shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: still life

Morning Linkage (Jun 30)

Transportation and Engineering

Some of these future of trans­porta­tion ideas from Japan, pub­lished in 1936, are nov­el riffs on the com­mon themes. But the two-color illus­tra­tions fea­tur­ing red and a love­ly inky blue-black and spiffy, speedy white wisps are so won­der­ful.

The cru­cial dif­fer­ence between math and engi­neer­ing is decibels.

Art, Design and Architecture

A nifty beer bot­tle meant to have a sec­ond life as build­ing material.

Play­ing with your food has nev­er been quite this sat­is­fy­ing. John Baldessari has built a dig­i­tal DIY still life kit using the ele­ments of Abra­ham van Bey­eren’s orig­i­nal 17th cen­tu­ry paint­ing. Orig­i­nal­ly an instal­la­tion at the Los Ange­les Coun­ty Muse­um of Art, the expe­ri­ence is now avail­able on the web (or your iPhone)


Clay-mation,  sort of  — the title char­ac­ter is a blob of blue clay. Answer­ing the age-old ques­tion what’s the dif­fer­ence between a bank pres­i­dent and a porn star. For all it’s blob­by­ness this is (NSFW.)

What this is doing on a site ded­i­cat­ed to nature pho­tos I do not know. But it’s a total­ly clever ani­mat­ed com­bi­na­tion of memes. Tetris, park­our, duck hunt­ing, and that weird build­ing game. (SFW)

Okay — time to rebuild the office fur­ni­ture (again)

Morning Linkage (Mar 25)


Art Deco meets H‑D. Over­whelm­ing­ly beau­ti­ful met­al work. Note that the
bike is not unfin­ished. There was no paint planned.

I’ll have to agree with the writer on this one. With­out a doubt the
ugli­est Moto Guzzi ever made. The Mulo.

Very cus­tom. There was once a Sport­ster under Walt Siegl’s MotoBe XLX. Once.



Bar­na­cle sex, not as easy as you’d think being stuck to a rock and
all. Anoth­er peek into the under­wa­ter world from Crea­ture Cast.(NSFW?)

The April 2010 issue of Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can has a nice set of
illus­tra­tions from Ron Miller, show­ing the Eight Won­ders of the solar
sys­tem. It is, of course, behind a pay wall. But Ron Miller’s own
Black Cat Stu­dio site isn’t. Pages of astro­nom­ic illus­tra­tion. Yum.



Finest book review I’ve read this week. Mr. P‑Orridge on Picabi­a’s YES/NO.


Art, Images, and Design

Jaw drop­ping rich­ness of detail in pho­tographs. Images of old metal
objects from the series Forged by Harold Ross.

14 still-lifes, the con­tents of pock­ets and purs­es laid out in careful
rows and columns. From 21 pack­ets of pink sweet­en­er to 10 chicklets.

Col­lages cre­at­ed from images cut from fine arts auc­tion cat­a­logs. Neat­ly made.

For your lis­ten­ing plea­sure — Nat King Cole doing Nature Boy. Lover­ly.

almost done with the week dar­lings, some­thing spe­cial for tomorrow?