The Chap issue 78

Posted By on January 19, 2015

The 78th edition of The Chap finally secures an interview with Terence Stamp.

The legendary actor and British cult icon reveals his deepest thoughts and feelings on sharing a flat with Michael Caine, dating Jean Shrimpton and Julie Christie and being immortalised with the latter in the song Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks; Terence also speaks about his many meetings with remarkable men such as Krishnamurti, Fellini, Pasolini and Anthony Newley.

Elsewhere, we take a look beyond the cable knits of the Aran Sweater, review the best walking boots for chaps, take a peek at the BBC archive of MR James’s Ghost Stories for Christmas, now available on dvd, and learn, from Tom Cutler, about the dodgy shenanigans of spurious spiritualist Mina ‘Margery’ Crandon. Tristan Langlois also sharpens his neglected quill to pen an informative insight into the mystery of the Mary Celeste, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s role in propagating one of the world’s greatest seafaring legends.

In a special section devoted to the ultimate Chappish accessory, the umbrella, we take a look at how the illustrious gamp is made, which ones to purchase and one Australian chap’s lifelong quest to secure his very first whangee bumbershoot. Our competition this issue offers readers the chance to win a superb umbrella from Fox & Sons, in exchange for submitting a photograph of a particularly tragic umbrella. This is the single case where photographs of folding umbrellas will be tolerated in the offices of The Chap.

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

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How to Dress Lecture

Posted By on January 19, 2015

Join Gustav Temple on a magical journey into the heart of sartorial splendour, commencing at the Idler Academy. Mr. Temple has created a series of four lectures on how to dress properly, and which include informal dress, formal dress, clothes maintenance and buying bespoke and vintage garments.

Assisted by the Chap’s very own valet in residence, Rupert Bell, this series of half-hour lectures is designed to guide the modern gentleman into a way of dressing that is both sharp and original, brushing aside popular misconceptions that dressing in an old-fashioned way is somehow stuffy or conventional. In the Chap and Mr. Temple’s view, the most conventional way for a man to dress is in jeans and plimsolls like he did when he was a child.

For 72 hours only, this course is available to readers of The Chap at a whopping 50% discounted rate. Simply visit and use code CHAP02 when prompted. Libertas per cultum! as they say over at that hallowed institution that is the Idler Academy (it means “waste valuable working days by watching online courses” or something)

The Man in the High Castle Amazon Pilot with Opening Titles and Screenshots

Posted By on January 18, 2015

The pilot episode for the mini series The Man in the High Castle is now available on I read the book back when I was in college, and to be honest I don’t remember much of it. However speaking for what I saw in the pilot it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on “TV”. 

For those unfamiliar with the story The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternate world of 1962 where the Allied forces lost the second world war, and as a result the United States has been divided into two sections. The eastern seaboard through middle America belongs to the Third Reich, and the remaining center to the west coast belongs to Japan… and it is an uneasy peace between the two. There are other specifics I can mention but I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

For me what makes the show so special is the producers attention to detail. Third Reich New York looks like a combination of New York and Berlin, while San Francisco looks like a combination of Tokyo and San Francisco. The execution of the design for both these regions looks like it has been fretted over to the level of the atom. In New York you see large American cars parked next to small Messerschmitt micro cars, while in San Francisco you see a greater influence of Japanese culture, looking very much like an early 1960’s Japan. 

I’m not going to give you anymore information about the show. Watch it and see for yourselves. I’ve included the opening titles and some screenshots to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about. 

I hope you watch it and enjoy it.


Previous post here at about the pilot:

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3D Printed Wimshurst Machine

Posted By on January 13, 2015

In the winter time, whenever I pulled a large flat part of off the print bed of my RepRap Prusa Mendel, I would notice a great deal of static electricity. One day the thought occurred to me that I could 3D print a Wimshurst Influence Machine like the one I designed and built for an […]

Miskatonic Monday – A horror by any other name

Posted By on January 12, 2015

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the “weird” fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.

Because there’s not enough laughter in the world today, and comics can bring joy.

Ring Out The Old, Ring In The— REALLY Old!

Posted By on January 2, 2015

As we endure a nasty cold snap here in California (I feel like I’m living back in the Northeast!), here’s some good old-fashioned hot jazz and vaudevillian hokum to warm everyone up a little. Yes, it’s the January edition of Pilsner’s Picks!

Which can also be taken as a sort of tribute to Shirley Temple, if you want (see final tune). A very Happy New Year to all my fellow Dieselpunks from Pils at “North Pole South., Ca.” Brrrr!

DIY Table Saw Dust Collector

Posted By on December 31, 2014

I am very careful with saw dust in my workshop ever since discovering that I was allergic to it several years ago. However, I’ve gotten tired of dragging my large shop vac from machine to machine in my workshop for dust collecting when cutting wood. I realized that I was able to acquire a steady […]

The Adventures of Captain Marvel 1941 Republic Serial Trailer

Posted By on December 30, 2014

Hi Everybody, hope you had a good holiday. I just added the The Adventures of Captain Marvel to Dieselpunk Industries TV. I also created a trailer for it. Think of what it would be like if Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer were making serials back in 1941.

Trolls! AEther Salon (Edited Transcript)

Posted By on December 30, 2014

Bookworm Hienrichs: Well, I believe we’ll get started!

Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, the Boiler Elf makes another appearance to regale us with more of the… darker side of Christmas.  Before we get started, a few housekeeping items:

1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.

2) If you do not have a wearable chair and wish one, please contact

Trolls! AEther Salon (Unedited Transcript)

Posted By on December 30, 2014

[14:04] Bookworm Hienrichs: We’ll start in a minute or two…

[14:05] Blossomlove (lddfan9): are we learning about krampus? :D

[14:06] Avariel Falcon: I missed Mr Krampus this year

[14:06] Avariel Falcon shakes head

[14:06] Garnet Psaltery: :D

[14:06] Mosseveno Tenk: we all did

[14:06] Avariel Falcon: He really knows how to dance!

[14:06] Avariel Falcon nods

[14:07] Bookworm Hienrichs:

A Bowl My Dad Made from Spalted Maple

Posted By on December 25, 2014

A bowl my Dad made from a limb of the tree that held my childhood treehouse.

Warehouse 13 1/8

Posted By on December 23, 2014

It all started with a bad snowstorm when the two metal sheds in our backyard collapsed under the snow load. I contacted our insurance agent and we were indeed covered. However there was an issue with getting quotes for the sheds’ replacement. We bought these two metal sheds from Home Depot, they were about three or […]