The Steampunk Home | July 31, 2011
I thought this space, The One Shot Coffee Shop in Philly (found via a post on Apartment Therapy), was beautiful.
|Reclaimed wood and tin tiles.
|The menu changes daily. So does the kraft paper roll. I love this idea — wonder where you could use it in a house?
|The “card catalog” style drawers are for tea.
Check out the entire post on AT, including closeups of the awesome tea drawer labels.
admin | July 31, 2011
Because let’s face it, Portland is pretty white. A couple of people asked me for numbers for how many visible people of colour I saw all weekend, and I counted the following:
4 black men – Tony Hicks of Tinplate Studios
; a dapper gentleman I didn’t get the name of; a goth at the Saturday concert; and a man who came by with his wife and her two sisters.
5 Asians – Said wife and two sisters (I’m guessing East Asian; the two sisters were in lolita gear); my cousin Andrea (yep, that fab Azn rocking the boat – on her head – is related to me); and Brad working for LastWear
ETA: I should also add Peter Zarate of Vernian Process on this list. Very remiss of me to have forgotten! I have no idea what he identifies though.
There was also another man who mentioned in passing that he didn’t identify as white but I didn’t get the details. I never do unless they’re volunteered. It’s not good of me, because it does mean I overlook a lot of invisible racial minorities, but I hate poking into people’s ish without permission.
The lack of POC, though, is not my problem, it’s Portland’s. (Although I AM curious as to the final count of people who registered to attend.) PDXGearCon, however, had other problems besides the need to colour up.
And holy crap did it have problems. The website was down for a really long time earlier, and I almost thought that the con wasn’t going to happen because there was so much radio silence on what, exactly, was going to happen.
Con chair Stephen was really accommodating to me for all my ideas, but programs are nice. Very nice. Mostly because I wanted to know what my schedule was so I could be sure to make the most of my con experience, seeing as I’m so rarely out to the West Coast. The day after I arrived in Portland, which would be the Wednesday right before the convention, I received an email asking if I still wanted any workshops in! What! I can’t even respond to that.
Steampunk Tribune | July 30, 2011
From a lead from the lovely Miss Bookworm Heinreichs, I learned that a new New Babbage project is underway! Titled “Tales of New Babbage, The Steampunk City”, as Mr. A. Cleanslate describes the new endeavor…
The City of New Babbage is a consensual hallucination of a steampunk city in a time that never was. It’s built out of bits and prims in SecondLife (instead of bricks and plaster), but it’s as “real” a place as Paris or Mumbai. People from all over the world “go” there daily to build fantastic machines, fight krakens, and roleplay vast, open-ended storylines replete with mad scientists, street urchins and evil geniuses.
We also write stories. With a few exceptions, none of us are professional writers, and few write enough to generate complete works. But for all that, the stories are immensely entertaining and sometimes excellent. We’ve assembled pages and pages of them – and want to share them with the world.
Steampunk Tribune | July 30, 2011
… is Charlie Tunja, with the lucky number of “43″. Sadly, it was the biggest loss in over a year with the DJI, with an ending of 12,143.24 – unfortunate for stock brokers, but fortunate for at least one person. My thanks to all who took the time to participate, a special thanks to Miss Lois2037 for her patience in addressing my numerical issue, and I do hope all who see the movie enjoy it!
Steampunk Tribune | July 29, 2011
Well, the final list is done, along with a few previews of the Cowboys and Aliens movie…
… accompanied with a new trailer from the upcoming production (which is posted below)…
As far as the contest list is concerned, I did run into a bit of a vexing issue once I was done arranging the numbers. Apparently, I didn’t quite have enough participants to evenly disperse the digit range, so I did make some adjustments, as one can see…
00 – 01 Mr. A. Ash
02 – 03 Ms. B. Urbik
04 – 05 Ms. L. Katz
06 – 07 Ms. M. Discovolante
08 – 09 Ms. R. D. Brown
10 – 11 Ms. K. Plante
12 – 13 Mr. C. Sheets
14 – 15 Ms. G. Fisher
16 – 17 Mr. C. O’Brien
18 – 19 Ms. J. Osborne
20 – 21 Mr. S. Crawford
22 – 23 Ms. J. Conrad
24 – 25 Ms. C. Bringuel
26 – 27 Mr. S. Violette
28 – 29 Ms. A. Preston
30 – 31 Mr. S. Boucher
32 – 33 J. VandenToon Keeney
34 – 35 Ms. S. Charter
36 – 37 Duke Edward Pearse
38 – 39 Mr. S. Crawford
40 – 41 Ms. J. F. Jones
42 – 43 Charlie Tunja
44 – 45 Mr. C. Ahrendt
46 – 47 Ms. K. Hoppe
48 – 49 Mr. E. Jones
50 – 51 Ms. L. Moran
52 – 53 Ms. T. Dawicki
54 – 55 Ms. D. Crawford
56 – 57 Ms. Z. Marcin
58 – 59 Ms. A. Stock
60 – 61 Mr. D. Queiser
62 – 63 Mr. M. M. Madera
64 – 65 Mr. E. Hyde
66 – 67 Ms. K. Wade
68 – 69 Mr. D. W. Giles
70 – 71 Mr. M. Musick
72 – 99 *Voided*
To address this challenge, I will add the following caveat – if the Dow Jones Industrial Index lands between 72 and 99 for its last two digits on Friday, the 29th of July, I will extend the contest until Monday, the 1st of August. Theoretically, there is a 72% chance this will be a non-issue, so do keep an eye on tomorrow’s numbers, and feel free to post comments on what you thought about the movie!
