Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Tales of New Babbage, The Steampunk City, Kickstarter project…


From a lead from the lovely Miss Bookworm Heinreichs, I learned that a new New Babbage project is underway!  Titled “Tales of New Babbage, The Steampunk City”, as Mr. A. Cleanslate describes the new endeavor…

The City of New Babbage is a consensual hallucination of a steampunk city in a time that never was. Its built out of bits and prims in SecondLife (instead of bricks and plaster), but its as real a place as Paris or Mumbai. People from all over the world go there daily to build fantastic machines, fight krakens, and roleplay vast, open-ended storylines replete with mad scientists, street urchins and evil geniuses.
We also write stories. With a few exceptions, none of us are professional writers, and few write enough to generate complete works. But for all that, the stories are immensely entertaining and sometimes excellent. Weve assembled pages and pages of them and want to share them with the world.

A noble project with fantastic back story possibilities!  If one wishes to learn more about New Babbage, please visit its home website, at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/reader/

Friday, July 29, 2011

And the lucky winner of the Cowboys and Aliens contest is…


… is Charlie Tunja, with the lucky number of “43”.  Sadly, it was the biggest loss in over a year with the DJI, with an ending of 12,143.24 – unfortunate for stock brokers, but fortunate for at least one person.  My thanks to all who took the time to participate, a special thanks to Miss Lois2037 for her patience in addressing my numerical issue, and I do hope all who see the movie enjoy it!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The final list for the Cowboys and Aliens Contest!



Well, the final list is done, along with a few previews of the Cowboys and Aliens movie…

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/28/DDDF1KFOEH.DTL
http://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/07/28/cowboys-aliens-daniel-craig/
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/28/3041022/cowboys-aliens-a-crazy-thrilling.html
http://www.mercurynews.com/movies-dvd/ci_18561707
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0727-cowboys-and-aliens-20110729,0,3751538.column

… accompanied with a new trailer from the upcoming production (which is posted below)…



As far as the contest list is concerned, I did run into a bit of a vexing issue once I was done arranging the numbers.  Apparently, I didn’t quite have enough participants to evenly disperse the digit range, so I did make some adjustments, as one can see…

00 – 01  Mr. A. Ash
02 – 03  Ms. B. Urbik
04 – 05  Ms. L. Katz
06 – 07  Ms. M. Discovolante
08 – 09  Ms. R. D. Brown
10 – 11  Ms. K. Plante
12 – 13  Mr. C. Sheets
14 – 15 Ms. G. Fisher
16 – 17 Mr. C. O’Brien
18 – 19 Ms. J. Osborne
20 – 21 Mr. S. Crawford
22 – 23 Ms. J. Conrad
24 – 25 Ms. C. Bringuel
26 – 27 Mr. S. Violette
28 – 29 Ms. A. Preston
30 – 31 Mr. S. Boucher
32 – 33 J. VandenToon Keeney
34 – 35 Ms. S. Charter
36 – 37 Duke Edward Pearse
38 – 39 Mr. S. Crawford
40 – 41 Ms. J. F. Jones
42 – 43 Charlie Tunja
44 – 45 Mr. C. Ahrendt
46 – 47 Ms. K. Hoppe
48 – 49 Mr. E. Jones
50 – 51 Ms. L. Moran
52 – 53 Ms. T. Dawicki 
54 – 55 Ms. D. Crawford
56 – 57 Ms. Z. Marcin
58 – 59 Ms. A. Stock
60 – 61 Mr. D. Queiser
62 – 63 Mr. M. M. Madera
64 – 65 Mr. E. Hyde
66 – 67 Ms. K. Wade
68 – 69 Mr. D. W. Giles
70 – 71 Mr. M. Musick
72 – 73 Ms. Lois 2037
74 – 75  *Voided*

To address this challenge, I will add the following caveat –  if the Dow Jones Industrial Index lands between 74 and 99 for its last two digits on Friday, the 29th of July, I will extend the contest until Monday, the 1st of August.  Theoretically, there is a 74% chance this will be a non-issue, so do keep an eye on tomorrow’s numbers, and feel free to post comments on what you thought about the movie!  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The future of Steam on Marketplace…


The exterior of Seattle Steam –
Powering Seattle since 1893 with Steam!

