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Amazing film about craftsmanship

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Check out this amazing film by Henrik Hansen about custom motorcycle engineer Shinya Kimura work works at Chabott Engineering in California. My father is a mechanical fitter by trade and much of this film reminded me very much of him.

The close-up shots of Kimura-san’s workshop tools reminded me of my Dad’s garage at home with his tools. Like my father Kimura-san has an instinctive relationship with his tools and materials that product design and engineering just can’t teach.

Shinya Kimura’s machines make you realise how soulless modern vehicle engineering has become, the complex mechanical nature of the machines giving his machines an almost organic nature and a steam punk aesthetic.

shinya kimura @ chabott engineering from Henrik Hansen on Vimeo.

There film also brought out to me the direct lineage in the work of Kimura-san and the approach and attitudes prevalent in Japanese design through the great artisan and apprenticeship traditions. If you would like to know more about this I can recommend Elements of Japanese Design by Boye Lafayette De Mente.

In terms of the film itself, what makes this even more amazing is that Hansen didn’t shoot this video on 35mm film but on a couple of Canon digital SLR cameras.

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Frank Miller Gucci commercial is a nexus of high-fashion and geek culture

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Frank Miller of 300 and Sin City fame has produced a commercial for Gucci. This will feature on MTV on September 12.

It is fantastic to watch, but it also a point of convergence between high fashion and geek culture. This has been going on for a while with people like hackette and fashion model Anina who pioneered lifestreaming. Hat-tip to PSFK.

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The secret history of Silicon Valley

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The story of Silicon Valley, that I have helped to perpetuate in my career as a PR professional is that of the classic plucky young start-up founders going from garage to boardroom. Dare I say it there is even a ‘start-up’ monomyth. Bright young things work really hard developing cool | amazing inventions in a spare room | garage. Their ideas inspire rich people or organisations to fund them and they become financially successful. The world is enriched by their innovation. The truth of course is somewhat postmodern in comparison, but that wouldn’t have paid my bills.

There are a number of histories of Silicon Valley, some include the beat and counterculture generations of the 1960s, others include square-jawed engineers who would look right at home on the set of Mad Men. This video of a talk at Google highlights the role of the military industrial complex in the growth of Silicon Valley.