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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A man walks into a bar and sits next to a guy with a little head...

After having a couple drinks the man asks the other guy, "hey, I don't mean to be rude, but how is it you have such a small head."
The guy replies, "well it's a bitter sweet story. You see when I was in the war my plane got shot down in the Pacific. I parachuted out and ended up on an deserted island."
He continued, "after several months on this deserted island, a beautiful mermaid suddenly appeared and granted me three wishes."
"My first wish is that I'd like to be rescued from this island I told her."
To which the Mermaid said, "tomorrow a rescue boat will find you."
"My second wish is that I'd like to be rich for the rest of my days."
The Mermaid said, "invest early in these companies, and you will be a wealthy man...and what is your final wish?"
"Well Mermaid, you know I've been stranded on this island for so long, and seeing as you are so beautiful, I'd wish for nothing more than to sleep with you."
The Mermaid sighed and said, "I cannot grant you that wish, you see I'm a half fish, it would not work."
Frustrated, the man said, "Well how about a little head then?"

Via Reddit

Egg Salad

Egg Salad from Chad DeRosa on Vimeo.

A creation from the dark depths of Super Rat Racing, Egg Salad was a Bonneville contender for 2011, accomplishing a top speed of 113mph. Carl Bjorklund, the fabricator behind Super Rat gives a brief description of his work of art in this short film showcasing the bike. Egg Salad is powered by a 500cc Rotax motor mounted in a Knight Flat Track frame. Carl hand built the metal faring that encases the motorcycle.

This short film is intended to show case this bike using footage that was filmed for a feature documentary about Super Rat and their first trip to the Salt for the 2011 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials. Look for more to come on this epic journey to the salt.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
Edited with Final Cut Pro 5.1

An Evening With Carl Bjorklund...

An Evening With Carl Bjorklund... from Chad DeRosa on Vimeo.

...with guest star: Mark Bjorklund. A typical evening at the Super Rat shop involves Carl hiding behind his welding helmet sparking an arc on some sheet metal. Carl and Mark are currently working on what they call a "lowrider cafe racer". The build is in progress as we speak. Check out for more on these guys.

Monday, November 28, 2011


Priest from on Vimeo.
WOW! An Apocalyptic Vampire Motorcycle Clip. (Say THAT 3 times fast!) Very cool futuristic design bikes speeding toward badass Vampires.

Bike Me! Postie Bike Build

Bike Me! Postie Bike Build from Daniel Emerson on Vimeo.
The Bike Me! Postie Bike Of Death was amazingly assembled in 24 hours.

A bunch of glorious custom parts from members around Australia, being bolted together by drunken fools with tools.

Despite the NOS blowing off the bike on its first use, riding at times with no brakes and the mechanical masterpiece that is the suicide shifter, no on died in the making of this film... or bike...

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ultrasonic cleaning

I put a bank of carbs half way in the ultrasonic cleaner to show the before and after in one shot.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fox Greatest Hits vol1

Fox Greatest Hits vol1 part1/3 from GoZilla on Vimeo.

This fast-paced compilation of film clips illustrates in surprisingly picturesque ways the startling tricks some of the best motorcycle riders in the world can perform while sailing through space on the back of a dirt bike. After kicking off with some vintage motocross films (perfectly complemented by Arlo Guthrie singing "The Motorcycle Song"), the action (and soundtrack) throttles forward to the modern era's artful and risky freestyle motocross. Riders make impossibly high jumps on race courses, mountain trails, and desert hillsides. The cinematography is generally quite striking, with camera angles chosen to showcase expert riding techniques as well as some spectacular scenery, and the soundtrack of thrashing rock and rap meshes well with the visuals. Wisely, the main feature has no narration (which would have ruined the general effect), but a bonus feature of interviews with the riders provides some insight into their dangerous devotion to showing off in midair. --Robert J. McNamara

Hard Enduro near Copiapó Chile

Hard Enduro near Copiapó Chile from Mario Gajardo Tassara on Vimeo.

Gasket Brushed Aluminum IPhone Case

Pretty nice IPhone cases just what every gear head needs.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DIY Tech tips from LowBrow Customs

Lowbrow Customs has a great list of DIY Tech Tips. 
Not to mention parts, tools and a bunch of other great bike stuff.


Have a look for yourself:

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 11 Remembrance day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

Why the poppy?

The association between the poppy and war dates back to the Napoleonic wars, when a writer saw a field of poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers.

During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle.

The poem was a great inspiration in adopting the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the U.S, Britain and Commonwealth countries.

The first poppies were distributed in Canada in 1921.

Today the volunteer donations from the distribution of millions of poppies is an important source of revenue for the Royal Canadian Legion that goes toward helping ex-servicemen and women buy food, and obtain shelter and medical attention.

At public gatherings in Ottawa and around the country, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the country's fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.

(This Veterans Affairs map shows the gatherings for 2010.)

Also known as Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day was first held throughout the Commonwealth in 1919. It marks the armistice to end the First World War, which came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, a year earlier.

