Napoleon Gas (1925)

Posted By on May 25, 2015

Dear comrades,

I believe you may be familiar with a great soviet movie from the 1920s, but now you may enjoy it via youtube.

for those who won’t bother, let me present some screenshots and synopsis (thanks to guys mentioned in this LJ post):

A squadron of American warplanes, armed with gas developed by Corsican chemist Gannimer (dubbed “Napoleon Gas”) flies to Leningrad. American workers inform soviet comrades about the impending catastrophe. But the air attack on the city has already begun, and the assault troops of the enemy capture one suburb of the city after the other. The Red Army is organizing the defense and reflects the attack of the enemy with gas-armed drones

… All these events turn out to be a dream of a girl from Komsomol, who came to the farm to agitate for Aviahim.

Nazi Ninja Nuns an Cultists included:

Capitalist vultures:

Glorious Red Army

and ultra high tech: radio-controlled chem-wielding drones!

and the final showdown:

AEther Salon: Fencing! (Edited Transcript)

Posted By on May 19, 2015

((Unfortunately, the Baron was unavailable, and I was chased offline by ill-timed thunderstorms.  My thanks to Dr. Jekyll for saving off the transcript!))

Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Good evening ladies and gentlemen.  Welcome to Aether Salon and the Classical Fencing Society Salle d’Armes.  The publising house of Prezdigitation will provide a printing of this evenings talk at: http://prezi.com/

AEther Salon: Fencing! (Unedited Transcript)

Posted By on May 19, 2015

((Unfortunately, the Baron was unavailable, and I was chased offline by ill-timed thunderstorms.  My thanks to Dr. Jekyll for saving off this transcript!))

[14:06] Dr. Cyberusfaustus (cyberusfaustus): Good evening ladies and gentlemen

[14:06] Dr. Cyberusfaustus (cyberusfaustus): Welcome to Aether Salon and the Classical Fencing Society Salle d’Armes

[14:06] Darlingmonster Ember smiles

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Natalie Portman to star in 1930s horror movie based on Spiritualism

Posted By on May 16, 2015

Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of actor Johnny Depp, will play spiritualist sisters in “Planetarium,” a 1930s-set drama to be directed by French helmer Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”).

Although plot details are kept under wraps, Zlotowski told Variety that the film follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

The political context of “Planetarium” will have a modern resonance with the current crisis and rise of extremism in Europe. The character of the producer is freely inspired by Jewish producer Bernard Natan, one of the biggest French film industry figures of the ’20s and ’30s, who eventually died in Auschwitz.

Frederic Jouve’s Les Films Velvet is producing; Ad Vitam will distribute in France. Principal photography will begin in Paris in September for an expected delivery in May 2016.


Via: Variety

Natalie Portman to star in 1930s horror movie based on Spiritualism

Posted By on May 16, 2015

Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of actor Johnny Depp, will play spiritualist sisters in “Planetarium,” a 1930s-set drama to be directed by French helmer Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”).

Although plot details are kept under wraps, Zlotowski told Variety that the film follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

The political context of “Planetarium” will have a modern resonance with the current crisis and rise of extremism in Europe. The character of the producer is freely inspired by Jewish producer Bernard Natan, one of the biggest French film industry figures of the ’20s and ’30s, who eventually died in Auschwitz.

Frederic Jouve’s Les Films Velvet is producing; Ad Vitam will distribute in France. Principal photography will begin in Paris in September for an expected delivery in May 2016.


Via: Variety

"The Late" Pilsner’s Picks

Posted By on May 7, 2015

No, don’t worry, fans— the Man with the Jive is still alive! But thanks to the “sterling” customer service of AT&T’s internet division, Pilsner’s Picks is nearly a week late, and late for the very first time in its nearly fourteen-year history.

Since the playlist is only going to be up for three weeks rather than the usual four, I’ve only posted eight tunes rather than the regular twelve; there’s no point in doing noise reduction and volume equalization on a full list, which does take some time. They’re all good numbers, though; less quantity does not mean less quality, with me!

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

"The Late" Pilsner’s Picks

Posted By on May 7, 2015

No, don’t worry, fans— the Man with the Jive is still alive! But thanks to the “sterling” customer service of AT&T’s internet division, Pilsner’s Picks is nearly a week late, and late for the very first time in its nearly fourteen-year history.

Since the playlist is only going to be up for three weeks rather than the usual four, I’ve only posted eight tunes rather than the regular twelve; there’s no point in doing noise reduction and volume equalization on a full list, which does take some time. They’re all good numbers, though; less quantity does not mean less quality, with me!

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Miskatonic Monday – HP Lovecraft Inspirational Quotes

Posted By on May 4, 2015

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

This week, we’re exploring the inspirational side of Lovecraft.


Do you have a special someone in your life who is addicted to inspirational quotes? Do they cherish their hopes and dreams so much that you find yourself barraged by an unending stream of cheesy Instagram-filtered memes in your Facebook feed?

Then I say, introduce them to a well-published author who took dreams very seriously.