One of the minor pleasure I indulge in on the way from work is listening to the radio show titled Marketplace. Quite a good show which focus on economics and marketplace issue, it always has something unique in its daily program.  I was agog when they did a piece on Seattle Steam, one of the few remaining urban powerplants… that uses steam as its power source!  Its ecologically friendly, good for the environment, ect, ect…, but one can only imagine the possibilities of steam making a comeback in other urban areas as an efficient power source (it practically begs to be improved with a few Steampunk tweaks)!  To read (or better yet, listen) to the piece, please head over to the Marketplace Sustainability desk, at: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/displayhttp://07/27/pm-steam-power-makes-a-comeback/

and one can visit the plant itself, at: http://www.seattlesteam.com/
(not a very exciting site, but still, educational…)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The current list for the contest…



Thought it would be a good idea to post the most current listing of individuals listed in the contest.  If by chance your name is not listed, please feel free to drop by the Steampunk Tribune’s Facebook Page.  Please do leave a message to ensure you are placed on the list – and my apologies to any individual who’s name I may have misspelled!

1. Mr. A. Ash
2. Ms. B. Urbik
3. Ms. L. Katz
4. Ms. M. Discovolante
5. Ms. R. D. Brown
6. Ms. K. Plante
7. Mr. C. Sheets
8. Ms. G. Fisher
9. Mr. C. O’Brien
10. Ms. J. Osborne
11. Mr. S. Crawford
12. Ms. J. Conrad
13. Ms. C. Bringuel
14. Mr. S. Violette
15. Ms. A. Preston
16. Mr. S. Boucher
17. J. VandenToon Keeney
18. Ms. S. Charter
19. Duke Edward Pearse
20. Mr. S. Crawford
21. Ms. J. F. Jones
22. Charlie Tunja
23. Mr. C. Ahrendt
24. Ms. K. Hoppe
25. Mr. E. Jones
26. Ms. L. Moran
27. Ms. T. Dawicki 
28. Ms. Lois2037


Still plenty of space left, but the list of entries closes tomorrow evening!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Attending to the ever-pesky RL…



My apologies in advance, as I’m busily engaged in attending to a number of issues, including consolidating the list for the contest, working on interview questions, and a few other non-Steampunk things!  However, I do believe I’ve located an alternative Airbender: Legend of Korra clip  to replace the one below, which Viacom so generously decided to block – lets see how long this one lasts!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra trailer



Fresh from its presentation at ComiCon, the new Airbender series, “The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra” has been released!  One of my other (older) vices aside from Steampunk are martial arts movies, so when the original Airbender series premiered, having young one in the household was a perfect pretense for watching this innovative series (and just watching martial art fights).  After its completion, there was talk of a new series, which was to take place eighty years after the completion of the original series, and contain a heavy dose of Steampunk (or at least an approximation of it).  After watching the trailer, it seems to have more of a Dieselpunk leaning, but the airships certainly did bring a smile when I saw them hovering over the city!  The jury is out regarding how “Steampunk” the new production will be, but nonetheless, one can hope to see a good amount of steam technology in it (along with, yes, more martial arts)!  Please do enjoy!

Steampunk Travelogue: Steam Snail


Venturing past the Steamlands is always tentative, with its own unique cultural memes (e.g. Zyngo, tarts, and other oddities), so knowing of small venues to receive a respite is always a welcome bit of knowledge.  One said locales is a small floating destination titled “Steam Snail”.



The top deck of the Steam Snail

Steam Snail is the product of Mr. GianLuca Arashi, who kindly designed this unique outpost, with a bit of assistance from some mechanical friend (who can be seen helping “lift” the Steam Snail build).  Simple but nicely designed, the location integrates both Steampunk and nautical themes in its construction.



Peering down into the main abode of Mr. Arashi

If you happen to be subsumed by a plethora of noobs asking for “free donations” (aka, begging for lindens), or any other ill characterization or comportment while on the mainland, do consider a brief trip to indulge in one’s genere of choice, by visiting Steam Snail, at: http://slurl.com/secondlife/herald/88/162/2423/ !



