Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Um, dois, três...
well, ya do have a point there...
Friday, August 28, 2009
so it's Friday wind blues
Monday, August 24, 2009
Serious Ashley Wood fan from way back.
speaking of Ashley Wood...
Gottfried Helnwein | The last Child
Cabspotting traces San Francisco's taxi cabs as they travel throughout the Bay Area. The patterns traced by each cab create a living and always-changing map of city life. This map hints at economic, social, and cultural trends that are otherwise invisible. The Exploratorium has invited artists and researchers to use this information to reveal these "Invisible Dynamics."
The core of this project is the Time Lapse area of the project reveals time-varying patterns such as rush hour, traffic jams, holidays and unusual events. New projects are produced by the Exploratorium's visiting artists and also created by the larger Cabspotting community.
World of Taxis - Culture and History
Gaito Gazdanov was a Russian emigre who drove a taxi in Paris from 1928 to 1952. During that time, he wrote seven of his nine novels.
Gazdanov’s novel Nochnye dorogi (Night Roads) draws heavily on his life as a taxi driver. Originally titled Nochnaia doroga (Night Road) it was serialized in the emigre journal Sovremennye zapiski in 1939-1940. It did not appear as a book until 1952.
I have a thing for taxis, always have had. As you do.
+KN | Kitsune Noir
Ashley Woods comic book series World War Robot - now they're here.
Headblade - Grooming and Skin - Looking Good - The Good Store
Simply the hippest thing ever for maintaining a pristine skull...or for keeping in a desk for a quick touch-up. As used by good looking basketballers and wrestlers in America. Normal shavers aren't designed for heads, but The Headblade is. Slip a middle finger through the loop and push. Other razors work by pulling and pressing, which leads to nicks and cuts.
The Headblade's inventor started searching for scalp perfection in 1997. Two years later, the yellow beauty was born. Lasts over a year – longer than most combs. Takes Schick & Gillette blades.
I already ordered one. Naturally.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Lockerbie bomber: Letter from FBI director Robert Mueller - Telegraph
Published: 2:46AM BST 23 Aug 2009
Dear Mr Secretary
Over the years I have been a prosecutor, and recently as the Director of the FBI, I have made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors, since only the prosecutor handling the case has all the facts and the law before him in reaching the appropriate decision.
Your decision to release Megrahi causes me to abandon that practice in this case. I do so because I am familiar with the facts, and the law, having been the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the investigation and indictment of Megrahi in 1991. And I do so because I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of ''compassion''.
Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law. Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation, the conviction by jury after the defendant is given all due process, and sentence appropriate to the crime, the terrorist will be freed by one man's exercise of ''compassion''. Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder and even though neither he nor the government of Libya ever disclosed the names and roles of others who were responsible.
Your action makes a mockery of the emotions, passions and pathos of all those affected by the Lockerbie tragedy: the medical personnel who first faced the horror of 270 bodies strewn in the fields around Lockerbie, and in the town of Lockerbie itself; the hundreds of volunteers who walked the fields of Lockerbie to retrieve any piece of debris related to the break-up of the plane; the hundreds of FBI agents and Scottish police who undertook an unprecedented global investigation to identify those responsible; the prosecutors who worked for years - in some cases a full career - to see justice done.
But most importantly, your action makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own on December 21, 1988. You could not have spent much time with the families, certainly not as much time as others involved in the investigation and prosecution. You could not have visited the small wooden warehouse where the personal items of those who perished were gathered for identification - the single sneaker belonging to a teenager; the Syracuse sweatshirt never again to be worn by a college student returning home for the holidays; the toys in a suitcase of a businessman looking forward to spending Christmas with his wife and children.
You apparently made this decision without regard to the views of your partners in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Although the FBI and Scottish police, and prosecutors in both countries, worked exceptionally closely to hold those responsible accountable, you never once sought our opinion, preferring to keep your own counsel and hiding behind opaque references to ''the need for compassion''.
