"The Killers" is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. It first appeared to the public in 1927 in Scribner's Magazine. The writer's depiction of the human experience, his use of satire, and the everlasting themes of death, friendship, and the purpose of life have contributed to make "The Killers" one of Hemingway's most famous and frequently anthologized short stories. The story features Nick Adams, a famous Hemingway character from his short stories. In this story, Hemingway shows Adams crossing… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on July 23, 2010 at 6:00pm —
This rear-engine three-seater was officially presented at the Grand Prix de l'Autoroute de l'Ouest opening, June 9, 1946.
Powered by the 1,911 cc (116.6 cu in) four-cylinder Citroën engine (56 bhp), it was fast - 150 km/h. Streamlined body had a remarkably low drag coefficient - 0.23. The car, named Wimille Prototype No.1, was built for one of the greatest French racing drivers - Jean Pierre Wimille.… Continue
A friend just sent me this link to this cool dieselpunk short movie. According to the site io9 "...it stars Doctor Who's Noel Clarke (Mickey!) and is directed by concept designer Matt Savage, who worked on Doctor Who, Kick-Ass, and the upcoming X-Men: First Class. The styling reminds me of Caprica, with its blend of mid-twentieth century styles and a hypertech future.
This short has been making the rounds of UK film festivals, and just went live on… Continue
In 1911, the first graduating class of Austria-Hungary's Royal and Imperial flying school at Wiener Neustadt stands before a Taube monoplane designed by Austrian Igo Etrich. The plane was one of Austria-Hungary's fleet of five military aircraft.…
Recently, director Michael Mann (father of the crime epics Heat and Thief) put to celluloid the story of John Dillinger in Public Enemies. In the movie we see very briefly a weapon that captured the imagination of Americans as Dillinger and fellow gangsters blazed their way across the country.
So I found the picture below on my iPad. It's a screenshot from some video I had been watching, but I don't remember ever seeing it before. I blew up the image so I could read the title on the front metal plate "Kodaslide Table Viewer". I did a search on ebay and got one for $50 with free shipping. A serendipitous event to say the least. I know it's 1950's but it's styling, and lines make it almost look like some sort of view screen a mad scientist might be using in one of the late 1930's early… Continue
One of the most unusual planes to be developed during World War II must have been the Voss BV 141. What set it apart from other planes was the crew gondola that was placed on the starboard side of the aircraft as well as it's odd tail design.…
Lincoln Beachey was one of the greatest U.S. aviation pioneers, a true hero, admired by his colleagues and even more - by the cheering crowds.
He was a perfect Sky Gentleman, fearlessly performing the most dangerous flights in his business suit. Here's bis brief biography from Carroll Gray's website:
Beachey was born in San Francisco, California, on… Continue
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.…
A couple of friends of mine did a video about the videogame Fallout 3 but in real life, set in Europe instead of DC. I'm sort of the official editor. It's relatively short, but more episodes are promised. Let me know what you think of it.
Enjoy as our pipboy-less vault dweller disembarks on the shores of Portugal only to find the true extent of the…
On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.
This week, we're highlighting one of Lovecraft's more approachable works entitled, The Rats in the Walls. I've heard several complaints that HP Lovecraft used such an obtuse and impenetrable style, most readers are hesitant to pick up any of his work. And while I can agree that the sentences do… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on July 19, 2010 at 12:00am —
Frank Westfall, owner of Middle Earth Leather in Syracuse, NY (Little Italy) rebuilt and restored this classic 1936 art deco motorcyle, originally designed by visionary O. Ray Courtney. It recently appeared at the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet just north of NYC and it was love at first site.
The Flying Proletariat (1925) By: V. V. Mayakovsky
Originally composed in 1925 by communist VV Mayakovsky, I know of no scholarly translations of this excellent dieselpunk poem. I hereby offer this (poorly) autotranslated version in an attempt to expose The Flying Proletariat to our Western audience. Should you know of a proper translation, or are willing to provide us with one, please contact me. Thank you.…