Alas, no one was home, but nice hookah – wonder what was being smoked….?



One of Steam Snail’s diligent workers, holding up the build!



As one can see, there are two extra levels where one can visit and relax without disturbance!

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Cowboys and Aliens pre-release giveaway endeavor…


One movie which I had left of the “upcoming Steampunk movies” list was a new production which will open next week, titled Cowboys and Aliens.  It has had quite a buzz surrounding it since its first trailer was released (around the beginning of the year), and though it isn’t quite *exactly* Steampunk (right era, but perhaps not very Steam-y technology), it does look like quite an entertaining work!  Its official synopsis is…

“1875.  New Mexico Territory.  A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hardscrabble desert town of Absolution.  The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist.  What he discovers is that the people of Absolution dont welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford).  Its a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky.  Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these mysterious visitors challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation.  As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and what hes experienced, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force.  “




A few days ago, I was contacted by a Mr. N. Sera, part of the Cowboys and Aliens market department, asking if I might be interested in doing a promotional give-away to the readers of the blog.  Never have done so before, so I figured I’ll give it a shot, so to speak.  The promotional prizes are two-fold: one is a very nice t-shirt (below), with the logo of the endeavor emblazoned on its front – quite snappy!



However, what might garner the most interest is the second part of the give-away.  A replica of Jake Lonergan’s wrist mounted alien artifact!  As shown below, its unique, and looks good in its original form, but I’m confident there are those who have calculating thoughts about it.  However, I was a bit vexed on how a means to provide a reasonably transparent method of running the contest, so I’ve outlined it below…



To take part of the Steampunk Tribune’s Cowboys and Aliens giveaway, which will end on Tuesday, the 26th of July, 2011 …

1) I’ll limit the entries to an ambitious total of 100 individuals who may be interested.  If you wish to participate, please do submit your name, preferably by leaving it as a comment on the Steampunk Tribune’s Facebook page, located at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/151653021530774
I’ll end the participation either by Tuesday night at midnight, or once I’ve accumulated 100 individuals.
(also, I’m afraid I’m limited to offering this to individuals in the US and Canada – that’s as far as they will ship the items in question!)

2) I’ll list the individuals on Wednesday night, assign a pair of digits to each participant (e.g. 01 – Mr. Brown; 02 – Mr. Pink, ect…), so those who are participating can see which numbers they have for the drawing.

3) In the best Robber Baron form, I will let the New York Stock Exchange (the Dow Jones Industrial, to be specific) decide who will win, based on the final last two whole number digits from the close of the markets on Thursday.  So, if the DJI end with a reading of 12,681.32, the person with the digit “81” would be the winner.

4) I will notify the winner, who will need to provide a mailing address, which I will then forward to marketing company for the goods.

I do hope my methodology isn’t too Rube Goldberg-esque, and do hope that things go well, but even so, I would certainly recommend a visit to the Cowboys and Aliens Facebook and/or their website for more information!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Around the World in 80 Days – with a Steampunk view…


Reminiscent of the Mysterious Voyages of Jasper Morello, this clever work by The Mad Cat is certainly worth a view!  Taking “Around the World in Eighty Days” on a bit of a Steampunk trip, its quite entertaining – do enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wozniak’s Conundrum, a Steampunk work…


Anything with “Wozinak” and Steampunk is bound to catch one’s attention, so seeing this small work was indeed quite intriguing.  Based on a 1897 Standard Model 7 Typewriter, the Wozniak’s Conundrum, which is on display in Eugene, Oregon, has a choice selection of new and old equipment from a 1991 Mac, including a telegraph key, tubed lighting, and even a floppy drive (quite an antique)!  To learn a bit more about this novel device, please turn to: http://technabob.com/blog/2011/07/18/wozniaks-conundrum-steampunk-mac/


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Gatehouse Gazette, Issue #19, is on the virtual newsstands!