It isn't a national holiday across Canada, but employees in federally regulated employees do get the day off. Several provinces and territories — including Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon — do observe a statutory holiday.
Canada's military and the First World War

Two minutes before the armistice went into effect, at 10:58 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, Pte. George Lawrence Price was felled by a bullet. Price would become the final Commonwealth soldier — and the last of more than 66,000 Canadians — to be killed in the First World War

They died fighting at Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele and Ypres — battles remembered for atrocious conditions and Canadian valour. In Ypres, Canadian soldiers were exposed to German gas attacks, yet continued to fight, showing amazing tenacity and courage in the face of danger.

In many ways, the identity of the young country was forged on those bloody battlefields.

About 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders (the province then still a colony of Britain) had served during the war, beginning in 1914. The last Canadian veteran of the conflict — John Babcock — died in February 2010 at the age of 109.

After Babcock's passing, the federal government announced that it would hold a national commemorative ceremony on April 9 to honour all Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served during the First World War.
Second World War
Wreath laid by a nephew at his uncle's grave at Canadian Cemetery No. 2 at Vimy Ridge.Wreath laid by a nephew at his uncle's grave at Canadian Cemetery No. 2 at Vimy Ridge.

Between the declaration of the Second World War in September 1939 and the conflict's end in 1945, Canadians fought in Dieppe, Normandy, the North Atlantic, Hong Kong, during the liberation of Italy, and in many other important air, sea and land campaigns.

In total, more than one million men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served in the army, air force and navy. More than 47,000 did not come home.

Canadian troops played a crucial role — and made a mighty sacrifice — in the 1944 D-Day invasion and the Battle of Normandy, a major turning point in the war's Atlantic campaign. More than 5,000 were killed in the land invasion in France.

The Canadian Army went on to play a significant part in the liberation of the Netherlands, which ended in 1945. The Dutch, having suffered through an extremely harsh winter, enthusiastically greeted the Canadians and forged a strong friendship between the two countries that lasts to this day.
Korea and Afghanistan

Since the end of the Second World War, Canadians have taken part in dozens of United Nations peacekeeping missions around the globe, from Cyprus and Haiti to Bosnia and Somalia. Troops have seen active combat as well.

In Korea, 26,791 Canadians served during a conflict that raged between 1950 and 1953. The battles of Hill 355 and Hill 187, among others, saw Canadians fighting in swamps and rice fields, through torrential rain and snow, in the air and at sea.

In 2003, Canada marked the 50th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice by unveiling the Monument to Canadian Fallen at Confederation Park in Ottawa. The words "We will never forget you brave sons of Canada" are inscribed at the base of the monument, which also contains the names of all Canadians who lost their lives in Korean War service or subsequent Korean peacekeeping service.

Canada has steadily increased its military involvement in Afghanistan since the Taliban regime fell in 2001.

By 2006, Canada had taken on a major role in the more dangerous southern part of the country as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The fighting grew fiercer, and the casualty count rose. By November 2010, 152 Canadian military personnel had died in the country. One Canadian diplomat, one journalist and two Canadian aid workers have also been killed.
Orpington Hospital

Canada's contribution to the First and Second World Wars is recognized and remembered all over the United Kingdom, especially around Nov. 11. Among the ceremonies in 2009 was the unveiling of a historic mural at a hospital in Orpington, Kent.
Soldiers injured in the first world war recover at the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington, Kent, UK.Soldiers injured in the first world war recover at the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington, Kent, UK.

The mural commemorates a once-famous hospital that was paid for by the people of Ontario.

In 1915, the Ontario government donated $2 million to build a treatment centre for soldiers wounded on the battlefields of France. It was a huge amount of money for the time, and the hospital became one of the most up-to-date in the world.

Fully staffed by Canadian doctors and nurses, the Ontario Military Hospital treated more than 25,000 badly injured soldiers between 1916 and 1919. The majority of patients were Canadian, but the hospital also saved the lives of soldiers from Britain, Newfoundland (then a British colony), Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to state-of-the-art treatment, just 182 patients died — less than one per cent of those admitted to the facility. Those who didn't make it are buried in what's know as "Canadian Corner," a graveyard in nearby All Saints Church.

One of the Canadian doctors who worked at the hospital was Thomas McCrae, brother of John McCrae who wrote the poem In Flanders Fields. Forced to deal with soldiers suffering from horrific facial injuries, Thomas McCrae was an early pioneer of plastic surgery in the Ontario Military Hospital.

The hospital also set up one of the first occupational therapy programs for shell-shocked survivors of trench warfare.

The hospital, renamed the 16th Canadian General Hospital during the war, was torn down in the 1960s. It has been replaced by the modern Orpington General Hospital which now boasts a Canada Wing, as well as Ontario, Quebec and Mackenzie King wards.

Hospital officials hope the new historic mural will be a constant reminder of Canadians' sacrifice and life-saving service.

— Ann MacMillan, CBC News

Friday, November 4, 2011

No matter what people say keep wrenching

November , 2 1947, the famed "Spruce Goose" flew for the first and only time. The largest aircraft ever built at the time, it was widely panned by aviation engineers and the flying community as "too large" and "a colossal mistake". Howard Hughes, who designed and bankrolled the project remained undaunted and in the process created several new manufacturing processes and pioneered the use of composite building materials in the aviation and other industries. Most importantly he did what was deemed "impossible". It flew. When frustrated and convinced that your project has become too much, or when told your ideas are too radical; remember that. It flew. Keep turning wrenches and dreaming up new ideas folks. You're the only thing stopping you from "flying".

Something for the spring....

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