Welcome back to Killer Serials, our weekly series that highlights the episodic adventures of dieselpunks greatest heroes. We started Killer Serials in October of '09 with the exploits of legendary escape artist Harry Houdini.
We watched Houdini's fantastic adventures against the mob, mad scientists, evil robots, and even the police. Now we change gears to something a little more cerebral.
In honor of the new Sherlock Holmes movie (released on December 25,…
The Sky's the Limit for China's DIY Aviators By Michele Travierso (Wired.com) December 27, 2009
SHANGHAI - The buzzing of small airplanes is very rarely heard in China's vast yet closed skies, and flying for the sheer joy of it is still a novelty. But that is slowly changing as enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers take to the sky by whatever means possible.
Model maker YouTuber ProfesserGigaton has put up a how to video for his latest creation, a replica of the railway gun from Fallout 3. Compared to other geekcraft how-tos on the internet, this one doesn't look all that terribly complicated, as in it doesn't require a whole lot of expensive or hard-to-find equipment. Also, check out his sweet retro-ish computer setup.
Or, if you like the lok of the gun, but like myself, you all too often can't be bothered to… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on December 28, 2009 at 1:00am —
You may have seen the commercials already; Jude Law sporting a silly mustache and Robert Downy Jr. acting like, well, Robert Downy Jr. Is it the latest Fox News crime log? No, it’s Guy Richie’s version of master detective, Sherlock Holmes.
The optician Vision Express has announced it is to re-introduce the single eye-glass following a sudden surge of interest among customers. “To our surprise we have had dozens of requests in the last few months so we thought we’d bring back the monocle on a trial basis,” says Bryan Magrath, the chief executive of Vision Express. “We’re as puzzled as anyone by the interest.”
“You put it in your strong eye in the same way you use your strong eye to look through a microscope or… Continue
SS Imperator was an ocean liner built for the Hamburg America Line (HAPAG) launched in 1912.
She was the first of a trio of successively larger Hamburg America ships that included SS Vaterland and SS Bismarck built by the line for transatlantic passenger service. At the time of her launch in May 1912, she was the largest passenger ship in the world superseding the White Star RMS Olympic. During World War I, the… Continue
Added by lord_k on December 27, 2009 at 6:30am —
The site I found this at simply stated that it was from the 1930s though I suspect it's older from the appearance of the model. I think the ad speaks for itself. I've included the image as a link because I was unable to embed it. Unusual Ad Link
A friend of mine at work gave me the movie, "Swing Kids" last week. If you have the best synopsis I've read is at imdb which reads: The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival.
I saw this posted on Brass Goggles and thought others here would find it interesting.
According to the source: Leather flying helmet with 10A/12401 headphones, an oxygen mask and a 10A/12570 microphone. At the outbreak of WWII (1939-1945), flying helmets had changed little since WWI (1914-1918), except that the fittings for goggles and oxygen masks were provided. The flow of oxygen to the detachable mask was controlled by a manually…Continue
Kriegsweihnachten: Reflections on German Christmas during WWII by Jason Pipes
Christmas, with deeply-rooted traditions, is the most significant holiday of the year in Western culture. Although Christmas is celebrated all over the world, nowhere is it such a significant holiday as in Central and Northern Europe. A great deal of the traditions of Christmas that we hold dear were in fact put forth by people… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on December 23, 2009 at 1:00am —