One feature I always look forward to indulging in is the latest edition of the Gatehouse Gazette!  Issue #19 is ready for one enjoyment, including fashion reviews, an overview of Hispanic Steampunk, and much, much more!  To read yet another outstanding edition of the Gatehouse Gazette, please turn to: http://www.ottens.co.uk/gatehouse/gazette-19.php

Monday, July 18, 2011

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!


The dilligent minds at AeroNaut informed me that they are currently behind a new endeavor which will be highlighted at the Muzeo in Anaheim, CA, titled “Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!”  From the short, it looks like it will quite an outstanding enterprise, but being an ambitious event, a bit of financial assistance would be, well, useful.  As such, they have an extensive Kickstarter entry:

 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aeronautproductions/steampunk-history-beyond-imagination-museum-exhibi




So do take a moment to stop by their Kickstarter site and pay an eye at their endeavor, and then perhaps head to their main website, which is replete with many more videos of past works and more, at:
http://www.aeronautproductions.com/, & at their blog, located at: http://aeronautproductions.wordpress.com/

A brief history of Pneumatic Tube Transport, on IO9…


Yesterday, IO9 had an excellent article on Pneumatic Tubs, and what they (ideally) would have done for mass transpiration.  An excellent piece of work, I would certainly suggest a trip over to read this enlightening article, at: http://io9.com/5822028/a-brief-history-of-pneumatic-tube-transport

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Steampunk Travelogue: Steamshine Slade


Most Steampunk sims are urban recreations, along with a few Nautical Steampunk sims.  However, there is always an innovative idea that comes about, and a Steampunk getaway could certianly be counted as one of them!  As I was researching sims to add to the Travelogue, I came across one sim which was unfamilar to my “vast knowledge” of Steampunk sims – so obviously, I had to pay a visit!



The sim in question is Steamshine Slade – a beautiful Steampunk-themed beach escape nestled in a small corner of the virtual worlds.  At first blush, it is a central meeting area, with an intimate dance floor, seating, and a nice radio feed (which also has the listing of the song being played – always a nice touch).



I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Johnathan Slade and his partner Ms. Shiny Cristole, who greeted me upon arriving at Steamshine Slade.  They explained that one of their goals was to provide a relaxing get away, with a Steampunk flavor – which they have most certainly accomplished!


In addition to their dance floor, they also have beautiful waterfalls, and even a Steampunk-themed Merry-Go-Round, which I have to admit taking a quick jaunt on (the lightbulb, if I recall correctly).  From a bit of exploration at the sim, beyond the observatory and airship, I did happen to see a few more projects in the works at Steamshine (such as a small theater), so every effort is being put forth to ensure Steamshine Slade is a destination of first choice.



I would most certainly recommend a visit to Steamshine Slade whenever one desires a getaway from the urban environment.  To do so, please take a trip to your new destination, at: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vanessa/53/177/29

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Steampunk in The Atlantic Magazine


Two entries in one day is a tad uncommon, but I did wish to point out that the Atlantic magazine currently had a very nice article on Steampunk, and I would say certainly merits a quick jaunt – to do so, please turn to: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/07/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-steampunk-movement/241947/

The awaited Hugo Cabret trailer…


As if on cue, the trailer for Hugo was released last night.  It looks surprisingly good, for one who hasn’t read the book.  Please do enjoy!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

John Carter, Warlord of Mars, coming in 2012!


A Helium Ship, an amazing version of an airship!

Apparently movies with a Steampunk bent are coming out of the proverbial woodwork!  Though I must concur with Miss Fogwoman Gray, that 1) Cowboys and Aliens isn’t Steampunk, and b) I’m looking forward to its release as well – it looks like a fantastic production, I stumbled across yet another work with Steampunk imprints on it – the upcoming John Carter of Mars, based on the classic era books!



Having read the first few books of the series, when IO9 posted a few photos of the endeavor, I wondered… is there an accompanying video?  (Apparently so!)  Though most of the fame of the Warlord of Mars took place in the series of the 1930s & 1940s (squarely in Dieselpunk territory), his story had its beginning in 1912, were a serialized version of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ works, of an adventurer, a US Civil War veteran, arriving to his destiny on Mars (otherwise known as Barsoom).  I’ve added a few links for those unfamiliar with the series.



