Design

Laurent Amann of Storik built this extraordinary vintage Triumph called Rafale.

Rafale means ‘gust of wind’ in French, and this Meriden-era triple is all about lightness and speed. It’s also a showcase for Amann’s amazing coach working skills, with raw metal bodywork and an impeccable stance.

Although he now practises out of a workshop in the south of England, Amann was trained in France. He has a background in automotive engineering and design, and is enthused by all things handmade. He started the company four years ago, and focuses on fabricating and restoring classic cars and bikes — via Bike EXIF

Design

This Jackie Cuylen-designed brutalist property in Herentals, Antwerp, Belgium dates back to the mid-1970s, with a design very much of that era and based on circles both for the main house, the garage and of course, the pool. A rare opportunity to buy a house of this quality and uniqueness, it is on the market for €649,000 — via Wow Haus

Art, Entertainment

The man who launched a million minimalist movie posters (try not to hold that against him), graphic designer Saul Bass may have spent most of his career advertising other people’s work, but in doing so he quietly became one of the most iconic pop artists of the 20th century. He didn’t work in the movies very often, but many of the posters and title sequences he created have grown to be as famous as the films for which he created them.  Directors were floored by Bass’ ability to distil a story down to its bare essence — how his thick black lines and bold swatches of colour seduced and focused a viewer’s attention where other posters would simply try to overwhelm it — and legendary auteurs like Otto Preminger would fight the studios to protect Bass’ creative freedom. His style was so striking and influential that it was widely copied in his own time, and many of the posters that are still attributed to Bass were actually created by imitators (e.g West Side Story and It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World) — via IndieWire

Design

The Robin Boyd-designed Baker House in Long Forest, Victoria, was constructed just over 50 years ago, offers total privacy thanks to its 30-acre plot. Looking at the last of the agent’s photos, it looks like that land is pretty dense with foliage too. So not much chance of any passing visitors or cold callers. But what you do get is a house designed on mathematical and geometric principles and one that’s still faithful to the mid century era — via Wow Haus

Wildlife

Black Rhino Calf Kendi / Cincinnati Zoo

Three-week-old black rhino calf Kendi is making short visits outside. First-time-mum Seyia is being cautious, so the mum and calf duo are still hanging out inside more than they go out. Visitors may see Kendi bouncing around, peeking out or even venturing into the yard. Sightings will become more frequent as Kendi gets more comfortable in the new environment — via Youtube

Design

Shanghai Customs shop boss Matthew Waddick reckons it’s this new eCub that will soon become his biggest ever seller. If you’re attracted to minimalism and timeless design, you probably appreciate the elegant simplicity of the Cub frame. Its size lends itself well to an electric scooter conversion — via Bike EXIF

World

How human waste is helping Aussie farmers get the best out of their land

It’s great for agricultural crops and a bit on the nose, but it’s not your standard manure.

About 180,000 tonnes of biosolids are generated from Sydney’s sewage each year, but authorities are having no troubles with getting rid of it.

Biosolids, which is a by-product of the sewerage treatment process, is proving a hit with New South Wales farmers who want to improve soil health and boost yields.

Harvested from 23 of Sydney’s sewerage plants, the waste is processed through reactors which also create renewable energy that is fed back into the system.

It is then trucked out to about 20 farms in the state’s central west, as well as several mine rehabilitation sites.

Stuart Kelly swapped synthetic fertilisers for human biosolids on his family property at Newbridge, near Blayney five years ago.

He said his soil was healthier than ever and the farm was booming.

My thing is healthy soils and healthy pastures is going to come back to healthy stock, Mr Kelly said.

Mr Kelly said while he still got raised eyebrows for using the sewage, it was helping complete the production cycle between city and bush — ABC News

Design

This Moto Guzzi V1000 G5 the work of Manuel and Yann of Sur Les Chapeaux De Roues, and it’s the colour that grabbed us first—a pale minty green, much like the signature Celeste shade of Bianchi. It’s a perfect match for the sylphlike new bodywork, with little remaining of Mandello’s somewhat heavy-handed and plasticky original– via  Bike EXIF

Design

Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Customs from Germany built this masterpiece — White Phantom. In this case using the rather unremarkable but steadfast BMW R80RT as a donor, not that there’s much left of the original bike — via The Bike Shed

Art

The work of artist Alex Chinneck is grounded in architecture. His latest work (and first permanent sculpture), Six Pins and Half a Dozen Needles, taking the form of a large brick wall ripped down the centre — via ArchDaily

Art, Rights
Lights in the windows at Waterloo residences

Lighting up the windows of Waterloo to make statement about public housing

Mary Laumua has become an activist for her community of public housing tenants in the Sydney suburb of Waterloo.

The 37-year-old community worker and mother of four, including seven-month-old baby Nayla, wants to shine a light on the struggles of public housing tenants facing large-scale redevelopment and dislocation.

It’s important because we want everyone in Australia and around the world to know that we matter, she said.

Ms Laumua is part of a small team who have reached out to hundreds of tenants in two high-rise towers set for demolition.

They go into homes to install coloured lights in their windows.

There’s a lot of anxiety around it all, so the lights are a way of expressing how they’re feeling.

We’ve been allowed this glimpse to go into these peoples’ homes, not only to install a light, but see a glimpse of who they are and how their lives matter.

You might just be the one person that makes their day by coming [and] installing those lights — via ABC News

Wildlife
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Meet the newest peacock spiders: ‘People still get excited when they see them’

This photo isn’t fake.

These tiny, dazzling spiders are 100 per cent real — and scientists have just discovered another five species and sub-species in Western Australia.

