This is the start of my new Ultimate Steampunk Entertainment System (U.S.E.S.)

Posted By on October 19, 2014

I have big plans for this old neglected, trashed radio cabinet from the 30’s…stay tuned! (Pun intended)

Review: Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

Posted By on October 18, 2014

This is the sequel to the book I raved about in this post.

Book one focused very much on Yukiko, a young woman with the ability to speak telepathically with animals. She’s bonded with an Arashitora – a Thunder Tiger, or Griffin.

Book two, in contrast has as many, I think, viewpoint characters as one of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, but like I said, he handles them better. He never sacrifices pace, and yet there’s no shortage of character development or mood.

In Kinslayer, Yukiko is in mourning after the events of book one, plus suffering from some awful headaches as a result of her telepathic abilities being amplified. She leaves on a search for a clue to the cause of her crippling condition, and for much of the book is far from the rest of the action.

Instead of being trapped on the ground, wings clipped, though, we get to spend lots of time flying this book. I’m a pilot; I liked that part.  Kristoff returns to her just often enough to satisfy me, but there was so much going on in the capitol city, and in the rebel village, there was no telling the story with a single point of view like book one.

Now, there’s a character from the first book who’s name was Kin, who was a totally sweet boy, who doesn’t deserve to die, and based on the first book, I didn’t trust Mister Kristoff at all not to kill him. In The rebel village, we got Kin, who’s crushing on Yukiko. That subplot is kind of set up to be a classic love triangle, except then Kristoff pretty much goes “Oh, you think this looks like a which-girl will-he-end-up-with story? HAHAHAHA!” And…oh my. Yeah. I won’t spoil anything.

RETROPOLITAIN on Dieselpunk

Posted By on October 16, 2014

Hello everyone!

We are a French dieselpunk band. Please excuse my English.

I hope you’ll enjoy our work and our universe. You can listen our music, a mix between electroswing and dark cabaret, with the player bellow. It’s a bit different, because we work with acoustic instruments such as pianos, violins, contrabasses, and drums.

Jean-Marie de Trelaire, coordinator of the Retropolitain.



The Sacred Skeleton Dance of Tibet (1925)

Posted By on October 16, 2014

The Skeleton Dance is a sacred ritual found in Himalayan Buddhist lineages. It is intended to reflect the transient nature of things, including states of mind and the body itself. The above dancer (photo circa 1925) seems to be performing the dance known as Durdak Garcham (Dance of the Lords of the Cemetery). The Durdak Garcham celebrates the liberation that comes from acceptance of our impermanence.

The skeletons depicted in the dance are Chitipati, a pair of lovers known as the Lord and Lady of the charnel ground whose dance represents the eternal dance of death, as well as the attainment of perfect consciousness. They are worldy guardians.  They are typically depicted as skeletons, each with a third eye of wisdom, holding scepters made of human heads and spines in one hand, and a blood-filled kapala (sometimes with a still-warm brain inside) in the other hand.

The Lord and Lady can usually be distinguished from other skeleton deities by the crowns with five small human skulls, as well as the fan-shaped ornaments on their ears. They represent a “dynamic vision of death and transformation” and a “joyous freedom from attachment” rather than “morbid pessimism” as the imagery conveys in Western societies.


Source: www.cabinetofcuriositiespodcast.com

A short video of the 1921 speaker connected to an iPhone…….

Posted By on October 14, 2014

1921 Bluetooth Speaker

The Chap’s 77th Edition

Posted By on October 9, 2014

The 77th edition of The Chap is devoted to the twin Chappish pursuits of eating and drinking.

We preview the Chap’s new culinary tome, Cooking for Chaps, by providing a handy excerpt with a 3-course meal, beginning with London Particular pea soup, followed by Lamb Cutlets with Reform Club Sauce and Shirt-sleeve Pudding, a version of jam ropy poly cooked in an old shirt sleeve. Gustav Temple and his co-author Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen explain how they came to write a book that aims to revive the lost art of British cookery.

Tom Cutler gives his ever-informative and witty comments on the art of cooking and dining out, while Dan Etherington-Hortop explains why modern sliced bread makes us all feel so bloat, and how to bake a proper loaf of bread with old-fashioned flour. Natty Adams explains the dandy significance of drinking champagne and instructs in the noble and dangerous art of sabrage (chopping the top of champagne bottles with one’s sword). We take a long hard look at new British breweries, some of whom are insisting on selling their brews in classic pint bottles, even offering a free pint jar to drink them from. Cheers! Our cricket and music writers embraced the theme, providing articles on fat cricketers and rude songs about food.

Taking things from the dinner table to the after-dinner mints, Atters meets dark lord of London’s exclusive night life, Edward Davenport, who gave his first interview after being released from prison for embezzlement. They met in Davenport’s crumbling Fitzrovia mansion and spoke about ghosts, naughty parties and executions in Sierra Leone.

Sartorially we have not neglected gentlemen’s raiment, with a detailed look at the history, wearing and purchase possibilities of the trench coat. We also examine the best portmanteau for a gentleman to travel with, as well as revealing whom sent us the most knackered wallet or impressively worthless banknote to win a brand-new wallet.

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

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Dieselpunk adventure series Constitutionens Voktere returns!

Posted By on October 8, 2014

Mixing together elements on retro sci-fi and old cliffhanger adventure serials, we’re proud to see “Constitutionens Voktere” back with a brand new episode!

It’s now 1937 and Agent J Fjeld Jr. and Ulvar Dahl are trying to stop a sinister anarchist attack. Along the way they meet some familiar faces from the past. Will they survive?



