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tao machine [Oct. 7th, 2012|01:43 am]


midnight
"dirt-tired, greased & wired, but the job's done, hey."

the scattered tools upon the table, all in disarray. the wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, extensions & adaptors, nuts & bolts & washers scrounged from the floor and about all (mostly) gathered in coffee cans... the piles of parts; case halves, studs, con rods & cranks, camshafts & shims, heads, manifolds, oil radiators, fan housings, distributors, coils, voltage regulators, generators & alternators, carbs & pistons, fuel pumps, filters, trannies, CV joints, axles, brake shoes, fuses, spark plugs, batteries, mufflers, belts, pulleys, flywheels... the cans of mineral spirits, carb cleaner, oil & gas; brake fluid... cleaning a set of wheel bearings w/ an air hose sets it spinning at umpteen hundred RPM. buckets of grease. pressure plates & throw-out bearings. clamps & hoses. breaker bars & torgue wrenches. plastigauge. pedal clusters. cables. shifter plates & bushings. tires, wheels, brake drums clanging, struck by a 5 pound sledge hammer. smoke from the ashtray curls up to the rafters. the coffee pot ticks. we laugh like mad children w/ dirt (like black soot) on our faces & elbows & old worn clothing in the midnight garage.


the eternal engine that moves us. forward.

"i could carve one from a rock..."

crank it over. snick it in gear. let out the clutch. foot on the gas in Wide Open Throttle.

stand on it.
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From: hravan
2012-10-07 10:51 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: zuma
2012-10-07 01:09 pm (UTC)

that's some gang

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r. u. sirius and john perry barlow make a motley crew right off the bat -and place them at gibson -sheesh. i gotta listen to this thing later but listen to it i will.

thanks, xtian.
[User Picture]From: hillbillie
2012-10-07 03:32 pm (UTC)

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Good to see you and your art up here, once again.
[User Picture]From: zuma
2012-10-07 06:34 pm (UTC)

man, time's more precious than money, i'll tell ya

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thanks, i appreciate the comment. hope you're doin' well.

there's a larger (960px) version linked to th pic, btw.
[User Picture]From: japanshin
2012-10-07 10:13 pm (UTC)

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This reads like a photograph.
[User Picture]From: zuma
2012-10-07 11:44 pm (UTC)

i guess altogether it is one

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it's sparse though, unfortunately. especially given the text. no matter how well organized, mechanical clutter is never so sparse.
    & the guy's too pretty, too clean.

otherwise, i tried.
:)

thanks, that was a wonderful response.
[User Picture]From: pigshitpoet
2012-11-20 04:27 am (UTC)

crank shafts

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are you some sort of technician? automotive or otherwise? looks like a jukebox junkie, hydrogen jukebox with walls of glass..

can you fix my stereo?
psp
[User Picture]From: zuma
2012-11-20 10:39 am (UTC)

Re: crank shafts

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nons, can't fix no stereo, just aircooled VWs and other ancient automotive technology. the simpler old stuff had deep coolness to it for it's accessibility and reliability and simplicity.

check this out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir_%28engineer%29

muir taught us how to time a Bug's ignition using a zigzag paper, for one thing. he was awesome and his book was The Shit.