Save this up for the third week in September — you’re gonna need a new desktop/wallpaper and this Ural in the far north will be just the thing.
This one’s gonna be flagged on the score sheet for inappropriate use of Red Bull. Thought he copper work is first-rate on this Triumph.
Absolutely perfect. 1965 CA77 Honda. So well done, such a charming bike.
Science and Pictures
BBC provides another set of nice visualization tools. How big is that? Start here with an image that helps you to understand the size of the Eastern Pacific Garbage patch. If it was centered on Seattle, the eastern edge would reach Fargo. Seriously. Lots of other places, times, and object to look at.
The Solar Dynamic Observatory app on my iPhone is one of my favorite 2‑minute time wasters. SDO now provides this image of the erupting sun with the lines of magnetic force drawn in. Confusing, swirling, wow.
Sex, drugs, and motos. “The results suggest motorcycles fulfill an appetitive need, activating an important node in the dopamine reward system.” Details of the MRI testing and words from the investigator James Loughead.
It wouldn’t be summer without cocktails on the veranda. But should you go off to some swanky veranda that has a bartender to prepare your cocktails or would you be better off staying home on your own comfy little patch of open air? To hunt prey of the appropriate species/gender you’ll probably need to go to one of those public spots but if you’ve already got a trophy or are simply tired of hunting you could do a lot worse than staying in (outside). Staying home is cheaper too. How much cheaper? Ask the cocktail calculator.
Art, Images, and Design
Playing with your food. Edible crayons that really color. Lush food photography too.
I want some Monster Friends. Posters.
Yesterday it was bumblebee fairy tales. This morning it’s a bumblebee hacked hack. Ural. Citroen engine. Really.
Aprilia’s print ads have a distinct flavor about them, no matter which part of the line up they are showing you. (NSFW butt cheeks)
Enclosed motorcycle parking container. Would you pay to be able to lock up your bike like this? The only down side I can see is that the 3 vehicles in one parking space advantage of riding is eliminated by the bulk of the container. Also available for private purchase for your garageless house.
Girl shaped moto gear is available. Sort of. Mostly it’s guy gear recut and not designed from the ground up. Except maybe this grrl shaped chest protector. Tactical corsets indeed. (NSFW — black plastic girl shaped stuff)
3 videos of neurons at work. Awesome to think that all this stuff is going on inside my head. Keep the mutant comments to yourselves.
National Science Foundation 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. A video in which some of the winners talk about their science and the illustration there of. Also links to bigger version of all the winners.
Art, Images, and Design
Fritz Hoffman’s photographs contrasting the new and the old in Shanghai. For Nat’l Geographic. Flavorless modernism does not age well, Shanghai will come to regret it’s push to eliminate the old everyday parts of it’s city
Jason Holley’s paintings have appeared on the covers of many well know magazines including, New Republic and Rolling Stone. He also writes well about each painting and it’s role in creating the theme of the issue. His anti-ode to Okra for the Texas Monthly echos my own hatred of that veg. Far left, fourth row.
Very, very obscene, slightly disturbing, lyrically graceful, and a sly poke at the PC-filled world of BDSM. Bound a type face for special projects. By Gatis Cirulis. Don’t miss the sketch book pages at the bottom of the post. (NSWF)
that’s enough slacking for one day.