Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Selling New York - The Steampunk Apartment !


I often get fanagled into watching some shows in which I really have no interest in, and usually take a small nap when "enjoying" some bizarre wedding show or what not with the Mrs.  However, I practically jumped out of my chair when I saw this small bit on the television!  The Steampunk Apartment was up for sale, and as an added bonus, the agent pays a visit to Dr. Grymm!  The footage is a bit quirky, but regardless, please do enjoy!

(For a bit more regarding this piece, please visit Dr. Grymm's entry on this endeavor, at: http://www.drgrymmlaboratories.com/2012/01/dr-grymm-on-selling-ny-steampunk.html

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Watchmaker's Apprentice - a video short


Found this little gem in the corners of YouTube, and figured it was time to bring it forth!  Please do enjoy!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

IO9's perception of the splintering of Steampunk...



IO9 published an intriguing article on Steampunk the other day (located here), which seems to imply some kind of faction distress in the world of Steampunk.  Unaware of this situation, to do pass an eye of and see if you can confirm/agree with the gentleman, at: http://io9.com/5879231/its-time-to-rethink-steampunk

Friday, January 27, 2012

SteamPunk Love - a short...


Located a very nice video short produced by a talented team of artists, who labor under the nom-de-plume of "TeamKickassMedia".  Very relaxing short, which they produced in a twenty four hour period (very good coffee must have been involved)!  Though I am still laboring to locate a website, please do enjoy their production!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Garden of Dreams - The Airship


Came across this nicely done production, highlighting the Garden of Dreams in SL.  Quite a spectacular destination, and an airship voyage is always in order - do enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Steampunk Reviews - Episode # 32, A Review of "Flaming Zeppelins "... and her new blog!


Miss Yankee999 reviews the literary work "Flaming Zeppelins", by by Mr. Joe Lansdale, and introduces her new blog, "Definition of a Lady"  (link will be forthcoming!) - do enjoy!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Tea Girls - a public exhibition!


My trail regarding the Tea Girls started with a small article on IO9 the other day, titled "Hey Disney, this is the Steampunk princess movie we want!"  Needless to say, my own interest was piqued, and seeing the beautiful detail of the artwork by Mr. Brian Kesinger, was that much more of an enticement!



Walkies for Otto, by Mr. Brian Kesinger

Mind you, the art work is stunning, down to the small details to the processing on the paper, along with the very unique Steampunk touches (as above, the young lady taking her pet octopus to hydrant...), and is a treat in itself.  However, the title is what really caught my attention.  As an older male, I tend to find the Disney Princesses quite bland and boring (I'd safely say I'm not its target audience).  I asked my 7 year old niece about it, and she promptly informed me that kind of thing (Disney Princesses) were for little girls ("Barbies were more grown up"...ok, I guess).



Flight, by Mr. Brian Kesinger

Mr. Kesinger's artwork has been seen in numerous places, and as I mentioned earlier, is breathtaking in its detail, simplicity, and genre adherence.  However, after seeing his work, to got to thinking, why not a Steampunk girl inventor series?  Of all media sources, Disney is the source that brought the cinema production of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" (1954), and other Steampunk stories throughout the years, I would think a Steampunk Princess series is a no-brainer.



Robot, by Mr. Brian Kesinger

To have an intelligent young lady who uses science (albeit, with Steampunk sensibilities), to solve crimes, go on adventures, or do what not, would be a sensible baseline.  Compared to some of the animated pap on the small screen, such a story most certainly be a winner, in a niche (Steampunk), that I don't think that any other animation series has broached.  (Yes, the Airbender series had some Steampunk elements in it, but as good as that animated series was, it would be safe to say the genre is not the focus of the series.)  As Mr. Kesinger is a story artist at Disney at Walt Disney Animation Studios, he would be pretty easy to find, I'd say, and perhaps approach, regarding this?



