Celebrating All Things Dieselpunk

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Return of Boss Larry and Big Blue Swing

I’m back! After a break, I’m ready to dive back into sharing my love of all things dieselpunk.
I wanted to turn everyone on to an interesting online streaming station that I’ve found: “Big Blue Swing.com”.

According to their web site, “Big Blue Swing.com is a non-profit Internet Radio Station featuring the best swing and blues music available. Our selections give you the feeling of being right back at that weekend exchange. Whether you’re doing Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues, or East Coast/West Coast Swing, we think you’ll find what you’re looking for here at Big Blue Swing.com.”
Admittedly, the station is a little odd. For reasons that aren’t quite clear, the station will at times randomly play a contemporary gospel song. Thankfully, they don’t overkill in this for these songs aren’t played back to back. Moreover, I find these gospel songs often to be a lot of fun. They tend to remind me of the fantastic church scene with James Brown from the movie Blues Brothers.

Therefore, if you don’t mind occasional gospel music with your big band, you might enjoy Big Blue Swing.com.

There are varieties of ways to listen to Big Blue Swing.com.

For PC:
You can listen to them at their web site: http://web.bigblueswing.com/

You can also listen to them at http://bigblueswing.radio.net/

For Mobile:
I would recommend http://tunein.com/

Friday, June 26, 2015

Important Message

Dear Reader,
Due to events in my life, I’m currently unable to maintain this blog at this time. I hope to go back to blogging soon.

Thank you,

Saturday, June 6, 2015

World War II Uniform Resource

It used to be that I could go into an Army/Navy Store and find loads of World War II surplus uniforms. However, as time goes by Army/Navy Stores has become more hunting and fishing supply.
If you want to find authentic looking World War II uniforms, American and German, I highly recommend At the Front Shop. (Note: I have not been paid for this post nor do I have any financial interest in this company.)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Ice War by Anders Blixt

Alternative history plays a major role in dieselpunk fiction. The Ice War, written by Anders Blixt, is a great example.

In the Introduction, we learn that speculative Southern continent of Terra Australis really exists in this alternate universe and is called Alba. It’s populated by an intelligent race of beings called the Ursines. The author describes them as resembling ‘bear-centaurs’ and of similar intelligence to humans. However, their technology is roughly 18th century and pre-industrial.

The protagonist of the story is Johnny Bornewald who is a spy for the rebels fighting the Habsburg Empire. His mission is to travel to Alba and gather intelligence about his enemies. What he finds could change the course of human history.

The Ice War is a fun adventure story set in a well thought out and realistic alternative dieselpunk universe. It’s full of international intrigue and action.
Written by one of the men who coined the term dieselpunk, Ice War is a fun read that you really should buy.

You can purchase it through Smashwords and Amazon.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Who Won World War II?

This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Countries around the world are celebrating victory over German and Italian fascism. However, the worldwide celebration isn’t united. Most of the West fails to consider the role of the Soviet Union in winning the war in Europe.

The web site for the British newspaper ‘The Independent’ has an interesting article examining whether the Soviet Union’s participation in the war was necessary for an Allies victory.

You can read the article here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Japan and World War II Atrocities

I’ve always found the differences between how the governments of Germany and Japan have portrayed their own actions during World War II interesting. Germany has come clean with what they did while Japan often seems to be in denial.

Here’s a very interesting article about the reactions of the survivors of Japanese POW camps to the upcoming address by the Japanese Prime Minister Minister Shinzo Abe to the US Congress.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


“Dieselpunk” In the News
The official Popular Science web site posted and article on April 3, 2015 titled “Google Takes Over Airship Hangars In California: Dieselpunk ruins to cyber-realities.”

Postmodern Jukebox Music
Back on March 10, 2015, Postmodern Jukebox released a wonderful version of Gangsta’s Paradise with Robyn Adele Anderson once again singing.