Ducati Monster 1200: Getting Faster By the Moment

I like how fast crotch rockets can go, but that sitting position will get uncomfortable pretty fast. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve always liked the Ducati Monster, which combines performance with a more natural seating position. The Italian motorcycle company just announced their third generation Monster bike.

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2012 Pinarello Dogma 2 Frameset & Complete Bikes

2012 Pinarello Dogma 2

During this year’s Tour de France, we got our first glimpses of Pinarello’s new Dogma 2. It’s stiffer, more aerodynamic, and lighter. Pinarello examined how riders used the Dogma and improved on it. The top tube of the Dogma 2 is slightly off center to the right, allowing the rider more balance. The aerodnyamics and stiffness of the front end were improved. It’s 19% stiffer, so it will allow you to brake more precisely. The sculpted crown integrates seamlessly into the re-shaped down tube.

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FLO Series for Lumina: Minimal Table & Floor Lamp

052511_rg_FLOLumina_01.jpgThere’s something very appealing about minimal lamps, especially ones that use LED technology. They seem to meld into the background, but once they are switched on, it’s surprising how much light they can generate. The FLO series of lamps was designed by a British architecture firm and its main attraction is its obvious minimal design.

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2011 Colnago C59 Italia

Close up of the downtube

The 2011 Colnago C59 Italia is a bit of an understated frame, but it definitely a great ride if you’re looking for stiffness and comfort. You could almost call it a sleeper, since it does use similar technology as the EPS and other Colnago models. As with the EPS, the C59 is handmade in Italy. None of the process has been outsourced to Asia. The C59 comes in a Di2 model for cyclists looking to install Shimano Dura Ace Di2.

SRAM Red-equipped C59s start out at around $6,100 USD, Campy Super Record 11 C59s start at around $7,000 USD. We’ve got access to the complete product lines of most of the component makers out there, so you can fit your C59 out anyway you want, from ultra-light carbon bits from AX-Lightness, to more traditional companies.

Send us an email at asteriskcycles at gmail dot com to order your Colnago C59.

2010 Pinarello Dogma Di2 My Way

My Way sets this Dogma apart

Over the past week or so, customers have been admiring this new Pinarello Dogma 60.1 frame that was ordered for AH. AH had decided upon using a custom paint job thanks to Pinarello’s My Way customization scheme, which makes this frame stand out from the traditional Dogmas. He also ordered the Di2-compatible frame, which allows internal wiring of Shimano’s Dura Ace Di2 electronic shifting group.

Black and white custom paint scheme

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Nice Hiroshi Ono Small Appliances For Guzzini

It’s always nice to have a touch of color in the kitchen, especially if the rest of it is mostly monotone. Either way, we really like these neat looking small kitchen appliances by Hiroshi Ono. It will certainly set your kitchen apart from the usual brushed aluminum look.

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November 24 2008

Strange Italian marzipan pastries in miniature fruit shapes
Strange Italian marzipan pastries in miniature fruit shapes

Large Scale Fractal Universe

Is the universe fractal, even on large scales? That’s the question that some Russian and Italian scientists have put forth recently. They think it is. Other scientists aren’t so sure. (via kottke)

Mother Of Tears Review

If you have read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I am a fan of Dario Argento. I finally managed to watch the last movie in the Three Mothers series, Mother of Tears (La Terza Madre, The Third Mother). That last post dates from mid October 07. I just never posted it for some reason.

I was happy to find out that Dario Argento was working on the last installment of the series. I still believe that Suspiria is by far his best work. Mother of Tears is almost more of a giallo movie than a supernatural one.

Mother of Tears is drastically different from Suspiria and Tenebrae, containing more gore and nudity than any other Argento movie I can remember. Parts of it are very effective. The witches portrayed are typically typecasted. Strange women, in fashionable clothes and wearing a lot of make-up running around and making lots of noise.

Most disappointing was Mater Lachrymarum. Did you think that Mater Lachrymarum had fake tits and pranced around naked all the time? No? Well she does in this movie. When her character is first introduced, it’s interesting. The dress she wears is haunting, her scarlet lips that are visible under her hood enhance her evil.

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On Dario Argento And Suspiria

I’ve just started watching a few Dario Argento movies. I have seen most of them. A friend of mine was a fan and we watched almost all of them together years ago. At first I wasn’t impressed. Then I saw Suspiria and I was sold. In fact Suspiria was one of the first movies from Dario Argento that I really enjoyed.

It’s a piece of art. I’ve also watched Profondo Rosso again, a giallo movie. Profondo Rosso doesn’t compare. Suspiria is in a whole different league. The productions values are incredible. The sets are beautiful and the colors incredible. I just love this movie, it’s also scary. Naturally, you have to get past some minor points, but the movie is impeccable. It’s really hard not to like.

The music is also pretty good.Goblin made a phenomenal soundtrack. It’s funny because when you see a really good movie, you are reminded at how crappy the movies that you usually see are.

Suspiria was released in 1977 and was very important in the career of Argento. It was the first in the series of the Three Mothers. Tenebrae followed in 1982. Argento is currently about to release his latest volume in this series, the Mother of Tears.

Suspiria is very important to Argento, because it puts plot and actors second to vision and sound, merging toward pure art. When you see this movie, you can’t help but notice this fact. Minutes go by and nothing is said, but a story is told in a different manner than what we are used to.

What do you know about witches?