|Looks like the long rumored idea that Jean Grey would make a comeback after this summer’s “Avengers vs. X-Men” is potentially true. According to EW, they will reveal more in their upcomingComic-Con issue, but for now there’s just a look at this small piece of art by Joe Quesada.
Though EW doesn’t want to offer all the details just yet, they do offer some tidbits that will hold you over for a while.
Yes, this is Jean Grey — as in, the Jean Grey who’s been absent from Marvel comics ever since dying for a second time back in the mid-00s. And yes, she is modeling her vintage blue-and-yellow X-Men outfit from her Marvel Girl days. Does this mean that the fan-favorite character is finally returning? We can only confirm that her presence in the Marvel universe will not be imaginary.
Study the keeping of time and you’ll soon realise that methods for keeping track of the multitudinous moments that tick by before we all drop off this mortal coil are as many as they are varied. Which is all good and well, but what’s the best way of accurately measuring time if you are a biker? You can’t see a wristwatch under your leathers and take it from me, using radioactive isotopes to power your handle bar-mounted atomic clock really isn’t a good idea – the judge said I may never get off that !@#$%^&* terrorist watch list. But never fear, for I have found a way to measure biker time so accurately you’ll never need a watch again. How? It’s easy! You just need to note the time that has elapsed between two cool Harleys that are rolled through the out door at DP customs and divide by 60 to get a perfectly accurate 1 second measurement. why? Because that’s just about how often they’ve been managing to produce their superb new creations. At this rate, every Arizonian man, woman and child will be riding an DP Customs Ironhead by this time next year. Best get your ear plugs now before stocks run out.
Here’s Jarrod. “Our shop is in New River Arizona, but we haven’t had a local customer since the cows came home. That is, until we met a dude named Scott Brown at a bike Night late last year. He told us a story about how he was born in 1973, how all people born that year are very cool (of course I agreed with him, since I was also born in ’73), and that he wanted to build a bike in honor of his esteemed birth into the world of motorcycles. He said he liked DPC’s style and we were the ones who could help him realize his dream of creating Seventy Three. And it began…”
“He brought us an Ironhead Harley that was of the model year, well, you know… His requirements were few: It was to be really, REALLY black. With some hints of blue. It had to look mean. Roger that.”
“it was more crooked than Forrest Gump’s back,
and the welds looked like peppered bacon”
“The frame had already been hardtailed and raked. Once we scraped off all of the vintage grease and grime, however, we realized it was more crooked than Forrest Gump’s back, and the welds looked like peppered bacon. Justin hooked it up to the jig and had a chopping party that no one was allowed to attend. After fabbing and TIG welding the hell out of it, she was laser straight and the welds looked like the boys from Akrapovic had stopped by to help.”
“The bike had a bent shifter shaft. With these old right hand shift bikes, you’ve got go deep inside to replace it. It was worth the hard work though, as we also noticed the clutch had to be replaced. So we put in a new one while we were in the deep.”
“We used a black springer and powdercoated the cam cover, sprocket cover, primary cover and rocker boxes in satin black. Justin did his signature bitchin’ crossover exhaust, and perfectly followed the tips with the lines of the frame.”
“Our favorite part of this build is that we were able to stick with the ‘all black’ theme while mixing in the traditional bright colors that DPC is known for. The hint of white and blue on the matte finished tank blends perfectly with the bright blue wheels and the whitewall rear tire. Oh, and we’re proud of the ultra sano wiring throughout the bike and lack of clutter. It’s one mean looking machine! Scott was blown away when he saw it – in a cool way of course…”
Brand of Brothers – meet Justin Del Prado (left) and Jarrod Del Prado (right)
If you like what you see here, why not jump over to the official DP photographer’s website at strahmphoto.com to see more. And if that doesn’t satiate yr thirst for iron they watch this space, as Jarrod has informed me that he has a new cafe racer in the works. About time.
One of my favorite things to do every afternoon when I get home is play a quick game or two of Lexulous online (modified Scrabble). Over time, I’ve seen the same people and as with any other social activity, I’ve ended up talking to my opponents/teammates about where they live in the world, what time it is when we’re playing, and most importantly, what the next meal is. This week’s recipe comes from one of my favorite players, Kathy Trim, also known as “kobekat.” One day when she mentioned she’d be making Sloppy Joes for dinner, I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to invite her to share one of her family’s favorite recipes with us on the column. My adult love for this sandwich was rekindled a few years ago after reading an article by Andrea Strong in the new York Times called “An Ode to Sloppy Joe, a Delicious Mess,” and it’s a recipe I’ve wanted to see here for a long time. It’s so easy to make and it’s the perfect party food when you want to put out a nice make-your-own buffet. We’d love to know how you make your Sloppy Joes delicious, especially if you have a vegetarian alternative! — Kristina
About kobekat: Kathy Trim is a Kansas-native who has lived in Kobe, Japan for over 20 years where she has raised four children, taught English and American cooking, and loved soaking up all things Japanese. In her free time she enjoys baking, collecting recipes, reading, and word games. She has a poodle named Toby and is a proud new grandmother to baby Leo!