If you like this one, here are a few more sinister quotes we can play with.  I’d love to see what my fellow Dieselpunks can come up with!

“The most merciful thing in the world…
is the inability of the human mind
to correlate all its contents.”

H. P. Lovecraft

“I never ask a man what his business is,
for it never interests me.
What I ask him about are
his thoughts and dreams.

H. P. Lovecraft

“The world is indeed comic,
but the joke is on mankind.”

H. P. Lovecraft

“But more wonderful than
the lore of old men and
the lore of books
is the secret lore of ocean.”

H. P. Lovecraft

Miskatonic Monday – HP Lovecraft Inspirational Quotes

Posted By on May 4, 2015

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

This week, we’re exploring the inspirational side of Lovecraft.


Do you have a special someone in your life who is addicted to inspirational quotes? Do they cherish their hopes and dreams so much that you find yourself barraged by an unending stream of cheesy Instagram-filtered memes in your Facebook feed?

Then I say, introduce them to a well-published author who took dreams very seriously.


If you like this one, here are a few more sinister quotes we can play with.  I’d love to see what my fellow Dieselpunks can come up with!

“The most merciful thing in the world…
is the inability of the human mind
to correlate all its contents.”

H. P. Lovecraft

“I never ask a man what his business is,
for it never interests me.
What I ask him about are
his thoughts and dreams.

H. P. Lovecraft

“The world is indeed comic,
but the joke is on mankind.”

H. P. Lovecraft

“But more wonderful than
the lore of old men and
the lore of books
is the secret lore of ocean.”

H. P. Lovecraft

Dreamlike portraits of an engineer’s daughter are among the earliest color photos

Posted By on May 2, 2015

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 1

Mervyn O’Gorman (1871-1958) is best known as one of the greatest British engineers, and during WW1 was head of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. O’Gorman was also known as an early pioneer of color photography, and was an artist in addition to his interest aeronautics. Many of his images are included in exhibitions referencing early color photography, including this dreamlike series of his daughter Christina using the Autochrome process in 1913. The Autochrome process, patented in 1903, was the first fully practical single-plate color process that was accessible to the public.

The beach images are from Lulworth Cove, Dorset and feature her in a bright red swimming costume—a color the early process captured well. Christina is also captured in red in every other scene, drawing the eye immediately to the subject and her long strawberry blonde hair. The up-close image of Christina has an oddly modern feel as her clothing is hard to pin to a singular time period. O’Gorman’s wife Florence and second daughter are featured in the last portrait, the photographer’s camera box seen just to the left of his family.

Via: PetaPixel, Mashable, and National Media Museum

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 2

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 3

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 4

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 5

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 6

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 7

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 8

Dreamlike portraits of an engineer’s daughter are among the earliest color photos

Posted By on May 2, 2015

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 1

Mervyn O’Gorman (1871-1958) is best known as one of the greatest British engineers, and during WW1 was head of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. O’Gorman was also known as an early pioneer of color photography, and was an artist in addition to his interest aeronautics. Many of his images are included in exhibitions referencing early color photography, including this dreamlike series of his daughter Christina using the Autochrome process in 1913. The Autochrome process, patented in 1903, was the first fully practical single-plate color process that was accessible to the public.

The beach images are from Lulworth Cove, Dorset and feature her in a bright red swimming costume—a color the early process captured well. Christina is also captured in red in every other scene, drawing the eye immediately to the subject and her long strawberry blonde hair. The up-close image of Christina has an oddly modern feel as her clothing is hard to pin to a singular time period. O’Gorman’s wife Florence and second daughter are featured in the last portrait, the photographer’s camera box seen just to the left of his family.

Via: PetaPixel, Mashable, and National Media Museum

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 2

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 3

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 4

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 5

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 6

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 7

Mervyn O’Gorman photo 8

The Chap issue 80

Posted By on April 23, 2015

The 80th edition of The Chap returns to the original source of the journal’s inspiration.

Vic Darkwood, co-founder of the Chap Magazine, returns to pen a regular column on gentlemen’s etiquette matters, commencing with the Etiquette of Involuntary Spasm. Mr. Darkwood was estranged from the magazine for eight years owing to cravat knotting differences between the founders.

Elsewhere, we examine in great detail the Harrington Jacket and the Broughton Boot; discover the best British gloves; learn about British wartime fashion on the ration; meet the man who constructed his own racing car in the 1950s, took it to Brands Hatch and won – we met John Mew at the mediaeval style castle that he built himself in Sussex.

Tom Cutler examined the gentlemanly art of wearing a uniform; Steve Pittard chronicled the life of Indian cricketing legend Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji; Patricia Hammond releases a new collection of Songs from the Great War, while Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer assesses the better-dressed chaps from the hip hop fraternity; and we meet our new Mitteleuropa Korespondent Lazlo Krass, whom some readers may recall under another name in an earlier phase of this publication.

All this, plus the usual regulars the Butler, the Lip Weasel and Am I Chap?

Purchase the latest edition or subscribe from here