The Main Benefits of Air Mattresses

Posted By on October 7, 2014

All of us want a soft bed as we simply abhor sleeping on hard surface. There are several mattresses that you can purchase on the market, and if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a bed you can get a new air mattress that utilizes air to cushion your back and sides.

What are the benefits of an air-filled mattress?

Air MattressesCompared with a typical bed, this type of bed doesn’t require stuffing. All you need to do is open the valve and add/remove air, depending on what your back needs or desires. In some models, splitting its inflation level into 2 parts is possible.

The weight of this bed is also exceptional because since it’s made of air, it’s very light weight. If you won’t be using it for a few months, you can easily deflate it so you can keep and store it.

Another positive thing about this bed is that you can move it without a problem. And if you deflate it, you’ll be carrying the actual material of the bed. When the need to use it arises, you can put air again to inflate the air mattress.

You also don’t need to flip it often, unlike an innerspring mattress. However, you do need to flip it when you have to clean or dust this bud. Because it’s filled with air, there’s no need to flip it every now and then.

However, an air mattress isn’t a perfect bed that you can have. You may find the temperature is not right plus some units are quite expensive, especially if they have a chambered separator. This air mattress may cause uneven sagging in the middle of the bed, thereby, limiting the number of users who can lie down.

Since it’s filled with air, the air may seep out without you noticing it. This makes it a bane for users of air mattress.

The Art of Ludwig Hohlwein

Posted By on October 2, 2014

Let me present a Steam/Diesel era artist whose influence on advertising industry was (and remains) tremendous. A genius who stood at the side of Evil.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Hercules Bier. 1925

Ludwig Hohlwein was born on July 26, 1874 in Wiesbaden, Germany and enjoyed a privileged childhood in a prominent family.* While studying architecture at the Technical University in Munich from 1895 onwards, he made his first illustrations for the newspaper of the Academic Architects Association. He designed the association’s program booklets, invitations and book decorations.

After his studies in Munich and at the Dresden Academy he undertook study trips to London and Paris. Eventually he settled in Munich as an architect. In addition to the interiors of private homes, he took orders for decorating ocean liners.

In 1901 Ludwig married Leoni Dorr. They had two children. In this period he regularly takes part in exhibitions with his prints, watercolors and tempera paintings in the Munich Glass Palace. He developed his unique style early on in his career which showed little changes over the next forty years.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Stuhr's Caviar. 1909

Stuhr’s Caviar (1909)

Hohlwein left architecture and started focusing on graphic design in 1906. He began as a poster artist, building up a self-taught style which was primarily influenced by the collage technique of the British Beggarstaff Brothers. He was very productive and quickly gained name and fame in the world of graphics and among important clients.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Wilhelm Mozer. 1909

Wilhelm Mozer (1909)

Accelerating industrialization in the first decade of the twentieth century turned Germany into a fertile ground for the orientation of art towards industry. The combination of industry and art gets an ideal testing ground in the design of company posters and product advertisements.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Munich Zoo. 1910

Munich Zoo (1910)

With Art Nouveau we entered the early modern period rebelling against what is Victorian excess. In the German “plakatstil” (or poster-style) all ornaments and embellishments are further omitted. The simplification is even more extensive, leaving only taut lines. This leaves us with recognizable pictorial references and a persuasive communication, a style consistent with the commercial and technological demands of the age. This new type of poster soon became far-famed.

Announcing The New, Improved Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted By on October 1, 2014

Okay, I can’t lie; the only real improvement is that you can now click on the music tracks and play them right on the main page, without having to go to another website and register with the management there.

Other than that, it at least looks different, and a lot of personal “sweat equity” went into the graphics and formatting. Since I only sort of halfway know what I’m doing whenever I use HTML, it took a fair amount of trial and error to get it to come out right. Mostly error.

And so, without further ado (anyone know where I can get some more ado?), here’s the Pilsner’s Picks Page of the Future! Or at least the present— and still a direct portal to the past.

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Most Important Price Factors in Water Softeners

Posted By on September 30, 2014

Water SoftenersA water softener is also aptly called as water conditioner as it removes excess minerals from your water supply. The water that you drink every day contains minerals, like calcium and magnesium and they can cause scaly buildup in your appliances and pipes.

Hard water also creates soap scum. This is difficult to remove especially when it sticks to your sinks, appliances and tubs. With the help of this appliance, dissolved minerals can be eliminated before they flow into your pipes.

How much does it cost?

The cost will depend on the brand. For an ion-exchange type, you can expect to pay around $400 to $1,000 but remember that the cost doesn’t include the installation fee which can go from $100 to $500, depending on the professional you want to hire and the type of water softener that the pro will install.

Larger homes need units with high capacity, with prices that can be around $1,000 to $2,500. And if you include the installation fee, the overall cost can go up to $10,000. The cost may add up if you’re installing this unit to an older home that’s not pre-plumbed.

Does the size of the unit affect the overall cost?
It does. The bigger the unit, the pricier it can get. The price of this unit will also depend on the features that it has. Of course, you’d expect to pay more if the unit you want has advanced features.

Maintenance cost

You need to maintain this unit if you want it to last for many years. You may want to hire a company to maintain the system for you. The cost can be higher but it’s more convenient on your part as you don’t have to worry about how to properly maintain your water softener. With a professional checking the system on a monthly basis, you can be sure that the unit will last for long.

Finished and pumping out music!

Posted By on September 30, 2014