Stylish Non-Clothing Things

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. gonerogue

    gonerogue Member

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    i have a porsche (40 something years old) that i bought some 10 or so years ago.

    as is common when it comes this kind of car, even though i was the fourth owner, it had been driven for less than 40k miles in its life (and it came with a full history from the shop that still services it).

    90k miles later, the engine blew, and the car is currently undergoing heart surgery.

    this is not a stylish non-clothing thing.

    however, around that time that i first bought the car (yes, after a big break up -- do you really think that happy contented folk run around buying this kind of stupid shit?) i was sleeping with a crazy hot far too young for me girl.

    you know.

    it provided a whole hot mess of of fun that seemed like a good idea at the time, even if it soon came to pass that she would threaten to put a restraining order on me if ever i implied i might want to see her less often.

    quite.

    it ended as awkwardly as these things do.

    a few days ago, she sent me some pictures of a karmann ghia that she has had restored, inspired by the more fun, less insane times in the old porsche.

    this may be.
     
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  2. CDHagg

    CDHagg Senior member

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    ^ [​IMG]

    Are you trying to make a point with that story? Because I can't tell if you're sad or happy or what. Are you a native english-speaker?
     


  3. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    I took it as nostalgic and bittersweet.
     


  4. Archivist

    Archivist Senior member

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    Given your premise, my books. They offer both textual and artefactual delights.
     


  5. acridsheep

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    I came here fully intending to post something entirely different than what follows.

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    Few things are as pleasing to me as the roar of a twin cylinder motorcycle. The first laugh of your newborn, the moan of a new lover - all fall short of the throaty roar of a V twin Ducati. Ducati's tribute to famed 70s cafe racer Paul Stuart is among the loveliest in its history. The curved silver fairing wrapped aggressively around the iconic round headlight speak to an era long gone in motorcycling. The matte silver/blue trellis frame perfectly contrasts the bodywork and showcases the twin cylinder liter engine. The painted black header covers give way to the matte-black exhaust which, in concert with the dry clutch, produce the unmistakable Italian note equally effective at stirring the embers of a reckless youth and dropping panties.

    The gold Ohlin shocks, Brembo brakes and the seductive single sided swingarm reveal the bike's primary purpose: to be flogged around at dipshit speeds on the Isle of Man in between blowjobs and shots of espresso.

    To ride it is to be crucified face down. The high seating position and elevated foot pegs hike the knees up painfully close to the torso and the dropped clip on handlebars make the downward dog seem delightful by comparison. But it is of little matter, because the bike simply hauls ass. It begs for the rider to throw it hard into the twisties, and the sounds at 8K RPM - when it makes nearly 100 horsepower make you temporarily forget that you are probably doing something illegal that will kill you.
     
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  6. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    It's a Fujifilm faux-rangefinder camera, in a corrected grain half case with magnetic closure crafted by a 4 year old Chinese girl in a dingy Chinese factory. 12.1 Megahertzpixels. I run it off aftermarket korean ebay batteries that internet forums have said to explode inside the camera.

    I've admired this camera since I've seen it in the advert of United Airlines' Hemispheres magazine. (Great read; you should all subscribe)
     
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  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Ha, you jest, but that's still a $1,200 camera--retro faux-rangefinder it may be.

    Let's see more cameras!
     
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  8. toscano_adottato

    toscano_adottato Senior member

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    This statement is curiously similar to this one:

    "A good portion of SF is somewhere on the OCD/Autism spectrum, so obsessive behavior is normalized in a forum chock full of undiagnosed mental patients."
     


  9. black_umbrella

    black_umbrella Senior member

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    Not quite what you were intending, but here it is. The $200.00 Leica.

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    exactly the same as their point-and-shoot model. No difference. OK, I think you can get the raw images from the Leica (admittedly a big deal, but not so much for the intended audience).


    edit - also there is something fundamentally escher-like about taking photos of cameras. Strange loops...
     
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  10. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Man, that's some ugly.

    A much better looking baby Leica (and really a Leica, "made" in Germany and all):

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    Of course, it will set you back $2k. A small price to pay for aesthetic superiority, though.
     


  11. acridsheep

    acridsheep Senior member

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    A man who buys every single piece of ski gear one can possibly buy - for what will probably amount to a single trip, needs justification for fancy pencils.
     


  12. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Well, you need ski gear to ski, and I had to go skiing. Anyway, it turned out to be a good investment. I will surely use the stuff again.
     


  13. black_umbrella

    black_umbrella Senior member

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    I feel that mine has a level of utilitarian beauty. Like a #2 pencil. Or a comfortable chair.

    Also - I think the optics of lumix are made in germany.
     
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  14. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    The lenses on Panasonic-manufactured Leica-branded cameras and their Panasonic-branded counterparts are all made by Panasonic, with design help from Leica. The X1 is the cheapest way to get a new Leica-made body and lens.
     


  15. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Now, the Alpa 12 system gives Leica a run for the money, style-wise (totally different cameras functionally). It's a totally modular system. You pick a body (just a square frame, essentially). You pick a lens component that plugs into the front. You pick a image capture component that plugs into the back, which can either be medium format film or digital. Then, you can accessorize the four sides any way you want (the one pictured has a viewfinder and wood handgrip attached). I believe it was Artisan Fan who brought my attention to this gem.

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    Build quality is supposed to be exceptional. It's just not a practical camera for my purposes, and similarly pricey compared to a new Leica M system. It's hard to piece together either for less than $10k.
     


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