shiny things in messy little piles

Tag: tides

Morning Linkage (Jun 2)


Hell for Leather brings you the Garage Com­pa­ny in it’s new loca­tion. View full screen and scroll right for for tons of photos.

Pissed Off Pete. A log truck con­vert­ed to hot rod and drag rac­er. No account­ing for taste. I just like it.

This is the pret­ti­est restora­tion I’ve seen in a while. ’37 Sun­beam. Bike that is. Enjoy the gallery.


Um, I think I may have been mis­tak­en a cou­ple of weeks ago when I told you about how the moon makes the tides. Kit­teh explains to Pip.

More from Crea­ture Cast. If you hold your breathe when you dive into the deep end of the pool, what does a Nau­tilus do when it dives into the deep end of the ocean? Hold it’s heart like a turtle.

Art, Images, and Design

Car­lo Gian­fer­ro takes pho­tographs of domes­tic inte­ri­ors. A unique and pro­found­ly effec­tive form of por­trai­ture. These pic­tures of gyp­sy inte­ri­ors and their inhab­i­tants intro­duced me to a visu­al lan­guage that I have nev­er seen. A chaot­ic mashup of East­ern and West­ern styles. Baroque and super-saturated. I want the red kitchen :-)

The exte­ri­ors of the gyp­sy hous­es are as much of a pas­tiche as the interiors.

And now a sim­ple, util­i­tar­i­an design to cleanse the mind palette. A tran­sit pass good for the week of Jun 24, 1939 bear­ing an adver­tise­ment for the Moose Cir­cus. — 20 thrilling acts, too big for roof or tent! — Found in a copy of  Witch Wood by John Buchanan.

The wan­der­ing bear returns today, there may be no link­age tomorrow.

Morning Linkage (Jun 1)


With Game Over spelled out on it’s tank sides, this bike by the Navel Fac­to­ry can only be said to hulk. But the details are love­ly. The cut away speedo for one.

True love. Seri­ous­ly. The guy built this sweet Nor­ton for his girl­friend. That just screams mar­riage mate­r­i­al all over it.

Not very good qual­i­ty video but I just love lis­ten­ing to the com­men­tary.  Catali­na 1954.

Society and Culture

I’m sad­den to have just dis­cov­ered Nei­ther More Nor Less at the end of it’s run. Images and sto­ries from the real world of the East Willage. A dai­ly diary of a small part of our world writ­ten and pho­tographed every day for 4 years. It’s over now. Take a look back at one man pay­ing care­ful attention.

Images, Art, and Design

Colum­bar­i­um is a good dic­tio­nary word. It’s also a wise and com­pas­sion­ate way to deal with our dead. Tin-Sun But is a pro­posed colum­bar­i­um for the bay of Hong Kong.

Pri­pay­at was evac­u­at­ed in May 1986. Told it would just be for a lit­tle while, the 50,000 res­i­dents took only a few days worth of clothes and a hand­ful of per­son­al items with them. Sit­ting along side all of the belong­ings that were left behind, these new images now live on the walls of the homes, offices, and fac­to­ries that they left. Note that the arti­cle is wrong — most of these images were cre­at­ed by tres­passers in the last 10 years not by the flee­ing res­i­dents 20+ years ago. That does­n’t make the images any less effective.

Ani­mals full of whim­sy. (Row­ers on a whale tail? A sheep made out of scissors?)

just pre­tend it’s Mon­day y’all

Morning Linkage (Apr 8)


I’ve known of cou­ple of bike nuts from Alber­ta. Some­thing about the hor­ri­bly, long , dark win­ters leads to the cre­ation of awe­some bikes to be enjoyed dur­ing the 16 hour sum­mer days. Things like this love­ly Duc.

Oh so old school, oh so cool. A turquoise Indi­an. The details pics of the leaf springs will make you weep.

The Par­tridge Fam­i­ly was a sta­ple of my tween­er life and David Cas­sidy was on the cov­er of every dang issue of Tiger Beat for years. But I’m grown up now and sweet­ened up, hair band singer, wanna-bes do noth­ing for me. That bus they drove, on the oth­er hand, I’d still buy.



Olive trees show how sex­u­al dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion in plants can change over time. And why that change may remain incom­plete. Fas­ci­nat­ing botany and a reminder that gen­der is mutable.

The world’s old­est tree, it’s a some­what con­test­ed title. I mean, what exact­ly is a tree? and how do you mea­sure old? None-the-less, here’s scoop on 12 con­tenders. Includ­ing this tiny spruce in Swe­den named after a geol­o­gist’s dog.

Sci­ence on a larg­er scale. Tides are the result of the moon and the sun mess­ing about with the water float­ing around the Earth. There’s a nice set of expla­na­tions, some ques­tions answered, and sim­ple ani­mat­ed graphics 


Art, Images, and Design

The Chi­nese have a long tra­di­tion of ges­tur­al land­scape paint­ing. Sail has updat­ed the mate­ri­als and meth­ods but still pro­duces dreamy images of places you’d like to be. A plum tree on a wall in Shang­hai. Done with spray paint.

Bun­nies, bees, a baby rein­deer. Tulips, cher­ry blos­soms, and welling­ton boots. The Big Pic­ture has a round of spring images.  (And there’s a Magpie!)

Shep­ard Fairey brings his sig­na­ture style to a multi-cultural trib­ute on Mel­rose Ave.

the sun is out! the hail will return, no doubt.