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June 2009 Articles (52)

NOIR - Quicksand (1950)

After borrowing $20 from his employer's cash register, an auto mechanic is plunged into a series of increasingly disastrous circumstances which rapidly spiral out of his control.

The auto mechanic Dan Brady "borrows" twenty dollars from the cash register of the garage where he works to date the blonde waitress Vera Novak in the weekend. His intention is return the money Monday night, when a friend that owes him the same amount will pay him. However, on Monday morning the… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 19, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW - Ronan Harris of VNV Nation

Ronan Harris

VNV Nation, composer, lyrics, vocals, programmer, futurist


VNV Nation is an electronic music band comprised of Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson that combines elements of industrial music, trance, synthpop and EBM with the elements and ideals of Futurism and the Futurist aesthetic. Always evolving, VNV (Victory, not Vengeance) Nation first hit the…


Added by Tome Wilson on June 18, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927)

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

It is the future, and humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans (but don't know how anything works), and the workers, who achieve goals (but don't have the vision). Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

NOIR - D.O.A. (1950)

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow goes to San Francisco for a week's fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula. After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he's been given a "luminous toxin" with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, Bigelow embarks on a frantic odyssey to find… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 18, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

NOIR - M (1931)

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

A psychotic child murderer stalks a city, and despite an exhaustive investigation fueled by public hysteria and outcry, the police have been unable to find him. But the police crackdown does have one side-affect, it makes it nearly impossible for the organized criminal underground to operate. So they decide that the only way to get the police off their backs is to catch… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 17, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

NOIR - Scarlet Street (1945)

When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has.

Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. That rainy night, he rescues delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, she lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 17, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

NOIR - Panic in the Streets (1950)

A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

One night in the New Orleans slums, vicious hoodlum Blackie and his friends kill an illegal immigrant who won too much in a card game. Next morning, Dr. Clint Reed of the Public Health Service confirms the dead man had pneumonic plague. To prevent a catastrophic epidemic, Clint must find and inoculate the killers and their associates, with the reluctant aid of police… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 16, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Googie Architecture

Introduction to Googie

From http://www.spaceagecity.com/googie/

space needle Cars with jet-like tailfins zoomed past giant tiki gods, rockets and flying saucers on their way to Disneyland. In some ways, the Space Age, or Googie, architecture and design surrounding the park blurred the line between the Magic Kingdom and the real world.

The Space Age Inn, Satellite Shopland and… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 15, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

FASHION - Tactical Corsets

Tactical Corset from BarCampLA 2009 from sean percival on Vimeo.

Check them out at… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 15, 2009 at 9:37am — No Comments

Screw Propulsion Snow Vehicle (1944)

Article by By Rob Arndt

The original screw propulsion snow vehicle was designed in 1944, during World War II, by Johannes Raedel, a soldier of the German Army and veteran of the Eastern Front.

Raedel had observed that in the deep snows of Russia, tanks would dig out the snow under the tracks, and the tank would become high centered on snow pressed under the belly of the tank.

According to Siegfried Raedel, son of Johannes:

"The… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 15, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Gaumont Chronophone System (1910)

In 1903 French engineer Leon Gaumont was granted patents for loudspeaker systems to go with his sound on disc talking films, which used one of Berliner's Gramophones.



In 1910 Gaumont demonstrated his Chronophone system, which synchronised sound and film, at the Gaumont Palace in Paris. The compressed-air amplifier, whiuch he called the Eglephone, was just a part of the whole system. The… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 14, 2009 at 2:04pm — No Comments

GADGET - Retro Bluetooth Handset

Think Geek wireless retro bluetooth handset Think Geek has taken the ever-popular Retro Handset and updated it to connect to your cell phone using Bluetooth technology. That's right! No more tangled up phone cord. Now people will think you're really crazy talking into a old-time handset connected to... nothing.

Buy your handset at ThinkGeek >… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 14, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Ballet Mécanique

Premiere of all-robotic version of George Antheil's infamous Dada piece for 16 player pianos and percussion orchestra. Features new robotic instruments from LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots.

The Ballet mécanique was originally intended to accompany an experimental film by Fernand Léger, but the musical score is twice the length of the film and now stands alone. The score calls for a percussion ensemble consisting of three xylophones, four bass… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 12, 2009 at 2:19pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW - The Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society

Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society

Casebook 1: Clockwork Dreams

While fumbling around the old Miskatonic Library, I came across an oddly colored motley of young musicians. Surprised at first to see anyone studying at such a late hour, the musicians dusted the cobwebs from their slender hands and introduced themselves.…


Added by Tome Wilson on June 12, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Wireless Power Harvesting for Cell Phones

Wireless Power Harvesting for Cell Phones

Nokia hopes to create a device that could harvest enough power to keep a cell phone topped up.

By Duncan Graham-Rowe

A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it's developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.

Ambient electromagnetic radiation--emitted from Wi-Fi… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 11, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Mercury Men - A web based serial

Edward Borman, a lowly government office drone, finds himself trapped, when the deadly Mercury Men seize his office building as a staging ground for their nefarious plot. Aided by a daring aerospace engineer from a mysterious organization known as “The League,” Edward must stop the invaders and their doomsday device, the Gravity Engine.

The Mercury Men marks a modern return of the classic cliffhanger serials. “The web video format seemed the perfect… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 11, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Futurist Manifesto by F. T. Marinetti

The Futurist Manifesto

F. T. Marinetti, 1909

We have been up all night, my friends and I, beneath mosque lamps whose brass cupolas are bright as our souls, because like them they were illuminated by the internal glow of electric hearts. And trampling underfoot our native sloth on opulent Persian carpets, we have been discussing right up to the limits of logic and scrawling the paper with demented writing.

Our hearts were filled… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 10, 2009 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Napoleon Gas Наполеон Газ

USSR: "Sevzapkino" (Leningrad), 1925. B/w, mute, 7 parts, 138 minutes

Author of the scenario and director: S.Timoshenko.

Director of photography: S.Beljaev

Art director: E.Eney

In roles:

Boronihin Evgeniy Aleksandrovich — Gannimer, the inventor of poisonous Napoleon-gas

Rubinstain Roman — Jim Dugan, the king of aniline

Spirova Olga — Irma the Grant, the pilotesse

Talanov Ion — the Minister of… Continue

Added by panzer-papa on June 9, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

Invisible Eagle - The History of Nazi Occultism

Invisible Eagle - The History of Nazi Occultism

By Alan Baker

"The historian may be rational, but history is not."

- Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier

This book is concerned with one of the most controversial notions of the late twentieth century, one that is so bizarre and appalling in its implications that serious historians have consistently dismissed it as the worst kind of nonsense. Put simply, the notion is this:… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 9, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

SUPER SCIENCE - Reich of the Black Sun

Reich of the Black Sun - Nazi Secret Weapons and the Cold War Allied Legend

By Joseph P. Farrell


"Accordingly, this is not a work of history. But neither is it a work merely of fiction. It is best described as a case of possibilities, of speculative history. It is an attempt to make sense, by means of a radical hypothesis placed within a very broad context, of events… Continue

Added by Tome Wilson on June 8, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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