Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Just received word from Mr. Ottens' on the publication of issue thirteen of the Gatehouse Gazette! Another excellent issue, which I am in fact, in the middle of reading at the moment. To crack open the July issue, (or read past issues), please head to this location: http://www.ottens.co.uk/gatehouse/gazette-13.php
Saturday, June 26, 2010
A Vanship Pilot, an image from the Last Exile Manga
Lately I have been keeping busy trying to consolidate the media systems at the abode, including stumbling upon some old DVDs which were squirlled away in some boxes. One of these small treasures I located was titled "Last Exile", a Steampunk anime work from "way back" in 2003. Watched it, and gained a new appreciation for its Steampunk/Dieselpunk infusions, along with the outstanding artwork.
Still image from the Last Exile Anime series
So, why mention this particular anime? Well, aside from its fantastic art and genre connections, and after doing a bit of research, including a review by Brass Goggles Lord Admiral (from May of 2008), I discovered the entire 26 episode series is on Hulu!
Alas, Hulu doesn't allow embedding, but I've included a snippet from the production, so one can have a peek a the animation. However, to indulge in *all* 26 episodes, please turn to the Hulu location, right here:
Additionally, the list of the episodes was kindly posted on Wikipedia, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Last_Exile_episodes
Finally, for more information on this work, please consider the following locations:
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Located this particular work posted Steampunk Empire (by Lt. Sir Alexander Von Gitzinger - my thanks, sir!), which is chock full of Steampunk imagery, including steam-driven trains, Mono-wheels, evil villians in aeroplanes, skyships, and heroes with jetpacks saving a damsel in distress. Excellent work by this oustanding group! For more works from the Alkaline Trio, please visit their You Tube location here!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The IO9 book club is currently reviewing the new Steampunk classic, Boneshaker, by Miss Cherie Priest. By the looks of the comments left so far, the discussion will likely be quite lively... so if you have an opinion on the work, please do consider reading or even making a comment, at: http://io9.com/5569139/the-io9-book-club-is-in-session
Posted by RF at 05:04
Sunday, June 20, 2010
A bit busy with father's day celebrations (including the Southern Bay-marinaded Pork shoulder currently on the grill), but I did wish to impart a Happy Father's day to all those lucky enough to have young ones! A quick video from Daedelus, titled "Sundown", will be the highlighted musical interlude today! For more information on the gentleman's works, please visit: http://www.mushrecords.com/artist/Daedelus.php
(Also, my thanks to all who have visited the Steampunk Tribune - this small corner of the internet surpassed the half-million hits mark!)
Posted by RF at 17:18
Friday, June 18, 2010
Two major events will be taking place in the SL Steamlands this weekend - first The 2nd annual Illusions White Themed Ball will start on Saturday, at 6pm SLT and run until 9pm (SLT). More details are provided by Mr. Rip Wirefly...
At this dance for the first hour, there will be a charity auction for rfl as well, These fine people have agreed to be auctioned.
Tinus Koskinen, one of New Babbage's best texture makers, will be offering texture advice to the highest bidder. As him advice, use his knowledge, learn ways to improve your texture skills.
Myrtil Igaly, one of New Babbages finest urchins, who helped pave the way for many urchins to run the streets of New Babbage has generously offered to give advice to the urchin, or soon to be urchin that bids the highest. Ask about proper urchin etiquette, troubles, and over all fun that can be had as a small child in New Babbage or around the steamlands.
Aeoleous Cleanslate has become one of the most pronounced builders in New Babbage. His style is apparent and experience holds from more than just New Babbage. The highest bidder will be lucky enough to talk with this man on building, perhaps to get advice on future builds, look at current builds, what ever your mind needs help with in building, this man will more than likely have the answer.
hyasynth Tiramisu, one of the most prominent clothing makers in all of the steamlands. When people ask of where to go for a formal, most are directed her way. Be the highest bidder and get priceless one on one time with this great designer to help with advice on clothing and entering the clothing business in secondlife.
