Morning Linkage (Jan 6)


First up, the odd­ly sen­su­al Bennett’s cus­tom drag bike. Am I the only one who does­n’t think Maine pine tree green is a col­or that belongs on a bike?

I was going to show you the Cyclone Board Track rac­er on Bike EXIF but then I found anoth­er pic­ture of it hang­ing about in fab­u­lous com­pa­ny. 20 vin­tage bikes auc­tioned in the last few years. These pics would make an ide­al desktop/background slide show.

Silly Top Gear crap. Always amus­ing. The Ariel Atom is high­ly desir­able, fast, stu­pid fun, and cool look­ing — for some­thing on four wheels. The first minute or so of the video and the expla­na­tion of the haz­ards of mid­dle aged sport­bike own­er­ship is either tacky as hell or scream­ing­ly fun­ny. Depends on your rela­tion­ship to mid­dle age. (And just when did 35 become mid­dle aged?)

Underwater trans­port, the largest sub­ma­rine in the world. The now decom­mis­sioned Typhoon/Shark. Pages and pages of excel­lent photographs.

I don’t know if you’ll be offered the same video ad on English Russia that I was but just in case you weren’t… Spend a cou­ple of min­utes with my lat­est bark­ing mad obses­sion the SLS.


Science and Technology

Another cool crea­ture explained by the won­der­ful folks at Dr. Casey Dunn’s lab. The flamin­go tongue snail.


Art, Images, and Illustration

More old school, low tech medi­um. Painters.

Concept art is made before the animation/game/movie to give the team a sense of the look and feel of the project. Much of this work is still done in acrylics on boards or dig­i­tal­ly to sim­u­late paint. Here’s a hand­ful from The Fabulous Mr. Fox. Contains today’s bonus bike.

Vincent Hui’s grotesques bring Bruegel into the 21st century.

Lovecraftian pin-ups. Seriously cute with ten­ta­cles. NSFW — pin­ups, no nudity/

New to me, Finnish painter Samuli Heimonen. If you click through to the Galleria Heino, nav­i­gate to:  past exhibits > 2009 > Samuli Heimonen.It’s worth the trip.

Take care of your­selves my darlings.