“Between Worlds”…

Disney has done well with the Pirates of the Caribbean series, so one can hope they will do justice to this classic work!  For more information regarding the upcoming production, and a few more useful links, please turn to:


… and the free eBook for those wishing to read a bit more…

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Poll Question: Which upcoming 2011 Steampunk movie are you looking forward to seeing?


Looking forward towards the projected movies for the remainder of 2011, I was intrigued that the latter half of the year has three Steampunk movies (or at least productions with a Steampunk bent to them) coming to the screens.  I was debating as to which one would be the most anticipated, so I figured it would be a perfect poll question!  The movies in question are: The Three Musketeers (opening in October, 2011), The Invention of Hugo Cabaret (opening in November, 2011), and Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows (opening in December).  I’ll simply provide the movie, trailers, and associated links, (without *too* much chatter), then feel free to vote on the sidebar!



As mentioned previously, the new Three Musketeers is a tad prior to what many consider the classic Steampunk timeline, but the movie has a plethora of Steampunk tropes, including what appears to be an outstanding airship battle!

For more information, please visit:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1509767/
http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/06/10/the-three-musketeers-poster-is-a-feast-for-the-eyes
http://upcoming-new-movies.com/the-three-musketeers-2011-synopsis-and-reviews.html

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The exceptional Caldecott winning children’s book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (or as its being “rebranded” as “Hugo“), is also a tad outside the classic Steampunk era, but the immensely popular book involves an orphan who maintains clocks in a Paris train station – I won’t divulge any more beyond that tidbit, but there is a classic Steampunk aspect to this production as well.  Mr. Martin Scorese will be directing this movie, but alas, I was unsuccessful in locating any video footage of this work, thus I’ve chosen to include this indepenent work reagarding the book itself…


Projected to be released in December, Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows, staring the previous cast, but with the addition of Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriaity, is certain to be an outstanding affair.  This movie is actually placed in the Victorian era, and just so happens the newest trailer was recently released (located below), so please do enjoy!


For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Historic 1906 film captures San Francisco’s Market Street…


A Cable Car in San Francisco

I happened to tune into sixty minutes last Sunday, specifically to watch a different segment, when it was followed by a piece about the Miles Brothers’ Market Street movie.  Originally thought to have been filmed in late 1905, due to the dogged perseverance of an amateur historian, its true date was later found to be in April 1906… about a week (or so) before the disastrous Great Earthquake of 1906.



The above is actually a re-digitized (and cleaned up) version of the original, with a very nice soundtrack added.  After watching main piece on the television, I recalled one commenter making an interesting observation – that many of the people in this video actually only had one more week to enjoy before the Great Quake hit the city – a bit foreboding to realize when one watches this video.  Still, there are many unique little things to watch for (as listed on the main piece below), such as the newsboys waving at the cable car at the turnaround, the eye-opening traffic (some of the vehicles was actually the same autocar, paid to circle around the cable car – identifiable by its license plate), or the preponderance of hats worn by everyone!



The Sixty Minutes article on the 1906 movie

A great historical find, placed in the context of a great city in what could be called the “Late Steampunk Age”, before it suffers a great amount of devastation.  Beautiful to watch, and if only there were a few airships…

To see the original website producing the above work, please turn to:
San Fran 1906 Film documentary…

The 1906 Miles Brothers’ Market Street Movie…
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6964752n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

and a bit more information, at:

SF Gate
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/stew/detail?entry_id=62237

Market Street Railway
http://www.streetcar.org/blog/2011/04/market-street-movie-shot-105-years-ago-today.html

Monday, July 11, 2011

Steampunk and Victorian Kickstarters endeavors!