Ahnyanka Delphin, the owner of the New Champagne rooms, and now, to the highest bidder, the date to the Illusions white themed ball. Don't miss this chance for a wonderful evening with this amazing woman!
Ashiko Kuroe, notorious felon in New Babbage will be up for auction in what could be his last dance! Take this chance to dance with a known bomber, who knows if he might try anything devious with so many eyes watching.
Men out there, need a date to the dance? Look no further as Ceejay Writer auctions herself as a date to the Illusions White Themed ball! The highest bidder will immediately enjoy the witty banter of this linguistically talented woman!
Mossesveno Tenk, the clockwinder himself will be allowing the highest bidder to dance with him the very night he is auctioned. This is a rare occasion, and to the highest bidder, you can brag to all your friends, that you danced with the mayor of New Babbage, and he danced with no one else, the entire night!
If you have the opportunity, be certain to stop by Wheatstone Waterways tomorrow for a dance or two! For more information, please visit: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/the-illusions-white-theme
On Sunday, the Aether Salon will be hosting its latest topic, Photography, and the guest speaker will be the exceptionally talented Mr. PJ Trenton. As the lead photographer for the Prim Perfect and the Primgraph, if you wish to enhance your SL photographic skills, do take the opportunity to attend and speak with one of SL most talented photographers! For more details, please visit: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/photography-june-aether-salon
... or visit Mr. Trenton's own website, at: http://virtuallypj.blogspot.com/
Finally, more definitive changes are happenign on the Ning network. It will be going to a pay model starting July 20th... meaning that if you happen to have started on of the "freebee" Nings, it will meet its demise in about a month. Still, many proactive Nings are making alternate plans, and here is what I am privy to so far...
Steampunk Empire - No change, it will still be one of the pinnacles of Steampunk interaction on the internet
New Babbage Ning - I have formally turned over the ownership of the New Babbage Ning to the management of New Babbage. I understand there will be a website up and running soon, but for the time being, the NB Ning is still operating.
Caledon Forums - I have a feeling it will be going to the wayside, but the Steamlander will continue to provide information for the Caledon continent.
Armada - They have migrated to Spurz, and have a new, and very well done website, most certainly worth a look!
Steelhead - No news yet on a transition
Posted by RF at 16:26
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This year is turning out to be quite a busy season for Steampunk! This coming weekend will the big Peach (Atlanta) host its second annual Steam Theater Entertainment, Art, & Music (STEAM) Festival. It will host a wide variety of events, shows, classes, music, vendors, and much more. To learn more about STEAM Fest 2010, please visit their site, at http://steamfest.blogspot.com/, with more details at their Steampunk Empire outpost, at: http://steampunk.ning.com/xn/detail/2442691:Event:14242?xg_source=activity
Posted by RF at 04:47
Monday, June 14, 2010
Happy Steampunk Day Indeed! Read on the Steampunk Empire and on Facebook that today was to be "International Steampunk Day", but frankly, I haven't head what exactly will be going on today. Well, for my own account, I'll probably hop back in the Rusty Albatross and take a swing around New Babbage (assuming I get the chance). However, I've included a few locations that will provide a bit of insight on the going-ons with today's holiday...
The Steampunk Empire's International Steampunk Day thread
Otten's Gatehouse Gazette's International Steampunk Day Thread
Brass Goggle's International Steampunk Day Thread
Facebook's International Steampunk Day Thread
On this holiday of holidays, I discovered a site that has a cacophany of Steampunk items (including Holiday cards, though I think it may be a bit late to order card's for this year's celebration). This site, Redbubble.com has an interesting swath of items, including shirts, cards and more, so do consider paying it a visit, if you have the opportunity!
