Random Links from this Week: Old Books and Mid-engined Mustangs

If you haven’t gone to archive.org, go there now. Or don’t. I don’t really care. No one reads this, anyway. On the off chance that someone does read this, archive.org is basically like Pinterest for public domain books:  people upload different materials that are in the public domain, including old military service manuals, catalogs from defunct companies, instruction books, novels, and the like.
Like Pinterest, a lot of the material is neither useful nor practical, and one can waste a large amount of time perusing its contents. Even so, it’s worth checking out.

Do you remember Richard Scarry? He was the artist behind Busytown. It turns out that there are new Busytown-style characters, just not sponsored by the original artist. This tongue-in-cheek homage to Mr. Scarry’s artwork is dead on! Sadly, though, perhaps one must work in some of these industries to really understand the humor. (via kottke.org)
Mr Scarry’s son, Huck Scarry is an excellent artist in his own right, he illustrated two of the books that shaped my childhood:  On The Road and Steam Train Journey. Man, I miss those books.

Designing money: I love it. Even if the money is not real. The artist even included her design process, which is really cool. (via kottke.org)

I did a search for ‘mid-engine Ford Mustang’ and got some of the normal results. This was unexpected. How does this happen? I suppose you have the Toyota MR2 and you want a Mustang-ish vehicle, so you let the magic of fiberglass help you produce this abomination?
On a similar note, this. The commenters were brutal as they asked rhetorical questions demonstrating the folly of this vehicle. It is an interesting idea. But, making reference to the link above about designing money, I want to see the design process!  I mean, was this car ‘designed’ Dungeons and Dragons style, allowing the throw of a twelve sided die to have the last say on all design decisions?

Russians: We can make alot of jokes about them, about what they can’t do, about that in Russia ‘object verbs you’, and that their language doesn’t have articles. But they can build trucks.

 

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