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Aprilia SportCity 250 23 hp Italian Bike

I ran into my friend Jeff McWinney when running on the mountain yesterday. When we got back to the parking lot, he showed me his new Aprilia SportCity 250 23 hp Italian bike. Jeff is very tech-savvy. He just sold his Honda VFR 750 (a big powerful bike) and got this one, which he loves. It goes up to 80.


"This fellow has a booth at the Arts Festival at the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach every year."

Moustache Grande

Is this a moustache or what? Col. Sir Percy Wyndham, noted Federal cavalryman in Civil War, 1862. This is from Life Magazine's archives, over a million photos, such a wonderful resource: http://images.google.com/hosted/life

Scott Weaver's Toothpick Sculptures of San Francisco

Scott Weaver has spent over 30 years building elaborate architectural models out of toothpicks, including a 100,000-toothpick model of the highlights of San Francisco: ""Rolling Through the Bay" is 9 feet tall, 7 feet wide and 2 feet deep."

Style Your Garage Door

This a is actually a photo mounted on a garage door. "Photo tarpaulins from style-your-garage.com can give monochrome up-and-over garage doors a whole new look. The printed-on 3D motifs are deceptively realistic and will cause neighbours, friends and passers-by to stop and stare!"

Copper-clad Spaceship Condo in Small New England Town

There are 13 1-bedroom condo apartments in this copper-sheathed building in Guilford, Connecticut. Designed by architect Wilfred J. O. Armster.
Photo for NYTimes by Christopher Cappoziello

Rolling Huts in Washington

Huts on wheels in Mazama, Washington. Designed by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects.
"Responding to the owner’s need for space to house visiting friends and family, the Rolling Huts are several steps above camping, while remaining low-tech and low-impact in their design. The huts sit lightly on the site, a flood plain meadow in an alpine river valley. The owner purchased the site, formerly a RV campground, with the aim of allowing the landscape return to its natural state. The wheels lift the structures above the meadow, providing an unobstructed view into nature and the prospect of the surrounding mountains.
The huts are grouped as a herd: while each is sited towards a view of the mountains (and away from the other structures), their proximity unites them. They evoke Thoreau’s simple cabin in the woods; the structures take second place to nature."
"The construction of each identical hut is very simple. It is just an offset steel clad box on a steel platform with a wood deck on top. Unlike a typical mobile home, less than half of the space on each structure is indoor space; outdoor decks comprise 55% of the usable space.

While the interiors leave some design issues unsolved, the exteriors are well thought out. They are built of simple, durable and no-maintenance materials – steel, plywood and car-decking. No effort is made to soften this reality. The steel exterior is just allowed to rust naturally."


Fallingwaters is (No Longer) Falling

Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house is structurally unsound and presently propped up to keep it from falling into the creek. According to this article, it's not age, but bad engineering (and arrogance) on Wright's part that caused the problem:
Update: as you can see from the comment below, repairs to the building have been completed:

Inside the Capitol Dome, Washington, D.C.

When I first went to Washington D.C. (about 15 years ago), I was stunned by the capitol dome. I'd seen it many times in photos, but in person it was elegant in design; sparkling white, perfectly proportioned. I had no idea this is what it was like inside. Here's what Wikipedia says about the fresco: "The Apotheosis of Washington is the very large fresco painted by Italian artist Constantino Brumidi in 1865 and visible through the oculus of the dome in the rotunda of the United States Capitol Building. The fresco is suspended 180 feet (55 m) above the rotunda floor and covers an area of 4,664 square feet (433.3 m2). The figures painted are up to 15 feet (4.6 m) tall and are visible from the floor below. The dome was completed in 1863, and Brumidi painted it over the course of 11 months at the end of the Civil War. He was paid $40,000 ($583,093 in 2008) for the fresco."
This photo is by Kevin Ng