Felt it was about time to mention all the Steampunk Kickstarter options one has choose from – seems as if they multiply by the day!  I begin with the Ladies of Mischief, who are busy penning a book on Victorian knitting and patterns.  One might see that they have reached their stated goal, but that was for, shall we say, the “bare bones” of their endeavor.  To fully fund their work, they are working toward a goal of 4000/USD, so do consider paying a visit to their Kickstarter website, at:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2082319929/needles-and-artifice-a-victorian-knitting-primer?ref=live

…. or perhaps a visit to their blog as well, located at: http://theladiesofmischief.wordpress.com/


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The Renowned League of S.T.E.A.M. is back, and seeking to address the cliff-hangers from Season 1, meaning there needs to be a Season 2!  As outstanding as their work and (mis) adventures are, a bit of additional help is always apprecaited by the League!  So do consider a trip to their Kickstarter site, at:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leagueofsteam/adventures-of-the-league-of-steam-season-two?ref=live

Then head over to their homepage, where one can find news, updates, and much more regarding the League of S.T.E.A.M., at: http://leagueofsteam.com/news/


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Who is Professor Algernon, you say?  Well…

The Professor Algernon Show is one of the few strictly Steampunk magic shows in America, during which we present a rich number of steampunk characters on stage.  Each character has a back story that is referred to during the show.  I would like to produce a six episode series to be aired as webisodes that can be viewed on line as well as aired during the stage show itself.

If your curiousity is piqued, then do take a jaunt to the Professor’s Kickstarter locale, at:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/professoralgernon/who-is-professor-algernon?ref=live

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Finally, one of my favorite webcomic series is heading toward a new graphic novel!  Follow the intripid adventurer Miss Connelly as she engages in her next adventure, the Eye of the Vortex.  An excellent genre adventure, it is fantastic news that the author is working towards penning the graphic novel, so much so that the “base level” has been dropped to 15,000/USD (vice the original goal of 25,000/USD).  It might seem a bit ambitious, but after one pays a visit to the the Ellie Connelly website (located here!), takes time to read her previous adventures, one can see the quality artwork and writing involved with this endeavor!  After you’ve spent much too much time enjoying the latest Ellie Connelly work, consider a visit to fund the “Eye of the Vortex, at:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/259256530/ellie-connelly-and-the-eye-of-the-vortex?ref=search

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Atomic Weight of Secrets or the Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black – coming to visit you very soon!


One of the unique aspects of Steampunk is not only its depth of new literature, but that a good portion of it is directed towards “younger readers”, introducing those with a budding curiosity into the world of Steampunk.  However, The Atomic Weight of Secrets or the Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black, piqued my interest, as is a book in which…

“…five young inventors are kidnapped in the year 1903 by mysteries men dressed all in black. If the children ever hope to escape and unravel the many secrets surrounding their entrapment, they must learn to work together on their greatest invention yet. It’s a story of wondrous inventions set in the Victorian era; more than that, it’s the story of the power of invention and the still stronger power of friendship.”

Personally, I prefer the Mysterious Men in Black and the Inventions, but there is more… I found the website well designed, and even includes audio snippets (of perhaps preparations of further development of the work), and an intriguing game included – with beakers, large pincers, and lab assistants (always a great combination)!



I understand there will be a competition regarding the game, with details to follow shortly – but still to learn more about The Atomic Weight of Secrets or the Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black, which has had positive reviews on Amazon, can be found there, at Indybound, its publisher, or a simple visit to the book’s home page, at: http://younginventorsguild.com/

(yes, and at its Facebook page, at:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001431618618&ref=ts)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Clock of the Long Now…


When one thinks of Steampunk, gear and cogs automatically come to mind… however, finding something that  uses gears and cogs for an exceptional purpose is most certainly a plus.  This clock, the Clock of the Long Now, located in deep in a mountain in western Texas, has been built with an unique goal in mind – to keep time for 10 millenia!  The associated group who monitor the piece certain represent the ultimate clock-winders – though I can’t really see the individuals doing more than one winding during their lifetime (lol).  Nonetheless, it is an insightful technical article, and most certainly worth a read!  Consider doing so, at:
http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/06/the_clock_in_th.php 
… and a bit more at: http://www.10000yearclock.net/



[Ed. Note – This article was forwarded by my good friend and fellow Steampunk explorer, Ms. Fogwoman Gray Volare, who has expanded her interests from Second Life and is now a menace to the metaverse at large!]

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Thackerty T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosity – A new Steampunk anthology!


