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Cthulhu’s Pizza Kitchen

Posted By on 22. Oktober 2014

The perfect place for the cultist family dinner, or take-away, if you have been chasing those pesky investigators all evening and there is no more time to cook (for) your loved ones!

Mmmmmmh! Tasty tentacle topping!

Happy Ada Lovelace Day 2014!

Posted By on 14. Oktober 2014

This is becoming a tradition on this blog, since I already mentioned it last year and the year before.
Today I also have one more reason to celebrate: Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer and I am only a few steps away now from being one myself (a real, official one).

So, once again, happy Ada Lovelace day!

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Josh Kinsey Strikes Again – Geekie Awards

Posted By on 5. Oktober 2014

Wow! I think few people have been featured on this blog as often as my friend Joshua Kinsey. This is the fourth time I feature him, and this time it is two videos and a journal article.

So, here is the first video in which Master Craftsman Kinsey talks about his art, a pleasure to watch and listen to:

ARTIFICE – J.W. Kinsey from IGNITE on Vimeo.

Then, Joshua was awarded a Geekie Award (!!) :

And finally, here is an article in the Statesman Journal.
In case you are unaware: The Statesman Journal is one of the oldest daily newspapers in the US. It has a circulation of almost 40.000 copies during the week each day and over a hundred thousand on Saturdays and Sundays. Oh my Cthulhu! Seems like Josh is really on a roll right now, and I bemourn my complete lack craftsman skills.

Visist J.W. Kinsey’s Artifice on Facebook and his very own web abode.

Non-Euclidean Æthercast #27 – Can’t stop, won’t stop!

Posted By on 3. Oktober 2014

During the past few months, I have repeatedly thought about shutting the blog and podcast down, or at least put both on an extended hiatus. This is mainly because my studies and other engagements are taking up so much time, keeping the blog up-to-date gets complicated.
So far, each time I thought something along the lines of “OK, this is the last week.” or something like that. But each time, something great happens and I go on. What great things these are, I rant about in the podcast.

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Steampunk LEGO A Coffee Table Book filled with Victorian-Inspired LEGO

Posted By on 30. September 2014

It has been a very long time since I have been this excited about an upcoming book, but this one deserves all the excitement I can muster:

Steampunk LEGO – A Coffee Table Book filled with Victorian-Inspired LEGO

Yes, the excellent scribes, researchers and scholars at No Starch Press are releasing a book with all the ingredients for incredible exellentness!

This is the official press release:

San Francisco, CA (September 30, 2014) — This holiday season is looking up for LEGO® fans—especially those immersed in steampunk. Meet steampunk connoisseur, LEGO artist, and special effects professional Guy Himber and his soon-to-be-released Steampunk LEGO (No Starch Press, November 2014, 200 pp., $29.95, hardcover, 4C), an incredible coffee table book sure to delight sci-fi and steampunk fans.

Himber, a special effects artist with more than 50 feature films under his belt, including Edward Scissorhands, Independence Day, and Stargate, has been crafting imaginative worlds for years. In Steampunk LEGO, he’s created a fantastical steampunk world, filled with photos of Victorian-era sci-fi treasures built solely from LEGO. Dirigibles, submarines, clockwork animals, and fanciful contraptions whisk readers away on a steampunk adventure—pure bliss for all who delight in whimsy and tiny gears.

With its eclectic variety of models designed by dozens of the world’s top LEGO artists, Steampunk LEGO joins other jaw-dropping No Starch Press LEGO titles like Beautiful LEGO and LEGO Space in displaying the passion and creativity that so many millions invest in these little bricks.

Steampunk LEGO arrives in fine bookstores everywhere this November.

And here are some preview images:

 

Excellent Dieselpunk Comic – RumRow

Posted By on 27. September 2014

Another thing that came in through the ætherbox, and what an exciting thing it is:
A comic, soon to be available in print, that no Dieselpunk worth their weight in fuel should miss.
Set in an alternate version of our 1930s, it features wonderfully weird and Art-Deco-esque airships and fighter planes, dashing protagonists of both genders, action, suspense and bootleg liquor.

I was just about to say “Speakeasy of the Skies” because of the alliteration, but this would have been inaccurate.