CLICK HERE for the full recipe after the jump!
- 2 lbs. ground beef (or beef/pork mix)
- 2 medium-sized onions, diced finely
- 3 cloves garlic minced or 2–3 tbsp. prepared minced garlic (jar)
- one 6 oz. can tomato paste
- two 8 oz. cans tomato puree or sauce (16 oz. total)
- 1 cup brown sugar (adjust according to taste)
- 2 tbsp. vinegar
2. Add tomato paste and tomato puree and mix well.
3. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top and stir in thoroughly.
4. Splash vinegar all over the top and then mix in well.
5. Simmer for about 20 minutes so that the flavors can blend together.
6. Serve on hamburger buns or other type of sliced rolls.
For variation: Saute 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms with the meat, onions and garlic. Add 1 slice of processed cheese, or your favorite cheese, to each sandwich just prior to serving.
Photography by Kristina Gill. Sloppy Joe meat in a small flared bowl (white), on fish platter (milk) and salad plate (milk) all by mud australia; mini hamburger buns on vintage cheese board; napkin by IKEA; towel with red and yellow stripe, spoon and knife, vintage.
Tear up the icy landscape in the retro-styled Arctic Cat ProCross F 1100 50th Anniversary Snowmobile ($13,000). Powered by a turbo 4-stroke, 1056cc twin-cylinder engine that puts out an intense 177 horsepower, this beast features electric start, RMC brake system, deluxe digital/analog gauge (with speed, tach, odometer, trip meters, engine hour meter, clock, fuel level indicator, and altimeter), Arctic Race Suspension with Fox Float 2 shocks and sway bar, electronic push-button reverse, and vintage Arctic Cat 50th anniversary graphics. Also available in a special Uncrate colorway.[Thanks Uncrate]
the old-world charm seems to have many takers in today’s times when everything else acquires a rather sleek and machine-like design. The testimony to that is the Swiss watchmaker’s Boite a Musique, which resounds 4 musicals of 50 seconds each, with the similar theme belonging to the 18th century music boxes. With expertise of the very best amongst horologists since 1861, this music box brings in the classic vintage element into your music room, something like what we saw with the REUGE Winch music boxes.
What struck us instantly was the body design, which we were later informed required a 34-step process and a time frame of approximately 3 months to get what we see here. Out initial reaction was that this design could well be a miniature boat cum tray, but as we find, it’s a musical box which plays 4 pieces of 50 seconds each, all of which are from the 18th century. These would include the Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Litszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Bizet’s Carmen.
The main body design which we were drooling over includes the carbon fiber sail on top, polished stainless steel winding mechanism, polished mahogany and maple wood chassis, and the nickel base plate at the end. From what our specialists know, the main Cartel 4.144 centered movements are the reason why the tonal quality is rather precise. It really isn’t a compromise either when it comes to lower frequencies; 72-note tempered steel combs are there to take care of it.
Give your vintage speakers a passport to the future by hooking them into the Denon N7 Streaming Receiver ($480). This 65 Watt AM/FM/CD/iPod receiver features built-in Ethernet and Wi-Fi, giving you access to networked features like access to digital files stored on a PC or NAS, support for audio streaming from Pandora, Napster, or Rhapsody, support for remote control via the Denon remote app for iOS, and AirPlay support, making that iPod/iPhone dock on top just a wee bit redundant. Also pairs well with Denon’s SC-N7 Speakers ($135; pictured).
Last year, we introduced you to some of the most hyped auctions that set new records despite the economic downturn. With the New Year approaching fast, it’s time again to look at the top 10 auctions of 2010 that set new records. Hit the jump to see them all…
10. Dalmore 64 Trinitas – $160,100
Last month, the Dalmore distillery near Inverness, Scotland made a new record by selling two of the three world’s most expensive Scotch whisky bottles, “Dalmore 64 Trinitas” for £100,000/$160,100 each. The distillery said that if the 64-year-old Trinitas was sold by the glass, it could cost up to £20,000 or about $32,000 a glass. Back in 2003, the distillery set a world record by selling a bottle of 62-year old Dalmore for over £25,000. In 2006, another bottle of the same whisky went for £32,000.
9. Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild 1869 – $232,692
In October this year, three bottles of Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild 1869 vintage wines were just sold at a Hong Kong auction by Sotheby’s. The $232,692 a bottle set a record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction.
8. Most expensive Barbie doll – $302,500
Since its debut in 1959, the Barbie doll has kept up with the times and trends. Recently, we introduced you to the most expensive Barbie dolls of all time. Lately, the most expensive Barbie in the world, designed by Australian jeweler Stefano Canturi for Mattel, was sold at Christie’s in New York for a whopping £191,000 ($302,500).
