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March 2010 Articles (73)

Monday Camera #13: Ensign Multex

Today, a camera that looks superficially like a 35mm rangefinder. Don't let the looks deceive you: it takes 127 film. Besides, it comes from the United Kingdom.

Ensign are one of the great British camera companies with a history dating back to 1836 when George Houghton begain selling glass products. It was one of the major British camera makers, responsible for a number of still and cine cameras…

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Added by lord_k on March 22, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

My life with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy The cool air snakes in from an open doorway, and coils around my ankles; biting me awake me from a day of white collar beatings. My coin slot eyes open at the first sound of the cymbal crack, and the dance hall swings around me. A pinstripe sea shifts towards the stage, and the slow tide of music turns into a storm.



With the precision of a… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on March 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Dieselpunk Battleships

To outwit the great powers. To invent a completely new class of warships. To insert a diesel into an armored hull... What could be more Dieselpunk?

The Treaty of Versailles limited Germany to warships of no more than 10,000 tons displacement. A number of technical innovations, including large scale use of welding (rather than rivets), and diesel engines made the hull lighter, and allowed a formidable warship to be built within this restricted… Continue

Added by lord_k on March 20, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage - #29. Divco Milk Trucks

The Divco truck was built by the Detroit Industrial Vehicle Company and its successors. These trucks became a part of the American way of life.

1941 Divco Milk Trucks ad (via ptatransitauthority.blogspot.com)

Chances are your milkman drove a Divco truck. So did most other delivery services. The Divco was manufactured form…

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Added by lord_k on March 19, 2010 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

INTERVIEW - Carmen Johnson of RetroTimes Productions

Carmen Johnson of RetroTimes Productions

Let's do the time warp again!



www.retrotimesproductions.com



It may seem a little odd to use our most advanced technology to live in the past, but we've certainly turned the internet into our little time machine. Besides learning about 'punk and retrofuturist culture, we've been able join… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on March 19, 2010 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

FIAT 2000 Tank

This tank was often called 'the heaviest World War I tank' but this is not strictly accurate, since the FIAT 2000 never actually saw combat in World War I.

The order to design and produce the first Italian tanks was accepted by the FIAT automobile company in 1916. The prototype of the new tank was displayed to a military commission on 21 June 1917; its mechanical systems were complete but its superstructure was added later, being… Continue

Added by lord_k on March 18, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Today Is National Biodiesel Day

Courtesy of people who have a financial stake in the success of biodiesel, today has been declared the Official Biodiesel Day in the United States, in honor of Rudolph Diesel’s birthday. (Not to be confused with International Biodiesel Day, which is August 10.)



Unbiased information might be tricky to find, but if you’re interested in learning more, check out this biodiesel basics article on the… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on March 18, 2010 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Shoeless Engineer

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Shoeless Engineer

Originally broadcast on January 3, 1955



The adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes as he and his assistant, Dr. Watson, (and somewhat reluctantly, the bumbling Inspector Lestrade) battle criminals in London.





In this episode: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson encounter a badly injured man who is carrying an unconscious young woman. The… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on March 17, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Who Needs Drums?

That's right. These guys can play blues (i think its blues? don't shoot me if i messed up!) with 3 guitars and A TRACTOR.


See it to believe it…
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Added by Hayen Mill on March 16, 2010 at 6:23pm — 4 Comments

Two Fisted Tuesdays with Philip Marlowe - The Old Acquaintance

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



We're listening to The Adventures of Philip Marlowe until we either run out of ammo or until poor Philip lays down for the big sleep.



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. There's no other way, but they never learn." The… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on March 16, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

1930 Zenith PC

In my secret life as an IT Manager, in that make-believe world called "reality", I occasionally scan computer technology forums. I stumbled across this item this morning:



I think everyone in the R&D department needs one of these. And it's nice enough the Chairman of the company might like one in his office as well.



More information is…

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Added by Sparky Gage on March 16, 2010 at 11:51am — 4 Comments

The Clockwork Cabaret is on in 2 hours

Hey everyone. Just wanted to remind you that The Clockwork Cabaret is on in about an hour (2300h EST).



They broadcast on 103.5FM out of Carrboro, North Carolina (USA) and online at http://audio-mp3.ibiblio.org:8000/wcom-hifi.mp3.m3u



The line is open if you have any requests for the scrumptious Davenport Sisters. Call 1-919-929-9601 or email clockworkcabaret@gmail.com when the show starts and give them a warm… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on March 15, 2010 at 9:32pm — 1 Comment

Making a Dieselpunk World

I'm crafting an alternate history to support a story I'm writing. When I sat down to play "what if?" I chose the approach of listing the aspects of dieselpunk (and steampunk) that I most liked and the sensibilities ascribed to them. Then I went about trying to craft justification for them (ie, why did the alterna-tech not come into the forefront in the main timestream, and what could change to make it so?). I don't know if this is the wisest way to create a logical existence for alternative… Continue

Added by Athenaprime on March 15, 2010 at 10:43am — 4 Comments

Monday Camera #12: Plaubel Makina

The German Makina was a unique strut folding roll film camera with inter-changeable film holder backs, interchangeable lenses and double extension bed.

The Plaubel Makina story goes a long way back.

The "Baby Makina" was born at in 1911, a year after the Plaubel company, founded by Hugo Schrader, started the camera production.

A couple of words about the strut cameras (known also by…

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Added by lord_k on March 15, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess

The Saunders-Roe Princess was a British flying boat aircraft built by Saunders-Roe, based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Princess was one of the largest aircraft in existence.

In 1945, Saunders-Roe was asked by the British Ministry of Supply to bid for a long range civil flying boat for British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), who planned to use them on transatlantic passenger services.… Continue

Added by lord_k on March 14, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The Fascination Car

One of the real pioneers in early application of causal positron energy was inventor Edwin Gray of Van Nuys California. In WWII Gray learned of radar during his tour in the U.S. Navy, having previously attended advanced engineering school in the Army until discovered to be under age (15) and discharged. After the war, by 1958 he had learned to perform what he called "splitting the positive", using "cold electrical energy" as well as the normal positive electrical energy. His first motor was…

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Added by Hayen Mill on March 14, 2010 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Cabaret

My wife and I just watched Cabaret on DVD. In many way I would say that it's dieselpunk. It seems to have the three elements that I mentioned at my blog (contemporary, decodence, and irreverence). An excellent movie. Joel Grey as the Master of Ceremonies was wonderful and Liza Minnelli was just so sexy. And the ending was so ominous. A dieselpunk masterpiece.



Added by Larry on March 13, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.

While researching personalities for the tenets of dieselpunk culture quotes, I thought it would be fun to smash some diesel era figures with '70s and '80s punk art. It's a great project for our visual artists, and I'd love you guys to steal this idea and run with it. I'll start a new gallery in the photos area where we can share what we come up with.



This particular piece is a prototype I…

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Added by Tome Wilson on March 13, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #28. Sing the Body Electric

Once upon a time, the internal combustion engine had a powerful rival - the electricity. Since 1865, electric-powered vehicles were designed and built in Europe and America.

An electric car in the conventional sense, Wiki tells us, was not developed until 1890 or 1891, by William Morrison of Des Moines, Iowa; the vehicle was a…

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Added by lord_k on March 12, 2010 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

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