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Tina Holland is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - May 19, 2017 - 2:54am
Tina Holland is now a member of S.W.A.G
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Dieselpunks.Org

Dieselpunk - May 13, 2017 - 7:42pm
You may be asking what’s up with Dieselpunks.org? Not long ago posted on the site that I was having to close it because of the cost in time and money. However, I recently posted a follow up article titled "Big News Coming!"

All I will say here is that all my readers should continue to check in at Dieselpunks.org. Big news is indeed coming.


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Alt. Right Fascist Perverts World War II Posters

Dieselpunk - April 23, 2017 - 8:49pm
Many of us in the Dieselpunk community have discussed our fear that contemporary racists would use Dieselpunk for racist means. Primarily we’ve been concerned about Fascists. Recently some racists have used patriotic material from World War II for their own perverted propaganda.

In January of 2017 Fascist writer Jared Taylor began posting perverted versions American posters from World War II. These perverted posters included one of Rosie the Riveter where here replaced the words ‘We Can Do It!’ with ‘Don’t Apologize for Being White’.

If you don’t know who Taylor is, he’s an American white nationalist who believes that intelligence and race are connected and that whites are the superior race. He founded the white supremacist organization New Century Foundation, which uses pseudoscience to promote the philosophy that whites are a superior race. In addition, he’s the editor of the Foundation’s magazine American Renaissance. He is a former member of the advisory board of The Occidental Quarterly, and a former director of the National Policy Institute, a Virginia-based white nationalist think tank. He is also a board member and spokesperson of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

Taylor isn’t some uneducated hick. According to Newsweek magazine he’s Yale-educated and is trilingual in English, Japanese, and French. In addition, Traylor has a Masters of Arts in international economics at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), graduating in 1978.

So why this appearance of racist posters? When Taylor was asked why he launched his poster campaign, he response was, “We just got inspired…. The timing is good, given all of the controversy around the Trump presidency.” Such views should not be a surprise since as the Conservative newspaper Wall Street Journal reported Taylor supported Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and recorded robocalls to support Trump before the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.

On a personal note, I find Taylor and his beliefs repugnant. This recent stunt of taking American World War II posters and twisting them into racist propaganda perverts what men and women were fighting and dying for. When Dieselpunks acknowledge the racism of the Diesel Era (circa 1920s - circa 1954) it’s to combat it, not celebrate it.


I intentionally didn’t post images of the posters. If the reader wants to see one, visit the Newsweek article. That article not only has several examples but an in depth analysis with a great video.
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For Sale: The Steampunk Roadster !

Steampunk Workshop - April 14, 2017 - 1:48pm
Update 4/14/2017: This car is for sale again!  In a few short months The Steampunk Workshop will celebrate it’s 10th birthday! I can barely believe that it’s been ten whole years since this whole “steampunk” thing blew up on the internets. It’s been a lot of fun for me, but I also feel like we’re […]
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Great Performances: ‘Young Men’

Dieselpunk - April 9, 2017 - 9:39pm
PBS goes to war with ‘Young Men’.


This intriguing production stars the internationally acclaimed, all-male dance company BalletBoyz.

According to the Great Performances web site,

"The narrative follows a young solider and his squadron’s experience of basic training, combat, and ultimately, the destruction of modern warfare. The film is shot without words, instead using the locations and carefully choreographed dance to depict the devastation of a continent. The characters themselves remain ambiguous, representative of the experiences of young men of every nation as they struggle to maintain their humanity in an unending cycle of combat and death.

These young men succumb to the terror of their situation in a myriad of ways. War takes its mental and bodily toll on these comrades, as they struggle to survive one day’s destruction, only to wake to another’s mortal threats. A potent combination of music and choreography, the film is an immersive emotional journey into the reality facing young men at the extremes of human experience."

This production originally aired April 7th. If you missed this you can see it online at the official Great Performances web site.


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Stewart J Breier added a discussion to the group AIRSHIP ADVENTURERS

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 4, 2017 - 3:48am
Stewart J Breier added a discussion to the group AIRSHIP ADVENTURERS
The Azure CatI'm in because I drew blueprints for a water ship / aerial / spacecraft, It runs on steam, and utilizes a mechanical energy storage and generation device.Within the vessel is a garden, for entirely self-contained food.The one aspect I haven't entirely worked out is H2O generation, i.e. fuel, or perpetual fuel.The ship also has a gamer's deck, in the event things get dull, or the moment strikes.Happy Sailing,SJSee More
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Stewart J Breier posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - March 29, 2017 - 5:45pm
Stewart J Breier posted a status
"Dreaming of the sky, breathing in, steamy air."
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Stewart J Breier posted a discussion

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - March 29, 2017 - 5:10pm
Stewart J Breier posted a discussion
The Strongboy, an adventure in mechanical powerThe Strongboy v2.5 bS.J. BreierPhysics: Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, MA (Mechanical Advantage).1)A weight is dropped.A rope is attached to the weight, which is wound around a turbine.Thus, whenever the weight drops, energy is generated.2)—The weight may be pulled back up, for another drop, thus restoring the potential energy.—In order to make the pull more efficient, a pulley may be introduced on either side of the weight.  A 2 pulley system is MA 2, so 2 of these is MA 4.—Further efficiency may be added by placing a wheel and axel, another MA device.3)Another possibility design is a rotating wheel.—While it is balanced, and the weight will not drop, with power assist, it can turn a turbine in the center.—an MA wheel and axel can be added to the center to increase efficiency.—It should be possible to place the pulleys at the sides, with the rope sliding up along them, MA 4.—Possible advance, is to go from a wheel to a sphere, although I am unsure whether this works.  Then, there may be some way to further alter the inside to gain a 3 dimensional effect.Pulleys may not work with the sphere, then again, maybe the sphere can rotate, cradled, with pulleys on either side.On the interior, a curved wheel and axel system is layered to increment MA.Furthermore, spin should be considered as a resource with regard to energy for the sphere.4)Possible Power Sources—Mechanical (wind up, lever)—Wind, Solar, Renewable—Fossil, Vegetable—Chemical5)FormulaF = magravity = 9.8F = (kg)(9.8)(meters)6)Potential ApplicationsEndless7)A way to transport big weights, is to divide up the weight into 20 lb bricks that snap together to form the big weight.  The smaller bricks have handles for carrying.The big weights can be further divided up, so that they lift separately, depending on how many different lifts it is convenient to have.8)Energy Use in U.S. homes, from the EIA506 kWh - 1172 kWhby / 30 =16.87 k Wh - 39.07 kWhroughly per daySee More
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