YES! I bought the Profainomatic!

Posted By on July 3, 2016

This is a beaut machine which I bought at a Splendid Day Out…if you haven’t read the previous posts, you are in for a treat you will see where I found this marvellous contraption…..the PROFAINOMATIC!  It comes with this description:

Profainomatic: Imaginated by Verne Industries Ltd

Have you ever been in a room and accidentally overheard some one using bad language or profanity?  Even in some of the best homes in the country accidental profanity will sometimes rear its ugly head.

May we introduce the Profainomatic, a clever device developed by Verne Industries.  This small marvel is simple to operate and even easier to empty.

The eye on the front of the device uses the very latest in air spring vapour compression which teases the language out of the air.  Once captured the profanity or worse is then stored in the 2 pressurised amulinium (Author’s Note: Must be a new kind of aluminium I have never heard of?!) containment vessels at the rear of the device.  When the vessels are full, they can be emptied by one of our technicians at any time at your convenience.  A true marvel!

Here it is:

You can see the amulinium cylinder protruding at the back right, there is another one on the left.  Not showing are the lights…I didn’t need to turn it on at this moment in time as I was on my own!  The eye scans every bit of space for profanity and is very efficient at doing this..  It is a surprisingly heavy machine…no plastic was used in its primary engine!  Operation of this device is simple, even a 10 year old can operate it (heavens, I hope not, they should not be exposed to this level of profanity) by flicking the switch on the front.  It operates silently even at full bore!

Pros: Ease of operation, economical to run, does as described and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
Cons: The advertising says and I quote “Simple to operate and even easier to empty”.  The first is true but later on you read: “Can be emptied by one of our technicians”  I live in Australia and they are in the UK…this contraption should have had detachable cylinders!  Still I haven’t checked with the company if they provide free package and posting.

I will give this a five out of five star rating…but I would like to see an easier way to empty the cylinders.  We will see if they have any comments or advice to offer on this?

We have been using this device for a few weeks now and it has operated flawlessly and the cylinders appear to have plenty of room…maybe they last for one year like the battery?  As soon as people see this device it’s almost like they have forgotten to swear (This must be how the device works?) they just have a good laugh!

If you would like to see more of these wonderful contraptions, go here: Verne Industries

Dieselpunks Carries On – And So Does Pilsner’s Picks!

Posted By on July 3, 2016

I never really thought that this fantastic site would go away, but I was a bit worried about it… weren’t you, friends? But an “angel” (in the showbiz sense of the word) appeared at the last moment, and now all is well once again.

I got a couple of messages asking me where the Picks could be found if Dieselpunks vanished into the digital Great Beyond. Well, you can always find it with your favorite search engine, just by typing in “Pilsner’s Picks.” However, now you won’t have to do that, since I’ll continue to post the link here at the beginning of every month. 

To answer another question, my page is completely independent— not a division of Dieselpunks, but I’m a long-time and proud collaborator here. Being a one-man operation that uses the cheapest (i.e., free) means of webcasting, I don’t have to worry about funding— other than my own paycheck continuing to come in— and so the shellac platters will keep on spinning, until I stop spinning. Which, hopefully, won’t be for a long time to come! 

Have a happy Fourth, my fellow Americans, and now for the fireworks—

After my incredible time at the Steampunk Festival…

Posted By on July 2, 2016

If you have read my last few posts you will know that I had an incredible time at ‘a Splendid Day Out’ in Morecambe, UK.  It is located in the North of England and on Morecambe Bay.   I flew back a few weeks after the end of the festival and spent the time thinking about the experiences I had and I have to say it was an amazing few days….it felt longer.  Trust me I wanted it to be longer but as always…all good things must come to an end!

The flight back was with Etihad and the staff were very good and cheerful…which is what you want on a very long flight!  I was lucky enough to take a couple of photographs out of the plane’s windows as you can see…..pretty amazing!

Flying out of Abu Dhabi…

Flying into Perth….Western Australia

I will be posting about some of the venders I met at a Splendid Day Out whose wares are worth mentioning.

If you get the chance read some of the previous posts….you will be pleasantly surprised and it wouldn’t surprise me if it brings a smile to your face….especially Captain Nemo’s Ball!  Thanks for reading my blog and enjoy yourself!

Redcon: diesel-flavored mobile warfare

Posted By on July 1, 2016

I’ve recently ran across a nice mobile game Redcon , that depicts war between the Empire and Traitors in a rather dieselpunk fashion.

Basically, you command the Fortress with several gas-mask wielding grunts, fine-tuning its weapons and facilities to meet misson demands and targetting relevant parts of the enemy fortress.