You have given the family members of those who died continued grief and frustration. You have given those who sought to assure that the persons responsible would be held accountable the back of your hand. You have given Megrahi a ''jubilant welcome'' in Tripoli, according to the reporting. Where, I ask, is the justice?
Robert S. Mueller, III
so, you're unhappy then?
1953 Vincent Black Shadow
I was born the next year. Hunter S Thompson's savage bike in 'Fear and Loathing..'
The venerable Jota. (name dropper, name dropper - I know someone who owns one... so die of envy then.
1936 Burt Munro Velocette | Bike EXIF |
The Velocette was modified by Burt Munro and his mate Duncan Meikle: although Munro is obviously associated with Indians, he actually spent more time racing Velocettes.
Shadow and bottle Art contemporary collage assembly photogr... on Twitpic
lost time - temps perdu on Twitpic
car, pedestrian, stream - flux piéton transport on Twitpic
Wonder Customs Texas
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Deus Ex Machina - Gallery / 650 Bobber build
Deus Ex Machina - Gallery / Index
If this doesn't give you a hard on nothing will - sheer beauty
Post Classic Race Meet - Eastern Creek
| Bike EXIF | Classic motorcycles, custom motorcycles and cafe racers
Vanessa Paradis - what can you say?
FFFFOUND! | The Heads of State: True to the Street
WM | whitehot magazine of contemporary art
Although dreams are subjective, Illya Chichkan and Mihara Yashiro at the Ukrainian Pavilion recreated the sense of displacement elicited by dreams. The lower level of the offsite pavilion was filled with sand while the upper level was left intact, lights dimmed, shutters closed - letting no outside light in - and filling sporadically with fog. The only real movement in the otherwise stagnant rooms came from two large kinetic works clanging and clashing, and the quiet whir and blur of the sweet, almost prepubescent girl roller-skating through the 18th century rooms. I’m still wondering how Wladimir Klitschko, who is the reigning World Heavyweight Boxing champion, decided to curate such a subtle and refined pavilion.
this isn't happiness.™ Peter Nidzgorski, tumblr
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The great Trabant
Sunday, August 16, 2009
In pursuit of low impact sport VII
Kites, yes, but water may help the inevitable crash.
We went and looked at the new Naish and North models.
Don't want latest one, but anytime there's a new model everyone wants to trade up.
Already have a seat harness for the buggy. Just add kite, water and wind.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Bitching. I know.It's Friday and I'm squealing.Sore back. Still. I don't have a lot of time for pain.Good looking weather out there. Through the window. A breeze happening. Wrong direction.Brings to mind the kite - still in the process of modifying the monster to make it more controllable on land. It's going to power the buggy. We want speed, not lift. Lift is what got us here, inside, on a bright mid winter day.Monster kite's little brother, made purely to race on land, is what caused this damage. Too much wind, wrong day, overpowered in the buggy, lifted, lofted, 15 feet, and dropped. Dropped heavily. Flat on my back. Biggest hit I remember.Winded. Lying there not doing good with the breathing at all. Remember when I was a kid winding myself. Breath returns. Pleasing really. Limbs all seem to work. Serious pain. Everywhere.That's where I am now. Serious pain. Bend my neck forward, my ribs sting. How does that go together?Initial x rays shows a few vertebrae cracked, but could be old damage. No ribs broken this time is a plus. Odd thing that did show up is a lack of bone density. Know nothing about about it. Don't want to. Doctor next week will explain all the perambulations involved. Some sort of scan. Great.55 years old and now I'm turning into the incredible shrinking man. Bones like sponge. Body, don't fail me now.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
A MOST WANTED MAN by John le Carré EXTENDED VERSION
The next book in the pile of ones I have yet to read.
Le Carre is an author that I remain in awe of. 21 books and still getting better.
Master & Margarita - trailer
William Gibson - Excerpt from "Spook Country"
William Gibson - Official Website
imgfave FOR STARS WILL RISE AGAIN on vi.sualize.us
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Pitchfork: Photos David Byrne
Trent Reznor is a Twitter quitter
The old Metal Sludge crowd has scared him off.
Don't blame him myself.