Nightmare Blues – New from Aaron J. Shay

| October 27, 2014

Friend of SPWS Aaron J. Shay has released a new music video for his banjo-rock barnstormer "Nightmare Blues" just in time for Halloween!

Described by one participant as what would happen "if Neil Gaiman art directed the ballroom sequence of Labyrinth at Burning Man," this video follows a band as they awaken in a strange place, performing for a surreal group of concertgoers, whose actions become less and less dreamlike and more sinister as the song continues.
Directed by Ben M. F. Rapson of Breathing Media.
Featuring Seattle's folk-punk street band The Mongrel Jews, and Bat Country's Bill Bullock!

Long horns are back!…..

| October 26, 2014

Can anyone think of a good steampunk use for these?  They’ve been cleaned up now and are glistening chrome.

Adding the iPad

| October 26, 2014

I have now included the iPad and controls (not shown) which are functioning very well.

AEther Salon: Orientalism! (Edited transcript)

| October 21, 2014

((Well, semi-edited transcript.  There was a great deal of discussion during the second half of the Salon, which I did not attempt to edit.))

Bookworm Hienrichs steps forward, flipping through her notebook.

Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, we celebrate the anniversaries of both the Salon itself, and the city of Mondrago.  The Salon is starting its seventh season

AEther Salon: Orientalism! (Unedited Transcript)

| October 21, 2014

[14:01] Tepic Harlequin: oh,,,,, Mr Baron, Sir, here’s the stuff yer were wantin fer my talk next year!

[14:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Excellent.

[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) reads and chuckles

[14:02] The Doctor (callidus.waydelich): Hello, Baronin, Ms. Hienrichs.

[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) bows


AEther Salon: September Planning Session

| October 20, 2014

[2014/09/21 14:04]  Bookworm Hienrichs: Hello, Jed.

[2014/09/21 14:04]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Hello Book

[2014/09/21 14:06]  Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): oh well, good meeting :D

[2014/09/21 14:07]  Bookworm Hienrichs: /me chuckles.

[2014/09/21 14:08]  Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Guten Abend, Damen.

[2014/09/21 14:09]  Bookworm Hienrichs: Good

Adding bits…….

| October 20, 2014

This is the start of my new Ultimate Steampunk Entertainment System (U.S.E.S.)

| October 19, 2014

I have big plans for this old neglected, trashed radio cabinet from the 30’s…stay tuned! (Pun intended)

A short video of the 1921 speaker connected to an iPhone…….

| October 14, 2014

1921 Bluetooth Speaker

Finished and pumping out music!

| September 30, 2014

A little further on…..

| September 29, 2014


My first Bluetooth speaker! Unfinished.

| September 22, 2014

I went to the markets one sunny Sunday morning and came across this speaker cabinet from the early 1900’s.  It was a completely empty case which would have housed two very large speakers back to back and used outside.  Maybe part of a PA system or plugged into a radio/record player.
Anyway I thought what a perfect bluetooth speaker it would make.  It stands 42cm high and the speaker enclosure is 35cm in diameter……this thing is BIG!  So I bought a cheap blue tooth speaker from K-Mart and dismantled it.   I took a 25 watt amplifier (which I had on hand) and output the bluetooth speaker into the amp.  I had also picked up some cheap car speakers (15 watt each – $5 AUD for both) and connected them to the amp output.
Once all was set up I pulled out my iPhone turned on the bluetooth, found the speaker and logged on…well….to say this thing is loud is an understatement, it was ear shatteringly beautiful…a party machine at heart.  My next step is to ‘beautify’ the cabinet.  I’ll keep you posted.