I am utterly unconvinced that I want to see Green Hornet in January. The trailers made me cringe. On the other hand this video extolling the wonders of Black Beauty, the Crown Vic based automotive star of the film may change my mind. Bonus is that there’s footage of the art of filming chase scenes here. (video — loud music. 2:51)
Church of Choppers brings us pictures of a Sunday of dirt/mud racing sponsored by the Blackheads MC in Finland. Proving that bikes and mud are fun on any continent. (another tip-off from one of the fab magpie spotters.)
One for the orange kool-aid crowd. Cyril Despres rides the new KTM 450 on his private test track in the Pyrenees mountains. The man has his own test track in the mountains. Good god.
I like this BMW R60 striped back to the essentials.
Sweet little Triumph.
Technology and Science
Real time video manipulation. It’s now possible to make something disappear from the CCTV monitor are it’s happening. Cool…and a little frightening.
I apologize in advance for the number of pointless Lego posts. But damn, frog dissection.
Soooo geeky. Here’s a PDF of the “Space Shuttle Weather Launch Commit Criteria and KSC End of Mission Weather Landing Criteria” Yup, exactly what it sounds like. Fascinating look into the minutia of getting big things off the ground and into space. (BTW NASA has several interesting twitter accounts. Things like this show up.)
Art, Images, and Design
This quick pencil sketch that been following me around all day.
Archeology meets street-art. Um, no that’s not quite right. The archeological interest is decades away. Street-art meets pop-up gallery? Nope. Pop-ups are temporary. An abandoned subway project is hardly temporary. Well anyway, under New York there’s a big space that has been filled with the work of many of the best street artists. Underbelly. It was opened to a select few recently. And now has been closed up again.
I’m an animation fan. I spend a lot of time crawling around the web looking for rare bits and pieces. A lot of what I like and find isn’t produced in the US. I get a lot of leads to links that serve up to a notice reading “This video is not available in your region.” How far behind the reality of global culture are we here? And is it only going to get worse?
A month or so ago I wrote a note to myself about a link: “Someone has got to stop these people. Once again a fabulous piece of animation might never see the light of day because it was created without obtaining the rights to the music. Enjoy this trailer for the imaginative Hendrix inspired The Experience and hope that the creators can come up with the scratch to license Voodoo Child so that we can see the rest.” But today when I wanted to post the item I rechecked the link and it seems that they did secure rights. So I’m a little slow to get this posted and you reap the benefit of seeing the full video of the roller coaster tribute to the man. (Video. Music. 8:06)
Go do something surprising, it will make me happy.