John Steed Ball

Posted By on January 8, 2016

In association with lounge-scene legend Count Indigo, The Chap is launching a sensational competition to win not one, but TWO tickets to the inaugural John Steed Ball, taking place in London on 30th January.
Please read all the information below, answer the question and you’ll be in with a chance to be guests of honour at a sumptuous celebration of the life and work of Patrick MacNee in his role as Britain’s most gentlemanly secret agent.

Final Ever Issue! (and funding drive)

Posted By on January 2, 2016

Hot Air Balloon

 

By now, most of you have probably noticed that there’s not been a huge amount of activity for a while. That there hasn’t been a new issue of the magazine for a long-ass time now. We wish it wasn’t so, but the fact of the matter is that most of our editors and regular contributors are increasingly busy with other things. As such, we’re sad to say that the next issue, SteamPunk Magazine #10, will be our last.

That said, SPM has been immensely important to a lot of us, and we would have it make such an end, the likes of which have never been seen before. To do that, we need a bit of help from all of you. We pretty much have a full compliment of awesome fiction, articles, interviews, and other interesting bits and pieces all ready to go. What we’re still missing is some lovely artwork to go with it.

Are you an artist? Do you have a bit of time to help out and draw something to go with one of our articles? Then please do get in touch by adding a comment below. If you don’t, but you have some spare pennies kicking around and you want to help us make this last issue truly awesome, use the donate button below and we’ll put your cash to hard work by commissioning some truly awesome pieces of art.

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. And we don’t intend to go out without a party!

 

A Very Happy New Year To My Fellow Dieselpunks!

Posted By on January 2, 2016

And now, what you’ve been waiting for all year long (which is to say, at this point about twelve hours), the January 2016 edition of Pilsner’s Picks!

Happy New Year— or in this case, really old year, since this time we start out in 1925 with a couple of catchy numbers from Frank Crumit and Paul Whiteman.

http://www.pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

Jazz Age New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia

Posted By on December 30, 2015

Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing with Jazz Age Style this Thursday as we ring in the New Year with a cinematic journey through the Golden Age of Hollywood. Step back to a time when MGM was king, stars were truly stars and elegance reigned supreme.

With the historic Water Works as our back drop, we’re recreating the glamorous world of the silver screen. Sip a French 75 in Casablanca, drink a Stinger to salute the Philadelphia Story and raise a glass to Garbo and the stars of the silent era. Three rooms of different themes will feature live entertainment, premium open bars and gourmet food stations to rival the swankiest meals served at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s esteemed Polo Lounge.

We invite you to channel the elegance of Grace Kelly, the sass of Katherine Hepburn, the style of Cary Grant and the charm of Humphrey Bogart as you usher in 2016, all while taking in the panoramic waterfront views of Philadelphia, including Boat House Row, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Center City Skyline.

Tickets are limited, so buy your tickets today at https://waterworksnye.eventbrite.com and use promo code JazzAgeStyle for $20 off!

All tickets include:

  • Premium Open Bar All Evening
  • Cescaphe’s Signature Culinary Stations
  • Passed Hors D’ouevres
  • Live Entertainment and Dancing
  • Midnight Champagne Toast
  • Complimentary Valet Parking and Coat Check

This event is produced in conjunction with Cescaphe Event Group and the hosts of Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia.

Happy holidays from Tome Wilson

Posted By on December 25, 2015

To my family at Dieselpunks,

I’m wishing you all a very festive holiday season!

It has been a very hard year.  We’ve faced uncountable struggles and losses.  But we continue to push forward to create a better world.  It’s what we do.

This new year, may the spirits of peace and wisdom grant you everything you need to build something greater than what came before.

Until then, stay warm and keep those eyes on the future.

