Imagining a Better Future by Re-imagining the Past

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Going on Sabbatical

Sabbatical: Any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc. – Dictionary.com

Sometimes one just has to get away. Some disappear to a monastery. Others go away to a foreign land. Some just stop doing what they were doing.


Dieselpunk Vacation Poster
I’ve decided to take a two month sabbatical from writing this blog. My plans are to return sometime in September, no hard date set, and pick it back up again.

Until then, take good care of each other. Because that’s what’s life is all about.
Boss Larry

Monday, June 12, 2017

American Epic

I recently watched a series that every Dieselpunk should see, American Epic.

American Epic comprises a three-part historical music documentary, a feature-length performance film, and a set of companion album releases. The project is executive-produced by Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford directed by Bernard MacMahon and written by Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, and Duke Erikson of Lo-Max Films..

Featuring newly discovered film footage and photographs, American Epic is the result of "some eight years of research" by MacMahon. It examines the period from the 1920s when US record labels explored rural America to find new audiences for music, and recorded "a huge variety of folk, blues, country and ethnic songs", representing "the DNA of America, its raw expression". The films feature "exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first emerged".

In addition to the three-part historical documentary there is a recording session with contemporary musicians released as a DVD and CD.


The official American Epic web site
The official American Epic PBS site
The official American Epic BBC Four Arena site

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Beginings At Dieselpunks.Org

In my last post I hinted that something big was going to occur with Dieselpunks.org. A few weeks ago I posted the following at the site: I’m proud to announce that Dieselpunks member Eric Fisk has stepped up to the plate and will take over ownership of Dieselpunks.org. Ericis an avid dieselpunk, blogger, webmaster and a podcaster. 

There will be more information. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dieselpunks.Org

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.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Alt. Right Fascist Perverts World War II Posters

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.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Great Performances: ‘Young Men’

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.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Archer: Dreamland

In April of 2017 Dieselpunk returns to the small screen. The eighth season of the hit series Archer becomes Archer: Dreamland. To be shown on the cable network FXX, Archer: Dreamland is set in 1947. It turns out that Archer didn’t die at the end of season 7 but is in a coma. So all of season 8 takes place in his head.


Archer: Dreamland premiers April 5, 2017 on the FXX cable network.