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September 2011 Articles (41)

Saturday Matinee - The Hurricane Express (1932)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era. If you have any favorites you would love to see on the next Saturday Matinee, shoot me a message or comment in the box below.

This week, we're showcasing the 1932 action serial The Hurricane Express.

What you need to know

The Hurricane Express is a 12-chapter Mascot Pictures film serial that stars John Wayne as airplane pilot Larry Baker,…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 17, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Upcoming Dieselpunk Game, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Just caught a Capcom interview from Tokyo Games Show discussing Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. It's an Xbox 360 game that's promising a hybrid of Kinect and Controller UI, which is interesting considering that the first two Steel Battalion games used a custom controller bigger then your average desk.

 

The basic premise is that in the near future the is an microbial outbreak that eats refined silicon, wiping out microchip and superconductors.Technology is reverted back to an…

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Added by Talen Grey on September 16, 2011 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Supporting Steampunk/Dieselpunk events in San Francisco

Back in the 80's, Goth and Industrial were two separate genres, with two separate styles. They had different rhythms, different aesthetics and ostensibly nothing in common. Yet, somewhere, sometime, someone brought them together and created a Goth/Industrial club. The denizens were perhaps only united by their disdain for "normal society" and the materialistic and…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 16, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Third Half

Friends for life. Or so.

Added by Stefan on September 16, 2011 at 10:27am — 3 Comments

Japanese Barrage Mortar: Deny the Air

Last week we featured the Brandt compressed gas mortar, a surprisingly effective quirky weapon of World War I. Jump forward to World War II and we'll examine another odd mortar, this one fielded by the Japanese throughout the Pacific theater.

 

It was the Barrage Mortar, an uncomplicated piece of…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on September 14, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

New York City in Color circa 1940

The Daily Mail online has a wonderful collection of color photos taken in New York City from 1941 to 1942 by Charles Weever Cushman.  Full story here.  Check out the full collection here.

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Added by Lenore Glover on September 14, 2011 at 9:36am — 4 Comments

Hollywood Wild Nights

Technically a little late in style to qualify for the Diesel era, I guess.

Added by Stefan on September 13, 2011 at 5:26pm — 5 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Soft Spot

Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.

Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 13, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Cap'n's Cabaret #4: Crossroads

Fashionably late again, it seems, for the Cabaret.

After a hasty retreat from New Orleans (they tollerate a lot in the Diesel-era Crescent City, it seems, but overt race mixing isn't one of them) we've set up for the night in a...rustic juke joint at a crossroads near Rosedale, Mississippi. Here in the Delta, following West African tradition, a crossroads is a place of power, representing change, and so it is the crossroads that makes for tonight's theme, with a blues legend…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on September 12, 2011 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Miskatonic Monday - HP Lovecraft bibliography by Gutter Snipe

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.


Via:…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 12, 2011 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

Saturday Matinee - Saints and Soldiers (2005)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era. If you have any favorites you would love to see on the next Saturday Matinee, shoot me a message or comment in the box below.

This week, we're showcasing the 2005 WWII film Saints and Soldiers

What you need to know

After surviving a massacre, four American soldiers and one British pilot trapped behind enemy lines in the middle of WWII must reach the…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 10, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The “Elbtunnel” in Hamburg

100 years ago, in September 1911, the city of Hamburg (Germany) opened a 426 meter long tunnel underneath the river Elbe. The tunnel is still in use today. It’s special feature is that there are no ramps leading into it, but vertical shafts with lifts. This creates a very special feeling of “no light at the end of the tunnel".

The tunnel took six years to design and four years to build. It costed 10 million Goldmark. In 1923, the record year, the Elbtunnel was used by 19 million…

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Added by Dieter Marquardt on September 10, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Blackmail

All you, guys, have to do now, is write the scenario that fits this other noir film...

Added by Stefan on September 9, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Air Gun Goes Boom

On the modern battlefield, mortar teams load their hefty tube artillery at the muzzle and on the command, "Hang it, fire," the compact mortar round slides down the tube before exploding into the air.

 

The basic muzzle loaded mortar has been around for centuries, with few tweaks here and…

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Added by Jake Holman Jr. on September 7, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Collector's Item

Welcome to Two Fisted Tuesdays, Dieselpunks' weekly beat on the mean streets.

Starring Gerald Mohr and starting with the famous lines, "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison or the grave." The Adventures of Philip Marlowe runs about 25 minutes without commercials. You can listen to this blast from the past in MP3 format for free at the link below.…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Beautifully Restored Color Footage of VJ Day in Honolulu

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on Vimeo.

Never has VJ Day looked so vivid as in this recently restored video. Complete with a realistic sound mix, it's almost as if you were there on that historic day.

Added by Clinton on September 5, 2011 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

Cap'n's Cabaret #3: Big Easy

Bonjour, mon ami, and welcome again to the Cabaret...fashionably late, it seems. The recent raid by G-Men that...postponed the latest afair now behind us, we turn a bit farther south than last time's Manhattan medley. Deep South. To the Crescent City, the Big Easy, the City of New Orleans.

Today we go beyond the frat boy hijinks and tired strippers of the more infamous Bourbon Street and travel back to a more genteel, slower-paced, sophisticated type of debauchery courtesy of ol'…

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Added by Cap'n Tony on September 5, 2011 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

Miskatonic Monday - Cthulhu RPG

Lights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.


Via: Chainsaw…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 5, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Saturday Matinee - Impact (1949)

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era. If you have any favorites you would love to see on the next Saturday Matinee, shoot me a message or comment in the box below.

Based on the crime drama by Jay Dratler, 1949's Impact has all the pieces of a great noir film: a murder, a man on the run, mistaken identity, and Fate seeking its due.  I chose Impact as our pick of the week…

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Added by Tome Wilson on September 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Lord K's Garage #104: BMW Bügelfalte

Ladies and gentlemen, here is the most exquisite car of the Future that Never Was: the 1937/1940 BMW 328 MM Bügelfalte! Today the 328 is considered to be one the most modern pre-war cars. Its advanced chassis and light weight of just 830 kg makes a well driven example hard to catch even for much more modern machines. The design of the chassis was unique to this model. It used a tubular frame, with traverse strengthening, while suspension consisted of a transverse…

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Added by lord_k on September 2, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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