Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2011!


As I make my way toward the evening's celebration with my bottle of Kraken Dark Spiced Rum (yess!), I wanted to wish all those who have taken a moments of their time to stop by the Steampunk Tribune a Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2001!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Steampunk in the Christian Science Monitor


Came across a piece written about Steampunk in the Christian Science Monitor about Steampunk.  A even-handed piece, unlike hatchet jobs by other media outlets (*cough* NPR *cough*), it presents a well thought-out and encouraging view into the genre.  I can't say that I agree with all of the statements in the article (e.g. I would believe that the genre's roots go back a bit farther than the Wild Wild West), but the interviews with Steampunk notables (e.g. Mr. Jake Von Slatt (the Steampunk Workshop), Mr. Jeff Mach (from the Steampunk World's Fair), Mr. Patrick Berry (from the League of Victorian Imagineers)) provide a bit more insights into Steampunk for the non-Steampunk population.  Do consider paying it a visit and judge for yourself its merits - the piece is located at: http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Arts/2010/1229/Steampunk-The-new-Goth/(page)/3

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"The Kraken Rum" - The perfect Steampunk rum for 2011!


It isn't often that a I see a product which solicits a "WOW" reaction, but "The Kraken" rum is certainly one!  Just in time for the New Year, the Kraken spiced black rum ("Put a Beast in your Belly"), is unique, as I haven't indulged (or at least remember in indulging) in any black spiced rum, but the company's marketing department has done an outstanding job in extrapolating the mythos behind the Kraken of lore.


(Chapter One of Three)


(Chapter Two of Three)


(Chapter Three of Three)

In addition to these amazing works / informative videos, their website has a plethora of themed items, so I would certainly recommend a visit to it, and perhaps order a few of their beautiful items (along with a few bottles of rum)!  For more information, please visit: http://www.krakenrum.com/

(A thanks to IO9 for their heads up on this delicious beverage!)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dr. Grymm's Steampunk art at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas!


The Transcendent Ecclectiscope, by Dr. Grymm

A bit behind on my postings, but a bit ago, Dr. Grymm forwarded some very interesting information regarding a new Steampunk permanent display at the Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas.  His works, the Transcendent Perceptiscope  and the Transcendent Ecclectiscope, are unique examples of creativity in expressing a Steampunk aesthetic, especially for those not familiar with the genre. 

The Cosmopolitan Resort is known to promote art which is both cutting edge and technologically based.  While Steampunk isn't exactly the "cutting edge" of art (one might say it could be the opposite - more retrospective), its certainly good to see Steampunk works displayed on such a well-traveled venue - a harbinger for Steampunk in 2011?  One can only hope!


A video production of Dr. Grymm's exhibit!

Based on the video above, the work looks amazing!  To learn more details about Dr. Grymm's latest endeavor, please visit his entry at his website here, then take a moment to explore his further works at his main web address: http://www.drgrymmlaboratories.com/

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Barnum's Dream, in progress...



The TP Barracuda, a concept art project by Mr. Michael Sormann

During Boxing Day, I received an email from Mr. Ed Ross regarding a unique endeavor he has set himself to complete.  His project, a scaled model of the TP Barracuda (pictured above), is an impressive endeavor of Steampunk craftsmanship and ingenuity, with very impressive attention to detail on the small, yet integral parts of the project.


The Barnum's Dream, by Mr. Ed Ross


Such a project is an impressive endeavor to undertake, and would require an extensive detailing to explain all of the work involved in this project!  Fortunately... Mr. Ross has a blog which not only highlights the mechanical gymnastics involved with this beauty, but the thought process involved in creating the Barnum's Dream.  To learn more, I most heartily recommend a venture to his blog, located at: http://arteros1.blogspot.com/ !

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from the Steampunk Tribune...


I wanted to take a moment to wish all those who visit the Steampunk Tribune and the larger Steampunk community at large a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!  Thanks for stopping by, and may your Christmas season be an enjoyable one.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Traditional Steam Whistles at Pratt University, New York

Steam from rumur on Vimeo.

