shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: satellites

Morning Linkage (Sep 3)


A double-up. Axel Bud­de builds Moto Guzzi cafe bikes.
Scraper bikes. A cus­tom bicy­cle cul­ture in LA. Top notch video work too.
Okay — that thing I said the oth­er day? About chrome being evil? I’d like to make an excep­tion. A _single_ excep­tion. Using the dirt-simplest jet engine ever, the pulse jet, Robert Mad­dox makes chrome look good, sound good, and go good.


Pic­tures from space tell us so much about our plan­et. The fun­ny thing is that in order to pro­vide quan­tifi­able col­or images of the ocean — a satel­lite has to turn around and look at the moon once in a while.  This com­pli­cates things a bit.
1700 CE to 2000 CE, 300 years that sub­stan­tial­ly remade the sur­face of the earth. These maps and graphs from ecol­o­gists Erle Ellis and Navin Ramankut­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land illus­trate the changes in the type and size of human habi­tats.

Art, Images, and Design

Pur­vey­ors of fine garage sale col­lectibles, Dinosaurs and Robots, intro­duces the Grid and the Wave and points you toward my new favorite geek­ing site. PACIN, the Pack­ing, Art han­dling, and Crat­ing Infor­ma­tion Net­work. (BTW I’m pret­ty darn  sure that col­lectibles is *not* a word even if I did just use it, m’kay?)
You don’t have to watch all 7 and a half min­utes of the video but you’ll enjoy watch­ing Mear One paint a sev­er­al of the items for the Sketch­es of Baby­lon series. Full gallery of the paint­ings here.
Arnold Bock­lin. A sin­gle sum­mer image. Such dark green in the trees beside this river.


Some days you just can’t get it right. Dad takes Jr and Sis to the play­ground. Mom comes along a bit lat­er. Sim­ple line ani­ma­tion by Bird­box Studio.

Morning Linkage (May 10)


52 side­car images. Worth a look if only to hit page down once and get the best gig­gle you’ll have all day. If you have tod­dlers in the house call them over to the screen first.

The math of rac­ing. In the end, it’s all about how fast can you go around the track and how fast the oth­er guys can go around the track. The lap times of Rossi, Pedrosa, and Loren­zo at the Jerez track in 2010 graphed. Look and learn.

An inter­est­ing, and vio­lent­ly green, cus­tom treat­ment of a Tri­umph as hot rod.

Science, Technology and Gadgets

The two or three times a day fin­ger pricks are a fact of life for many dia­bet­ics. There has been talk of skin implantable sen­sors for blood-glucose mon­i­tor­ing for a cou­ple of years. The first nano-sensor pro­to­type has been developed.

Space zom­bies… Uh oh. Galaxy 15 illus­trates the chal­lenges of man­ag­ing dead satellites.

Orange builds amps. Lots of amps, and they are all orange. All that orange… but this PC they’re build­ing is still sweet looking.

Art, Images, and Design

Ani­malar­i­um’s Sun­day Safaris are always worth a look. This one is a trib­ute to all the Tau­ri out there.

A col­lec­tion of stere­o­scopes. Includ­ing the Japan­ese ones from a month or so ago. The head­er image is great. There’s one stu­pid nude (a greasy girl on a cliff) mak­ing this oth­er­wise gig­gly, dizzy col­lec­tion NSFW.

A fas­ci­nat­ing bit of archi­tec­ture. What to do with the lit­tle old garage in the back yard? Move in. A garage rehab in Seat­tle that makes liv­ing in less that 300 square feet appeal­ing. Slide show and the sto­ry behind the rehab.

time and again we start out so well and end up.…