Poisonous Fashions

Posted By on June 13, 2014

In Toronto, Ontario, a most interesting display is opening on June 18th. The Bata Shoe Museum “for the curious” is opening an exhibition called “Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century”.

Beneath the ruffles and dainty lace of the highest fashions, lay perilous and deadly secrets. Can a top hat kill you? Can a pair of dapper boots slowly poison you to death? If you wear those billowing skirts and step too close to the fireplace will you go up like tinder?

From hair combs made of highly flammable plastic that caught entire factories on fire, to socks that were colored with highly poisonous dyes, the exhibition has it all.

The Event Announcement:

Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century

Transport yourself back to the 19th century where beautiful outfits fashioned by seamstresses and shoemakers supplied the privileged with enviable ensembles. Swathed from head to toe in expensive garments and shod in delicate footwear, fashion-forward women graced the boulevards and the ballrooms with their colorful presence. Their tailored male companions cut equally refined figures in their black coats, spotless white linens, lustrous top hats and shiny boots. Yet presenting an elegant exterior was not without its perils. The discomfort of constricting corsets and impossibly narrow footwear was matched by the dangers of wearing articles of fashion dyed with poison-laced colors and made of highly flammable materials.

From the challenges faced by those who produced fashionable dress to the risks taken by those who wore it, this exhibition provides thought provoking insights into what it means to be a fashion victim.

Oh darling, this dress is simply to die for.

All we can say is, The Punkettes may be making a trip to Toronto.

The Bata Shoe Museum Website

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The Chap’s 75th Edition

Posted By on June 10, 2014

The historic 75th edition of The Chap features Rachel Johnson in a pith helmet on the cover, and continues in the same vein.

Rachel Johnson, in a frank and controversial interview, reveals her true feelings about the Conservative party, her thoughts on the real causes of 9/11, the lesbian shenanigans at a British tabloid newspaper, whether her brother Boris has ever attended a Bilderberg Group meeting and his ambitions for governing the nation, and why she used to dress as a boy while at primary school.

Less controversial but equally insightful in the 75th edition of The Chap are articles on Oxford shirts, flagellation, cycling shoes, eccentric game dinners in the Bronx, pocket knives, Gaiety Girls, cricket tea breaks and Martin Kemp’s new moving picture.

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

Purchase the latest edition or subscribe from here

Chap Sample Edition Available for Free

Posted By on June 10, 2014

Download the free sample edition here

The Chap has toiled away in dingy basement studios with inadequate loose leaf tea facilities, in order to provide potential readers with a gratis glimpse at what they are letting themselves in for, should they choose to subscribe to The Chap or purchase individual copies.

The Chap sample edition is a free download which contains PDFs of our finest articles from over the years. The contents include:

  • An interview with barrel-voiced bonkers thespian Brian Blessed, who discusses climbing Everest, fighting Oiver Reed and the Dalia Lama’s sex life
  • Chappish Dispatches: Chaps v Hipsters
  • How to shave with a cut-throat razor plus the best shaving soaps and creams
  • A poignant obituary for Sir Patrick Moore, whose last recorded interview had appeared in The Chap
  • The very best reader submissions for Am I Chap?
  • Instructions on how to build a medium-sized Hadron Collider in one’s shed
  • The history, construction and purchase of a heavy tweed overcoat
  • How to buy a decent linen jacket on the high street
  • Photographs from The Chap’s protest against Abercrombie & Fitch on Savile Row
  • Tom Cutler on the Art of Seducing the Ladies
  • Music: How Edith Sitwell invented hip hop, by Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer
  • Cricket Matches played in prisoner of war camps
  • The Lip Weasel: Michael “Atters” Attree rounds up hirsute beauties and beasts
  • How to make the perfect G&T and which gins to buy
  • Photographs of pretty ladies smoking pipes

You may download the entire sample edition here

The Chap Olympics

Posted By on June 9, 2014

Held every year in central London, The Chap Olympics will complete its tenth anniversary this year.

The Chap Olympics is a celebration of Britain’s sporting ineptitude: sensational cravats take precedence over sweaty lycra; more points are awarded for maintaining immaculate trouser creases than crossing the finishing line. Taking place in a leafy central London square, The Chap Olympics is a gathering place for the most eccentrically dressed sportsmen and sportswomen of the nation.