-Tome


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Vintage Homemade Welder – Part 3: Sparks and Smoke

Posted By on December 24, 2015

I found this welder on Craigslist for a hundred dollars. It’s made with a World War II surplus aircraft generator and the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset. It’s a 200 Amp DC welder with a four-cylinder pushrod engine. I’ve gotten it running and I tried welding some steel with it. The Austin engine ran […]

AEther Salon: Clausology III (Edited Transcript)

Posted By on December 24, 2015

Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Welcome, everyone, to December’s Aether Salon. We thank you for finding the time to attend, and hope you’ll enjoy today’s topic.
Ceejay Writer: Elleon, I got that gift once and it vanished in a puff of steam
Elleon Bergamasco: drats
Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Before we begin, a few housekeeping items:
Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: 1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit

AEther Salon: Clausology III (Unedited Transcript)

Posted By on December 24, 2015

[2015/12/20 13:58:05]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Well, the doors are open.
[2015/12/20 13:58:07]  Myrtil Igaly: ‘ello everyone!
[2015/12/20 13:58:08]  Jimmy Branagh: !
[2015/12/20 13:58:08]  Dr. Henry Jekyll (nyanka.jinx): Hello, Jimmy.
[2015/12/20 13:58:09]  Darlingmonster Ember: Yes, a small flurry may have followed me in
[2015/12/20 13:58:13]  Wulfriðe Blitzen  (

Ancient Steampunk?

Posted By on December 18, 2015

I have been hearing a lot of interviews with author Graham Hancock lately and I think his line of inquiry will be of interest to Steampunks everywhere and of particular interest to those interested in writing about non-fantastical Steampunk worlds. In 1996 Hancock published Fingerprints of the Gods . The TL;DR of which is: There is tantalizing […]

The Chap issue 84

Posted By on December 9, 2015

The 84th edition of The Chap has both a lady and a dalek on the cover

We meet Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant alongside Jon Pertwee’s Doctor

Vic Darkwood, co-founder of the Chap Magazine, examines the art of drinking in a British pub.

Laszlo Krass, reporting from Berlin, reveals his secret training as a Romeo agent for the Stasi. Elsewhere, we examine the Norfolk Jacket in great detail, and hear about how fastidious Elvis Presley was about never wearing denim; an excerpt on Port from new Chap tome Drinking for Chaps; Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer on Christmas albums; Tom Cutler on the gentlemanly art of lateral thinking; our latest King of Chaps, all the way from Brighthelmstone, Zack Pinsent; Chap Kit on the leather satchel; Steve McQueen at Le Mans and cricket on the South Sea Islands.

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

Purchase the latest edition or subscribe from here

The Chap issue 84

Posted By on December 9, 2015

The 84th edition of The Chap has both a lady and a dalek on the cover

We meet Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant alongside Jon Pertwee’s Doctor

Vic Darkwood, co-founder of the Chap Magazine, examines the art of drinking in a British pub.

Laszlo Krass, reporting from Berlin, reveals his secret training as a Romeo agent for the Stasi. Elsewhere, we examine the Norfolk Jacket in great detail, and hear about how fastidious Elvis Presley was about never wearing denim; an excerpt on Port from new Chap tome Drinking for Chaps; Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer on Christmas albums; Tom Cutler on the gentlemanly art of lateral thinking; our latest King of Chaps, all the way from Brighthelmstone, Zack Pinsent; Chap Kit on the leather satchel; Steve McQueen at Le Mans and cricket on the South Sea Islands.

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

Purchase the latest edition or subscribe from here

Drinking for Chaps

Posted By on December 3, 2015

Hot on the heels of Cooking for Chaps, published in 2014, comes an authoritative and definitive guide to getting plastered.

Drinking for Chaps is a collaboration between Gustav Temple and esteemed drinks writer Olly Smith. Together they embarked on a magical journey to the heart of each and every type of alcoholic drink imaginable, from cocktails to cognac and everything in between, in order to set out precisely how Chaps should approach each of them. From which particular jacket to wear when sipping white wine, what to nibble with a glass of vodka, how to mix a dry martini, and, crucially, how to deal with an awful hangover, Drinking For Chaps shows true chaps the way to the bar.

Packed with history, background, a bit of technical information (but not too much), mythology and portraits of legendary boozers such as Oliver Reed, Sir Kingsley Amis, Winston Churchill and Peter O’Toole, there is plenty to read in this tome aside from which bottle of cheap plonk to take to a dinner party (though that’s in there too).

Endorsed by none other than Sir Roger Moore: “Fascinating, especially as I pop up all over the pages!” and Guardian drinks writer Henry Jeffries, who declared: “Tackling such important issues as whether it’s ever acceptable to wear a fez while drinking cocktails, it’s best read when slightly drunk. I can offer no higher praise.” Drinking for Chaps is available at a reduced price from bookshop.theguardian.com

Also in all bookshops and from www.amazon.co.uk