Reading up on some of the newer things on the aethernet, I came across a new release by the renowned Mr. & Mrs. Vandermeer have released a new anthology of Steampunk works, in a compendium titled The Thackerty T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosity!  Though IO9 had an excellent write-up on the novel, the endeavor will not be available until next Tuesday, the 12th of July (per the Amazon.com listing).  Nonetheless, Ecstatic Days (Mr. Vandermeer’s website) provides a bit more tantalizing information regarding the Cabinet of Curiosity, so do consider visiting frequently for updated information!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers – The Moustache-powered Tuba Cabret!


Earlier on, I had the good fortune of being contacted by Mr. Biscuit about his musical endeavor, Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers!  Being across the pond, in the backwoods of the Southeast, with my pet alligator and corncob pipe, I hate to admit I was unfamilar with their musical stylings.  Taking a quick jaunt to watch the video of their latest production, I quite enjoyed their latest work, The Greatest Show on Toast (which will see its realease soon)!  As they are described…

“…Virtuosic piano, delicious drumming, twanging ukulele, astounding vocals and a tuba, rooting around at the back like a mother elephant, are brought together to beautiful effect by this fantastic quartet.”!



Do indulge in their video, then consider heading over to their homepage, where you can enjoy more of their work!  To do so, please saunter on over to: http://www.biscuithead.co.uk/
(and yes their Facebook link is at: https://www.facebook.com/biscuitbadger?sk=events)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Steampunk Racing App – Ionocraft Racing!


Received word the other day regarding a new and very application, which is certain to devour those moment one has while waiting in queue!  A new Steampunk racing application for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, titled Ionocraft Racing!  The application looks quite smart, and as their release describes it…

“… a new racing game available on iOS devices in which players can build and race their own custom steampunk speeders. Race through realistic industrial environments at breakneck speeds, earning in-game money to customize and upgrade your speeder with new parts. Fine-tune your speeders loadout to the requirements of each course and race against Game Center friends for high score bragging rights, complete with unlockable achievements. Ionocraft Racing is available now for download from the App Store for $1.99 on the iPhone and iPod Touch and $3.99 on the iPad.”


There are numerous options, including single player racing (with outstanding crashes, though one would usually attempt to avoid them), personlization of one’s own vehicle, and the opportunty to compare your success with other from around the world!  For more details, please visit:

Their Main Website:
http://www.ionocraftracing.com/

A bit more information regarding Ionocraft Racing:
http://verticalwire.com/releases/2503-customizable-steampunk-racing-comes-to-ios-devices-in-i-ionocraft-racing-i-


Visit the iTunes preview site, at: 
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ionocraft-racing/id428222704?mt=8

…and of course, their Facebook site:
https://www.facebook.com/PANVision

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Superfluous Steam Machine: An Exposition of Eccentricity, takes place tomorrow!


As mentioned late last month, the industrious students from the Steampunk Sculpture class at Austin Peay University will have the opportunity to display the fruits of their labor at the The Superfluous Steam Machine: An Exposition of Eccentricity, located scenic Clarksville, TN, tomorrow, starting at 5 pm!   The music guests Fable Cry will open the event, and at 7pm, Mr. Kevin Eslinger will host his award winning production Nickel Children.  If one happens to be fortunate enough to be in the local area, do don your best Steampunk attire and pay a visit!  For more information and get a bit of insight on their endeavor, please visit their Facebook location, at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002315581058

Monday, July 4, 2011

Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders – An outstanding online Steampunk magazine!


Keeping up with the accelerating popular world is Steampunk is a growing challenge – one that is quite easy to see with the very regular (or even daily) updates that numerous Steampunk blogs and magazines endeavor to produce.  One said endeavor is Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders, which in addition to new and unique reporting on the Steampunk genre, has a section which focuses on regional Steampunk events and goings-on from correspondents from literally around the world!  I’d highly recommend a visit to Dr. Fantastique’s Show of Wonders, ready you tea (or coffee), and indulge in their enterprise, which can be located at: http://www.doctorfantastiques.com/ … and do pay a “like” if one is so inclined, at their Facebook site, located at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doctor-Fantastiques-Show-of-Wonders/118935408154192?sk=info

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Facebook Pages 3 – Airships!



