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Celebrating Dieselpunk Day

On Dieselpunk Day, we set aside the constraints of normalcy to celebrate the dieselpunk community.

Created by greeting card manufacturers in the mid-1970s, Dieselpunk Day was a way to boost their pre-Christmas revenue. As we all know, people across the world needed something to celebrate after the terrible atomic dust storms earlier that year. Halloween had already passed, and Santa Inc. had not yet claimed a stranglehold on the last five months of the calendar.

So, while we…

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Added by Tome Wilson on November 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Pilgrim Pilsner's Pure Puritanical Picks

Hear ye, hear ye, all Pilgrims, turkeys, and soon to be disenfranchised Native Americans— the November Pilsner's Picks have arrived, so give thanks and let the downloading begin!

http://pilsnerspicks.blogspot.com/

I'm still struggling with my new web host's embed code formatting, and so two of the song titles seem to have been cut short on the screen for reasons that I can't figure out yet. The full…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on November 1, 2014 at 9:50pm — No Comments

The fundraiser is almost over! One last chance to make your donation.

The fundraiser for Dieselpunks will be over in two days. If you get any pleasure or entertainment from my website, please donate at least a dollar so I can keep it going. Otherwise, we'll have to go through this all over again next year.



The fundraiser website is: http://kck.st/1pXzoZC



If you've already donated, you've done something grand. You've kept…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 29, 2014 at 9:17pm — 15 Comments

Halloween Ghost stories: The Ghost Blimp

Halloween is just around the corner, and I know you Dieselpunks are just dying for a good old fashion tale of mystery and the supernatural. This tale is one of the more well known stories from the World War 2 era, one that is still trying to be debunked. It involves a small voyage in a navy blimp, the L-8, during it's last journey. It was a simple mission, but it ended with an extraordinary conclusion.

The L-8 was, like all US navy blimps, used to detect enemy submarines from…

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Added by Erwin "Blacky" Blackthorn on October 28, 2014 at 2:39pm — 3 Comments

RETROPOLITAIN on Dieselpunk

Hello everyone!

We are a French dieselpunk band. Please excuse my English.

I hope you'll enjoy our work and our universe. You can listen our music, a mix between electroswing and dark cabaret, with the player bellow. It's a bit different, because we work with acoustic instruments such as pianos, violins, contrabasses, and drums.

Jean-Marie de Trelaire, coordinator of the…

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Added by RETROPOLITAIN on October 16, 2014 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

The Sacred Skeleton Dance of Tibet (1925)

The Skeleton Dance is a sacred ritual found in Himalayan Buddhist lineages. It is intended to reflect the transient nature of things, including states of mind and the body itself. The above dancer (photo circa 1925) seems to be performing the dance known as Durdak Garcham (Dance of the Lords of the Cemetery). The Durdak Garcham celebrates the liberation that comes from acceptance of our impermanence.

The skeletons depicted in the dance are…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 16, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments

Dieselpunk adventure series Constitutionens Voktere returns!

Mixing together elements on retro sci-fi and old cliffhanger adventure serials, we're proud to see "Constitutionens Voktere" back with a brand new episode!

It's now 1937 and Agent J Fjeld Jr. and Ulvar Dahl are trying to stop a sinister anarchist attack. Along the way they meet some familiar faces from the past. Will they…

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Added by Tome Wilson on October 8, 2014 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

The Art of Ludwig Hohlwein

Let me present a Steam/Diesel era artist whose influence on advertising industry was (and remains) tremendous. A genius who stood at the side of Evil.

Ludwig Hohlwein. Hercules Bier. 1925



Ludwig Hohlwein was born on July 26, 1874 in Wiesbaden, Germany and enjoyed a privileged childhood in a prominent family.* While studying architecture at the Technical…

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Added by lord_k on October 2, 2014 at 1:09pm — 9 Comments

Announcing The New, Improved Pilsner's Picks!

Okay, I can't lie; the only real improvement is that you can now click on the music tracks and play them right on the main page, without having to go to another website and register with the management there.