Garden Tea Party, by Mr. Brian Kesinger

Alas, the machinations of Hollywood (and associated entertainment monoliths) are difficult to divine, but at the very least we have Mr. Kesinger's magnificent Steampunk artwork to enjoy!  I would highly recommend following the links to the rest of the good gentleman's work, which if you are fortuante enough to live in Los Angeles, is on display at The Hive gallery, (after you scroll past some other artists' work), at: http://hivegallery.com/2010/news/lullabies-and-nightmares/

... and more works can be found at:
His website: http://bkartonline.com/
His blog: http://willdraw4fun.blogspot.com/
and his Facebook location, at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-Kesingers-Tea-Girls/212094505475204

... and consider a bit of his artwork for your personal consumption!
Clockwork Couture has prints of works to adorn oneself, at: http://www.clockworkcouture.com/home/brian-kesinger-s-tea-girls.html

... with a few more located at WeLoveFine: http://www.welovefine.com/nby.php?c=2#/inst&id_lang=1&d=9&c=2,3,5,8,9,10&o=n&p=1

Until next time!

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Dorian's Winter Ball is tomorrow!


Bit of a last minute posting, but if you reside in the fantastic Philadelphia area, do seriously consider a visit to Saturday's Winter Ball!  As succinctly put in their press release...

The Chill of winter is here , stay warm with us at Dorian's Parlor Winter Ball


Dress to the nines in Dandy, Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, Neo-Vintage, Black Tie, 18th Century, Victorian, ball gowns, and creative attire, and dance the night away.


Our MC is the one and only G.D Falksen http://www.gdfalksen.com/


Premiering at Dorian’s Parlor for the first time haute couture fashion and accessory design house Head Kandi http://www.head-kandi.com/ . Will tan·ta·lize you with aerial wonders of neo victorian dreams in
our fashion show.


Having you dance the night away like no other can we have for you DJ Kiltboy http://www.djkiltboy.com/


Live music by the amazing Hopeful Machines http://hopefulmachines.net/


Dorian’s Parlor is a sensuous spectacle of vintage glamour shining in the heart of Philadelphia. Housed at the Doubtletree Hotel on the Avenue of the Arts, this event is a haven for artists, bohemians,
socialites and neo-vintage lovers of all stripes and inclinations. The gorgeous event space housing the party features both a grand ballroom and an outdoor patio for a mix of moods and climates.


Each month, Dorian’s Parlor will showcase the best in night life and artistic entertainment. In addition to inspired DJs, the Dorian’s Parlor events will feature live performances by bands, dancers and
countless other talented artists. Be ready to see gorgeous models draped in the finest garments of some of the foremost neo-vintage designers during the fashion shows. And like an exotic bazaar, Dorian’s Parlor will host vendors and craftspeople eager to sell their finest wares to the revelrous crowd.


The door to the parlor is open. Won’t you come in and stay a while?


This is an event worth the travel, as there will be nothing like it elsewhere. Dorian's Parlor is located at the beautiful Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia right on the corner of Broad and Locust St., 3 blocks south of City Hall. Easily accessible from the Broad Street line and Septa Bus 27 and 32, and a short walk from Suburban Station.


THIS IS A 21+ EVENT


$25 gets you admission, drink ticket, and Hors D'oeuvres


Color portrtaits with Hugh Casey http://www.hughcasey.com/
Have your photo taken with the classic 1900 back drop and by the skilled photographer Hugh Casey. But have them in color with a sharp pro camera lenses. Have the joy of having a free min photo shoot at our event and then latter being able to pick what photos you would like to own from the talented Hugh Casey web site http://www.hughcasey.com/ . Document all that effort put in to looking your best with us with Hugh's incredible photography.


Grab bag of Tea
Also to add thanks you to Yogi Organic Tea http://www.yogiproducts.com/ ,Twinings Tea http://www.twiningsusa.com/ , Stash Tea http://www.stashtea.com/ , Teavana http://www.teavana.com/
and Lipton tea http://www.lipton.com/ at the ticket table when you first come in, we will have a grab bag of tea. In the box will be many individually wrapped tea bags of many different tastes and types from
these companies for you free to take home with you and enjoy. Please, we ask that you only take one per guest as we would like everyone to be able to enjoy their tea on sunday morning. This will only be
available while supplies last.


