Steampunk Tribune | March 30, 2011
The Steampunk Librarian | March 29, 2011
Hello! The book review and giveaway got pushed back a bit; it looks as if we may be doing several of them in April, so get ready to enter many contests!
I found a wonderful instance of steampunk influencing modern design; Adaptive Path discusses a "steampunk" design for cell phones in rural India as a more intuitive concept. This is really fascinating stuff.
The Victoria & Albert Museum opens an exhibit this weekend titled "The Cult of Beauty: the Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900" which looks fantastic. Many thanks to Cassandra for sending this to me!
True Victorian-era science in action: Professor Angelo Sismonda was an Italian geologist who designed a "prospecting kit" to take on expeditions. It looks like one of the vampire hunting kits you see these days, but it's authentic and amazing.
Attention, Coilhouse readers: they're running a special right now where you can purchase back issues in PDF.
Attention, pirate fans: consider this as a bedroom design for your child. (Wow.)
And finally, for those of us who are H.G. Wells fans, David Lodge writes about his "bio-fiction" novel describing the wildly varied life of the writer.
Steampunk Tribune | March 29, 2011
The Chap | March 28, 2011
Round Five has now closed and the winner was Russell Nash. Ten candidates will eventually be selected for the live Chap of the Year contest on 21st May. To book tickets, visit Ticketweb Mai Britt Moller: “I should like to propose Mai Britt Moller for Chap of the Year. This refugee from Denmark is a [...]
Steampunk Tribune | March 26, 2011
Steampunk Tribune | March 25, 2011
admin | March 25, 2011
Danna Haraway wrote in her book Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium that the Second Millennium is the age of promises. This was in 1997, but this idea still does have some relevance today: we work hard to get money to reward ourselves; the cure for cancer is just around the corner, if we raise enough money, have enough funded scientists, make people more aware; and (as she points out) you could stop aging if you used the right kind of beauty products. Advertising is a great medium for promises like this: use this product and your life will improve in some way. Certainly, this works — I do think Advil is an amazing life-improvement tool, for example.
But the concept of promise also implicates the concept of deferral: work harder, longer, to get more pay, to afford these grand promises. When I was a child, it was drummed into me that parents raised their children well, because well-brought-up children provide for aging parents: a just reward for the labour of child-rearing. How many of us have heard, “I can’t wait to get out of high school”? How about, “I can’t wait to move out / get a real job / retire”?
One could say that we are moving beyond this age of promises; whenever I hear people complaining about how kids are so entitled these days, I wonder if it’s really a case of entitlement, or maybe, the new generation, of which I could be a part of, is simply not willing to defer dreams anymore. I think there’s at least a subconscious awareness that promises don’t actually work, that taking too long spells the dissipation of the dream, in North America, if nowhere else. What does it mean, beyond an inter-generational conflict of younger people getting frustrated at older people who are still in power, who still believe in deferral?
But for now, let’s say that we live in a time of great promises.
Steampunk Tribune | March 24, 2011
Starting with Nova Ablion’s Wild, Wild East event!… If you are near the vicinity of Northern California, this event is a “must attend”! Lots going on, lots to see and do – for more details, please visit my earlier entry regarding Nova Ablion, at : http://www.steampunktribune.com/2011/03/grand-nova-albion-steampunk-exhibition.html
If one happens to be on the East Coast, fear not! The Steampunk Industrial Revoloution is taking place in Nashua, New Hampshire (US)! Found a much more eloquent narrative below, so do take a moment before you pack your transportation to the event and watch….
Steampunk Tribune | March 23, 2011