me dead. Like the sleigh and courtier in  Home­com­ing. (Par­don the hell­ish URLs — they are shortened ;)

View the full show, A Gen­tle Kind of Cru­el­ty, at Jonathan Levine Gallery’s web­site. (Some NSFW when zoomed)

Elab­o­rate­ly com­posed pho­tographs can go either way for me. Some are just noise, oth­ers like the first two of these from Simon Proc­tor’s Daystar series cap­ti­vate me. The videos cre­at­ed from the stills and oth­er ele­ments I’m very much on the fence about.

I’ve always loved the Burr puz­zles. Now there’s this… Burr tables!

More about the Burr puz­zles. (oh lordy that’s one seri­ous­ly ugly web­site but it’s all I’ve got…)

Moving Images, and Animation

Did you know that there was a Japan­ese ver­sion of the Flint­stones pro­duced in the 1980s? Nope, nei­ther did I. It’s a giggle.

Danc­ing robots… I said, Danc­ing Robots. New ident spots for (UK) Chan­nel 4’s, T4 pro­gram­ming. (Video and loud music)

Morning Linkage (Dec 15)


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)

Morning Linkage (Jul 15)


Acces­si­bil­i­ty. Even to the world of eXtreme sports. Joven De La Vega has designed a high­ly mobile wheel­chair for grind­ing it out at the local skate park. The design­ers full set of images, but no video yet.

Moto Beta 125 from back of the shed to pret­ty darn nice week­end toodler.

Swoon. New Ducati of my dreams.

Tools and Tech

The mushy-sweet pos­si­bil­i­ties of this loca­tion aware bracelet awe­some. Because home is a spe­cial place.


Of all the animal-like robots that I’ve seen none has cap­ti­vat­ed me with as much charm as this blocky tur­tle. Who knew this much sweet could be made out of black bake­lite cubes.

Art, Images and Design

Pos­si­bly the worst web­site nav­i­ga­tion ever. All because I was hop­ing to find more of these intri­cate­ly carved tire car­cass­es.

The artist is new to me, but who can argue with laugh­ing kites on a wall in Sao Paulo.

A pho­to jour­ney around the dis­ap­pear­ing Amer­i­ca. As always, road trip and pho­tog­ra­phy are meant for each oth­er. Inter­view with pho­tog­ra­ph­er Micheal East­man about his series Van­ish­ing Amer­i­ca.

Ed Ember­ley start­ed so many kids on the road to being illus­tra­tors and car­toon­ists. Now Scion has put togeth­er an exhib­it of his work and the work of some of the many artists who learned to draw from his books. There’s a dar­ling trail­er for the exhi­bi­tion included.

’til tomor­row my dears,

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