Live Event – Jazz Age on the Delaware – August 1st

Posted By on June 20, 2015

Jazz Age on the Delaware

It’s official. I’m on the event board for The Glen Foerd House in Philadelphia, which means I now have access to a Gatsby mansion. Mission accomplished!

My first event at the mansion will be on August 1st, and it’ll be a ragtime Roaring Twenties blowout called “Jazz Age on the Delaware.” We’re welcoming everyone with an interest in the 1920s to attend, with a special nod to the dieselpunks and steampunks in the crowd. There will be live music, cars & bikes from the 1920s – 1930s, professional dancers, food & cocktails, lawn games, vendors, photo stations, and pie… yes pie! Proceeds from the event are going towards restoring the Glen Foerd House so it can remain open to the public.

Even more exciting; this is in conjunction with my new company, Jazz Age Style, so you can use the promo code JAZZAGESTYLE15 for discount tickets. Jazz Age Style is the new marketing arm of Dieselpunks. In other words, it’s a way for me to raise money for our community without pushing Dieselpunks into commercial territory.

Dandy Wellington
Our host, New York City’s Dandy Wellington

Event if you can’t make it, please spread the word.  The more live events we can have, the stronger our group can be.

If you’d like to learn more or purchase tickets, check out www.jazzageonthedelaware.com

For the future,

-Tome

Bus Windows that Open From the Bottom

Posted By on June 19, 2015

Rob Zombie to direct biopic about Groucho Marx

Posted By on June 18, 2015

Rob Zombie is ready to expand beyond the horror genre. Zombie and Miranda Bailey have acquired the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House. Love & Mercy co-writer Oren Moverman will write the screenplay and Zombie is attached to direct. Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall are producing along with Zombie and Andy Gould.

Groucho Marx

The book tells the bizarre story of the last years in the life of Groucho Marx, told by a young Marx Brothers fan who spent those years as his personal secretary and archivist. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author found himself in the orbit of Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. The downside of this dream-come-true was getting close to his idol as the curtain was coming down, and dealing with Erin Fleming – the mercurial woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life.

There have been proposed projects about the life of Groucho and his Marx Brothers, the most recent from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the Big Eyes scribes who were going to direct a Marx Brothers movie but just could not get the budget down. This is a different way to tell the story and the choice of director is certainly unexpected.

Read the whole story at: Deadline

Make your own Shadow Radio

Posted By on June 16, 2015

Several years ago I ran across a Majestic Charlie McCarthy Radio at an antique store. It was a midget radio with a plastic, or more likely bakelite moulded image of Charlie. They also did models featuring the Lone Ranger and Rudolph. Today each of those radios could bring up to $500- $1,000 at auction, maybe more depending on condition.

Recently I was thinking it’s a shame The Shadow never got his own radio, so I decided to see if I could make one out of paper. Personally I think it came out pretty well.

 I’ve provided a link to the PDF and YouTube instructions so you can make your own. Each paper radio is designed to work with your smartphone and includes a cradle along with a QR code to give you quick access to an online library of Shadow episodes.

The PDF – http://www.dieselpunkindustries.com/pdf/the_shadow_radio.pdf

The Instructions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07bV1fQ1FrY

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy.
Scott

The Chap issue 81

Posted By on June 12, 2015

The 81st edition of The Chap continues to reunite some old fellow travellers.

Vic Darkwood, co-founder of the Chap Magazine, continues his new column on etiquette with a look at how to handle the unexpected acquisition of shedloads of moolah, whether from an aunt assisted on her way by a slice of Battenberg liberally laced with arsenic, or more nefarious means.

Michael “Atters” Attree meets Johnny Dean, singer of popular beat combo Menswear, who spell their name in a way that we refuse to acknowledge, to discuss the paranormal, mod fashions, polka dots and the 4th Queen’s own Hussars.

Laszlo Krass, reporting from Berlin, visits a salon of exotic entertainment which leaves him surprisingly tired. Elsewhere, we examine in great detail the Breton Sweater; pay a long overdue visit to the marvellous Spencers Trousers; Meet the most eccentric pianists the world has ever known; learn about educating apes with Hector Gurgle-Smith, headmaster of the Phileas Fogg School for Amateur Baloonists; find out more about Orson Welles than we thought we already knew; and see how fabulously the gutter criminals of 1930s Sydney dressed, compared to today’s shower of miscreants.

