Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.

Nathaniel Salzman

VespaObama
March 18, 2009

Why I rode my scooter today

Last season, when I got into scooters, I rode for the sheer joy of it. The practicality was simply gravy for me. Today that changed. Since I’m between jobs, any cost savings I can scrounge together is a very good thing. Now riding my Vespa is one more way I can reduce costs. Gas may - Read More -

VespaSunset
March 18, 2009

Scooter Season 2009 is officially on!

Yesterday I un-mothballed both my Vespa GT 200L and the Mrs’ Buddy 125 for a kickoff run after petrol and compressed air. Glorious! The weather was just the cool side of perfect and surprisingly the roads are virtually free of sand and grit here in our part of the Twin Cities. I was apprehensive at - Read More -

VespaBuddy
March 10, 2009

Why don’t more people do this?

I had a short conversation with a colleague today about why I and another colleague both love riding scooters: the economy, the fun or riding, the chic simplicity of it. Her question was “Why don’t more people do this?” America is such an odd place. We pave the way in so many areas, yet when - Read More -

Selling
March 6, 2009

Selling an old friend

If anybody’s interested, my 1994 Acura Integra RS Sedan is up for sale. [UPDATE] Four hours after posting on CL, the car sold. Wow!

cylon needs work
February 19, 2009

How I’m dealing with getting downsized

For those who didn’t know, I lost my job this week. Prospects are good, but it’s always a shock to the system. This video pretty much sums it up. Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show Robot Chicken is hit and miss. But when it hits, it hits.

Dexter
January 30, 2009

NS recommends: Dexter

With so many choices of channel and programming, it’s easy to feel like great television is getting harder and harder to find. I don’t think that’s really the case. Instead, I think that the gap between really awful television and truly spectacular television has actually widened. TV has been a wasteland of shlock for most - Read More -

spock
January 29, 2009

Le Wrath di Khan

If this were real, I’d pay good money to see it. “Khaaaaaaaaaan!!!”

Garfield
January 29, 2009

NS recommends: Garfield minus Garfield

Once in a while a brilliant omission turns something very familiar and ordinary into a work of disturbing genius. Garfield minus Garfield is one such brilliant work. The premise: what happens when you take the predictably mediocre yet lovable Garfield comic strip and remove its animal stars? You’re left with Jon and his lonely, bipolar insanity. Ranging from - Read More -

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