Sunday, December 30, 2012

Steampunk Artistic Inspiration #5: Sany, the Steampunk Rider



For the last entry of 2012, I figured I’d add one of my more enjoyable and sausy finds from Deviant Art!  Sany, the Steampunk Rider, was completed by Mr. Q. Pointillart, a very talented French artist with amazing skill indeed!  His playful representation of the Steampunk Rider the retro-esque Steampunk look with a playful nonchalance many in the genre display!  To see more of Mr. Pointillart’s work, please do visit his Deviant Art page, located at: http://orbi51.deviantart.com/

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Steampunk podcasts on Itunes…



As I have a bit of a commute to work every morning, and frankly soured on what passes for news / propaganda on the morning news stations, I’ve taken a turn to indulging in podcasts.  A nice reprieve from the talking headless heads, I’ve been surprised at the small number but quite good Steampunk podcasts that are available.  Waiting in the queue after I completed the current monolithic podcast I’m involved with are…

(Please note – one can also find the iTunes work by searching in iTunes search!…)

The Clockwork Cabaret  – Ongoing
One of my perennial favorite Steampunk podcasts, the Clockwork Cabaret is the audio showcase for the world of Steampunk, and a “must subscribe” for anyone with an ipod (or other fruit-associated electronic device).  To learn more about their extensive work, or find alternate feeds (aside from iTunes , please do visit their website, at: http://www.clockworkcabaret.com/, and the podcast is located at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-clockwork-cabaret/id380506281


Steampunk Research & Development Podcast – (September 2012 – Current)
As part of the comprehensive website “Steampunk Research and Development”, the associated podcast is very nicely done, and I am certainly looking forward to their weekly episodes (although the volume is a tad low, so you’ll have to check your speakers).  To view the http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/, and the itunes location is at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/steampunk-research-development/id565827941


Steam Geeks – (January 2011 – December 2011)
Hosted by the talented members of the League of Steam, this series did a yeoman job of covering a variety of Steampunk-related news and topics.  On an extended hiatus, it is still an excellent website to download and indulge.  It is located at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/steam-geeks/id414617243


The Non-Euclidean Aethercast – (July 2012 – Ongoing)
The very talented author of the Traveller’s Steampunk blog also has an ongoing audio series to accompany his steadfast blog (http://daily-steampunk.com/steampunk-blog/).  Covering a variety of topics, including the Steampunk realms of Europe, it is high on the list for listening… althoguh I have not found a direct iTunes link, an alternate soundcloud link for The Non-Euclidean Aethercast can be located at:  https://soundcloud.com/yithmas/non-euclidean-aethercast-vol-1


Zen & and the Art of Steampunk – (August 2009)
The only Steampunk podcast (to my knowledge) regarding the Second Life Steamlands, Zen & the Art of Steampunk, hosted by Mr. ZenMondo Wormser, covered a variety of RL & SL Steampunk endeavors.  A brief four episodes, it is still enjoyable to listen to Steampunk in the virtual worlds, “back in the day”.  So to indulge, please turn to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/zen-the-art-of-steampunk/id275442942


The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences – (April 2011 – Ongoing)
An enticing Steampunk series documenting the continuing episodes of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, winner of the 2011 Airship Awards, and finalist for best science fiction on Goodreads.com, the podcast adds an extra dimension to their current novel (the Janus Affair), and frankly whets one’s appitite for more episodes (and well, more novels as well)!  I must say I’m quite looking forward to this series (after indulging in a few samples episodes)!  To get up to speed on the MOPO, please do visit their website, at: http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/ , and their iTunes locale, at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ministry-peculiar-occurrences/id424756892


A few more works that I’ve yet to listen to, but are loaded onto my little device…

Of Steam, Steel, and Murder- (November 2009 – Ongoing)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/of-steam-steel-and-murder/id345294564

Radio Steam – (Undated, but completed)
[Search through iTunes, please]

The Emperor’s Edge (Completed audiobook)
Fables of the Flying City – (November 2005 – June 2012)


Once I’m finished with my growing list of podcasts, I’m eyeing a few audiobooks, though I must say I’m a bit surprised at the cost of said audiobooks.  I will admit to not knowing the machinations regarding completing an audiobook, but for the price (seems to be between 20-30 USD), I’ll want to make sure that I *really* like the book!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Steampunk Artistic Inspiration #5: Brassheart



Looking about Deviant Art for vehicle inspiration, I came across Steampunk Ship: Brassheart, an excellent work by Mr. R. Hoff.  The artwork is impeccable, but I do enjoy the small touches which makes the Brassheart standout, such as the liberal use of glass for portholes (specifically the very large display), the unique silhouette of the ship (from the side), and oddly, the fact it is in port, so one not only sees the ship, but gets a small snippet of the world around it.  An excellent work, imo, and do consider visiting his DA location for more excellent artwork, at:  http://industrial-forest.deviantart.com/ – Do enjoy!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Steampunk Tribune!