7. Daguerreotype Giroux – $996,400
The world’s first commercially-produced camera fetched a record 732,000 Euros ($996,499 at an the 17th WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria. The Daguerreotype Giroux was hoped to sell for between 500,000 and 700,000 Euros. The previous record price for a camera was 576,000 Euros in 2007.
6. Action Comics #1 – $1.5 million
Marking the most important event in comic book history ever, the world’s most coveted and an extremely rare Action Comics #1, a 1938 comic book that featured the first appearance of Superman, was sold for a record $1.5 million in March this year. Only about 100 copies of the issue exist and only a handful are in good condition, but this particular issue was rated at 8.0 out of 10, according to the CGC grading company.
5. BVLGARI blue Diamond – $15.7 million
Christie’s “Jewels: The New York Sale” on October 20 saw some great sales, including the BVLGARI Blue Diamond, a two-stone diamond ring featuring the largest triangular-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction. The ring had an estimate of over $12 million and was purchased by an Asian collector for a record $15.7 million.
4. 1936 Bugatti atlantic – Over $30 million
The ultra rare Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic traded hands for $30-$40 million, thereby setting the record for the highest sum ever paid for a single automobile. This ultra-rare masterpiece is known as the Williamson Bugatti of which only four examples were ever made, but now two or three of them can still see the light of the day.
3. Chinese porcelain vase – Over $85 million
A few days back, an 18th century Chinese porcelain vase found in a house clearance in London went for £43 million ($69.3 million) at Bainbridges Auctions. The private buyer paid an additional premium of £8.6m to the auctioneer The vase was only estimated to sell for £1.2 million, but fierce bidding resulted in a new world record.
2. Giacometti sculpture – $104.3 million
In February this year, a life-size bronze sculpture of a man by Alberto Giacometti was sold at Sotheby’s auction house in London for $104.3 million. It set the world record price for an artwork at auction. The previous record was $104.1 million for a 1905 Picasso, “Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice)” at Sotheby’s in New York in 2004.
1. Pablo Picasso painting – $106.5 million
Auctioned at Christie’s Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in May this year, this 78-year-old Pablo Picasso painting fetched a whopping $106.5 million, thereby breaking the previous world record for any work of art sold at auction. Interestingly, the Spanish artist’s 1932 painting “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” had been earlier expected to sell for between $70 million and $90 million.
Auctions to check out…
1. Rare 24.78-carat pink diamond
This rare 24.78-carat pink diamond is estimated to go for a record price when it will be auctioned today (November 16) at Sotheby’s in Geneva. Billed as one of the world’s great diamonds, the exceptionally rare pink stone is being expected to fetch between $27 million and $38 million.
2. The Bride of Frankenstein poster
A teaser poster for James Whale’s 1935 film “The Bride of Frankenstein” is expected to sell for $700,000, making it the most expensive movie poster in history. The current record is with a poster for Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent film “Metropolis,” which sold for $690,000 in 2005.
Telefunken Elektroakustik is hyping their new vacuum-tube, large diaphragm condenser mic with a cool contest. In development for 18 months, the German company has the mic, but now needs a name for its newest endeavor, which will be introduced at AES 2010 in San Francisco. The individual who comes up with the name that the company chooses will win a matched pair of the mics with vintage tubes.
The newest mic in the company’s acclaimed R-F-T line was designed by the company’s in-house engineering team, with outside consultation from amplifier designers. The microphone is based around a unique circuit that features a New Old Stock (NOS) TELEFUNKEN vacuum tube, custom audio transformer and a fixed cardioid large diaphragm capsule. Sonically, the microphone carries similar characteristics found in its R-F-T line counterparts, the AR-51 and the AK-47 MkII.
Traditionally, the microphones in TELEFUNKEN’s R-F-T line have been based on famous powerful munitions, such as the AK-47 and the M16. “But we’re not limited in that respect,” added CEO Toni Fishman. “I thought of the ‘Bolt,’ which refers to the company’s lightning bolt logo. Let’s see what the public comes up with.”
Featuring a custom antique copper finish, the new microphone claims to have a silky, open top end, smooth midrange, and a detailed low end. The amplifier design and frequency response are tailored for vocals, however the microphone works well on many signal sources including acoustic guitars, amps and percussion. Each microphone system comes complete with power supply, 20′ mic-to-power supply cable, shockmount and wooden box.
Starting today, participants will be able to submit suggested names for the new microphone via the Telefunken website. Then, on October 11th the top ten names will be chosen and posted on an online voting pole. The contest ends at 18:00 (EDT) October 21. The winning name will be announced at Noon (EDT) on October 22nd. The person who suggested the winning name will be rewarded with a pair of the R-F-T mics in a custom flight case. The 2nd and 3rd place names will win an M80 Dynamic microphone.
Kudos to Toni Fishman and Telefunken for coming up with this fun, innovative contest to promote their new R-F-T mic.
The new R-F-T mic will reportedly street at $1295, no actual release date has been set. New custom flight cases are available for an additional $99. Enter Telefunken’s Name That Mic Contest!