Pratt University, in Brooklyn, New York, has a tradition of playing a Steam whistle during the holidays.  They've kindly posted this years buildup to the amazing show - the videos presented show a bit of the dust being knocked of the equipment.  For a longer article on the topic, please visit Make Magazine 2008 on Mr. Conrad Milster's amazing endeavor, located at:   http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/03/steam_whistles_pratt_inst.html

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Terry Gilliam to direct "1884, Yesterday's Future"!


The animation test for the production....

The acclaimed director Terry Gilliam, who directed the classic Brazil, and the proto-Steampunk classic Baron M√ľnchhausen, is slated to directed a Steampunk film, titled "1884, Yesterday's Future"!  More on this as information develops - but for now, please do enjoy the trailer!


The promotion trailer - a bit longer than the animation test

There are some tentative web-connections, such as this website here: http://www.1884yesterdaysfuture.com/, but I am still endeavoring to location more details on the produciton.  Mr. Gilliam did make his official prouncement that he was producing it (via screenrant.com), and Imdb did call it the "First True Steampunk Film", so time will tell how 1884 will develop!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Steampunk in the Steel City


Came across this interesting video about Dr. J. Stewart and his lovely wife, Mrs. R. Whyte, of the Hamilton Victorian & Steampunk Society (in beautiful Hamilton, Canada).  They take a moment to discuss Steampunk art, its background in their own fair city, and how Steampunk is a part of their lives.  Please do enjoy, and if you do have a moment, consider visiting their website, Hamiltonsteapunk.com, where there is plenty more to view!  

(Ed. note - Fantastic glasses, btw!)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Poll Result for The most Steampunk Southern US city, the ideal Steampunk Skyline, and the new polls...



Well, I've been a bit negligent in keeping with the results of the old polls, the current poll, and the two new polls, so lets attend to business....

The first poll was "Which Southern city best represents Steampunk?"  The winner, by an impressive 43% of responses was the beautiful and classic city of New Orleans.  Perhaps its because of its melting-pot culture, its Gallic influences, or its simple old-world charm, but regardless, it took first place in the selection.  Atlanta followed it with 11% of the vote, "Other" was third at 9% (though no specific "other" choices were communicated to me regarding it).  Richmond had 5%, followed by Baton Rouge, Birmingham, and Charlotte with 4%, Tampa and Raleigh followed with 3%, Columbia, Memphis, and Louisville all had 2%, and Nashville, Orlando, Virginia Beach-Norfolk, and Jacksonville all had 1%.  Sadly, Miami received no votes, and avoided being accused of any Steampunk influences.



The poll regarding the amount of "skyline" should be indicative of Steampunk was quite interesting.  From 275 votes (one of the larger participations in the polls), the top choice was that there should be "small differences" in a Steampunk skyscape (say, an airship, or an unusual building could be seen, but the basic Victorian background should be intact) - this choice garnered 55% of the vote (153 selections).  Next of the four choices was "Many Differences" with 35% of the vote, to include obvious airships, Tesla coils (quite vivid, I'd assume), giant steamships), or that the Steampunk signature should be well known.  This was followed by "Completely Different" (e.g. a "floating sky city", "underwater city", or something dramatically different), with 8% of the vote, and the least popular choice was "no differences", or a Steampunk cityscape should essentially be the same as a non-Steampunk cityscape, with 1% of the vote.



The current poll, "Is Seattle the "unofficial" capital of Steampunk", is detailed further in the entry from the 4th of December (located here), but so far the result has been (of this writing), about 60% stating "yes" and logically, a 40% "no" vote.  There is still about a month and a half to vote, so do tell your friends to stop by and make their voice heard!

(I will post two more intertwined poll questions later this month, so if you happen to be a fan of the written Steampunk word, keep checking here.)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The 3rd Annual Steam Santa & Boiler Elf Ball is tonight!


