Posts belonging to Category Steampunk
Auctioned at Christies, this pair of singing bird pistols displays phenomenal early 19th century work in clockwork automata. Apparently there are only 4 other such pistols in existence. These are pure works of art, and pure genius!
And no, they are not actual “working” guns.
Check out this short independent steampunk film, Airlords of Airia. Although the dialog is weak, and the English dubbing not so good, overall it’s a neat little 12 minute piece. It’s also just part one, apparently, and I guess they’ll be looking for more crowdfunding over at their site.
Say it isn’t so! According to (parody) news site The Daily Mash, (pretend) steampunk weapons are not as effective in a fight as fists. The tale of the (fictional) altercation is quite humorous, and just goes to show that if you do enter a pub in town of Whitby dressed as a steampunk neo-Victorian adventurer, your laser blunderbuss had better be an actual functioning laser blunderbuss.
Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (a 501(c)3 not-for-profit), with the fund raising help of Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal fame, has finally purchased the property where stands the last surviving laboratory of Nikola Tesla (visionary scientist and the greatest geek who ever lived): the Wardenclyffe facility. Hurrah!
Now they’re going to restore the site and build a museum there. Awesome!
The press release can be found here, here’s the full press conference (its over an hour long).
Check this out: Abney Park, the steampunk band, has an awesome new airship pirate board game. Right on!
You can get it here.
According to IBM’s Social Sentiment Index, based on an analysis of more than a half million public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites, etc., steampunk inspired by the clothing, technology, and social mores of Victorian society, will be a major trend in 2013 – 2015 (and possibly beyond).
According to the report:
- 33% of online fashion chatter around steampunk can be found on gaming sites.
- 2010 saw a year on year increase in chatter of 296 percent. This increase can be attributed to steampunk-inspired NYC ComicCon events in October of 2010.
- Twitter is the #1 social network for steampunk chatter; hosts six times the number of discussions as Facebook.
- 63% of fashion discussions around steampunk are initiated by individuals less than 30 years old.
- 55% of social sentiment chatter for steampunk fashion derived by blogs.
This is kind of cool, but at the same time a bit peculiar. There is apparently a Steampunk Cruise in the works, scheduled (that’s shej-ool’d) for March of 2013, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. Information on booking is here.
So, wow, a steampunk cruise! And now that I think about it, cruise ships do retain some of that old Victorian air, so I can see how this might work. However, while I wish them the best of luck, I have to wonder how they’ll actually pull this off. Something tells me that most steampunk enthusiasts don’t have $1300 to plop down on a cruise, no matter now cool the theme or how geeky the company (I know I don’t). Given that the ship’s capacity is over 3000, I’m pretty sure it’s not an exclusive cruise.