Thursday, November 23, 2017

an amazing artist needs very little to make good art, just a medium, and an idea

Tom Hanks is a Airstream camper fan!

remember hearing about a radio station contest to win a car by keeping you hand on it the longest (it lasted 5 days in Texas)? Well, a play was made about that! It received three Tony Award nominations

What you are willing to do for your dream? Would you stand under the searing Texas sun for days with nine other strangers? Endure sleep deprivation, hallucinations and numbness of limbs for a chance to drive off the lot in a brand new truck?

This is the inadvertent question asked by the 2012 La Jolla Playhouse production, Hands on a Hardbody. Based on a 1997 documentary about a group of Texans vying to outlast each other by placing one gloved hand on brand new Nissan truck in hopes of driving off with it

The creative force behind Hands on a Hardbody consists of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning writer (and Texas native) Doug Wright, music composed by Trey Anastasia (founder of the band Phish), lyrics by Amanda Green and stage choreography by Benjamin Millepied.

The cast each have their own motivation of the same force of economic depravity. The truck, symbolizing the American Dream is the notable 16th character, which lights up, honks and moves fluidly on the stage with the characters.

Each character’s story unfolds through song. The catchy melodies and heart-felt lyrics draw the audience into their struggles. The truck means something different for each person: a one-way ticket to Hollywood; God’s will; or a means for college tuition.

there are more clips on you tube, just look on the lower right side of the web page

above is a short version of the below... you'll enjoy either, but the one below goes further into it

the below gets some info from the contestants about how they tried to use strategy on eating and what to wear on their feet.

Hope you're having a good day off work, a great meal, and good friends to share it with

3 levers, and no answers

Only theater people have to walk under a Nova to play guitar. (Thanks Susan!)

This is at the LaJolla Playhouse for the Donna Summer bio piece. 

The motor museum at Château Savigny-les-Beaune: it has a collection of cars, motorcycles, bicycles, fire engines, and airplanes

In this castle dating from the 14 thcentury, we find no less than nine collections, grouped by its owner, Michel Pont. Former racing driver on Abarth, from 1965 to 1972, finishing as well as 2nd in the 1968 French Championship, with 168 trophys, and has 30 Abarth race cars in this collection. It's the largest collection of Abarths in France


the 100 or so planes brought together by Michel Plat, unique in Europe and includes mostly French jet planes including the Dassault represented by Mirage III, Mirage IV, Mirage V, Mirage F1

Of American jets are the F-84 Thunderjet, F-8 Crusader. Several F-100 Super Sabers, an F-86 Saber F-104 Starfighter, an F-105 Thunderchief. The USSR is represented by many MiGs: with MiG-15, MiG-19, MiG-21 and MiG-23.

The helicopters include an Alouette 2 and an H-34 and a H-19 Sikorsky.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I just learned of another airbrush art magazine, which has been around for 10 years, from the UK

Check out this airbrushed coyote skull from Steve Gibson, it's incredible, both conceptually, and artisically

found in the Airbrushaction magazine (which I used to subscribe to, but got too expensive)

Stephen Gibson has a BA in Fine Art from Flagler College in St.Augustine, FL.

 His fine art efforts have been recognized by The Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as The Whitney Museum of Art.

He also holds studio classes in traditional approaches to drawing and painting at Cygnus Art Center in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ.

His introduction to the airbrush stemmed from watching t-shirt airbrushers on the boardwalk in South Jersey at a young age. It wouldn't be until the age of 20 that he finally became self taught when he purchased his first airbrushes and diaphram compressor and gave it a go.

His versatile work history has included time as a mural artist, an airbrush artist for a high end signshop, automotive bodyshop painter as well as a graphic designer.

Steve currently operates his own fine art and airbrush studio- Air Oil and Lead, Fast Fine Art in South Jersey.

Cole Foster documentary short by Fuel magazine

Stupid questions, which I've come up with, but I can't figure out if they are actually stupid, or just clever improvements

Lug nuts come loose, so, why not a cotter pin through the lug so the nut can't work itself off more than a fraction of an inch?

Disk brakes... why aren't they accordion shaped for more surface area contact and greater thermal dissipation?

These are actual shower thoughts. If they are the stupidest ideas you've ever heard, kindly say so, so I can delete this post. 

may you get a good mechanic with a sense of humor

candy apple red, invented by Joe Bailon, and it took him 10 years to perfect

Lay down a coat of gold first, then red atop that, then follow that with a clear coat with some red mixed into it and you get deep, delicious glowing paint known the world over as “candy apple red.”

Around 1956, he finally perfected the candy paint process and proceeded to apply it to other colors beyond red.

todays total WTF

pulled out of a tire.

you know those spike lug nuts on Semi trucks? … yep.

customer just wants a tune up, does not want the terminal connectors repaired/replaced/ cleaned

duct tape must be known throughout the land, far and wide, to be the problem solver

and under the soaked wet back carpet, was the battery looking like it's a science experiment.

Whoa... a garage made woody Prius, with white walls, and chrome back bumper

sun roof leak solution

Score Intl has a feature on both Ivan Stewart and Walker Evans if you want to read a good article on the icons of off road racing

the Castlebank carpet cleaner art deco vans

These “art deco” vans were made by Albion Trucks, Scotstoun in the 1930’s

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

someone named Headquake makes incredibly cool wood RC trucks, like this 1977 F150, with a full build video. He's made about 20 of these RC Creations, and they are fantastic!

it just doesn't get any better than this.... if I posted this photo and asked you to tell me something about it, you would never ever guess that it's an RC truck, handmade

Headquake has been making these since 2009, and was interviewed here:

the Joey Dunlop memorial, the only statue I think I've ever seen of a bike racer

The Paddy Dakar, an offroad orienteering rally starting in Doon, County Limerick, Ireland. Benefiting

The Paddy Dakar, now in its eight year, is an Orienteering on Motorbikes charity event that takes place in and around Slieve Felim, Silvermines and the Galtee Mountains which straddle county's Limerick and Tipperary.

 It is held as a tribute to Dakar Riders past and present who by their participation have demonstrated themselves to be the pinnacle of Off-Road endurance riding.

The Paddy Dakar is a weekend event and 2017 will be the eight time the event has been run. The course is aimed at people who ride adventure bikes and who may not have been in any kind of competition in the past, or have any Off-Road experience.

In short its going to be orienteering on motorbikes but on Off-Road conditions with Road Rubber.

Ireland has had 4 riders finish the Paris Dakar, it's the most dangerous off road rally with 48 deaths since its inception in 1978.