Don't forget... hang your virtual stocking by your prim chimney and ensure you make plans to attend tonight's Third Annual Steam Santa and Boiler Elf Ball tonight, starting at 6pm SLT!  This year will have the Holiday Greeting card contest along with oustanding music from DJ Bats!  For more information, please visit the New Babbage website, at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/drupaltest/node/1390 !  See you there tonight!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Neo-Victoria releases its newest production...


Neo-Victoria's newest machinima release provides a brief snipped of their narrative... 

Time and space and the softness between dimensions; NeoVictoria straddles such a place. Those with skill, or luck, or terrible need might make their way to it. A small planet, nestled in the VICO III galaxy, its citizenry cling to the land and sky, for its vast oceans are home to forces that do not heed the crown. But they are loyal to the Sidhe queen who sits on her throne millions of light-years away. Alexandrina Victoria, Queen of Earth, Empress of the Void: one tap of her tiny foot on the Stone of Scone sets the worlds to shake. Its 2127 and Pax Britannica has held sway for more than three thousand years.

To learn more about Neo-Victoria, please visit their Ning, at: http://neovictoria.ning.com/, or visit them in world!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Steampunk Gala Makes its Mark on Philadelphia Culture



When Alternative Fashion Takes Over Downtown Philadelphia at Dorian’s Parlor!



A elegant couple visiting the Parlor! 

Every month like clockwork, an assortment of people  converge on the Ormandy Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia. Young, old, students and professionals come together to dance, sip cocktails, enjoying hors-d'oeuvres and partake in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, circus performances and high fashion from foremost neo-vintage designers. Dressed to the nines, they have one thing in common – a love of the genre known as Steampunk.


A bit of mingling during the intermission of a Dorian Parlor's event!

 Steampunk is a fast-growing and highly creative cultural phenomenon which melds Victorian aesthetics with modern and futuristic technology to create a fantastic spectacle of fashion, art, music and literature. Dorian’s Parlor co-founder Gil Cnaan explains, “It is growing as a literary, fashion and music movement.” Dorian’s Parlor is a monthly convergence of Steampunk and neo-vintage enthusiasts, a sensuous spectacle of vintage glamour highlighting the best of Philadelphia’s alternative culture. The event offers a place for people interested in Steampunk to gather and for local artists and bands to showcase their abilities.


A delightful opportunity to indulge in bit of social intercourse

 Since its debut in June 2010, Dorian’s Parlor has been picking up steam, so to speak, with each event surpassing the last. It has been highlighted in media outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Geekadelphia, Culturemob, City Suburban News and Philadelphia Weekly. November’s event drew the largest crowd yet, with performances by the band Ego Likeness, DJ Johanna Constantine and a fashion show from Philadelphia's Delicious Boutique. December’s lineup features Steampunk author G.D. Falksen as MC, a performance by the neo-classical Steampunk band The Clockwork Dolls, vaudeville from The Slomski Brothers and a fashion show featuring the Philly-based corset designer MayFaire Moon. Philly’s own DJ Kiltboy will spin, and the 55-year old Amazing Amy will wow you with her flowing feats of flexibility. And if all that isn’t enough to draw your interest, there will also be a book reading by author Bernie Mojzes and portrait photography by Hugh Casey to help memorialize your fantastic finery. All aspects of the event’s production — lighting, sound, stage design and production management — are provided by Philadelphia’s own CircuitSix, LLC (www.circuitsix.biz) as part of their ongoing sponsorship and patronage of Dorian's Parlor.


Dapper gents abound at the Parlor!

The next 21+ event will be held Saturday, December 18th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.  For more information, please visit the Dorian's Parlor's website, at: http://www.doriansparlor.com/

(A steamy tip-of-the-hat to Mr. W. Fenza for the article and lead!)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Steampunk musical for your perusal while I battle a small bug...


Not quite dead yet, but I certainly feel like it... I will have to delay the longer postings (and guest postings) for a day or so, whilest I attempt to fend off this ailment that has me out of commission.  In the meantime, I've posted an short Steampunk musical bit, titled "McDonough: A Steampunk Stop-Motion Musical" for your viewing pleasure - do enjoy!