They’re called peacock spiders and self-described peacock spiderman Jurgen Otto has spent years discovering and photographing them.

When he first spotted one of the unique creatures in bushland near Sydney about a decade ago, he said he almost stepped on it.

I took a photograph and then later I went home, looked at it on the computer and was just blown away, Dr Otto said.

When I started with all this, there was not a single picture or video of a peacock spider on the internet.

Nine years later now, you get many thousand hits when you type peacock spider into Google.

The reaction of people when they see the latest finds remains the same.

One could think that the novelty of this would all have worn off by now, but people still get excited when they see them, he said.

Each new species is a complete surprise — the patterns and colours of each species are so different and so unpredictable, you never know what the next one and its display and courtship dance will look like.

Most of the five discoveries were spotted in south-western WA, but peacock spiders can be found across southern Australia.

Dr Otto estimates there are now more than 60 species and sub-species of Australian peacock spiders. Thirty-nine of them were named by himself and fellow spider expert David Hill — via ABC News

Design

British MoD engineer Allen Millyard, has a brilliant habit of building the wildest motorcycle specials on the planet. Amazingly enough, Millyard builds these OEM-looking monsters in a small garage workshop with little more than hand tools. The lucky owner of this 883cc Kawasaki KH500 Millyard Special is Pip Davidson — a die hard 2-stroke fan. The joining of the engine cases is just seamless, making this one of the great double-take bikes, which you could mistake for OEM before your brain registers the width of the engine. Of course, the performance is anything but stock — the 883cc 5-cylinder, 2-stroke Kawasaki Triple produces 109 rear wheel horsepower — via BikeBound

Art

Geometric Pattern: 3D Cube / Red Wolf

Geometric Pattern: 3D Cube: Blue/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Geometric Pattern: 3D Cube: Red/Orange (Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Geometric Pattern: 3D Cube: Tan/Orange (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Wildlife

Burgers’ Zoo is now home to five Golden Jackal pups. Until recently, they have been safely tucked away with mum in their underground den, which makes it difficult for keepers to pinpoint their exact birthdate. They are now spending more time above ground and keepers estimate them to be about three-months-old — via ZooBorns

Craft, Entertainment

Godzilla is unique, there’s no one like him, maybe he can not throw his nuclear rays but his evil eyes come from the deepest of Mordor — via Etsy

Design

Max Ma Yicheng runs 2LOUD Custom out of Taipei, Taiwan and has a talent for metal shaping and finding a great line. His skills are on full display on this pretty-in-pink custom, built in the classic Japanese style and based on a 2016 model Kawasaki W800. It starts with the hand-made fuel tank, designed with a slimming effect, and a front neck tunnel that’s reminiscent of classic enduros — via Bike EXIF

Design

Bunker Custom Cycles of Istanbul have a client who requested an elegant war machine look, and builders Mert and Can Uzer have obliged in spectacular fashion — via Bike EXIF

Politics

Trump’s Media Pals Are Busy Creating a Left-Wing ‘Threat’ to Balance Out the Awful Racist Right-Wing Hordes That Threaten Civil Society

In these dark days, an intergenerational warning is in order: Antifa folks, be wary. They are coming for you.

Some of us have seen this movie before. In my generation, when I was a teenage member of MSU’s SDS in the late 1960s, I remember the guy who was always yelling, Kill the pigs, and encouraging us to burn down the ROTC building on campus. In later years, I heard from old SDS colleagues that when they sued the police, they learned that the outspoken guy was a police officer and his friends were informants.

For my dad’s generation, the right-wing takeover of a protest movement happened in Germany generations ago, so most Americans don’t even recognize Marinus van der Lubbe’s name. But the Germans remember well that fateful day 84 years ago: 27 February 1933. And many of them are looking at the confrontations in our streets and worrying.

It started when the government, struggling with questions of its own legitimacy and the instability of its leader, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. Historians are still debating whether the terrorist was a mentally incompetent young man manoeuvred into place to take the fall for the crime, or was an actual communist ideologue (of limited intellectual means and probably schizophrenic; that seems to be one thing most agree on).

But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the highest levels, in part because the government was distracted; the man who claimed to be the nation’s leader had not been elected by a majority vote and the people claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted — via AlterNet.org

Entertainment

Terry Pratchett’s unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.

Pratchett’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage John Fowler & Co steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, ahead of the opening of a new exhibition about the author’s life and work.

Pratchett, famous for his colourful and satirical Discworld series, died in March 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

After his death, fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator , told the Times that Pratchett had wanted whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all — via The Guardian

Design

A Harley-Davidson dealer handed this 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 750 over to Austria-based NCT Motorcycles, with a mandate to rework it into a raffle prize for the upcoming 20th annual European Bike Week — via Bike EXIF

Wildlife

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is excited to announce the 23 May birth of a Pallas’s Cat kitten. The kitten’s birth marked the second live offspring ever produced with artificial insemination in Pallas’s Cat — via ZooBorns

Art

Geometric Pattern: Circle / Red Wolf

Geometric Pattern: Circle: Pink/Purple (Redbubble | Spoonflower), Geometric Pattern: Circle: Blue/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Geometric Pattern: Circle: Red/Orange (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design

This 1980 BMW R100 RT rolled into Willie Knoll’s Clutch Motorcycles workshop as a 1980s tourer, and left as a classy, pared-down street tracker. In the metal, you’ll probably first notice the flip-flop Daytona Paradise paint, which changes colour with the light — but there are plenty of other subtle details that shine — via Bike EXIF