At random our wonderful ticket booth staff will be giving out prizes and goodies from the following fantastic places:
http://www.steampunktales.com/
http://sweetlibertine.com/
http://www.clockworkcouture.com/
http://www.halloweencostumes.com/
http://www.gildedagerecords.com/
http://steampunkleather.com/
Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
http://www.goodreads.com/series/62171-sherlock-holmes-mystery-magazine
http://www.jlake.com/
http://bethalynnebajema.com/
http://www.manicpanic.com/
http://www.white-wolf.com/
http://www.retroscopefashions.com/
http://www.wildsidepress.com/
http://www.theartofshaving.com/
http://www.trojancondoms.com/
http://www.orbitbooks.net/
http://www.yenpress.com/

Alas, I reside a bit further south, but if you have the opportunity, do take advantage!  For more details, please visit the associated Facebook website, at: https://www.facebook.com/events/273719599348843/

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Abney Park's "The Wrong Side", from their album "Off The Grid"


A brief post this evening, but as such, I have a small slice from Abney Park's "Off The Grid" album, titled "The Wrong Side"!  If you enjoy it, do consider a visit to their fantastic site, located at: http://abneypark.com/ 
Please do enjoy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Babbage's Fourth Annual Airship Regatta & Founder's Day Soot Ball!


This coming weekend has plenty of events in the City-State of New Babbage!  Starting with the Fourth Airship Regatta, which begins at 2pm, SLT, with four classes of machines competing for bragging rights of being the superlative champion of New Babbage's Skyways!  For further information, please visit the New Babbage website, at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/drupaltest/node/4623



Followed thereafter with the Fourth Annual Founder's Day Black and White Soot Ball, from 6pm to 9pm, SLT!  As the most stunning series of events in the Steamlands, do consider paying a visit, and to learn more, please do return to the New Babbage homepage entry, at: http://cityofnewbabbage.com/drupaltest/node/4624.. and please do enjoy!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Steampunk Trailers - Journey 2: The Mysterious Island!


Another of Jules Verne's classic tales is being updated for the modern day!  "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island', is a remake of Mr. Verne's second book following 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.  Not as popular as the classic, but actually a very good yarn, telling the ultimate fate of Captain Nemo, and the Nautilus' crew.  Slated to open on February 10, 2012, it looks to be quite a yarn!



There are websites available to keep track of the production, such as...
Their main website: http://www.themysteriousisland.com/ (which includes a sweepstakes for a trip to the premiere...)

...and of course, one can indulge in the original until the release of the updated production, by paying a visit

Friday, January 13, 2012

The CSN Hunley is exposed!


Computer generated image of the CSN Hunley

As I was reading the news today, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the CSN Hunley, which is undergoing repairs and restoration, had the bulk of its scaffolding removed, thus exposing this magnificent specimen of nautical innovation to the general public!



ABC News brief on the CSN Hunley, in its drydock

Aside from being a previous submariner (piquing my interest), the Hunley was innovative in many of the submarine architecture aspects (such as the use of ballast tanks for submerging), as well and establishing a new paradigm in naval combat (until the Hunley, it was understood that larger vessels always sunk smaller ones... but after the sinking of the USS Housatonic just outside Charleston harbor, navies around the world had to give pause to the emerging threat of submersibles)!



Naval Historical photo of an artist's rendition of the CSN Hunley

The Steampunk era's amazing inventions were rooted in real world ideas... some of which were the seed for the speculative fiction which would influence the future (yes, the Nautilus... which was the inspiration of the USS Nautilus... which eventually led to the US Trident fleet)!  To read more about this bit of naval history, and its slow reconstruction, please visit...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/a-clearer-view-steel-truss-surrounding-confederate-submarine-hl-hunley-will-be-removed/2012/01/12/gIQAYYn1sP_story.html?tid=pm_national_pop

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4668446/ns/msnbc_tv-national_geographic_ultimate_explorer/t/forensic-case-hunley/#.TxDY7G-0y8A

http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/m1056-BC-SC-ConfederateSubmar-1stLd-Writethru-01-10-0532

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57358869/world-gets-better-view-of-civil-war-submarine/

...and for a bit more background information on the CSN Hunley, please visit...

http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org12-3.htm

http://www.hunley.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Hunley_(submarine)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Semi-Finalists of the Neo-Victoria Photo Contest!



"Panoramic for October, by Ms. Selena Alexandre

The next round in the Neo-Victoria photography compeition is underway, and runs until the 18th of January!  To see all the images in round of fifteen, please follow this link: http://neovictoria.ning.com/events/event/show?id=4710053%3AEvent%3A36632&xg_source=msg_invite_event ... and if you're not a member of the Neo-Victoria Ning, do take the opportunity and join!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mechanics for Dreames - a spectacular performance!