Yes, even more airships than one can shake a proverbial stick at!  As I shuffled though the collection of Facebook links for the second installment (the previous listing), I was amazed at how many “Airship” groups there were in the aether.  As such, I would be remiss not to include them, on their own special installation of the Steampunk Tribune’s Steampunk Facebook Pages.  



However, I would like to add one more non-Airship Facebook entry, submitted after my prior listing!
The Loyal Fans of Dr. Grymm Laboratories has its outstanding Facebook site, located at:
(Do stop by and “like” the good doctor!)… and now for the airships….

Ace of Spades: Airship & Crew

Airship 67

Airship Advocacy

Airship Aledita

Airship Alethia

Airship Ambassador

Airship Arcadia

Airship Archaeopteryx


Airship Belladonna

Airship Celeste

Airship Cloudbreaker

Airship Coffee (Coffee enterpirse…mmm, coffee…)

Airship Constantine

Airship CSS Thunderstrike

Airship Daedalus

Airship Daedalus (pulp adventure)

Airship Dionysus






Maritime Arts





That is the listings for the time being!  I will endeavor to post them to the sideboard, below the banner, for easier access – at a later date.  Hope these listings are useful – if there are more Facebook listings I’ve missed (and I’m certain there are), feel free to forward them to me for the next update!  Fair winds, following seas, and happy 4th of July (in the US)!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Steampunk Three Musketeers – coming this fall!


When I first saw this trailer, I started to roll my eyes, thinking that it would be yet another meager attempt at abusing the good name of Steampunk for yet another Hollywood production.  After watching it, I had only one thought… I will see this movie!  Though it isn’t strictly Steampunk, as in taking place in the Victorian era (of which I will admit of being a bit of a stickler about), it has a cacophony of Steampunk aspect that grasped my short attention span from the earliest shot, including…

– Firearms that are not only functional (within the movie), but a beauty to behold, 
– Very enticing mounted high caliber firearms, 
– Swashbuckling heroes (not exactly pirates, but they do charm the ladies),
– An impressive lady assassin, with excellent era style,
– The panache of the classic Three Musketeers, 

… but perhaps the *one thing* I have been waiting for in a Steampunk movie… an Airship Battle!  Something so obvious, but overlooked so frequently (loved the anchor deployment at 0:52 in the sequence)!  Without further ado, I cease prattling so you can get back to watching this future gem – do enjoy!

Friday, July 1, 2011

BioShock Infinite – Gameplay, screenshots, and even propaganda!


For those in gaming circles, the release of BioShock Infinite is anxiously awaited as one of the  most groundbreaking visual enterprises this year… and that’s not to mention the injection of a Steampunk background and an era take on politics.  I came across the preview of BioShock’s E3 2011 Demo, which I must admit, kept enraptured for a good while!  I’ve posted it just below…



BioShock Infinite’s E3 2011 Trailer

Heading a bit further down the rabbit hole, I started watching more videos of the upcoming game, including the “Windows into Other Worlds” (explaining your compatriot’s special abilities), how the “sky-lines” transportation system works, and the “Worlds and Enemies feature” (extrapolating more on Infinite’s world background)….




“Windows into Other Worlds” Feature




“Sky-Lines” Feature




“Worlds and Enemies” Feature




Entrance to the Columbia Transit Center 
(a plethora of Sky-lines at this locale!)


After this, I felt the desperate need to pay a visit to the company’s main website!  Same videos, but some amazing screenshot of the game!  The site also has an active forum, screen backgrounds, and much more!  I would certainly recommend a visit to Irrational Game’s virtual tent and take a peek at more of the amazing background, at: http://www.bioshockinfinite.com/ !


Not quite sure what these fellows are up to, 
but I’d say its no-good coming at one quickly!

Also, G4 Television will be premiering a 14 minute game-play sequence, come July 7, on “Game TV Trailers”, so do be aware of this as well!  For more information on this, please visit: http://gematsu.com/2011/06/irrational-to-air-bioshock-infinite-e3-demo-on-july-7



More views of beautiful Columbia!



…. and yes, the “propaganda” from BioShock Infinite- 
What appears to be a beverage, tonic, or “vigors”…



and a very nice arms advert!