I am developing a theory that green bikes are always challenging. Take for example this ‘83 R80ST bobber. It is fascinating; in a train wreck of a gas tank sort of way. Points for bravery though.
This Tiger 100 featured at Quail is the definition of collectible. A one-off produced in 1940 for Rody Rodenburg. Never restored and documented all ways to hell. This one should be parked in the living room.
Another bike seen at Quail. The Mule Motorcycles “Streetmaster” a Bonneville based street tracker. Build details and plans for a limited production run. 70+ hp in 300 pounds. Oh my,
Society and Culture
The LA Times provides a brief look inside Disneyland after hours. 600 busy people make the Magic Kingdom sparkling new every night.
All that eco-responsible toilet paper you buy? You might want to start hording. Too much recycled paper in the world means too little high quality paper for making that cushy bum stuff.
Art, Images, and Design
Designers are now social engineers and creators of solutions. At California College of Arts the design students were given a brief to design products that fall (roughly) into the category of health and fitness. Some are pragmatical, some are silly, and few are out right good. Like the smack down dolls of Sam Freeman and the easier to grip wine glass of Aaron McKenzie.
I love shoes. I have tons of friends who love chocolate. I think I’ve found the perfect gift for all occasions . Something that clearly reflects my passion and their craving. What could be better than chocolate shoes?
Hidden behind the easy, pastel japan-kitsch there is something painfully honest in Zain7’s depictions of adolescence.
Apparently things are little different in GT racing in Japan. Anime franchises sponsor cars painted like space ships, drivers wear suits patterned after officers uniforms and the ‘race queens’ look like cos-players. Evangelion gets the treatment.
It’s not all Evangelion and Gundams. Run’a did Toy Story. (It’s worth running this through Google translate of Babble Fish. The driver is a funny guy.
Speaking of cartoons: Are you cool enough for the Dark Knight? Yup, they’re back — for a limited time you can get your very own, personal, custom crafted, batman moto gear.
Closer to home and bit more real: A nice, very custom, Harley flat-tracker. Lots of build info too.
Society, Culture, and Literature
There’s a new estimate of the dollar value of fair use: $4.7 trillion. Google’s policy blog summarizes and points to the full PDF. I’ve been waiting for the content cartels to provide some counter points arguing against the numbers given here. I haven’t seen them. Hmmm.
Art, Images, and Design
Shoes and fantasy photography No, it’s not what you think it is. These are images created by Khuong Nguyen for Louboutin’s Fall-Winter 2010 fashion magazine ads.
Free-form blocks, in bright colors and patterns. Alberto Garcia makes commerical illos in Spain. Check out the Red Hot Chili Peppers CD art.
Paper quilling is an old fashioned art. Something for maiden aunts to do in the kitchen on weeknights. Or the young Russian, Yulia Brodskaya, to create for Starbucks and Nokia to use in some very cheery and colorful advertisements.
You might want to turn the sound off after the first minute of so — the music doesn’t get any better — but definitely watch the video all the way through. Yes, your printer is haunted :-) (Sound)