Received a small message from some exceptionally talented individials from Italy, who in their words...


A history of construction of mechanical and analogic machines, sound-producing and wonder-awakening.
All our machines are ingeniously and creatively refurbished from spare parts material derived from industrial processes.
Our lab gave birth to both l'Océan and Esperimento Pirofonia musical machines.
Within the last 10 years, we've designed, developed and built machines working with water, air and fire: those machines are the performance core along with bass guitar, mixer and computer effects.
Rumours, sounds and melodies erupt from the primeval volcano as well as the industrial world.. our performances are an impressive mix of motion acting and sound, surely satisfying every audience.

They have crafted this amazing ensamble of unique items, which allow them to produce, well... you'll simply have to watch for yourself!




To learn more about Mechanics for Dreames, visit their homesite, Tana Creatures, at:
 http://www.tana-creatures.it/, and do prepare to be amazed!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

El Investigador, # 11, is out!


The superlative and extensive Spanish Steampunk magazine, El Investigador, has released its eleventh issue!  Granted, it is in Spanish, so it may be a bit of a challenge for some to indulge in, but if you are able to work a translation tool (or perhaps read Spanish), it is yet another excellent work on their part, and I would highly recommend at the very least passing an eye over it!  For further details, please visit their Issue site, at: http://issuu.com/angeldebiblioteca/docs/el-investigador-11

Friday, January 6, 2012

City of Steam, an Industrial Fantasy MMO



When I caught sight of this amazing video, I decided to take a quick peek at this endeavor!  City of Steam is a MMO set in what is not *exactly* a Steampunk environment, but certainly has plenty of Steampunk touchstones (as one can see from the majestic aero-battleships in the video).  Alas, to my best estimations, the game will be open to a closed alpha test at some point in March, but to keep abreast of City of Steam's status, please consider a visit to their homepage, located at: http://www.cityofsteam.com/, and perhaps a visit to their forums, located at: http://forum.cityofsteam.com/

For more impressions regarding City of Steam, please visit...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Steampunk Video - Les Ailes du Cirque

Les Ailes du Cirque from Benjamin Bartholet on Vimeo.

A bit pressed due to RL issues, but I did want to post this unique video, titled Les Ailes du Cirque (The Wings of the Circus)... a very clever small endeavor by a Mr. B. Bartholet, which caught my attention not only for its simplicity, but for the eye-catching work - please do enjoy!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Abney Park's new novel is available for acquisition!


Received word yesterday afternoon that Abney Park's novelization of their exploits, consolidated in a compendium titled "The Wrath of Fate" is now available!  Based on their description, I understand that the work further explores the relationship between their musical endeavor and their background, so to pass an eye yourself of the newly released work, please visit: http://www.abneypark.com/market/

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2012... and the "Official" opening of the Steampunk Facebook Pages!


My good friend, Miss Laura G.M., who has discovered the joys of Steampunk!

Its amazing what and who one encounters on Facebook - I stumbled across an old friend from years ago, who to my pleasant surprise, is a new Steampunk follower!  Kudos, Madam!

As a bit of a ham-fisted segue to the next entry, the Steampunk Facebook Pages are "officially" open, with the addition of the following locations and individuals!....

Dorian's Parlor - (in beautiful Philadelphia, as it has been pointed out by a few individuals to my embarrassment!)
The Edison - (In sunny LA, on the left coast)
Ms. Evelyn Kriete, a renowned source of knowledge on Steampunk fashion
Mr. Michel Vaillancourt, author of the Sauder Diaries
Steampunk Kindle, an outstanding source for Steampunk on your portable device
Hungarian Steampunks, all the way from beautiful Eastern Europe
Clockworker-Steampunk, the authoritative German Steampunk site
Escape the Clouds, an excellent Steampunk musical group
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, one of my personal favorite group of musicians
Beats Antique, with amazing Steampunk and cross-genre works
and Mr. Clay Griffith, of the Vampire Empire series (as mentioned at the Steampunk Scholar)!

If you have a Steampunk location, business, musical group, or written work you would like to see on the Steampunk Facebook Pages, simply leave a comment, and I'll endeavor to add it on the next update of pages.  The same with any corrections - I'm far from perfect, but I will strive not to let my keyboard bounce affect one's name or endeavor!  On that note, please have a Happy New Year, and Best Wishes as well!