Schiller Bikes: The X1. Biking on water. Love it.
CultWestern: Western Wear Without The Douche - Essential Western Belts.
I like basketweaves as dailies. Nice reference to Big Bend Saddlery ... spent a lot of time in Alpine in ‘78. Great place for real Western gear. Bought my first mulehides and bullhides at Cowtown there ... before “Urban Cowboy” pushed the prices of boots sky-high. My mules were $25, the bulls $35. Still own the bulls, resoled thrice.
BikeEXIF: The $185,000 Midual Type 1.
Tight as a knuckle sandwich.
DSLR Video Shooter: Sony A7s Review.
Of note. Significant pluses ... and significant minuses.
DP Review: Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review.
I have a soft spot for film Oly Pens. Perhaps this is worth a rental, to see if it would be a good spot to venture into mirrorless.
Coolist: Trakke Jero Yurt is a 21st Century Cabin for Cool Camping.
Replacing the traditional lattice and cloth with thin plywood. Kinda brilliant. Best for temporary use, of course. I like it.
Youtube: World-Renowned Swordsman Takes on Fruit Ninja in REAL LIFE.
An ad, but who could say ‘no’ to watching a skilled swordsman slicing flying fruit?
Italian Ways: The Bianchina’s good fortune.
A tinycar for the discerning collector. Audrey Hepburn drove one around Paris.
DP Review: Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review.
A lot of buzz, a lot of articles today. Slide to the last two paragraphs.
Barn Finds: 1955 Porsche 356 Continental.
Oh, ouch. I can, however, double down on their estimation of eventual worth. Fixing it to concours shape, you could make a tidy profit on the project. Six figures virtually guaranteed.
Vogue.UK: Kate Moss Champagne Glass Coupe 34.
“To celebrate the supermodel’s 25 years working in the fashion industry, Mayfair restaurant 34 has modelled a champagne coupe on Moss’s left breast.” Okay. Consider this as further invigorating my ‘eclectic’ cred. I have your breast interests at heart.
PC World: New browser extension warns you when articles are paid for by advertisers.
Might actually be handy.
Medium: Last Call. (For print newspapers, that is.)
“Contrary to the contrived ignorance of media reporters, the future of the daily newspaper is one of the few certainties in the current landscape: Most of them are going away, in this decade.” A must-read. Via George Kelly on G+.
Italy Mag: History of an Icon: La Vespa.
Vroom. The Airstream of scooters. Or should that be the other way around? Airstream is the Vespa of trailers?
A Continuous Lean.: A True American Craft - Handsewn Shoes.
Every guy in America should have at least one pair. But then, I’m originally a natural-born Princeton prep.
The Atlantic: Are Rabbits Pets or Meat?
“Rabbits are easy to raise and butcher in your backyard, they’re light on the environment—producing six pounds of rabbit meat requires the same amount of food and water as it takes to produce one pound of cow meat—and their meat is lean and low in cholesterol.” I’ll mention for the umpteenth time, Lewis and Clark had a pack of dogs they took west with them - protein you didn’t have to haul. And guinea pigs can be raised in a small shed, producing enough protein to sustain a substantial family with a very small carbon footprint. Just as with other ‘downsizing’ fads, food production is seeing some very surprising results.
I suspect that if warming/climate change continues, our penchant for squeamishness will take a back seat to survival.
Just don’t name them. Once you do, you’re pretty much doomed.
ArtDaily: Famous Lagonda team car ‘EPE 97’ to star in Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale.
Lordy, that’s gorgeous.
The Airship: Simple Reasons Why You Should Read Physical Books.
What’s happening with me is, I’ll take a chance on an ebook based on price (not that much of a savings, really). I hit upon a book I really, really like - it gets purchased as a physical volume. Not only for sole ownership, but also for the ability to share it easily. I hate holding up a Kindle to someone and saying, “here’s the passage I was talking about” and then have them grab the touchscreen by mistake, sending me into the ebook ozone. I do note, however, the double-profit to the publisher with this method. I wish I could predict whether I’d like a book or not from the cover ... but you know that old saw.
NPR: A New Golden Age For ‘Silver Bullets’? Airstreams Make A Comeback.
Even in the local RV parks, you’ll hear “mumble-mumble ... over there, THEY’VE got an AIRSTREAM.” A modern mark of distinction.
Youtube: ‘Art and Craft’ Trailer.
Coolist: The Sexy Renovo Coupe Electric Supercar is an Instant Classic.
“You’re paying about $1,000 per horsepower, for a sticker price total of $529,000.” An electric Daytona coupe. I wish everyone writing about electric cars would automatically mention the range first. That’s still one of the most important things we need to know.
BarnFinds: The Anti-Concours - 1918 Stutz Hot Rod
A mongrel. But a looker!
Master and Dynamic: MH40 Over Ear Headphones
Brown leather. Very pretty. Very pricey.
The Coolist: 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner.
Re/Code: Amazon Goes After Square in the Way It Knows Best - Pricing.
“... the negative reviews are mostly focused on the annoyance of having to create a new account, if a business owner only has a regular Amazon account, as well as the models of devices listed on the compatibility list. Additionally, the current device does not support a more secure type of payment card, called chip cards, which will become more popular in the U.S. over the next year as merchants are pushed to upgrade their point-of-sale systems.”