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

Purchase the latest edition or subscribe from here

Best of Spanish Steampunk

Posted By on June 11, 2015

BESTSPSTP_grandeMonths ago, I was sent a copy of Best of Spanish Steampunk, an anthology edited by Marian Womack. There’s really nothing more awesome than waking up to find twelve hundred pages of steampunk sitting in your inbox.

It took me a long time to read, but that’s sort of the beauty of a broad-ranging anthology like this. Do you just have time for a few-page dose of steampunk on the bus? Try “Saturn’s Children” by Sergio Lifante: Short, spooky, and inspired by a Barcelona crime spree from the early 20th century. In it for the long haul? The collection closes with two novellas: I particularly recommend “Black Eagles” by Eduard Vaquerizo, which paints a detailed picture of a reimagined Spanish empire.

The sections are divided by typical steampunk tropes and themes – politics, robots, time travel, etc. – and collection is at its best where it takes those and mixes them up with Spanish settings and histories. “Shot to the Gut” by Jesús Cañadas which retells an anarchist revolt in Andalusia, is a particularly good alt history telling of a bit of Spanish history that I wouldn’t have known, but now want to read about. “Biochronography Of The Lateral Jump: Aub’s Theorem” by Guillermo Zapata also earns serious points in the use-of-Spanish-history category for featuring Salvador Dalí and other historical figures in a time-hopping murder mystery.

It’s not surprising that such a massive collection has some weak spots, but it’s a bit interesting to look at what they are: The stories that left me feeling meh were the ones that took an “add steam-tech and stir” approach, dropping in a factory or automata or dirigible, slapping London in the backdrop, and leaving it at that. For a genre that delights in its tropes (and oh, do I delight in a good automata,) it was a reminder that they can’t stand on their own without solid characters, conflicts, and, yeah, maybe traveling a bit away from London. (Though maybe not too far – there were a few good stories that left the real world behind altogether and opted for building new steampunk worlds for their settings, but the strongest pieces in the anthology were without fail rooted at least a bit in history.)

Back Issues Now in Reduced Bundles

Posted By on June 4, 2015

After months of meetings, involving employees of the Chap Magazine sitting in poorly-lit rooms with the blinds down, existing on nothing more than plumes of Latakia from their briars and cups of teeth-searingly strong Assam tea, a decision was taken regarding the sale of back issues of this venerable organ.

“It’s too blasted complicated,” was the unanimous cry, as dottle flew everywhere and tea was splashed on bow ties. “None of the poor blighters know which blessed issue to buy, since they’re all so bloody marvellous.”

“Quite so,” piped up another group at the other end of the table, whose ashtray was getting dangerously full. “It’d be so much ruddy simpler if one could simply purchase all the back issues from the year of one’s choosing….”

“I should blinking well coco,” rejoined one lone wolf sitting near the window, trying to gasp a lungful of fresh air. “And if we threw in a free issue among a bundle of five, giving them five issues for the price of six, then everyone’s a winner.”

Gentlemen, ladies – this is precisely what we have done. You may now purchase, as well as the last six recent editions, a bundle of six issues from any year in The Chap’s 15-year history, for the price of only five, all at the flat rate of only £15.00 plus postage. The windows of our offices, thank goodness, may now finally be opened. Click on one of the links below according to your preference.

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Industrial-Strength Pilsner’s Picks Is Back!

Posted By on June 2, 2015

Now listen up, all you Red-Hot Mamas and Finger-Poppin’ Daddies, old Pils is back with a full stack of twelve sizzlin’ platters, after that short playlist and short run last month due to some internet hoo-hah that’s better off forgotten. The Virtual Victrola is all wound up and has a brand-new tungsten needle, so get ready to croon into June!

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Industrial-Strength Pilsner’s Picks Is Back!

Posted By on June 2, 2015

Now listen up, all you Red-Hot Mamas and Finger-Poppin’ Daddies, old Pils is back with a full stack of twelve sizzlin’ platters, after that short playlist and short run last month due to some internet hoo-hah that’s better off forgotten. The Virtual Victrola is all wound up and has a brand-new tungsten needle, so get ready to croon into June!

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

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:

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/