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My Kindle & Book List
  • Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind
    Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind
    by Gary Marcus
  • What Is the What (Vintage)
    What Is the What (Vintage)
    by Dave Eggers
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition
    The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd edition
    by Edward R. Tufte
  • BRAND sense: Sensory Secrets Behind the Stuff We Buy
    BRAND sense: Sensory Secrets Behind the Stuff We Buy
    by Martin Lindstrom
  • Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
    Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
    by Tim Brown
  • The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage
    The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage
    by Roger L. Martin
  • Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics)
    Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics)
    by Lao Tzu
  • Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care
    Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care
    by John J. Nance


This is a collection of the objects I love. Some I own, some I will, and some I have lost. Most are from a time now past yet still hold a place in todays world of over valued and under delivered goods.


The Badger - Enfield Rat Cafe Racer

Built by Leon at Cycle Icons, with Chumma and Tom from Ace Fireball doing the engine, The Badger made manifest, a 500+ mile ride from Trenton to Mid Ohio vintage motorcycle days where it raced in two races and survived. Not without issues, it was blowing oil, shakes and wobbles like hell, and 105 degree weather this Royal Enfield based, 500cc iron barrel engine with the ACE Fireball mods was a champ. Built in a rat cafe style, road and vintage race legal. Kitted for both a license plate, and a number plate. Built to both a price and a standard. Hi quality, low brow. Goes like stink. A ride it to the track, flog it in the heat of battle and ride it home proposition. Possible in this day and age?

Yep. What a blast, you can follow the story here: bulletproofbadger.com

The concept in part inspired by this; courtesy, Teddy Roosevelt:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."



'49 Royal Enfield Hardtail Model G

This was a Craigslist find, I was in the airport just about to board a flight when I found it. I called Leon at Cycle Icons to see if he could work out a deal. When I landed plans were set for a trip to Boston to get this gem. We are working on the forks and fitting with new cables but otherwise is rideable as is. Leon's comment "It's like riding a Radio Flyer" as the spring seat and front float all over the place.

UPDATE 8/20/11 - Spent the day working on the forks and I properly screwed them up. I was milling down some rough spots from old welds to allow the new bushings to fit and gouged the hell out of the left fork. So I am now looking from some old springers. After giving up on that, I fitted new fuel lines and watched all the gas spill out of the petcocks. They would just spurt so cleaned that up removed the tank and ordering new petcocks.


Monocle - A true modern magazine

This is my favorite magazine and clearly shows the others what the evolution of print is. Quite simply good content packaged well without gimmicks or pandering.


Royal Enfield Bullet 500

This is my Bullet 500 Deluxe 2008 pic by Alex Fischer

I love old english bikes, Nortons, BSAs, Triumphs. Did you know can buy a brand new 1955 english motorcycle in 2008 for $5K new or $3K used? While not the fastest bikes, they definitely have the most character. They are not light weights by any means though and can cruse at 80 MPH and have a nice low end torquey feel.

Royal Enfield was the brand of the Enfield Cycle Company, an English engineering company. Most famous for producing motorcycles, they also produced bicycles, lawnmowers, stationary engines, and even rifle parts for the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield. This legacy of weapons manufacture is reflected in the logo, a cannon, and their motto "Made like a gun, goes like a bullet". It also enabled the use of the brand name Royal Enfield from 1890.

In 1955 Enfield of India started assembling Bullet motorcycles under licence from UK components, and by 1962 were manufacturing complete bikes. The original Redditch, Worcestershire-based company dissolved in 1970, but Enfield of India, based in Chennai, continued, and bought the rights to the Royal Enfield name in 1995. Royal Enfield production continues, and now Royal Enfield is considered as the oldest motorcycle company in the world still in production and Bullet is the longest production run around model.

The US import version has the foot shifter moved to the left hand side of the bike which adds a awkward linkage to the already tricky transmission If you can find it try to get a unmodified non US bike or get the kit to return the foot shifter to the original right side.

These bike are single cylinder thumpers and you feel the thrust of each stroke as you are propelled down the road. It is a really unique feeling that has not been experienced in the last 50 years of modern multi-cylinder bike design.

There is a olive green military model that has panniers and crash guards. I love the look of this bike and it is very useful for extend trips. It's great grandfather is here Royal Enfield G

If your looking for a cool bike talk to Leon at Cycle Icons.


Mooney Acclaim S Aircraft

The new Acclaim S (for speed) is the fastest production single engine airplane available. With a cruising airspeed of 242 knots (278 MPH) you get where you need to go fast. The airplane’s big Continental TSIO-550G engine features twin turbos and dual intercoolers; it thrums happily in the cold, high sky @ 25,000 feet above seal-level (about five miles over the ocean).

Loaded up with AV 100LL and two big pilots up front, the airplane is nearly at gross weight as it gradually sneaks up on its max cruise number. I watch the true airspeed readout on the Garmin G1000, and the numbers slowly count up to 239 knots. That’s 275 mph in nonpilot speak, about four times legal freeway speeds and faster even than a Bugatti Veyron. Normally, 239 knots is the beginning of turbine country, recorded by C90 King Airs and the like, but the fastest of the Mooneys takes truly high cruise in stride.