As I shall be away for a bit celebrating the holidays with family, I did wish to take the opportunity to wish the loyal (and patient) readers of the Steampunk Tribune a Merry Christmas and Fair Tidings for the Holiday Season!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pirates 101 – a youthful Steampunk-esque MMO…


Whilst I was taking a break from my lack of internet connectivity earlier this week, I happened upon an interesting little game (during a commercial break from Spongebob, the modern day descendant of the classic Chuck Jones works).  Anyways, I saw this odd little MMO, which was directed towards children, but impressed with how it integrated two icons of Steampunk – Pirates and Airships!  Once back online, I headed over after doing a bit of research, and discovered a pleasant little MMO for the younger set, a nice introduction to said Steampunk tropes.  Not quite sure if I would consider trying it (after all, I am a bit out of the age range of 8 to 12), but for those who have hard-studying childern in their lives, this does look to be a nice little diversion, away from the smut-ridden information superhighway (ahem… except for Steampunk blogs, of course)!  


For more information regarding Pirates 101, including a free trial, please visit:

Their main location, at: https://www.pirate101.com/free_game
Forbes Magazine coverage, at: 
Threat or Menace review:
Pirates 101 Forum:


Friday, December 21, 2012

The 5th Annual Steam Santa & Boiler Elf Ball, in New Babbage, this weekend!


Its that time of year again in New Babbage, when Steam Santa pays a visit to the City-State (specifically at the Piermont Landing), and all the urchins are wishing for candy and coal in their stocking!  As a last minute change, the New Babbage Mid-Winter Dash has been rescheduled to 10:30am SLT, … and to tell Steam Santa what you would like for Christmas this year, make sure you stop by at the Santa’s Helpers Urchin Ball, from 2pm to 5pm SLT, and later at the main ball, from 6pm to 9pm, SLT!  For more details, please visit the New Babbage non-Ning, at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/drupaltest/
Be seeing you there!…

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Steampunk Artistic Inspiration #4: A Steampunk Fairytale


A Steampunk Fairytale, by ~frankhong


Well, one never appreciates a good internet connection until one loses it!  But I’m back, and though I’m a bit behind, I’m hoping to catch up with a the Steampunk stores (albeit a tad later than I would have liked), and continue with the the Steampunk Facebook links, which of the nine votes, the choice to have the Facebook links on the sidebar beat out the other two choices, specifically a separate page, and a separate website.  So… I’ll be adding that to my list, reviewing the entire year of Steampunk Facebook requests in an attempt to  add all those who have asked and patiently waited!  For the meantime, please do enjoy Mr. Frank Hong’s excellent illustration, A Steampunk Fairytale, and do consider visiting his website, at: http://frankhong.deviantart.com/ – Do enjoy!


Friday, December 14, 2012

Steampunk, An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film, and other Victorian Visions!




The other day I was became aware of a new Steampunk titled, “Steampunk, An Illustrated History of Fantistical History, Fanciful Fiction, and Other Victorian Visions“.  I admit to being intrigued by the retrospective of a retrospective genre, and must admit to being pleasantly surprised upon taking the opportunity to review the book.

First, the physical presentation of Steampunk, An Illustrated History, is exceptionally well done.  A very nice inlaid cover with the prototypical Steampunk icons (airships and cogs), the interior of the book is also a gorgeous work to behold.




Divided into numerous sections, the author, Mr. B. Robb, takes the challenging effort to attempt to illuminated the disparate threads from which the beloved genre has evolved.  Beginning by meshing early literary icons (e.g. Wells, Verne, et al), with the amazing real engineers and inventors of the era (e.g. Tesla, Babbage, Brunel), and follows a comprehensive narrative which includes insights into socio-economic tribulations of the era, and how they affected the form of Steampunk.

Continuing through the modern literary era with the current writers who have worked towards expanding and adding depth to Steampunk, Mr. Robb makes an Herculean effort to catch the many threads of Steampunk in the “modern era”, including classic literary novels, and later, reviewing the vast array of graphic novels in which Steampunk has a staring role.




Delving into “moving pictures”, the range of visual Steampunk is explored from the earliest incarnations of “Victorian Romance” (a la “A Trip to the Moon”), following its progression through the mid century production (such a “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, “The Master of the World”, and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”), and reaching modern classics such as Hugo, The City of Lost Children, and The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, the author does a yeoman job of not only touching on directly apparent Steampunk works, but also reflecting the impact that associated genre movies (e.g. cyberpunk, pulp era serials), infuse into the Steampunk genre.  A trip to the  small screen was inevitable, but again, well done, with homage paid to some of the lesser appreciated works of Steampunk television (e.g. The Wild Wild West series, and Briscoe County Junior).

