Upcoming: Hexayurt swamp cooler for Burningman!

| June 28, 2014


We’re headed to Burning Man this year! I am in the process of building a Hexayurt for us to stay in on the playa. To keep it cool I’m going to build a solar powered swamp cooler. These are a few of the components that I’ve gathered so far. The whole build process will be here in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

Welcome to the Steampunk Workshop

| June 27, 2014


I'm Jake von Slatt, a maker, tinkerer, fabricator, and all around techno dilettante living and creating just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I'm interested in the blending of 19th century aesthetics and technology with the modern world and showcasing projects of that ilk here on SteampunkWorkshop.com. While I eschews the temptation to rigidly define the term "Steampunk," I do know that it has something to do with the intersection of technology and romance. 

Email: jake@vonslatt.com

​Click through for a list of resources describing what I do here:


I'm starting to get several requests like this per week and I simply can't response to them all in detail.  However, here are some sources that may help you and do cover most of what I feel I have to say on the subject:
In addition you will find Hi-Res images that you are welcome to republish here: http://steampunkworkshop.com/press/index.html

see that little dot where the sky meets the sea?

| June 3, 2014

Like a dirigible, the Steampunk Librarian has been slowly sailing toward the horizon. Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, and participated in the website over the years and its various locations on the interwebs.

However! I’ll still be writing some reviews (and possibly other stuff) as well over at the Pandora Society.  Perhaps I'll see you there!

Quickest Way to Clone Windows (and Windows Server) Disk with GPartEd

| May 28, 2014

A quick tech note from the day job some of you might find useful.

GPartEd is a fantastic tool for copying and resizing disk partitions, but cloning an entire Windows disk often requires tweaking boot sectors and records after the partitions are copied and this is not always easy or intuitive. The following is a simple method to clone a Windows disk quickly without all the messing around with boot sector issues.

. . .

1. Connect drives to a host and boot the host with the GPartEd Live CD

2. Review the layout of partitions in GPartEd, delete any partitions on the target drive.

3. Right-click on the desktop and start a root terminal

4. Begin a sector-by-sector copy of the drive by typing:

dd if=/dev/sda of/dev/sdb bs=8192

(This assumes sda is your source drive and sdb is the target)

5. Let the "dd" run for a minute or two and then control-c out of it.

6. "Refresh Devices" in GPartEd, go to /dev/sdb and delete any partition you see there.

7. Finally, Copy, Paste, & Apply the partitions for /dev/sda to /dev/sdb in the normal manner.

8. Set the "boot" flag on the first partiton on /dev/sdb

​9. Fin!

Because we dd'd the beginning of the disk in step 4, there will be no messing about with Startup Repair, bootrec, bootsec, or diskpart. Your disk will just boot into Windows or Windows Server!


AEther Salon: Mail! (Edited transcript)

| May 26, 2014

Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fraulein Bookworm, would you do the rules, bitte?

Bookworm Hienrichs nods and shuffles for her notebook.

Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, Miss Nika Thought-werk discusses the history, purpose and mystery of the mail, and the people that have made it possible.  Before we proceed, some housekeeping reminders:

1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or

AEther Salon: Mail! (Unedited transcript)

| May 26, 2014

[14:14] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Fraulein Bookworm, would you do the rules, bitte?

[14:14] Bookworm Hienrichs nods.

[14:15] Bookworm Hienrichs shuffles for her notebook.

[14:15] Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, Miss Nika Thought-werk discusses the history, purpose and mystery of the mail, and the people that have made it possible.


It’s been awhile…..

| May 25, 2014

This is an updated version of iPhonograph ‘Too Tone’ and has gone to Centenary Institute to raise much needed funds for research into cures for cancer.  The iPhonograph raised $1,000 in their silent auction.  This was optimised to be used with the iPhone 5 which it will also charge and can charge anything with a lightning connector.

The Steampunk World’s Fair is this weekend!

| May 14, 2014

Hi Folks!

Come join me at the 2014 Steampunk World's Fair in Piscataway New Jersey! I'll be bringing my Victorian RV and many of the steampunk objects I've made over the years. There will be an opportunity to take a tour of the bus on Saturday and I may even have the 3D printer that I built last year up and running for you to see!

At this point I believe that the Steampunk World's Fair is the largest and oldest Steampunk con and it is certainly one that has always delivered when it come to the musical acts performing all weekend long.

Come join us! It's going to be awesome!


AEther Salon: Chirurgia! (Edited transcript)

| April 28, 2014

Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Fraulein Bookworm, if you would.

Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome to this month’s Aether Salon! Today, Jimmy Branagh takes on a new role and regales us with a discussion of Victorian medicine and surgery!  Before we proceed, some housekeeping reminders:

1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.

2) If you do not

AEther Salon: Chirurgia! (Unedited transcript)

| April 28, 2014

[2014/04/27 13:56]  Stormy Stillwater: /me will never tell Jimmy how his glasses offend him now that he has one eye, I mean how insensitive can this dude be? He sighs and sobs in silence

[2014/04/27 13:56]  Myrtil Igaly: Awwww poor Stormy…

[2014/04/27 13:56]  Aleph Oreo (aleph.ceriaptrix): (( gotta relog, feeling hopelessly warped, brb ))

[2014/04/27 13:56]  Max Islay: better’n no eyes


Why Live Music? A Serious Question

| April 18, 2014

Your car stereo. Your computer. Your MP3 player. Your phone. We’ve never had more technology enabling us to listen to music, and that technology has never been more mobile. And with services like iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp Last.fm, GrooveShark, et al, we’ve never had more ways of discovering new music. And due to incredible advancements in personal recording technology, it’s never been easier for amateurs to produce songs on our own, load them on every service and sync them to every device. There is recorded music everywhere, and everyone is making it.

. . .

So why do we come back to live music? What is it about the concert ritual that draws us back in? And what can aspiring musicians learn about their craft from that ritual?

Communal music is an ancient human tradition. After all, some of the earliest tools we find among the fossils of our ancestors are musical instruments. Music’s role in human society has been spiritual in nature across cultural lines and through generations: singing meditation bowls, adhan called out by muezzin from minarets, gospel songs performed on organ to the dancing faithful, the Torah portion earnestly chanted by young congregates on Sabbath. Whether it was music or spirituality that came first to the ritual of communal gathering is the subject for an article written by someone distinctly more educated than myself. For now, it’s suffice to say that these things have gone hand-in-hand for quite some time, and that this ritual is deeply ingrained in our ideas of society and civilization.

In modern Western culture (I speak of primarily the United States wherein lies my expertise), the musical gathering has been largely divorced from religiosity. Most of our musical experiences today are social events. Although we may hope for an amazingly communal and spiritual experience, musical performances are no longer necessarily connected to any kind of spirituality, and they are no longer necessarily communal events with active participation for attendees.

So why do audiences go to live music shows? Why not stay at home and just listen to the recordings that fill our hard drives and our cloud storage?

Steampunk News iPhone App Retiring

| April 18, 2014

I’m sorry to have to announce that the Steampunk News iPhone App will be withdrawn from the iTunes store in the near future.

I originally wrote the app as a hobby, and it led to the creation of this site, which I for one am rather pleased about, however the annual charge for maintaining my app on Apple’s app store is no longer financially viable to me, hence the withdrawal from Apple’s iTunes store.

Existing users of the app will be able to continue using it, however please remember to back it up, as it will no longer be available from the App store if you ever need to rebuild your device.

The site is now completely mobile-friendly, so hopefully this won’t be too much of a problem for anyone.