The first topic today is an upcoming RTS/FPS (Real Time Strategy / First Person Shooter) combination titled "Gettysburg: Armored Warfare". Perhaps one of the tropes of many a Steampunk scenario is Steampunk technology in the Civil War. Gettysburg: Armored warfare provides the opportunity to fight in the era, but with Steam technology - Zeppelins, Walkers, and more! Its release isn't until mid to late 2011 (though there are rumblings of a "free trial" version online in the future), but you can visit a few technology sites with longer write-ups at the following locations....
Next, the outstanding blog "Multiculturalism for Steampunk", there is a new endeavor for the month of February! The Great Language Learning Challenge is an effort to encourage Steampunk individuals to become acquainted with a new language of their choice. I would heartily recommend a visit to their website and sign up at the facebook location - after all, Google Translate doesn't play nice with Steam power! For more details, please visit:
Finally, located a news article on Steampunk, which fortunately was not a hatchet job partially supported by tax dollars. "Counter-Clockwise: The Past, Present, and Future of Portland Steampunk" provides a relatively evenhanded view into the Portland Steampunk happenings (and to an extent, the Pacific Northwest). There are a few snarky comments, which is to be expected now-a-days, but overall not a bad piece, and worth a view. To partake in said view, please visit: http://www.neighborhoodnotes.com/news/2011/01/counterclockwise_the_past_present_and_future_of_portland_steampunk/
and you can visit the Portland Steampunk Society at: http://portlandsteampunksociety.com/