Cool History


Bookmarked Boneshaker (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.)

Boneshaker (or bone-shaker) is a name used from about 1869 up to the present time to refer to the first type of true bicycle with pedals, which was called velocipede by its manufacturers. “Boneshaker” refers to the extremely uncomfortable ride, which was caused by the stiff wrought-iron frame and wooden wheels surrounded by tires made of iron.

TIL old bikes of a certain era were called boneshakers, especially in the US.

If I ever rewrite that weird west story I gotta have the hero ride a boneshaker.

Why don’t more historical fiction writers work in cool weird bikes and velocipedes? I want dandies on hobby horses and penny farthings and ladies on safety bikes. I think Courtney Milan wrote a novella involving an early bike?

Art and Design

Watched Tarzan (Disney)

Watched Tarzan from Disney

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

I don’t think I ever saw this, at least it wasn’t familiar.

Great Phil Collins soundtrack, which I see won an Oscar.

Really liked the animation style, which was both distinct and flowy, with the shapes shifting a bit as you watched, especially Tarzan’s face. Really good character design for Tarzan specifically. Dramatic lighting was used to good effect throughout.

The animators paid really close attention to how Tarzan uses his hands, touching things with his knuckles rather than fingertips.