Friday, May 31, 2013

The Wall Stree Journal review of ... Baritsu (or the "Sherlock Holmes way of self-defense")!


Over the years I have penned a few articls on the genre martial art of Baritsu, but the Wall Street Journal had a very nice and informative article over the practice (which was demonstrated at the Steampunk World's Fair earlier this year).  To take a peek at the proceedings, please visit the article at this locale!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

SWAG needs your help!


Running a bit behind on my blog entries due to (yet again) RL issues, but after checking my email, I'm unfortunatly remiss in a pressing matter.  The Steampunk Writer & Author's Guild (SWAG) is currently experiencing a bit of a financial crossroads at the moment - specifially with the SWAG Ning.  Having experience with the New Babbage Ning, I quite understand the financial toll it can take (hence, why the NB Ning is a memory),but Miss L. Keyes, the Founder of SWAG, is wrestling with the monthly expense, and seeks a bit of assistance....


"If you feel like helping out, please consider making a $1 contribution using the donate button on the home page. Depending on how many of you donate I should be able to pay the fees to Ning for some time to come, and SWAG can keep rolling.

I've tried very hard to keep the site free for all members, but in my current situation I can't pay for it on my own. Donations seem to be the most democratic way forward, and I will make an annual request for donations to cover our costs.

If, you donate more than $1, there's a good chance we can use the balance to produce an annual SWAG anthology, which has been a project I've wanted to undertake for some time. "


The SWAG Ning has been a source of great help with Steampunk fiction writing, discussion, and even promotion - so, if you would like to help out SWAG, please visit its Ning, at: http://steampunkwriters.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network , and consider a helping hand!





Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DIY Steampunk goggles at Makerfaire...



A nice little, if albeit rough video of some creative endeavors regarding the work towards personalizing a nice pair of goggles at the 2013 Makerfaire.  Not all process may apply towards your own work, but it is intersting to watch - do enjoy!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The New Babbage Emerald Ball is tonight!


A tad late on the notification, but this evening the Piermont Landing will host the Return to the Emerald Ball, starting at 6pm, SLT!  Ensure you have the opportunity to indulge in the return of the Steamland's wonderful social season, by heading over to http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wheatstone%20Waterways/72/70/107 - see you there!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Steampunk mecahnical sequences...



Addressing a few things atm, but for the time being, I'm confident that any Steampunk enthriast would appreciate some nice video of classic mechnical devices... thus I've posted a few, courtesy of Mr.Kanaal van mdevink.  The above is only a the gems on his YouTube stream - to see more, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/mdevink?feature=watch - do enjoy!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Wardenclyffe has been saved!


The legendary laboratory where the Steampunk's RL icon did his amazing and under-appreciated experiments, Wardenclyffe, has been purchased for a bit under one million dollars, and will become the Tesla Science Center!  Quite heartening to know this amazing property which houses the Legend's unfinished masterpiece will be restored to its original glory - but enough of my prattling about it (as I'll go on for much too long)... the links for the stories can be found below -
Huzzah Tesla!

Geekosystem synopsis:
The Tesla Science Center release:
CNN Science International:
The Wall Street Journal:
The Huffington Post:


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Personalize your own Steampunk clock...



Came across this nice bit about personaliation of an inexpensive clock - a simple project (which even I could do), but will allow one to easily add a touch of Steampunk panache to one's interior decor - and it would also be a useful addition!  My thanks to Ms. Luisa Diaz for posting this nice work, and please do enjoy!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies movie is back on!


Collage of Ms. L. Collins and the cover of PP&Z, court. of Variety Magazine

It appears the on-again-off-again cinematograph production of Pride and Predjudice and Zombies is back on, with a new leading lady, Miss Lilly Collins, who will be in the leading roll of Miss Elizabeth Bennett.  Originally scheduled with Miss Natalie Portman, issues with the script led to conflicts with the actor's schedules, and the production resided in "production hell".  However, there is hope with a new leading lady, eliminating a multitude of undead!  For more details, please visit:

The Hollywood Reporter, at: 
Variety Magazine, at:
and the Huffington Post, at: