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Morning Linkage (Jun 8)


The Sidewinder. Yup, Bar­ris, still wrong. (The site includes all of the Bar­ris designs from your child­hood. The Mun­sters through Gen­er­al Lee. The front page has music.)

There are only two pic­tures here, but it’s not often you get to see an Excel­sior under the sky.

You just know that this cat was the height of cool.


Osedax roseus is a bone bor­ing worm that lives on the picked over remains of a sunken whale car­cass. Adap­ta­tion is stun­ning in it’s vari­ety. And no, it’s not weird to read about a fin­ger sized red worm and repeat­ed­ly exclaim — that is so cool!


Two pieces of poet­ry, very dif­fer­ent prove­nances, very sim­i­lar messages.

First, Tom Waits reads the odd­ly hope­ful ‘Laugh­ing Heart’ by Charles Bukowski.

Then, Neil Gaiman reads “Instruc­tions” while Charles Vess’ illus­tra­tions and work­ing draw­ing cap­ti­vate your eyes.


Os Gemos from Brazil hit­ting the streets of Italy with some clever visu­als.

I’m not sure about the ham­ster wheel por­tion of this cylin­dri­cal hous­ing solu­tion but the bit that rolls over to change from a desk and chair to a bed is just what I need for my office. Nap-time!

Yuko Shimizu at drawger intro­duces us to anoth­er of her long list of on-line friends. Ben­jamin Gudel (u with umlat) Most of the images in this gallery are from a Carhartt cam­paign. Really.

ta my dar­ling readers

Morning Linakge (Apr 16)

Ran­dom Day after Tax Day tab clos­ing exercise.


Clas­sic Lam­bret­ta scoot­er ads.

New ads for the M‑B G class. Mak­ing images from the land­scape — in this case sand and stones.


Art, Images, and Design

From Olson Kundig — a tow­er of iso­la­tion on the edge of a forest. *

Cut­ting up oil paint­ings on can­vas to make social com­men­tary. I knew all those “repli­cas” would be put to good use even­tu­al­ly. Check out Wash­ing­ton cross­ing the Delaware, with a lit­tle help. Titus Kaphir.

The Selvedge Yard brings the ten­der bits of New York City in the 1970’s to life with the pic­tures and words of Allan Tan­nen­baum. I“m not sure you can describe what I feel as nos­tal­gia, more of a grind­ing familiarity.

Sim­ple, sweet, and to the point. A clever visu­al for Fedex. Lon­don -> Madrid.



Lush visu­als and music bring the chil­dren’s book La gran orques­tra de los ani­males, to life. A jour­ney from the coun­try­side to the city for fame and for­tune, and back. and then back again.

… and anoth­er week goes in the books.

* One of the part­ners in the firm Olson Kundig is a relative.

Morning Linkage (Mar 29)


Awe­some. Okay, it’s Pho­to­shop. I don’t care.

BTW the orig­i­nal bike pics are shiny too. (Ouch — need shades.)

Liv­ing here out­side of Seat­tle, the biggest user of mem­o­ry space in my brain is pot­hole loca­tions. I don’t real­ly dri­ve like a stoned mon­key. I just look like it as I avoid the mul­ti­tude of rim bend­ing chuck­holes.  A clever Ital­ian solu­tion that frees up brain space and let’s strangers in on the wonky dri­ving fun.

What hap­pens when you let an air­plane mechan­ic build a Moto-Guzzi cafe rac­er? Mag­ic.



Psy­chopaths are … heavy users of dopamine? Maybe it’s not the lack of inhi­bi­tions or lack of fear of the con­se­quences of buck­ing social norms that prompts their actions, but dif­fer­ences in their reward seek­ing behav­ior. Inter­est­ing set of insights.

Very pret­ty sun­set image look­ing away from the sun. The bright star is Mars.



From the web­site of the British char­i­ty Shel­ter­box. The con­tents of a sim­ple plas­tic tote box that can pro­vide mid-term shel­ter for up to 10 peo­ple in the after­math of a nat­ur­al or civ­il dis­as­ter. Nice­ly executed.


Art, Images, and Design

A lit­tle some­thing from my pas­sion — jew­el­ry. Rings with hous­es, or maybe hous­es with rings. Some com­plete with swim­ming pools or court­yards. Phillipe Tour­naire.

More hous­es, but not in pre­cious met­al. This piece is from the senior the­sis exhi­bi­tion of the Kyoto Uni­ver­si­ty of Art and Design.



Anoth­er entry from the Oscar short-list for short ani­ma­tion. “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleep­ing Beau­ty,” Oh my, I may nev­er sleep again. Dark, cack­ling, and well grimm. Dis­ney will nev­er recover.

go get ’em my dears.