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.)

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