To go directly to the Steampunk items, please visit here ...
and to view Redbubble.com's main site, please go to: http://www.redbubble.com/
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Dr. Grymm kindly provided a heads up on the next event during this very, very busy year of Steampunk events. The 2010 Steampunk Bizarre will be taking place next month, from Friday, July 9th, to the following Friday, July 16th. During this time, a wide selection of artists will be displaying their works at the 2nd Annual Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit, which will include...
- A Steampunk documentary titled "I am Steampunk", by Neurotic Films,
- Cutting edge displays of Steampunk works, and
- The exceptionally talented Miss Veronique Chevalier, who will perform new musical selections at the event!
Posted by RF at 22:24
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I have been a fan of Quirk Classic's works since the original Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, so when approached to review an early release of the book, especially one with a specific Steampunk tilt, I happily agreed to the opportunity. However, as I had not read the original Tolstoy work from which it was based (Anna Karenina), I thought it would be a good idea to read the original. Eight hundred and sixty four pages later I was able to exhale, as I began to understand the notoriety involving the length of Russian novels. (If one was not tasked in secondary school with this read, a synopsis per a Wiki reference is located here.)
After a brief respite from my marathon with the original, I turned to Mr. Ben Winters' rework, weighing in at a mere 540 pages. Longer than most of the previous Quirk Classics - yes, it was, but I really enjoyed reading it (not that I have a Steampunk bias, mind you!) The plot mirrors the original enough to be recognized, but from the initial page, one can see the Steampunk imprint on the novel. There is plenty of genre technology, and as a reflection of a novel requiring interaction between the characters, it starts with a circumstance involving a mecaniciennes (a French robot repair girl), and proceeds straight away from there. At first, I thought it would be a challenging read, but discovered quite the opposite - I flew through it quite smartly, even reading the "Reader's Discussion Guide" at the end!
Ball in the Hall of Nobility, St. Petersburg, by D.N Nardovski (1913)
Additionally, Quirk Classics has a public message board where one can not only post/review/comment/ect on the newest release, but also be entered for one of twenty five "Quirk Prize Packs", with a retail value of 100 USD. To pay it a visit, please turn to: http://www.quirkclassics.com/index.php?=QuirkClassicsContest_AK_Reviews
To get the latest information on Android Karenina, please visit Quirk Classic's main website, located at http://www.quirkclassics.com/index.php?q=androidkarenina
Posted by RF at 04:33
Saturday, June 5, 2010
A bit tardy on the poll, but it is a this one covers a good swath of land. The Northwestern section of North America has had the last two poll winners, so its time to move to the heartland of the United States. This poll will be particularly challenging, as during my research, I discovered a good number of Steampunk groups inhabiting the Steampunk Empire, representing numerous cities and regions in the Midwest. Additionally, with the impressive turnout at the recently held World Steam Expo, I am confident that there will be a multitude of opinions in this poll. This poll will end at the end of July, but if one happens to happen be curious of some of the groups in the cities in question, I've attached a few leads of groups residing the cities listed...
League of Cincinnati Steampunks
Circle City Aerodrome (Indianapolis)
The Dayton Steampunk Consortium
Ohio Steampunk Society
KOI Steampunk Alliance
Alliance of Missouri Steampunk
The Coalition of West Michigan Steampunk
Wisconsin Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Association
The Extraordinary Association for Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri
(As always, if there is a group not listed, please leave a comment and link, and I'll be sure to include your group!)
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Out on the street is the newest issue of Exhibition Hall, covering the "busiest month in Steampunk Fandom"! With interviews with Von Haul, artist Meli Hoppe, a review of "The Japanese Devil Fish Girl and other unnatural attractions, and an overview of the Steampunk World's Fair, this issue has plenty to indulge in. To pay a visit, please turn to: http://efanzines.com/ExhibHall/ExhibHall-10.pdf
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Mr. Sextant Shepherd has composed a continuation of Nemo, the submerged Steampunk city in Second Life. The production includes more details of the surrounding area, including Orichalcum Mines and the local city of Northelia, and much more - do enjoy!
Posted by RF at 11:46