Thursday, May 19, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
From Mulligan Machine
From Batura Brothers
I've always had a bit of board-tracker thing. These are modern takes on bikes that saw their hey-day in the 1920's and 1930's.
Board track racing - as it's name implies - is racing on a track made of wood. The other primary feature of the tracks was their bank - some tracks were banked at angles of 45 degrees. Some tracks were up to 2 miles in length.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the greatest, if not the greatest military commander of the civil war. With no formal military education - or any formal education for that matter - he developed some of the most innovative cavalry tactics and planned some of the most complicated strategic attacks seen in the war.
Beware reading the Wikipedia entry about Forrest - it makes him out to be one of the founders of the KKK. He was an early member, but moved to disband the group after it became too violent. It also indicates he was involved in killing a number of black Union troops at Fort Pillow - but an investigation ordered by General Grant and conducted by General Sherman, found no indication that Forrest was responsible for the actions of some of the troops - and according to Forrest post-war, he stopped the massacre.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Haven't been blogging much 'cause i been lost in the Civil War. I've taken on Shelby Foote's - The Civil War: A Narrative. It's unbelievable in its depth and breadth. The total series is composed of 3 books and well over a million and a half words. It should be required reading for every American...
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The bottom photo was taken 6 days after the earthquake in Japan... Story here.
The pieces of shit that live/lived in New Orleans need to take a lesson from the bad mo'fo's across the Pacific.
This round eye wishes himself and other Americans had this sorta gumption!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
What my tombstone will say...
He Done His Damdest
By E. Bell Guthrey
I ask that when my spirit quits this shell of mortal clay
And o’er the trail across the range pursues its silent way,
That no imposing marble shaft may mark the spot where rest
The tailings of the bard who sang the praises of the West.
But, that above them may be placed a slab of white or gray,
And on it but the epitaph carved in the earlier day,
Upon the headboard of a man who did the best he could
To have the bad deeds of his life o’ershadowed by the good:
“He Done His Damdest.”
Engrave upon the polished face of that plain, simple stone,
No nicely worded sentiment intended to condone
The sins of an eventful life, nor say the virtues wiped
Away the stains of vice — in lines original or swiped;
That rough but honest sentiment that stood above the head
Of one who wore his boots into his final earthly bed
Is good enough for me to have above my mould’ring clay—
Just give the name and day I quit and underneath it say:
“He Done His Damdest.”
Some who are overstocked with phony piety may raise
Their hands in blank amazement at the sentiment and gaze
Upon the simple marble slab ‘neath which the sleeper lies,
With six or seven different kinds of horror in their eyes;
But hardy sons and daughters of this brave and rugged West
Will see a tribute in the line so pointedly expressed–
And what more earnest tribute could be paid to any man
Whose weary feet have hit the trail towards the Mystery, than:
“He Done His Damdest.”
From The Art of Manliness...
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
...Then shoot 'em with my ol' .45.
When most people hear that line, I'm sure most people think of a Colt. However, I didn't I thought about this pistol - 1858 New Army. These guns were originally manufactured as black powder pistols, but after the advent of metallic cartridges, the U.S. government had them converted to accept the new ammunition. Read more from Wikipedia...
This particular model is a reproduction from Uberti.
Of course a paranoid fellow like myself already has one of these, for the rest of you uninitiated, here's a pretty good guide...
From The Art of Manliness... "We cannot control when, where, or how disasters strike. But we can control how prepared we are to deal with a disaster. There is a fine line between order and chaos and sometimes that line can be measured in seconds. When every second counts, having a plan and the tools to see that plan through are crucial to survival. The Bug Out Bag is your #1 resource in your overall Bug Out Plan and may very well be your key to survival one day." Read the rest here...
Warning this video is not censored. It shows the brutality of racing pre/post WW2. You needed a set of brass ones to get behind the wheels of these...
From Just a Car Guy... "this video is a compilation of crashes, and unlike todays videos of incredibly designed race cars, the roadsters and early racecars in this video didn't have many features that could save the lives of the drivers. No padded dashes, no airbags, no steering wheels that will bend and are concave so you don't get the column through your sternum, no roll cages or tops of any kind to keep the driver in during rollovers, no seat belts, and nothing like a crumple zone."
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I saw this article at Low-tech magazine, I've been thinking about exactly the same...
You could fill a library with reports and books describing the importance of energy-efficient heating systems and home insulation. However, not a word has been said or written about the energy savings potential of clothing, even though there has been a lot of progress in this area too. Modern thermal underclothing offers the possibility to turn the thermostat much lower without sacrificing comfort or sex appeal. The potential energy savings are huge; the costs are almost nil.
This article explains through science and statistics how to maintain thermal comfort at any given indoor temperature using only clothes.
Read the rest here...
I saw some picts (over at ChopperDaves - of which i stole one, the interior illustration) of the F-86 Sabre. I love Sabrejets! They are - and have always - been my absolute favorite not propeller aircraft. No matter the shape of today's aircraft, the F-86 has always looked like what a jet should look like.