For further information about the talented gentleman who designed this work, please visit his blog at: http://kyle-stephens.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Clockwork Gentleman - a video short production


A bit tarried in RL this weekend, so I decided to post this outstanding work by Mr. Marco Ryan, who produced this outstanding short as part of a student project at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).  An outstanding endeavor, and I will certainly hope for more works from this talented fellow - do enjoy!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Steampunk Events: A Black and White Ball in Ottawa, and a Prize Fight between Tesla & Edison in California


Two events on the docket this weekend in the RL Steamlands....
First, "An Evening of Extraordinary Proportions" will be taking place at the Santa Cruz Pacific Cultural Center, which is a costume benefit event, to include an elegant three course dinner, a semi-silent auction of Most Unusual Items, and an exhibition boxing match between Tesla (yay!) versus Edison (booo!). For more details, please visit the Steampunk Empire for more details!


In the lovely environs of Ottawa will host the Fourth Annual Yule Ball, presented by the Ottawa Goth Syndicate.  Take the opportunity to indulge in a catered dinner, classic waltzing, followed by a selection of Ottawa's talented DJs!  For more information, please visit the Steampunk Empire or the event's facebook location! 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Calling all Steampunks! Sepiachord needs help!


Just learned of the news that one of Steampunk premiere music sites, Sepiachord, is facing some financial challenges.  Their website is one of the longest running locales for Steampunk music enthusiasts, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the funding for the website may be gone by the end of the month. Please do consider keeping one of Steampunk historic and trailblazing sites aloft - do pay a visit to any of their websites for more information!...

Main Website - http://www.sepiachord.com/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/sepiachord
MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/sepiachord

(My thanks to Mr. Larry @ Dieselpunks.org for the lead!)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Steampunk.com's 2010 Book of the Year nominations requested!....


Steampunk.com is currently taking nominations for "Steampunk book of the year" (for 2010)!  The procedure is quite straightforward and open to all.  If there is a particual work of Steampunk fiction you'd like to see nominated, please do consider submitting your choice at Steampunk.com - the nominations end soon, and the voting begins next week, so don't tarry!  To learn more (and make a submission), please visit... Steampunk.com.  (Specifically, go to: http://www.steampunk.com/pick-the-steampunk-book-of-the-year/ )!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Londinium, a new Steampunk movie in development



Came across a request on the Steampunk Empire (per Mr. Seisrush Ob - ty, sir), about a new independent motion picture venture titled Londinium.  While the work is still in its developmental stages, as it is an indy film, they are seeking assistance in financing their work.  It is currently being worked on in Baltimore, Maryland (US), so if this project intrigues your curiosity, do consider paying a visit to their main site, where they do provide much more depth on their project!  To learn more, their site is located at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/841191242/londinium-a-steampunk-short-film?ref=search

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Poll: Is Seattle the "unofficial" capital of Steampunk?


Gasworks Park, by Dr. J. Palmer

A bit ago, while reading towards the build up of SteamCon II, I came across an article from a local Seattle journalist writing for "City Arts", which had an interesting title, specifically, "How Seattle became the center of a movement based on a history that never was".  In the article, there are a number of interesting interviews with Captain Robert from Abney Park, Mr. F. Ahmed (an owner of a local Steampunk emporium), and an overview of the Steam Rats effort to save a classic Seattle landmark clock from 1913.  However, it could be seen as a bit of a bold title, and even though Mr. Hammond was writing for the local sensibilities (in my estimation), I did start to wonder, is Seattle really the unofficial capital of Steampunk?


The Hotel Seattle, in Seattle, circa 1900

The Emerald City does have quite a number of circumstances which might lend credence to this prouncement.  It is the location of a very large Steampunk convention (specifically SteamCon), has outstanding Steampunk-esque builds (notably the Gasworks Park, just north of Lake Union), the home of Sepiachord (an endeavor promoting Steampunk music), and home to the Steamrats, a vibrant Steampunk community in the Puget Sound.  So making such a proclamation is not beyond the realm of reasonableness.


