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Celebrate HP Lovecraft's birthday with a custom bust from Cryptocurium

Available on August 20th for 24 hours only!

Hand cast in solid resin, this effigy of H.P. Lovecraft in bust form is enveloped by a Shoggoth at the base with a propped-up moldering tome with an inscription that reads, H.P. Lovecraft 1890 -1937.

The “Cryptocurium Lovecraft Bust” measures an economical 6.5″ x 4″ for those looking to add some eldritch horror to their surroundings without taking up too much space!

Each is signed and…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 20, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Dieselpunk Engagement

Anyone around planning to get married soon?

You're not? You may want to reconsider your decision once you will have watched this very Dieselpunk ring "work" on the video:…

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Added by Stefan on August 14, 2014 at 7:36am — 3 Comments

Film legend Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Lauren Bacall, a bewitching actress whose husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband Humphrey Bogart made her a defining movie star of the 1940s and who decades later won Tony Awards in the Broadway musicals “Applause” and “Woman of the Year,” died Aug. 12 in New York at 89.

Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, confirmed the death in an e-mail.

Ms. Bacall was one of the last surviving major stars of the studio system, which…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 13, 2014 at 8:45am — 1 Comment

The great Houdini escapes to The History Channel this Labor Day weekend!

History Channel is bringing us the adventures of master escape artist Harry Houdini this Labor Day weekend (September 1st - 2nd).

The two-night scripted miniseries Houdini follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar. From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Erich Weiss rose to become a household name across the…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Pilsner Panther on August 1, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Today is the 70th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising

Today is the 70th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Rising

By: Jason Morningstar, author of "Night Witches"

Seventy years ago today the Polish underground state and government in exile initiated a general uprising to coincide with the Soviet counteroffensive in eastern Poland. The goal was to greet the Red Army not as liberators but as allies. It was to be the largest and best organized effort to resist Nazi…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 1, 2014 at 8:44am — 1 Comment

Dutch Van Kirk, navigator and last remaining crew member of the Enola Gay, is dead

Theodore Van Kirk Nearly 69 years ago, Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk navigated a U.S. B-29 Superfortress called the Enola Gay over Hiroshima, Japan, on a sunny August day. Once over its target, the Enola Gay unloaded the first atomic bomb dropped in war.

A single bomb blast killed some 140,000 people and helped end World War II -- and pushed the world suddenly into the nuclear era.

On Monday, Van Kirk died of natural causes at the Park Springs retirement community in Stone Mountain,…

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Added by Tome Wilson on July 30, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments

Captain Video and the Video Rangers Kids Record + Downloads

In 1949 the DuMont Television Network introduced Captain Video and the Video Rangers a tv show intended for kids that also became popular with adults as well. 



Set in the distant future, the series followed the adventures of a group of fighters for truth and justice, the Video Rangers, led by Captain Video. The Rangers operated from a secret base on a mountain top. Their uniforms resembled United States Army surplus with lightning bolts…

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Added by Scott on July 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Pilsner's Pyrotechnics— Happy Fourth!

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Yes, gang, it's time again for some fireworks of the musical variety. Unlike last year, though, there are no actual patriotic tunes on the playlist. That's because I don't have too many of them, and I've posted just about all of them before. If I wanted to put my Uncle Sam hat on, I'd now have to go back into the pre-1925 acoustical recording era for some sides by flag-waving artists like George M.…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on July 1, 2014 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Google honors the people of World War I with a virtual museum

Almost 100 years ago, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot dead in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip. The fallout from this assassination ultimately led to the start of the Great War (World War I). To commemorate this historical event’s centennial milestone, Google has launched a new portal dedicated to telling the story of this extraordinary time.

With support from several museums, this channel brings together a trove of World War I content like documents, letters, paintings,…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Chester Nez, Last of the original Navajo Code Talkers, Dies at 93

He was the last of his kind, one of the 29 original US Marine Corps "Code Talkers" of the Navajo Nation. As a child, the teachers at his government-run boarding school tried to force him to give up his native tongue, a hellaciously complex mess of tenses and verbs without many adjectives. In WW2, he and his brothers would ironically use that very language to help the United States liberate the Pacific.…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on June 24, 2014 at 1:33pm — 4 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #118: And They're Off!!

Throroughbred horse racing, the Sport of Kings; grand, classy, exciting...and a good excuse for a mint julip and a wager or two.

Years of careful breeding, specialized training, and practice go into crafting the perfect racing horse, and not a little luck!  Horse, jockey, and trainer must learn to think as…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on June 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

H.G. Wells' Things to Come Trailer

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.

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Hope you enjoy.

Scott…

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Added by Scott on June 7, 2014 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

June 6th - Remembering D-Day 70 years later

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…

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Added by Tome Wilson on June 6, 2014 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

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

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…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on June 1, 2014 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

Johnny Depp approached to play Harry Houdini, famed magician adventurer

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…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 28, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Today, Memorial Day, marks the fifth anniversary of Dieselpunks.

Today, Memorial Day, marks the fifth anniversary of Dieselpunks.

Like many of you, I witnessed the rise of steampunk in the early 2000s and introduced myself to the growing “Neo-Victorian” community as it was known as in my area, but years passed and I was still missing something. Steampunk felt uncomfortable, like a pair of shoes you wear to the club because they look awesome, but are far too unwieldy to be dancing in.

I…

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Added by Tome Wilson on May 26, 2014 at 12:26pm — 12 Comments

Colonial Paris

Although located downtown in Paris, the VIIIe arrondissement is considered one of the "new" districts of the French capital city. Mostly fields and gardens till the mid-XVIIIth century, along with the western part of Paris, it became a place for expansion of the city from the XIXth century. A place for tremendous real estate speculation, too: the newly designed lavish environment rapidly made the VIIIe district of Paris one of the most sought-after places…

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Added by Stefan on May 26, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

A wonderful piece of French Dieselpunk engineering...

...and the troubles about the use of it.

During the early thirties, the City of Paris decided to replace the old metallic Pont du Carrousel (Carrousel Bridge), one of the 37 bridges over La Seine, by a new one. The structure of the bridge, built in 1833, was now too low for the constantly increasing navigation over the river.…

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Added by Stefan on May 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #117: Is This For Real?

Action! Excitement! Glamour! This Sunday,Sunday, Sunday, coming to a ring near you! It's Professional Wrestling! And...seriously, is this for real?

Once the game of carnival side shows and shady back-room rings, the sport of Professional Wrestling is getting huge, as are it's competitors. Always an action-packed clash of the manliest of…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on May 3, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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