Ballistol (from the words 'ballistic' and 'oleum') is a multi-purpose oil, first compounded in 1904 by Dr. Helmut Klever as a response to the German Imperial Army's request for a substance that could be used to clean and lubricate a soldier's firearm, as well as protect the wooden parts, and also protect his leather gear. It was adopted by the German army in 1905, and remained in use until 1945. So it's not quite Victorian, but does predate World War I by ten years. And yes, it's…Continue
Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on September 4, 2021 at 1:18pm — No Comments
Busy writing, writing my little stories to amuse my friends. I find myself laughing to myself as I write, is it funny or am I becoming unhinged? Could it be both? Working hard to maintain my status as a mad scientist.
OK, first off, I will shamelessly point out that putting "Steampunk" as the first word of the title simply gets more attention. Now on to the carbide lamp.
I used to think these things had been around for ages, but it turns out that these lamps did not come into general use until the very last years of the 19th century. (They were used primarily by miners, and cave explorers, as well…Continue
OK, for some reason, I was considering entering a post about how (in the United States) The European Grand Tour evolved into See America due to the onset of WWI. The Grand Tour was something that only the wealthy could indulge in. But the war sent thousands or "regular, everyday Americans" to Europe who would otherwise never have gone there. This reminded me of the song "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)". When I…Continue
Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on December 27, 2020 at 5:01pm — No Comments
I don't believe I have any talent when it comes to drawing, but I think I have managed to develop some skills with cobbling together visual images by computer manipulation. By using this so-called skill, I've made something from the CR&A universe that I've been meaning to for a long time. It's made using some found images, and various free fonts. I've uploaded the image full size, so it may look better opened in a separate window.…Continue
For a number of reasons (see here), I've been collecting replica Confederate currency for some time. Most of these bills include pictures of real people, mainly important individuals from general American history, or Confederate leaders of the time. It wasn't too difficult to identify who they were, except for one of them.…Continue
Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on September 19, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments
OK, not very steampunk, but with the current conditions, this may at least be informative for some people.
Recently, the city council where I live has made the wearing of face masks in retail establishments mandatory. No definition of what amounts to a 'face mask' was stipulated, so I've been wearing a black bandana so I look like an old west outlaw. Heh. But the whole mask business seems to be a big deal, and I've done a fair amount of research into masks as…Continue
Yet more coincidences relating to the character of Adele Calloway, her name, and fictional family.
I'll point out once more that the name "Adele Calloway" simply popped into my head one day, in November of 2012.
Just now, I decided to look up the name Calloway. It turns out to be not terribly uncommon in Texas, where Adele is from. There are a number of place names, and business names containing Calloway, and it is also the name of an early community…Continue
Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on July 1, 2020 at 4:14am — No Comments
Alright, I've decided to post a CR&A story. This is a short one, but it's one I've wanted to type up for some time, and now that I have, I'd like to let others read it. It's in my script format, and everything in it belongs to me! (Sorry, but I feel I need to say that.) Anyways -
P. Aloysius Regnad Presents:
A (rather important) CR&A Gaiden
"Regnad and the…Continue
By the standards of movies, and television, one is lead to believe that the most popular card based gambling game in the old west was poker. This is NOT true! It was Faro. (Or Pharo, or Pharaoh.)
Faro is a game of chance played with our "normal" 52 card deck, in what is now called "poker" size. (In the days of the Wild West, they were just as likely to be called a Faro Deck.) Faro requires a "layout" that looks like this:…Continue
Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on April 24, 2020 at 9:00pm — No Comments
OK, once one has decent replica coins and currency, one needs a way to spend it, right? So what better way than to plunk it down on the poker, faro, blackjack, or craps table! (At least in the Wild Steampunk West, where my CR&A character lives.) So that means playing cards, and dice. Cards first -
There are pretty much two options - the Highlanders 1864 deck…Continue
Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on April 24, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I'm going to try and recreate this series all over again.
I like to have "period" (like there's an actual Steampunk period, right?) items around to inspire me, and to "use" if I ever go to any kind of steampunk event. Replica money is as good a place as any to start. (The whole issue of replica money is clouded by the fact that some people (and maybe agencies) think this is the same as counterfeiting. I don't see this as the case, but it limits what's…Continue
This was originally posted under the title "Where do (my) ideas come from?" on the old Steampunk Empire website. And things in square brackets [ ] are modern insertions.
- (WARNING - This post contains what those reading [ or having read ] my CR&A stories may consider to be spoilers. [ Or maybe not. It's quite possible that no one reading this is familiar with my material. ] Anyways, proceed at your own risk.)
I considered a lengthy introduction to…Continue
Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on March 1, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments
OK, I've described coincidences 1, 3, and 4, so I may as well reiterate #2.
AFTER thinking up the character of Adele Calloway, giving her a romantic relationship with the character based on me, and deciding on her birthday (September 23, 1882), I decided to see how "we" relate according to the so-called "Chinese Zodiac". In simplest terms, this assigns an animal to a person according to the year of their birth, and indicates certain characteristics which a person with a…Continue
Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 28, 2020 at 2:36pm — No Comments
I've mentioned some of these things before, and here is another one.
The character of Adele Calloway has a number of highly developed skills that enable her to function successfully in a Wild/Weird Western Steampunk environment. She is an expert horsewoman, adept with a lariat, can track, and 'read sign' to an extraordinary degree, is fluent in American Indian sign language, and is highly proficient with handguns. She is also not shy about pointing out her abilities to…Continue
[This was originally a post in a group I had created on the old Steampunk Empire website, dedicated to classical music, and its relationship to steampunk.]
- Machines used to play music are nothing new. Carillons have been automated since at least the 17th century, and small music boxes have been around since at least the 18th. By the 19th century, musical machines of many types began to be produced. One of the most famous was the Panharmonicon, invented by…Continue
Added by Dr. Mungojerry Grindlebone on December 28, 2019 at 9:14pm — No Comments
Yes, its finally out and available in print and eBook on amazon!
Hope you all enjoy!
Added by Professor Briar on November 19, 2019 at 6:52am — No Comments