A really lovely little sidecar rig. Honda CB550. The rebuild is appropriate for the era and the paint is so sweet.
little CB550 makes a great tug for this little chair
A look inside the mind of builder Dustin Kott. Cafe Racers from vintage Japanese bikes. By Benedict Campbell.
via: Return of the Cafe Racers
From Emily Carrol who does dreamlike comics and stories. a tale of silvery hair and a covetous crow. Anu-Anulan and Yir’s Daughter.
Anu-Anulan and Yir’s Daughter
Cut paper, pop-up books, and projected lights & images, bring Ice Book to chilling life. This video gives you an idea of what the piece looks like in person and how it is created. Davy and Kristin McGuire.
Helmut Fath’s multiple championship winning URS sidecar recently sold for more than $150K. Worth it? There certainly is enough history here to make it interesting.
The logic of the pickings and placements of these 50 best racing liveries will baffle you. Until you realize that each placement had to had a video. (Not true, a few don’t.) Try the 1988 Porsche racing in the 24 hours of Le Mans — with the fog addled start. Or maybe the 15 seconds of pure sonic joy to had Parnelli Jone’s Boss 302. All the rest are in the box on the right. Just don’t look at #50. Tic tac.
New Norton Commando- ditch the little idjit screen, and pony up for the wire wheels and the sporting exhaust. Then get the hell outta my way. (Oh and tell the dude on the video to shut up. m’kay?)
Cute Natural World
Big cats love the post Halloween grocery clean-up. And who knew that pumpkins float? The tigers loved chasing them in the ponds. (2 different videos.)
Internet Tips and Tricks.
Um, Google now indexes all of the LIFE images. So go to google.com, click Images in the top nav bar and type : “ferrari source:life” into the search box.. or maybe “duke ellington source:life” if you’re in a more laid back kinda mood.
Art, Images, and Design
A brief overview of the work of Finnish photographer Nelli Palomaki. Portraits of women and girls suggesting depths to their life stories that are not revealed causally.
Somehow the crocodile on the side of this bricked up building in Lisbon looks terribly sad about something. Lucy McLauchlan’s little birds, however, are having a very good day.
Using up the relics of the WWII. Making furniture and home decor out of naval mines. Yup, that’s gonna look righteous in my library.
Swing Shift Cinderella — with this Flashy Lassie with the Classy Chassis. Um, it’s the lobby card for an upcoming cartoon short from the mid-century. I love it. More ads featuring the cartoons here. And a reminder that cartoons were originally for the grown-ups. (SFW)
second times the charm :)
Oregon raceway park — extreme shifter cart. Though 800 pounds makes it something other than a go-cart IMO.
More extreme. These cars (and bikes) look like cartoon characters. In part because they spring from Japans otaku culture.
Examples of bosozoku bikes are a little harder to find but here’s a couple. (Nice non boso-Morowaki 600RR smack in the middle of the thread.)
And for something soothing. Bernardet produced a very common and successful line of scooters in France in the late 40s and the 50s. But from 1921 until 1940 they produced racing and street sidecars. Scroll down to see some wicked racers.
Science of pretty. How do butterfly wings get their color?
More science of pretty. How do fireflies light up?
A slightly different view on the problem of lagging science innovation in the US. It’s not the education it’s the jobs.
Art, Images, and Design
Peter Taylor’s round little fellows with patterns and swirly pretties. Jolly. (NSFW bare cartoon butts)
Only the shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. The rest of us just assumed that the average beach going kid has a bit of monster in their heart.
Edmund Dulac illustrated many books in the 30’s Here is a set of scans from Treasure Island. Soft clear colors and charming images.
Perhaps you could also look at his illustration for the Rubaiyat. Much darker and lush.
This is another one of those “how could I possibly write a better intro than Meredith wrote?” items. Czech children’s film — Kooky’s Return. I can’t. Just watch.
welcome back to the real™ world
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.…
You’ve seen the pictures of the hacked together ones but here’s the real deal. Motorcycle side-car based camera mount. The fabrication quality blows me away. Based on a 6 cylinder 1500cc what? Seats 4.
Sexy enough to make me consider a electric car. Almost. Or I could buy one and put a real engine in it. Porsche 918 Spyder.
A lyric piece of description. The destruction of a median strip is carefully watched from it’s seemingly innocuous beginnings with a few dusty foot prints to it’s take over a a crossing point for auto-rickshaws. (New Delhi, but it would be under the Viaduct here in Seattle.)
A few pages from the catalog of the 1930 Earl’s Court Bicycle and Motorcycle Show. Love Smith’s gauges.
In Afghanistan there are people working hard with little more than trash to bring some connection to the modern world. Wi-fi points and repeaters made from stuff scrounged out of the garbage — literally. Great ingenuity and drive. And so much of the same-same hassles, petty politics, and interpersonal failures of relationships that affect any tech project. As Amy says, it’s funny but it’s not.
Good Night Moon has driven parents bonkers since 1947. Now there’s a Star Wars based update called Good Night Forest Moon. Better yet it’s a download and bind yourself project with excellent instructions. Craft time to bed time.
Art, Images, and Design
Best iPhone stand ever. What is this gadget holder doing in Art, Image and Design? — It’s great found object sculpture. Fork over.
Also an iPhone/iPod accessory. The ammo box speaker set, perfect disguise. Do Want.
More cross-over stuff. Why won’t the world stay nicely sorted in to my categories? The title of this recently released book says it all — Go Faster: The Graphic Design of Racing Cars
A little cool for my day today. Here’s Ms. Loren from the Impossible Cool.
onward and upward, or at least out the door.