Competitive events aim to test the principal gentlemanly disciplines such as drinking tea, using an umbrella, drinking G&Ts and making an ass of oneself in public. Events include Umbrella Jousting, Tea Pursuit, Not Playing Tennis, Cucumber Sandwich Discus and Bounders.

This year’s Chap Olympics will take place in Bedford Square Gardens, London, on Saturday 12th July 2014. Tickets are available from www.ticketporte.com

H.G. Wells’ Things to Come Trailer

Posted By on June 8, 2014

Do any of you wonder what a movie trailer would be like if you used footage from the 1936 science fiction film Things to Come, combined with a contemporary Pacific Rim style soundtrack? So did I.

Click to Watch

Hope you enjoy.

June 6th – Remembering D-Day 70 years later

Posted By on June 6, 2014

Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day.  

Let us never forget the brave men who gave their lives for us.

General Eisenhower’s Message Sent Just Prior to the Invasion of Normandy

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

see that little dot where the sky meets the sea?

Posted By on June 3, 2014

Like a dirigible, the Steampunk Librarian has been slowly sailing toward the horizon. Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, and participated in the website over the years and its various locations on the interwebs.

However! I’ll still be writing some reviews (and possibly other stuff) as well over at the Pandora Society.  Perhaps I'll see you there!

The June Pilsner’s Picks Are Up And Spinning On The Old Victrola

Posted By on June 1, 2014

Pilsner’s Picks may be going on hiatus in July because I’m moving (for the first time in seven years), and I might be using a laptop for a while. Without my PC and the external hard drive that holds the Picks Archives, I can’t post any MP3′s to my web host for downloading.

But that’s a month away, and in the meantime, the June Picks are here— including a real rarity this time, a George Gershwin tune performed by a very young Fred Astaire, his sister Adele, and last but not least, Gershwin himself!


Quickest Way to Clone Windows (and Windows Server) Disk with GPartEd

Posted By on May 28, 2014

A quick tech note from the day job some of you might find useful.

GPartEd is a fantastic tool for copying and resizing disk partitions, but cloning an entire Windows disk often requires tweaking boot sectors and records after the partitions are copied and this is not always easy or intuitive. The following is a simple method to clone a Windows disk quickly without all the messing around with boot sector issues.

. . .

1. Connect drives to a host and boot the host with the GPartEd Live CD

2. Review the layout of partitions in GPartEd, delete any partitions on the target drive.

3. Right-click on the desktop and start a root terminal

4. Begin a sector-by-sector copy of the drive by typing:

dd if=/dev/sda of/dev/sdb bs=8192

(This assumes sda is your source drive and sdb is the target)

5. Let the "dd" run for a minute or two and then control-c out of it.

6. "Refresh Devices" in GPartEd, go to /dev/sdb and delete any partition you see there.

7. Finally, Copy, Paste, & Apply the partitions for /dev/sda to /dev/sdb in the normal manner.

8. Set the "boot" flag on the first partiton on /dev/sdb

​9. Fin!

Because we dd'd the beginning of the disk in step 4, there will be no messing about with Startup Repair, bootrec, bootsec, or diskpart. Your disk will just boot into Windows or Windows Server!


Johnny Depp approached to play Harry Houdini, famed magician adventurer

Posted By on May 28, 2014

Johnny Depp is in negotiations to star as famed magician & adventurer Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero directed by Dean Parisot (Red 2).

The story, which is said to be in the vein of Indiana Jones, recasts Houdini as not just a master escape artist but an investigator of the world of the occult. Noah Oppenheim wrote the screenplay, which is based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s book of the same name.

The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame—his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.

Harry Houdini

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

AEther Salon: Mail! (Edited transcript)

Posted By on May 26, 2014

Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fraulein Bookworm, would you do the rules, bitte?

Bookworm Hienrichs nods and shuffles for her notebook.

Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, Miss Nika Thought-werk discusses the history, purpose and mystery of the mail, and the people that have made it possible.  Before we proceed, some housekeeping reminders:

1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or

AEther Salon: Mail! (Unedited transcript)

Posted By on May 26, 2014

[14:14] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Fraulein Bookworm, would you do the rules, bitte?

[14:14] Bookworm Hienrichs nods.

[14:15] Bookworm Hienrichs shuffles for her notebook.

[14:15] Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, Miss Nika Thought-werk discusses the history, purpose and mystery of the mail, and the people that have made it possible.