Other than that, it at least looks different, and a lot of personal "sweat equity" went into the graphics and formatting. Since I only sort of halfway know what I'm doing whenever I use HTML, it took a fair amount of trial and error to get it to come out right. Mostly…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on October 1, 2014 at 5:51pm — 2 Comments

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Dr. Jekyll is a kind and charitable man who believes everyone has two sides, one good and one evil. Using a potion, he splits his personalities to find the essence of goodness. When his darker side, Mr. Hyde, becomes unleashed, the poor doctor creates havoc throughout London.

Produced hundreds of times throughout cinema and theatre, these stills are from the 1920 silent horror version by the same name.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 24, 2014 at 10:49am — 1 Comment

L'histoire a pour egout des temps comme les notres by Victor Hugo

A cheery poem by Victor Hugo about mankind going down the drain, as illustrated in the German Expressionist style. Artwork by Frans Masereel as collected in Notre Temps from 1952.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 20, 2014 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Eternal Beauty

We interrupt this broadcast of the BoneGlow Radio Hour to bring you an important message from our sponsors.

Hey kids! Do you like museums, but hate being trapped inside all day? Do you like spending Sundays in the park, but hate loud picnics? Then I have the book for you!

A few days ago, we launched a major campaign for Dieselpunks, and thanks to sponsors like Darryl Shelly we were able to keep the engines running. As it turns…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 17, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Dieselpunks called for help, and you were listening!

Dieselpunks called for help, and you were listening!



In less than half a day, we were able to raise our goal of $3,500!



Just so we're transparent about where the funds are going:

5% to Kickstarter

3-5% to Amazon

20-25% to Uncle Sam for taxes

$50 for postcards/shipping

25 Dieselpunk books [($20.33 * 25) + ($10 shipping * 25)] = ~$758.25

Shipping for 5 copies of Diesel City (already in…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 13, 2014 at 9:30am — 39 Comments

Dieselpunks will not fall!

I need your help. Dieselpunks could be completely offline by Halloween, but you can keep it alive.

Since launching Dieselpunks in 2009 as a safe haven and inspiration for diesel and steampunk artists, we’ve become one of the largest and most active punk communities in the world. And now, over five years later, we’re going to be forced to close this community unless you can help.

The cost of covering our hosting and…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 12, 2014 at 2:00pm — 36 Comments

New dieselpunk audiobooks are ready to fly into your ears

Rocket Molly Syndicate

Fans of our latest ePulp book will be happy to hear that our stories are being adapted into audiobook format by the fine crew at Coffee Contrails.  I'm not one for marketing speak, but they worked hard on this, so let's get a little…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 3, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

The Picks Aren't "Back In The Groove," Not Just Yet...

Sorry, fellow Dieselpunks, but this is due to the fact that I'm still looking around for a suitable new web host, and I'm also still dealing with the ongoing effects of moving. I only moved about two miles, but it was quite a project— and it remains unfinished, with some of my belongings boxed up in…

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Added by Pilsner Panther on September 1, 2014 at 7:28pm — 3 Comments

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

"All that talk about technology and art is part of a pattern that seems to have emerged from my own life. It represents a transcendence from something I think a lot of others may be trying to transcend...''

"...it isn't just art and technology. It's a kind of a noncoalescence between reason and feeling.

"What's wrong with technology is that it's not connected in any real way with matters of the spirit and of the heart. And so it does blind, ugly things quite…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 31, 2014 at 11:17pm — 1 Comment

Dieselpunk Industries TV Beta for Chrome, Safari, iOS and Android

http://www.dieselpunkindustries.com/dpitv

Tome and I talked about this a while back and I thought it was time to let you folks in on it.

After having discussions with friends who’ve “cut the cord” with their cable company I’ve discovered that a lot of them miss watching random stuff on TV. What I miss, especially with…

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Added by Scott on August 29, 2014 at 10:14am — 18 Comments

BioShock developer working on a new game set in the 1920s

You may not know him by name, but there’s a decent chance you’ve played a game that Joe Fielder had a hand in making. Fielder spent five years at Irrational Games, where he co-wrote BioShock Infinite and its Burial at Sea DLC. When Irrational Games closed its doors in February, a lot of talented developers, including Fielder, were left without work. This had a happy result though, as he and a handful of other ex-Irrational devs decided to form a new studio where they could…

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Added by Tome Wilson on August 25, 2014 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

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

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