"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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on August 20, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
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:…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on August 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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,…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on July 30, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments
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…
Added by Scott on July 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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.…
Added by Pilsner Panther on July 1, 2014 at 11:26pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on June 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Cap'n Tony on June 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
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.
Hope you enjoy.
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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.