shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: Wrench Monkees

Morning Linkage (Sep 30)


Prob­a­bly the largest num­ber of GT2000s you’ll ever see together.

The South­siders ride Basque coun­try. Excel­lent pic­to­r­i­al, fab scenery, and a desktop-worthy image of three Com­man­dos.

And a lit­tle wrench­mon­kee love. #24, built for some lucky guy named Mark.


The dire­ness of the need for cof­fee in the morn­ing increas­es with the dis­tance from your home cof­fee pot. Seri­ous Eats pro­vides a list of on-line  resources for find­ing a bet­ter cup of joe than what’s on offer at the break­fast bar in the Hol­i­day Inn. I par­tic­u­lar­ly like Barista Exchange.

The haz­ards of the entre­pre­neur­ial spir­it. Death Buy Lemon­ade. Chuck­ling will begin in 3… 2… (ani­ma­tion)

Art, Images, and Design

A round-up of Roman water works. 15 still stand­ing (more or less) aque­ducts in Europe, North Africa and the Mid­dle East.

Ram­pant con­sumerism gets a design edge. Pan­tone brand­ed (and col­ored) VISA cards. Must have.

You should prob­a­bly save this one up for nap time. Ani­malar­i­um does Night Life.  Hap­py, sleepy crit­ters and the usu­al high standards.

got­ta run… be nice to each oth­er, m’kay?

Morning Linkage (May 14)


Wretched excess, the new Porsche 911.

Would you leave this under­stat­ed beau­ty behind if you were mov­ing over­seas? I think not.

Look­ing a bit too much like Wolver­ine in squid­ly guise, hold­ing a white chi­na tea cup, and rat­tling on. Road rac­er Guy Mar­tin gives the BBC an inter­view and you get a snick­er. (There’s a love­ly east­er egg in the video. Check the comments.)


Yeah, we put some sharks in our aquar­i­um. We don’t think they’ll eat a whole lot of the exhib­it. Uh huh. Look at what ate the shark. Ignore the ‘scary’ nar­ra­tion, the images aren’t gross, just fas­ci­nat­ing. (homage to schneier)

Tru­ly ran­dom num­bers are the holy grail of cryp­tog­ra­phy. Quan­tum physics may be the answer. Isn’t QP the answer to every­thing? So now there are 42 tru­ly ran­dom num­bers. Maybe — or not. IO9 tries to explain how it works and why it mat­ters. Vio­la­tion of Bell inequal­i­ties… My head hurts.

Art, Images, and Design

These are so sil­ly and so cute. Masaku Hori ‘s lit­tle wait­ing dogs that hold your fruit.

Fab black and white dou­ble por­trait: Joe  Lewis and Josephine Bak­er.

Animation (Sorta)

Rule 34: If you can think of it there is porn of it on the ‘net. Bet­ter than Rule 34: Bat­man porno. Not the Dark Knight bat­man, the late 60’s campy TV ver­sion. Com­plete with cheesy car­toons bal­loons that say Pop and Pow. Stun­ning­ly, this trail­er is SFW.

… and that’s the end your week with the magpie.

Morning Linkage (Mar 4)


Pur­ple Hel­mets, the Isle of Man TT half-time stunt team. Very British
— in a Ben­ny Hill, wellies and slick­ers, kin­da way. (Sound)

Wrench Mon­kees begin build­ing a bit­sa. Where did that pur­ple frame
come from? Updates as they happen.

Desmo dou­ble front-wheel trike. Very bizarre and head­line writ­ers take
note, no way in hell is this an ATV. More pics.

I love the tail treat­ment on this Tri­umph Thun­der­bird. Such a sweet, round butt.



This is one of the most con­sis­tent­ly beau­ti­ful blogs that I know of.
There’s noth­ing more spe­cial about this post than any of the others,
but take a cou­ple of min­utes to enjoy the rest­ful images and ideas .
La Tar­tine Gourmande.

Graph­ic nov­els and comics are, for me, the one com­pelling application
for the iPad. Here’s an exam­ple of why.



Bryce Wymer is the Art Direc­to­ry for Dig­i­tal Kitchen. They did a nice
ani­mat­ed mur­al for the 2010 Census.
You can watch them put the com­mer­cial togeth­er in this video.
He puts also puts huge chunks of his sketch books on his blog.

I want to be the red haired girl in Lynne Nay­lor’s hap­py wilder­ness pic­tures.

Visu­al, typo­graph­ic pun, with a nod to Marley.

That’s all for today my friend­ly pump­kin wonders