Welcome to the realm of Meta-Earth–homepage of Mark William Chase–writer, programmer, and creator of the World of Mythania.
The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War is out, and it’s looking pretty good! Starring all your favorite Avengers heroes: Captain America (of course), Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, and more, all duking it out over the Superhero Registration Act.
The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello is an animated short film by Anthony Lucas. It is a beautiful blend of Gothic horror and steampunk aesthetics, complete with iron dirigibles, a grungy Victorian city, a mad scientist, a tragic hero, and a horrifying monster. It doesn’t get better than this!
See it here, or on YouTube!
A new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just come out, and it’s a doozy! This is the first real trailer, as opposed to a mere teaser, and it shows more of the characters and reveals more of what the story is about. Once you’ve watched the trailer, be sure to read this shot-by-shot breakdown of the trailer. And keep an eye out for lens flares. It wouldn’t be a proper J.J. Abrams film without lens flares.
To go along with my steampunk speakers, I have now put up my Instructables tutorial for putting together a nice little steampunk audio amplifier. This is the amplifier which I have mounted on the hutch over my desk, through which I play all music an audio from my PC. This is a bit more involved that the steampunk speakers, but if you feel up to the challenge, feel free to give it go!
Battletech is back! There’s a Kickstarter campaign for a new Battletech game, by the same folks who successful ran the Shadowrun Kickstarter campaign. It looks like the campaign has already grown to five times over its original goal, and with 30 days to go no less. That’s pretty good sign!
I was a huge Battletech fan back in the day, of both the original miniatures game, as well as the Battletech and Mechwarrior computer games popular in the 80s and 90s. So I for one am excited to see this project underway, and I certainly hope they deliver a compelling game!
17-year-old Martin Vargic has created this amazing Map of Literature as a graphical visualization of how the world’s literature evolved from the ancient era to the present day. The map is incredibly detailed, and features genres, authors, best selling books, best selling authors, and Nobel Prizes in literature. I’ve not been able to find full resolution images, and I can only assume that is because the Map of Literature is featured in Martin Vargic’s new book, Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping out the Modern World.
Based on the best selling book by Andy Weir, the upcoming movie The Martian, directed by Riddle Scott, promises to be the latest sci-fi thriller in the growing list of near-future hard sci-fi. If I were to give it a short synopsis, I would say it’s a bit like MacGyver in space (or specifically, on Mars), with MacGyver looking more like Matt Damon, and named Mark Watney.
What I like most, however, is the fact that author Andy Weir self-published The Martian, only to have it become a best seller, and then become a major Hollywood motion picture, directed by the legendary Ridley Scott. That, frankly, is supremely awesome. You can read more about his wild success story on this Business Insider article.
The movie comes out on October 2nd, so be sure to check out the trailer! Oh, and also, read the book.
We just got back from Dragon*Con 2015, and it was as fantastic as usual this year. I got to see some good friends, some good panels, and some really cool people. Although I did spend most of my time in the Space Track and Writer’s Track, I did get out enough to check out more than a few extraordinary costumes. Take a look at some of my pictures from the convention!
Take a look at this cool steampunk Tesla watch from ThinkGeek. And it’s actually affordable. I’m not sure if the vacuum tubes really do anything other than light up, but it’s a nice effect. My only fear would be loosing the key used to actually wind the watch…
I wanted a pair of steampunk speakers as part of my ongoing project to steampunk-up my home office. Here are the steampunk speakers I ended up creating, which are mounted on the hutch above my desk. Do you like them? Well, you can have them! You just need to build them for yourself.
The article is over on Instructables.com, and has already been Featured by the Instructables editors!