Sunday, December 30, 2007

Just a few sketches

These are supposedly futurist sketches drawn in 1929. However they lack the grandiose vision of such things, and several of them are clearly drawings of real objects that didn't exist until the 1930s or later: Hoover Dam, Shasta Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, the Oakland Bay Bridge, a P-38, a B-17, and UN Headquarters.



However, some of the drawings have a fanciful quality to them.







Others have a touch of Gotham City.





Others are just very well executed drawings of everyday stuff.



Friday, December 28, 2007

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Koi Banana Redhead


For some reason this image of Christiane reminds me of a cross between a koi and a banana.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Anyone else getting Ron Paul spam from Moosetard?

I don't reacall giving the little bastard my e-mail address. He must've gotten it from Casey.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cthulhu Dream

Cthulhu Dream by ~RobertaScalvini

More tentacles for Tuesday here.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Loosely Vegansexual

Forget homo-, bi- or even metro-: the latest prefix in sexuality is vegan-, as in “vegansexual.” In a study released in May, Annie Potts, a researcher at the University of Canterbury and a director of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, surveyed 157 vegans and vegetarians (120 of them women) on the topic of cruelty-free living. The questions ranged from attitudes about eating meat to keeping pets to wearing possum fur to, yes, “cruelty-free sex” — that is, “rejecting meat eaters as intimate partners.”
More from the NYT: Vegansexuality

Where does a loosely vegan diet fit in?

Chilly Kitty



Looks like it's time to turn the heat up.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

More vintage bike porn

I came across this beautifully restored vintage Dursley Pedersen. Aside from the unusual frame design I like the overbuilt fork "crown" and the brass bottom bracket shell with oil port. That must've been tough to braze.





The whole design is rather baroque, quite unlike the spare pragmatic elegance of the Rene Herse tourer I posted earlier. Surprisingly such things are still produced.

Monday, December 3, 2007

St. Joseph - Patron Saint of Real Estate


Based on the circumstances surrounding them, some Saints become "patrons" of people, occupations, places or things. It's never been easier or more affordable to bring the power of a Patron Saint to your aid. Each 3-3/4" tall, hard plastic Saint comes with a 3" stand embossed with the Saint's name and a removable backdrop with the Saint's title, patronage and a prayer to help invoke the power of that Saint.

(From Archie McPhee.)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Gold Nuggets for Edgar

In honor of Edgar's now-defunct toilet blog, I've come up with some sweet finds. First, there's this tricycle:



Some folks from countries where squat toilets are common have trouble adapting to things in the US.



How about a jet propelled outhouse?



Finally, this one reminded me of an outhouse at the top of Bear Tooth Pass that has a "Watch For Ice" sign over the door.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Caged Koi

underwater 1 by ~Satanicqueen

underwater 2 by ~Satanicqueen

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

An Army of Soviet Ducks and a Giant Egg

Let's conquer the virgin blue!
V. Gorlenko, 1964

Sometimes the ideas for Soviet Posters seem to be quite hilarious. Take this one from the sixties. It shows a great number of ducklings, who carry slogans which say: “Let’s conquer the virgin blue!” They are proceeding from a giant egg, moving in a horde like soviet workers at an October demonstration. Their main goal according to the slogans is to live and increase its weight on the water.
More from A Soviet Poster A Day

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Vintage bike porn

Via an old bookmark, I rediscovered this 1950 Rene Herse touring bike. All of the equpiment is original including the racks, fenders, pump, and light. You can't walk into a shop today and buy something set up like that.



This bike must predate the advice to carry at least 50% of a touring load on the front wheel. A rack mounted to the cantilever posts like that probably can't carry much weight.







Instead of having a return spring, the Cyclo rear derailleur is operated by a pull-pull cable like Positron (remember those? I didn't think so). It rotates on a helical post which causes it to move in and out. The large spring extending forward from the upper pulley controls chain tension. Apparently these units are very reliable and shift well by the standards of their time, but only cope with a narrow range of rear gears. I'm not sure what the C shaped braze-on over the derailleur mount is for.



The hand-operated front derailleur looks pretty crude but shifts over a wider range than most modern ones will handle well. Note the nicely finished cotterless cranks, which would've been very unusual at the time. Most bikes sold in the US still had cottered cranks 20 years later.



I'm puzzled by the headlight. The bike doesn't have a generator hub or any provision for a bottle generator and wiring. The owner could always mount a clamp-on bottle generator and sort out the wiring themselves, but it seems like an odd thing to leave off of such an otherwise complete package.

It's geared too narrow for my needs, it probably shifts a lot worse than modern equipment, and replacement parts are just about impossible to find, but I want one anyway.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Scared of eating fava beans


songs you already know: scared from Posalootly on Vimeo

eating your beans
a video (and cover) of "scared of something" by Caroline!

Is Blogger planning to screw this video up too? We'll see.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Monday, November 5, 2007

Nothing but "reality" TV?

What will we do?

(Blogger's video upload seems to be f-ed up again so just click the Strike Day link below.)
video
From Ze's blog: strike day


BTW, don't forget to play 6 Degrees of Casey Serin to Dick Cheney! Brigitte Bardot is waiting in fishnets for your entry!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Foreclose on Cheney!


For the first time in nearly a month we have a new 6 Degrees of Casey Serin game:

Casey to Dick Cheney!

Woohoo! Win-win!














Year of the Cheney by ~REDSTATE-DEVIANT

Foreclose on Cheney by °attila

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Checkmate

I thought this was clever.




Via oomsa.

On an unrelated note, creekcafe's DNS is currently down. This prevents me from finding out that nothing is going on in the Caseysphere.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007