shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: the salt

Morning Linkage (Dec 8)


The odd sto­ry of George Dis­teel and his hoard­er’s col­lec­tion of motor­cy­cles. Which I give to you most­ly because the dog in the first pic­ture of Dis­teel, late and crazy in his life, clear­ly shows a Bou­vi­er des Flan­ders. Prov­ing that good taste in motor­cy­cles and good taste in dogs often go together.

Get­ting a bike that fits right and looks good is tough. Or was that shoes? Nope bike. Help is at hand. Cycle Ergo takes your mea­sure­ments and plops a lit­tle man­nequin built like you onto any one of hun­dreds of bikes. Though it claims that your rather petite cura­tor of shiny can flat foot a K1600 GLT. I am skeptical.

Speak­ing of the salt. (We were just yes­ter­day) Tri­umph — mod­i­fied. Pret­ti­est sil­ver bike ever. Ever.


We were just dis­cussing these mag­nets in the shop the oth­er day. Neodymi­um mag­nets are such a geeky won­der. Tiny lit­tle bits of (nickel-plated) met­al that grab on and won’t let go. You can get all sorts from K & J Mag­net­ics. But more impor­tant­ly you can get their newslet­ter with stuff like this: “How Neodymi­um Mag­nets are Made.”

Art, Images, and Design

A hand­ful of San­jeev Joshi’s quick sketch­es from Istanbul.

I know of Cliff Roberts only from car­toons in my father’s New York­er mag­a­zines. Turns out he did some won­der­ful chil­dren’s books as well. I so want a copy of Thomas — he’s cer­tain­ly the finest cat I’ve seen this fall.

Though odd­ly, I do recall a copy of Langston Hugh­es’ First Book of Jazz also illus­trat­ed by Cliff Roberts. I just nev­er con­nect­ed the two.

Fas­ci­na­tion with 60’s and 70’s design. There are pho­tog­ra­phers who seek out and cap­ture images of the every­day objects that filled our lives and homes. Brows­ing in this col­lec­tion can fill up your inspi­ra­tion well in just a cou­ple of min­utes. (via phil k)

Morning Linkage (Dec 7)


Seem­ing­ly ran­dom, Japan­ese, custom-bike guy blog. I pre­fer look­ing at these with­out the assis­tance of Google trans­late. The sto­ry of one guy’s life, his friends, his lunch­es, and his bikes. (Occa­sion­al bits of NSFW — most­ly ani­me girls.)

For all of you drinkers of the Orange kool-aid who were dis­ap­point­ed by the small (125cc) size of the pro­posed KTM mini machines can relax. There’s a new pro­pos­al — for a 250 or 300. Some­time in 2012? Maybe that’s long enough for them to find some­one to do some­thing about the 1980’s era water­craft graph­ics. Urk. (And, yes, I know that’s the pro­mo pic for the 125.)

The pho­tog­ra­pher’s site is down for main­te­nance. But here are a hand­ful of Christo­pher Wilson’s images from the salt. Ethe­re­al indeed. (thanks Chicane)


A lit­tle fic­tion leads to a whole bunch of facts and a cou­ple of videos about giant squid.

Art, Images, and Design

Anoth­er of the Por­tuguese artists from the turn of the last cen­tu­ry. Amadeo Souza Car­dosa is lit­tle known out­side of his home coun­try. Bright, often geo­met­ric, paint­ings full of life and good humor.

Do pup­pets count as design or ani­ma­tion? The giant pup­pets of Roy­al de Luxe arrived in Mex­i­co City with a spe­cial per­for­mance for the bicentennial.

Lit­tle, frag­ile, ephemer­al bits of the real world are added to Micheal Aaron William’s street art. Heartbreaking.


I want to like this. I think I like this. The trail­er for O Apos­to­lo. Fright­en­ing folk and fairy tales from North­ern Spain. Review in Eng­lish, trail­er in Span­ish. (Video 1:06)

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