Speed has always been Mooney’s strongest suit. The type has consistently manifested among the highest knot count per hp in general aviation. In today’s world of $6-per-gallon avgas, the airplane’s ability to wring every possible knot out of each gallon serves it well. The gold standard of performance was previously one mph per hp, and a Mooney is one of very few production airplanes to realize that goal (achieved 30 years ago on the 201, flying 200 mph on 200 hp). Better still, the turbocharged Mooney 231 came close to realizing one knot per horsepower in 1979, delivering more than 200 knots on only 210 hp.

The first aircraft produced by the new Mooney company was the small, single-seat, Mooney Mite M-18. It was designed to appeal to the thousands of fighter pilots leaving military service (some thought the Mooney Mite looked so much like the Messerschmitt Bf 109 that they called it the "Texas Messerschmitt".

The Mooney Mite established some of the design concepts that are still used by Mooney today. The model Mooney M20 entered production in 1955 and outwardly looked like a scaled-up Mite. Mooney is still producing variants of the M20 today.

Modern Mooneys are know for being fast and nimble and have that distinctive aggressively forward pitched rudder.


ROTRING 600 Pens

Sadly discontinued (they stopped shipping to the states in 2005), every once in a while I still find them in a dark dusty Mom n' Pop stationary store or an old art supply store. I love this pen, it has great balance, feels like a real object and is not to heavy for a brass barrel. ROTRING (German for Red Ring) has been making pens since 1928. They came in roller ball and fountain, personally I liked the rollerball as it was the most silky precise one I have used. I found five of each at a leather shop in Atlanta a few years ago and bought them all. There was also the 600mp mechanical pencil. All of these writing devices are almost indestructible.




Lights, Lamps or Bulbs

A very cool collection of vintage lamps. I have collected these lamps over the years to do a photographic study and never got around to it yet. I don’t know if they all work but it looks like the filaments appear all intact. At first some appeared to be tubes or valves but all have lighting filaments.

The sizes range from 4 inches to 1 inch and are all in very good shape. Lamp wattages range from 100W to 1000W 12VDC - 240AC. I assume most of them are from projectors or enlargers.



Les Paul Studio (Black)

I am not a fan of the classic tobacco sunburst or even the gold top. I always found them to ornamental. This on the other hand is simple, clean and efficient with loads of tone. I also love a 70's black Tele Deluxe for much the same reasons.


1957 Mercedes 300 SL Convertible

When most people think of the 300SL, they think of a 55' Silver Gull Wing, but my favorite is still the 57' convertible. At the time it was the fastest car in production and the first engine to feature direct fuel injection. This car could be ordered with all aluminum body panels (not just hood and doors) to reduce considerable wight for a considerable cost.

A big part of the appeal for a guy like myself (driver and tinker) is that Mercedes still produces parts for every car they make. This allows ownership of this beauty to be less about the choice of constant parts scavenging or displaying as a museum specimen and more about the choice of what direction to drive in.


1955 Chris-Craft Cobra

Only 51 of these were ever produced and the holy grail is the 21’ with either the Chrysler M45S 200 hp Hemi or Cadillac CM 285 hp Marine engine. This beauty is a cellulose hulled monster. Compared to the the fiberglas boats of today, the amount of power required to propel this vessel is exhilarating as you throttle up and max out at 55 mph with the Caddy power plant.

FYI: Belgin carmaker Pipe invented the hemispherical piston engine in 1905 (not Chrysler).


Hasselblad 500

Perhaps the most famous use of the Hasselblad camera was during the Apollo Program missions when man first landed on the Moon. Almost all of the still photographs taken during these missions used specially modified Hasselblad cameras.

The Moon - Neil Armstrong / NASA

Hasselblad's traditional V-System cameras are still widely used by professional and serious amateur photographers. One reason is the superior image quality of 6×6cm size rollfilm over smaller film and digital sensor formats, along with a reputation for long service life and quality of available lenses. Their newer H-System cameras produced in cooperation with Fuji are market leaders, dominating the medium format digital camera market.


Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

Alfa Romeo is coming back to the US this year and what a way to kick it off. This is the gorgeous offspring of an Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati (all owned by Italian Fiat) after a wine fueled ménage à trois. She is powered by a V8, 4.7 liter, 450 bhp, 32 DOHC Maserati engine. The most expensive road legal Alfa to date, she comes in at US $240K. The name and design harken back to the 30’s, the heyday of Alfa’s racing heritage.

I had a 84’ GTV6, that at only 185 bhp with great mid-range torque would raise eyebrows where ever I brought her. I can’t Imagine this thing... well actually I can.

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Alfa Romeo GTV6

My 1986 Alfa GTV6 - Shot on W 26th Street Manhattan

This little coup is an absolute beast, designed by legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro who also designed the De Lorean DMC-12, Lotus Esprit S1, Nikon FM3-6 and D3 cameras and countless other fantastic objects.  My swedish buddy Nick talks me into getting one and turning it in to a track car, I go along with it and find a quickly creeping smile streaking across my face every time I drive it. Lot's of quirks but fairly easy to fix. It can easily take cars 4 times the price. When I bought her I fitted yellow Koni racing shocks, and new tires. Then we had a bored out 3.2L V6 custom engine built in South Africa, with modern engine manegment. She now lives some where in South Africa with her other siblings. I had one really good speeding ticket (135MPH) with her but it was well worth it. As my dad used to say drive as fast as you want as long as you can pay for it, it took me years to realize it wasn't a statement about money.