Broken Strings Folk Punk Campout!

| August 27, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for BrokenStrings Music Fest and campout! The event is in Sacramento, CA September 25th-27th. Broken Strings is an incredible folk-punk campout at beautiful Camp Pollock, a former Boy Scout campground on the banks of the American River. It’s under a mile from downtown Sacramento, and not far from public transportation, […]

Digital strategy board game Gremlins, Inc. to launch as feature-complete beta in September

| August 18, 2015

Gremlins Inc

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA – August 18, 2015 – Independent game developer Charlie Oscar is excited to announce that its digital strategy board game Gremlins, Inc. will be released as a feature-complete beta in late September 2015 priced at £6.99.

Gremlins, Inc. is the result of the creative collaboration between Alexey Bokulev and Sergei Klimov, two games industry veterans who in 2013 set about to develop an entirely original turn-based multiplayer strategy game for PC that would be inspired by classic strategic table top boardgames.

The first official trailer introducing the basic mechanics of the game can be viewed here:

“We have been developing this project for over two years and currently we have fully implemented the core gameplay mechanics of the game. All of the important features are in there with nothing missing”, said Sergei Klimov, the Producer of the game. He continued, “In terms of the user interface, as well as extra features such as special character abilities and crafting, we have reached the point where we need player feedback and solid statistics in order to prioritise certain things over others. We currently have a number of new features in development and we’d love to hear what the community says about them very early on, hence our decision to invite players in to early access now, with the full release expected some time in Q1 2016.”

The September release will see the game coming out for Windows and Mac platforms, with five languages at launch (English, German, French, Spanish and Russian) and more to come in 2016 once the game moves on to the regular store. For more information on the game and the world of Gremlins, Inc. head to www.GremlinsInc.com/videogame/.

Just a quick update……

| July 28, 2015

I have been so busy creating my new workshop that I haven’t been able to update this blog……I will be completing some projects in the near future…stay tuned.  In the meantime you might like to look at how to make some of the things I have put up here….

How to make…..

Pentayurt for Burning Man

| July 20, 2015

I’m heading to Burning Man again this year. If you’ll recall, last year I built a Hexayurt for the Playa. It worked very well and I was much happier in the Hexayurt than I have ever been in a tent. But I had painted the Hexayurt to cover up the logos on the polyisocyanurate panels. […]

WW-II Vintage Homemade Welder

| July 15, 2015

I found this welder on Craigslist for hundred dollars. It’s made with a World War II surplus aircraft generator and the engine from a 1946 Austin Dorset. It’s a 200 Amp DC welder with a four-cylinder pushrod engine. This is a first look at it and there will be more videos as I get it […]

Bus Windows that Open From the Bottom

| June 19, 2015

Best of Spanish Steampunk

| June 11, 2015

BESTSPSTP_grandeMonths ago, I was sent a copy of Best of Spanish Steampunk, an anthology edited by Marian Womack. There’s really nothing more awesome than waking up to find twelve hundred pages of steampunk sitting in your inbox.

It took me a long time to read, but that’s sort of the beauty of a broad-ranging anthology like this. Do you just have time for a few-page dose of steampunk on the bus? Try “Saturn’s Children” by Sergio Lifante: Short, spooky, and inspired by a Barcelona crime spree from the early 20th century. In it for the long haul? The collection closes with two novellas: I particularly recommend “Black Eagles” by Eduard Vaquerizo, which paints a detailed picture of a reimagined Spanish empire.

The sections are divided by typical steampunk tropes and themes – politics, robots, time travel, etc. – and collection is at its best where it takes those and mixes them up with Spanish settings and histories. “Shot to the Gut” by Jesús Cañadas which retells an anarchist revolt in Andalusia, is a particularly good alt history telling of a bit of Spanish history that I wouldn’t have known, but now want to read about. “Biochronography Of The Lateral Jump: Aub’s Theorem” by Guillermo Zapata also earns serious points in the use-of-Spanish-history category for featuring Salvador Dalí and other historical figures in a time-hopping murder mystery.

It’s not surprising that such a massive collection has some weak spots, but it’s a bit interesting to look at what they are: The stories that left me feeling meh were the ones that took an “add steam-tech and stir” approach, dropping in a factory or automata or dirigible, slapping London in the backdrop, and leaving it at that. For a genre that delights in its tropes (and oh, do I delight in a good automata,) it was a reminder that they can’t stand on their own without solid characters, conflicts, and, yeah, maybe traveling a bit away from London. (Though maybe not too far – there were a few good stories that left the real world behind altogether and opted for building new steampunk worlds for their settings, but the strongest pieces in the anthology were without fail rooted at least a bit in history.)

AEther Salon: Fencing! (Edited Transcript)

| May 19, 2015

((Unfortunately, the Baron was unavailable, and I was chased offline by ill-timed thunderstorms.  My thanks to Dr. Jekyll for saving off the transcript!))

Dr. Cyberusfaustus: Good evening ladies and gentlemen.  Welcome to Aether Salon and the Classical Fencing Society Salle d’Armes.  The publising house of Prezdigitation will provide a printing of this evenings talk at: http://prezi.com/

AEther Salon: Fencing! (Unedited Transcript)

| May 19, 2015

((Unfortunately, the Baron was unavailable, and I was chased offline by ill-timed thunderstorms.  My thanks to Dr. Jekyll for saving off this transcript!))

[14:06] Dr. Cyberusfaustus (cyberusfaustus): Good evening ladies and gentlemen

[14:06] Dr. Cyberusfaustus (cyberusfaustus): Welcome to Aether Salon and the Classical Fencing Society Salle d’Armes

[14:06] Darlingmonster Ember smiles

[14:

Light up bedside table

| April 21, 2015

I took two Ikea bedside tables that were painted white with white drawer pulls and painted them gloss black.  I replaced the drawer pulls with ‘steampunky’ brass knobs with an antique balloon picture in the centre.  I found some glass shelves to put on top which were wider and deeper than the tables so I created a frame to go around the bedside tables, as the framing material was quite thin I used some acrylic between the frame and the table.  Under the acrylic I installed LEDs to light up the inside edge of the table.  Lastly I created some brass switches to turn on the LEDs…….the effect is awsome and now I don’t need a table lamp!

Freaks! (Edited Transcript)

| April 21, 2015

Bookworm Hienrichs: Well, I think we’ll get started.

Welcome, everyone, to this month’s Aether Salon! Our usual host, Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, is unfortunately unavailable today, so you’ll have to put up with me.

Bookworm Hienrichs grins.

Bookworm Hienrichs: Today, Jimmy Branagh – and Billy – will regale us with carnival tales, focusing on the life of the "Special People." Before we get

Freaks! (Unedited Transcript)

| April 21, 2015

[14:06] Bookworm Hienrichs: Well, I think we’ll get started.

[14:06] Garnet Psaltery: wb

[14:06] Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome, everyone, to this month’s Aether Salon! Our usual host, Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, is unfortunately unavailable today, so you’ll have to put up with me.

[14:06] Bookworm Hienrichs grins.

[14:06] Garnet Psaltery: You’ll do fine

[14:06] Bookworm Hienrichs: Today, Jimmy