So, the main challenge is to destroy the adversary, shelling him with artillery and missiles (incendiary and chemicals incleded) and sendin the Zeppelins. First missions are freem then they ask for some cash.

The story is more or less straightforward, but developers paid some attention to propaganda posters (I wonder if it is possible to find them separately…):

PS I have no connections to developers/publishers :)

Chap Olympiad Pocket Square

Posted By on July 1, 2016

The Chap has produced a new pocket square to commemorate the 12th Chap Olympiad, taking place this year on Saturday 16th July in Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, London.

This handsome article of essential breast pocket decoration has been printed on silk twill, hand stitched and emblazoned with the Chap logo and a flag that used to represent a member of the European Union.

Measuring 15 inches along each side, the Chap Olympiad pocket square has enough coverage to spill effortlessly out of a fellow’s breast pocket, and the silk is stiff enough to guarantee lack of floppage when positioned in any of the myriad folds a gentlemen uses for his pocket squares. It may be inserted roughly points facing down, resulting in an enigmatic emergence of a 1940s head from one’s pocket, or upside down so that four points of a union jack flare proudly from one’s tweed, worsted or even linen jacket pocket, on summer days.

The dress code for the Chap Olympiad does not specifically require one to wear this particular pocket square, but the absence of any colour sprouting from any breast pocket is always frowned upon.

Order your Chap Olympiad Pocket Square directly from here

Steampunk coffee

Posted By on July 1, 2016

How many of you love a good coffee?   I know I do!  But where do you go to find it?

There is this brilliant, or so I have heard, coffee shop in 36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa.

Now isn’t that a good reason to Travel?

For those of you not in the know, coffee beans originated from Ethiopia,  the Arabica coffee bean plant as it is known.  Arabica grows on bushes and Robusta (another fruit) grows on trees …the ideal conditions for these to grow is along the equator at different heights.  Generally in the mountains.

The beans are picked by hand because of the difficulty of using machines on mountains, but Brazil has an automated system where the land is flat.

So now you know a little about coffee go and make yourself a cup or take that long needed vacation and do it in Steampunk style at Truth Coffee Roasting….

Garrison Keillor Retires from Prairie Home Companion

Posted By on June 29, 2016

Many of us have enjoyed the Prairie Home Companion radio show for years. I’ve long seen dieselpunk elements to it. So when I heard that Keillor was stepping down from hosting this beloved show I was saddened. His final show will be this Saturday, July 2, 2016.

CBS Sunday Morning has a good interview with Garrison Keillor.

Thanks for everything, Mr. Keillor.

– Boss Larry

Writing the Next Chapter

Posted By on June 26, 2016

“Now, as we close one chapter, the pen is gradually inking up, preparing itself to write the next.”

― Mie Hansson, Danish poet, writer, publisher and visual artist

Like most here I was in shock when I learned that was going to close on June 23rd. Very few things have changed my life as this site and Tome’s friendship has. After the shock passed I decided that I couldn’t just let die. I had to do something to help keep Tome’s vision alive.

Emails flew between I, Tome and others as we hammered out a plan to save The biggest challenge we encountered was the hard deadline of paying the host by June 23rd or the lights on would go out. When we realized that a point man was needed to make this happen I volunteered to be that man. With everyone in agreement I made the needed investment.

So now that I’ve grabbed the bull by the horns I find myself asking what do I do with it?

Maybe I should start by introducing myself to the community.

My name is Larry Amyett, or ‘Boss Larry’, and I’ve been a dieselpunk since discovering this site back in 2009, shortly after Tome launched it. I’m the founder of the North Texas Dieselpunks, co-host of Diesel Powered Podcast as well as web master and owner of the adult web site Dieselpunks After Dark (NSFW!) as well as it’s PG-13 Facebook sister page. In addition, I helped create and maintain the Dieselpunk Encyclopedia. I worked with others to write the Wikipedia article on ‘Dieselpunk’. I’ve been writing a blog about Dieselpunk since November of 2009. I’ve written articles about Dieselpunk in magazines such as the Gatehouse Gazette as well as writing the introduction for the book ‘Dieselpunk Anthology’ published by Twit Publishing.

Now that you know a little about me, let me share some of my ideas for

The most important thing you need to know is that I intend to keep the ship on the course set by Tome. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So rest assured that there won’t be major changes to right away.

Dieselpunks finds a new home at the 11th hour!

Posted By on June 23, 2016

After seven years, I’ll be stepping down from my role as manager but Dieselpunks will continue roaring into 2017!

Thanks to a very generous effort from long-time contributor “Boss” Larry Amyett, we will keep our doors open for another year.

What does this mean to you?