The Artificers Club | July 28, 2011
Steampunk Airship sculpture in Dreadnought design made of papier mache, re-purposed card stock, corrugated cardboard, foam, plastic, wood and metal pieces.
Steampunk Airship "Diabolus"
This steampunk zeppelin “flew high” at the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, Michigan, USA this past May, 2011. The airship measures approximately 1.6m stem to stern, about 45cm wide and about 65cm tall. It is made entirely of re-purposed/recycled materials and was a big hit at the Expo!
Artist: Stephan J. Smith – Artsmith Craftworks – http://www.artsmithcraftworks.com
Steampunk Workshop | July 28, 2011
One of the things that I like most about going to Steampunk events is that I get to meet people that I've known online for years–in person for the first time.
Earlier this year the city of Waltham, Massachusetts hosted The Interntional Steampunk City event. This was a city-wide celebration of everything Steampunk to benefit The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.
But a highlight of this event for me was getting to meet Chronographia von Strangehours of Strange Hours Atelier. Chronographia brought with her some of the most amazing hats and we had a nice time hanging out and talking about all snd sundry, but mostly Doctor Who which turns out to be a shared interest!
Click through for a gallery of awesome hats!
Steampunk Tribune | July 28, 2011
The exterior of Seattle Steam -
Powering Seattle since 1893 with Steam!
One of the minor pleasure I indulge in on the way from work is listening to the radio show titled Marketplace. Quite a good show which focus on economics and marketplace issue, it always has something unique in its daily program. I was agog when they did a piece on Seattle Steam, one of the few remaining urban powerplants… that uses steam as its power source! Its ecologically friendly, good for the environment, ect, ect…, but one can only imagine the possibilities of steam making a comeback in other urban areas as an efficient power source (it practically begs to be improved with a few Steampunk tweaks)! To read (or better yet, listen) to the piece, please head over to the Marketplace Sustainability desk, at: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/27/pm-steam-power-makes-a-comeback/
(not a very exciting site, but still, educational…)
Steampunk Tribune | July 27, 2011
Thought it would be a good idea to post the most current listing of individuals listed in the contest. If by chance your name is not listed, please feel free to drop by the Steampunk Tribune’s Facebook Page
. Please do leave a message to ensure you are placed on the list – and my apologies to any individual who’s name I may have misspelled!
1. Mr. A. Ash
2. Ms. B. Urbik
3. Ms. L. Katz
4. Ms. M. Discovolante
5. Ms. R. D. Brown
6. Ms. K. Plante
7. Mr. C. Sheets
8. Ms. G. Fisher
9. Mr. C. O’Brien
10. Ms. J. Osborne
11. Mr. S. Crawford
12. Ms. J. Conrad
13. Ms. C. Bringuel
14. Mr. S. Violette
15. Ms. A. Preston
16. Mr. S. Boucher
17. J. VandenToon Keeney
18. Ms. S. Charter
19. Duke Edward Pearse
20. Mr. S. Crawford
21. Ms. J. F. Jones
22. Charlie Tunja
23. Mr. C. Ahrendt
24. Ms. K. Hoppe
25. Mr. E. Jones
26. Ms. L. Moran
27. Ms. T. Dawicki
Still plenty of space left, but the list of entries closes tomorrow evening!
The Steampunk Librarian | July 26, 2011
Sir Reginald is indisposed, but we stole his hat and drew names for the Falling Machine giveaway contest!
Falling Machine ARC: Christiana Mayer
Falling Machine paperback: Robert Behlke
Many thanks again to everyone who participated in this (very extended) giveaway! Winners, send me an email with a mailing address and I’ll get the books to you right away.
admin | July 26, 2011
There will be a con report forthcoming, but just to say, GearCon was quite fantastic, the chillest con I’ve been to thus far, even with the horrible hiccups at the beginning. Thanks to the folks who came to the wine and cheese Kevin Steil and I hosted, thanks to Kevin for letting me stay with him, thanks to Stephen for inviting me (and for not looking too annoyed when the first words out of my mouth upon seeing him for the first time were “so do I get a projector?”) and thanks generally to Portland for being nifty despite being Whitelandia. I wasn’t supposed to do any shopping but I totally did. Also, PDX, you have some very nice food! Thanks to my cousin Andrea for taking me around and thanks everybody else for making her first nerdy-ass con experience an excellent one!
Steampunk Tribune | July 26, 2011
My apologies in advance, as I’m busily engaged in attending to a number of issues, including consolidating the list for the contest, working on interview questions, and a few other non-Steampunk things! However, I do believe I’ve located an alternative Airbender: Legend of Korra clip to replace the one below, which Viacom so generously decided to block – lets see how long this one lasts!