The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known for its Korean War role, where it was pitted against the Soviet MiG-15. Although developed in the late 1940s and outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved adaptable and continued as a front line fighter in air forces until the last active front line examples were retired by the Bolivian Air Force in 1994.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
When anyone mentions "collective" to describe anything to do with art - I roll my eyes. 'Cause it usually means way more message than art. Sadly, that's they way Fifty and Fifty describe themselves - "a collective, currated project. That's a fancy way of saying - 50 designers were picked and given 50 U.S. state mottos. The designers were then asked to illustrate/design an image incorporating the motto. Overall it's not a bad idea - it turned out some cool stuff...
Unfortunately, quite of few of the designers have acted like recent art school graduates and produced some steaming piles of shit - their western shirts must be too tight... Too much message, not enough art.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Over the past several years, I've developed a serious crush on GM OHV inline sixes - actually inline sixes in general. I ran across this modern take on an old school "Jimmy" six, made my heart go pitter patter...
Here's the article from BangShift...
"Gary Hart's 1951 Chevy truck build is really looking awesome. The lines of a classic early 1950s Chevy are tough to beat, but the real star of this show is the engine. Hart is using an old school GMC "Jimmy" six that will feature fuel injection, distributor-less ignition, and most importantly, a turbocharger. There's something really neat about attacking an old school engine with new technology. The Jimmy is a tough customer, so a little boost should go a long way.
Gary has a long history in Land Speed Racing. He previously raced a turbocharged Buick straight eight engine, so he's familiar with force feeding an old engine to get the most out of it.
There's some really neat fabrication going on as well, with stainless pipes from a factory used as pieces of the turbo plumbing. Gary is doing the whole truck by himself and hopes to have it ready to go by the mid summer. The coil packs on the side plate look 100% bad ass!"More picts here...
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Apparently, Americans are to fucking stupid to realize that Zombie Jerky is not made from real zombies. Thank God for the heroes at the USDA!
Maybe they should be worryin' about salomela or botulism or e. coli or some other food-borne bacteria that really will turn you into a zombie...
"It's hard enough marketing snack foods to zombies without the U.S. Department of Agriculture being persnickety about the wording on the label.
That's what Aaron Rasmussen of Harcos Laboratories, a Los Angeles-based maker of novelty products and food items, discovered last summer when the company decided to create Zombie Jerky, a line of beef jerky designed specifically for zombies and the people who love them."
Read the rest of the story at AOLNews...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Balls of Depleted Uranium Required!
Like the author of this piece, I ain't the biggest fan of really old cars, but this bastard is a little different. It is an automobile distilled into it's essential parts. I can't imagine doin' 100+ mph in this thing.
The whole story from Hooniverse:
Way back in 1904, a man named Victor Hémery joined Darracq as their chief car tester. He set to work right away in developing vehicles to win races. Even back then, Darracq saw the potential for race victories to raise the profile of their brand and boost sales of their street cars. To that end, Hémery began a project to develop a race car faster than anything else in the world.
By 1905, that project was complete, with the assistance of another French racing driver who had been working for Fiat, by the name of Louis Chevrolet. They had heavily modified two Darracq four-cylinder engines, mating them together to create a 90-degree V8. As each 4-cylinder engine had come from a 100-hp race car, they nominally called the car a 200-hp car and called it a day. In reality, with the heavy modifications they had done on the engine, it was likely producing significantly more. This, at a time when a fairly “powerful” production car would be producing 20 horsepower. Incidentally, the engine displaced about 25.4L.
The only cool Vespa - not really. It's gotta 75mm recoiless rifle and it's still dorky.
"The Vespa 150 TAP is an Italian Vespa scooter modified to transport a M20 75 mm recoilless rifle, which was used in the 1950s by the French Airborne Forces (Troupes aéroportées, or TAP). It was produced by Ateliers de Construction de Motocycles et Automobiles (ACMA), a licensed assembler of Vespas in France, in 1956 and 1959.
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for VW buses - unfortunately, they always get associated with stupid fuckin' hippies. This site features an ass load of photos and illustrations showing the more utilitarian side of this vehicle.
From Ze Last Chance Garage du 7/8.
I was checking out old Hot Rod magazine covers here. While looking for more info on one of the cars featured on a cover, I found this site. It's a collection of photos from the 1948 SCTA Meet. Some good picts of some old school speedsters...
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
From ScooterMcRad check out the link to see a whole bunch o' cool picts... Of course, I chose the one from the Toyota museum...
"Panel forming bucks have long been used to construct and form hand made body panels in the automotive industry. They help define the shape of the body and offer a guide for the sheet metal artists to work their shaping magic.
Since I've been looking at various designs lately, I thought I would share some of the pictures I found of wooden bucks used by various people over the years. Maybe they will help someone else with their panel forming tasks..."
James Gurney's a bit of a Pinko, but he's one hell of an illustrator. I interviewed him in college for an illustration class and he was incrediblynice and gracious. Anyways, I found a story about what he carries in his bag for illustration when traveling.
I found the story on a TOTAL Pinko's website - BoingBoing. Yeah, I know the hi-pocrisy - I do have a link to his site over there on the right... Moronic commie or not, he still has some decent stuff on his site...