  • Boss Larry joined forces with a small group of dedicated fans to extend our annual hosting plan into next year.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be transitioning all of our admin accounts over to Boss Larry including the website and social networks like Facebook, G+, etc.  Grant Larry the same love and respect you’ve shown me, and everything should be alright.
  • The music licenses from BMI, Sony, and the rest will stay in place until July.  At that point, they’ll be transitioned to a “live performance” license so I can continue with my DJ/VJ productions at Jazz Age Style.  Boss Larry has plans to replace the current Dieselpunks Music Player with a streaming station, so stay tuned for new details.
  • This is Boss Larry‘s first time behind the wheel of a site like this, so you might see some weird changes as he gets used to the controls.  Don’t panic.  Shelter in place and everything will be okay.

What can I do to help?

  • Stop lurking.  Seriously.  If you love something, contribute to it!  If you don’t feel like you have anything insightful to add to our network, just log in to say “hi” to your fellow dieselpunks.  Ask questions.  Make friends.  It’s incredibly disheartening to know that thousands of you have never bothered to say hello on the forums.  Dieselpunks aren’t passive observers!  We build!  We grow!  Be bold and stop treating this website like a newspaper.  Get chatty.  Change the world.
  • If you love engaging with other dieselpunks and you love the free content we bring to you, consider sending a donation to Boss Larry.  I’ll let him announce the best way to chip in.  Just remember that every dollar helps.  We make no money running this site, and every fee we incur comes straight out of our pockets.

Mad Max: Fury Road – thoughts on feminism

Posted By on June 22, 2016

This review is totally late, but when the movie came out, I was in the middle of prep for my commercial flight test (which I passed – I’m officially a commercial pilot!) so sue me.

This movie was awesome in every way. My husband was skeptical because I’d put on the original Mad Max to educate myself on the franchise and the movie was a very 80’s style movie with a lot of draggy bits, and so little dialogue as to make the plot confusing, and all the female characters got fridged.

So he wasn’t expecting much until I explained that the anti-feminists were freaking out and boycotting it, at which point he said, “Well, then it must be good!”

There’s been a ton of reviews already, and it sounds like it’s been nominated for a whole bunch of awards to do with the aesthetics of the movie, which were amazing. This is like, the definition of dieselpunk, and the style of dieselpunk I like most. The creativity in the worldbuilding and set and prop design are amazing.

I’d like to comment on the whole feminist thing. It wasn’t really a “feminist” movie. It just wasn’t misogynist. It’s nice to have something to point to when directors are including gratuitous sexual assault scenes in a movie to vilify their villains, to show them you can have a movie centred around sex slaves escaping their former captor without on-scene rape.

And the fact that there were so many female characters with developed personalities, meant that they could kill more than a couple without it being an every-female-character-dies situation. The one female character doesn’t have to represent all of womanhood with her character, because there are others. You can have female characters be weak and it not be offensive if it’s balanced by the other female characters who are strong. The way it’s done with male characters.

An open letter to an inspiration in time.

Posted By on June 13, 2016

People make the difference in your life. For years people like Tome Wilson and his team have worked hard at keeping people with similar interest in touch as well as inspiring others to pursue new passions and idea’s. As he takes on a new chapter in his life, We wish him all the best in his future en devours. I myself will always be grateful for the time that was taken to create a space where artist, writers and dreamers could come together to share, connect, and inspire each other in a future that never was. When i started my journey years ago, I stumbled upon this place and discovered people and things that were amazing and beautiful. I am sad to see him go, but as with all things, time moves on. My own personal journey will continue, and as it does I will always have a special place in my heart for

Thank you for all the good memories Tome Wilson. We will see you in the world. And should our paths cross I will gladly tip my hat to a man that has given so much to so many.

                                                                                       Sincerely, S.W. Taylor aka Cranky ClankCranky Clank Creations

Fenella Fielding Video

Posted By on June 13, 2016

Watch a video clip of Fenella Fielding being interviewed for the latest edition of The Chap. We sent rogue reporter and editor-at-large Michael “Atters” Attree to meet the eccentric actress, who was an iconic figure in the 1960s and worked with actors such as John Le Mesurier, Leslie Philips, Charles Hawtrey and Patrick MacGoohan, providing the voice for the tannoy in his series the Prisoner.

The pair met in the upstairs room at the French House, Soho, where they discussed a broad range of topics, including working with Harry H. Corbett on Carry On Screaming, wearing silk-lined leather gloves, her friendship with Jason King star Peter Wyngarde, out-of-body-experiences, the I-Ching, and the connection between fame and vampires.

To buy the latest issue, containing the interview with Fenella, visit Latest Issue

A short clip from the interview, during which Fenella describes having an out-of-body experience, can be viewed here:

Fenella has an out of body experience from tiresias on Vimeo.