I was quite impressed with the depth and seriousness that Steampunk, An Illustrated History, and would certainly recommend it as a key addition to any Steampunk collection, be the reader a complete novice or experienced individual in the genre.  In fact, to whet one’s palette, I might also recommend a few additional reviews as well, for this literary keystone to the genre…

The Steampunk Chronicle:

Nerd Reactor:

Complications Ensue: The Crafty TV and Screenwrting Blog:

Boiler Room News.com

… available at Amazon.com, at: 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Steampunk Artistic Inspiration #3: Steampunk Notebook



Although extravagant items are always of note in Steampunk, having small, nuanced items really add a bit of panache to anyone’s decor and/or surroundings.  Small everyday items such as this beautiful Steampunk notebook, made by Mr. Diarment, most certainly add a unique flair to as simple device for keeping one’s ideas.  I would certainly encourage a trip to his Deviant Art locale, where there are a plethora of beautiful items on display, then perhaps a visit to his Esty shop, where one can window/screen shop at the amazing works on display (located here – alas, only two books are available at the moment, but they are quite outstanding).  Finally, the good gentleman has a blog with more of his works on display, located at: http://diarment-creations.blogspot.com/ .

http://www.etsy.com/shop/diarmentcreations

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ms. Ada Lovelace’s Birthday celebrated on Google… and Neo-Victoria’s photo contest for its 2013 calendar!


To start the week off, I wanted to first make an announcement that Neo-Victoria is in the midst of its photography contest for the 2013 Neo-Victoria Calender, or as succinctly described by Ms. A. Ares, an outstanding opportunity to display one’s photographic skills in a Steampunk environment!  There are an excellent range of prizes, from first to twelfth, and Linden awards running the gamut from L$250, to L$5000, so if one is up to the challenge, do pay a visit to the Koinup NeoVictoria project local for more details, at:  http://www.koinup.com/group/neovictoria/discuss/photo-contest-for-2013-calendar/15192/



And Google has astutely provided recognition to one of the patron saints of Steampunk, the exceptional Ms. Ada Lovelace!  The legendary mathematician was key in providing foundational work for Mr. C. Babbage’s early mechanical endeavors, and for the remaining time of the tenth of December, one can indulge in all things Lovelace, by choosing the Google “doodle”!  (or if a bit late, one can reap the same font of wisdom here!)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Steampunk Artistic Inspiration #2: Steampunk Leaves Spider

Steampunk Leaves Spider, by ~CatherinetteRings

Continuing with the “artistic inspirations”, Catherine Rings caught my eye (so to speak) with its very unique and creative designs of rings, necklaces, and of course, insects (as per above).  Amazing work, and exceptionally creative, so if one has not had the opportunity to view all of Mr. Proux’s work, do consider a trip to his Deviant Art website (located here: http://catherinetterings.deviantart.com/ , and Etsy site, located here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CatherinetteRings .

Friday, December 7, 2012

Steampunk on Pinterest



Well, I’ve worked past my latest malady of the winter season, but it did take a toll on my projected schedule of postings on the blog.  As such, I’ll endeavor to catch up, starting with highlighting a venue which has not really caught my attention, though it seems quite popular.  Pinterest, a location which focuses mostly on graphic works, has a dedicated location for Steampunk entries!  Alas, I’m still endeavoring to locate my attribution (and will add it upon locating it), but for now, please do enjoy this latest shore that Steampunk has landed upon, located at: http://pinterest.com/steamuniverse/

Monday, December 3, 2012

Steampunk Artistic Inspiration #1: Steampunk Apocalypse



I do make a point of wandering about Deviant Art, seeing new and unique imagery as intriguing views on Steampunk, such as the above re-imagining of Alphonse Mucha’s Les Saisons (1900), but instead of the four seasons, its the Steampunk version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.


And above is a more attuned work towards the Mucha classic, titled Steampunk Seasons.  Ms. C. Yates, the brilliant artist behind the above pieces, has a number of outstanding Steampunk artistic representations, so if one cares to see more, do visit her Deviant Art location!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

“The best 26 online stores for Steampunk Christmas shopping!”



As I was journeying through the Business Insider, I came across a unique line regarding online shopping and Steampunk (the aforementioned “Best 26 online stores for Steampunk shopping).  Needless to say, it caught my eye, and even more so, I came across more online endeavors that I had not been familiar with – quite a pleasant surprise!




From well known Steampunk merchants such as The Gentleman’s Emporium and Clockwork Couture (including Mr. Brian Kesinger’s iconic Steampunk artwork), to some new ones (to myself, anyways), such as Steampunk Threads, Dark Knight Armory (very nice boots), Museum Replicas, The Pyramid Collection (with snazzy goggles!), The Venusian Airship Pirate Trading Company, and Dress Like A Pirate (Steampunk, Pirates, and Christmas?  Please sign me up) – only to mention a few!  But enough of my prattling, to see the full article (and full list of stores!) at Steampunk R&D, please visit the below link, and happy shopping, at:

http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/inspiration/26-best-online-stores-for-steampunk-christmas-shopping-0140494/




(Additional Steampunk Merchant Note: If one wishes their endeavor be mentioned on the Tribune’s “Last Minute Steampunk Online Shopping Guide” to be posted on the 9th of December, please do leave a comment stating such, or an email to the SPT with a header mentioning the “Last Minute SOSG”, at thesteampunktribune@yahoo.com by the 8th of December- Thank you!)