Gasworks Park Photo, by Dr. J. Palmer

On the other hand, many other locations in the United States (e.g. Chicago, Boston, New York, New Orleans, to name a few), and other Victorian locations around the world (e.g. cities in Australia, Continental Europe, and of course, the United Kingdom), which might beg to differ with Seattle being known as the "unofficial" capital of Steampunk.  The poll question is on the sidebar, and is a straightforward "yes" or "no", and as always, the commentary section will be open for civil discourse.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tales from Neo-Victoria: Demoria Arrives, and Frozen in Time, a Steampunk celebration


Miss Asil Ares brought to my attention the latest Steampunk machinima production from Neo-Victoria, "Demoria Arrives"!  With the tag-line of "Using the immense powers the Cathedral of Air and Darkness harbors, Manes seeks to bring over his lost love and wife from his home universe to the NeoVictoria universe", it is yet another outstanding production which took place in Neo-London.  The full script is located at the Neo-Victoria Ning, at: http://neovictoria.ning.com/forum/topics/together-once-again-ie-demoria , but to learn more about the wonderful setting of Neo-Victoria, I would certainly recommend a visit to the main Neo-Victoria Ning site, at: http://neovictoria.ning.com/


Additionally, in the real world, there is an upcoming event which is perhaps just as enthralling!  "Frozen in Time", a Steampunk celebration, which will include a visit from the Davenport Sisters, Baron Von Crankshaft, and Mr. Eli August, along with era photo opportunities, a silent auction, and numerous excellent merchants in attendance.  Not quite sure if tickets are still available, but to take a wink a their website, at: http://steampunkworldsfair.com/events/frozen/

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Virtually Classic Fashions' "Twelve Days of Fashion"...


The Lovely Miss Carver posing with the latest's Vollers collection,
a unique combination between RL and SL fashion designers...

One enjoyable aspect of blogging is discovering and displaying the endeavors of others, be it SL or RL.  One notable SL blog is Miss Breezy Carver's blog, Virtually Classic Fashions.  I review many things, but one which I attempt to avoid at all costs is the fashion world.  Aside from the fact there are plenty of existing blogs of said sorts around, in world I am as most men.  I have a few sets of attire I wear (usually Mr. Nix Sand's Xcenrticity or Tres Beau), and even then, I pull straight from inventory (never mix and match - except for perhaps a hat)!


One of Miss Carvers fashion shoots took her to 
Mr. Nightshade Sixpence's very unique Steampunk abode

To start the Christmas Season, Miss Carver will run a series titled "The Twelve Days of Fashion", highlight outstanding designers in the virtual worlds.  She has been blogging since late 2008 on Second Life Fashions, and her blog, "Virtually Classic Fashions", focuses on attire from both the re-imagined Victorian fashions of the Steampunk era (mid-eighteen hundreds to the early nineteen hundreds), and onto the Dieselpunk era (from the early nineteen hundreds to the late nineteen forties).  She has an eagle eye for the newest attire and design on SL, ferreting out fashion talent from many corners of the grid, and is fashion-forward with an attire chic-ness.


Miss Carver modeling the latest Donna Flora in a Steampunk setting...

An example of this is the Vollers collection offer, a unique mix between classic RL stores and SL fashion.  BlackLace, as SL endeavor, is working in conjunction with the owners of the RL company, A Beautiful Corset, to offer a combination between SL and RL attire.  For more details, please visit the details at Miss Carver's entry on this RL/SL fusion.


Miss Carver visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris 1900, modeling
fashion from Paper Couture

Though there are many SL Fashion blogs on the aethernet, Miss Carver's blog is specifically focused on classic attire from RL which make their ways to SL.  If you have an eye for the latest fashions in the virtual worlds, do consider stopping by Virtually Classic Fashions, at: http://seabreezegal.blogspot.com/