The Kickstarter campaign for the funding of the print edition is still going on, check it out. The project is already fully funded, but maybe you just want to help reach a stretchgoal or get your hands on a reward.

I will post a full review at a later date and now, please check out what the gentleman and artist Andrew Maxwell, mastermind behind RumRow has to say:

Shatter Me: Lzzy Hale, Lindsey Stirling and some Steampunk

Posted By on 22. September 2014

Another manifestation of Steampunk in music, this time with dubstep violin and a higher budget than the music videos I usually present here:

 

I dare say, Lindsey Stirling does not need introduction, Lzzy Hale can be found here.

The Men That Will Be Blamed For Nothing – Kicking Cancer’s butt!

Posted By on 15. September 2014

It rarely happens that I am so happy to announce an upcoming concert.
Great Britain’s most famous Steampunk band (with a heavy stress on Punk) The Men That Will Be Blamed For Nothing return after vocalist Andy Heintz is making a recovery from throat cancer.

Here are the details:

 

THE MEN THAT WILL NOT
BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING

*** The UK’s biggest Steampunk band announce only London show of 2014 to celebrate kicking cancer’s arse!  ***

“genuinely inspired” – Terrorizer
“Rabble-rousing ,,, packed with droll Victoriana” – Independent on Sunday
“their timeline-defying sonics are as forward thinking as it gets” – Rock Sound
“full of silly steam punk stories that’ll make you wet your bloomers or britches” – Bizarre

Anarchic, anachronistic and truly inspired, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have been putting the ‘punk’ into ‘steampunk’ since 2008.  Blending tales of 1877 with the attitude of 1977, their highly original mix of horror, humour and history has seen them hailed as one of the 21st century’s most inventive acts, by critics everywhere from The Independent to Terrorizer, while their immersive, immensely fun live show has wowed crowds from Bestival to the Edinburgh Festival.  An ever-innovative recorded catalogue has included the first release on the archaic wax cylinder format for 70 years, caught the attention of EMI Records (who threatened legal action over the first album, ‘Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! Vol 1’), and seen them grow a devoted, globe-spanning fanbase, with the release of 2012’s tongue-twisting follow-up, ‘This May Be The Reason The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons’.

Yes, quite literally nothing can hold this truly unique band back; not lawsuits, not conventional weapons, and not even vocalist Andy Heintz receiving the damning diagnosis of throat cancer this April.  While Andy has faced up to that news, and the hell of the radiotherapy treatments that followed, his bandmates – ‘occult comedian’ and Radio 4 personality Andrew O’Neill (vocals/guitar), fellow stand-up comic Marc Burrow (bass/vocals), and ex-Lords of The New Church man Jez Miller (drums), have remained determined to keep the show on the road.  In June they played Glastonbury festival as a three-piece to a great response, before Marc and Andrew took their stand up show on a US tour The Men had been due to play, attracting rave reviews in New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit, and playing a one-off performance as an acoustic duo at the Steampunk World Fair in New Jersey.

 

TMTWNBBFN - Kicking Cancer's Arse

However, the most hotly-anticipated TMTWNBBFN show of the year is still to come.  With Andy now making a good recovery, the band are ready to make their big comeback as a four-piece at London’s Relentless Garage on November 14th.  Billed as a chance to join them in celebrating ‘kicking cancer’s arse’, the Garage gig will be the only their only London headline date for 2014, and will hear them debut material from the forthcoming third album, tentatively slated for release in Spring/Summer 2015.   In short, this is a night not to be missed.  Get your tickets and get down to;

Fri 14th November – LONDON, Relentless Garage
Support from The Caesarians and Nu,Pogodi
Doors 7pm.  Adv. tickets £10 from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-men-that-will-not-be-blamed-for-nothing-tickets/112553

 

 

 

Keep Dieselpunks.org from falling!

Posted By on 12. September 2014

Tome Wilson, an icon of the Dieselpunk community and head behind the famed website and community dieselpunks.org needs our help!

Since its beginning in 2009 Dieselpunks.org has grown into one of the biggest and liveliest ætherweb abodes of our scene, this has also led to its associated costs have increased drastically. It has gotten to the point where Tome is no longer able to shoulder the costs all by himself.

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So, Tome has initiated a Kickstarter fundraiser to keep Dieselpunks.org fuelled and going for the foreseeable future and also expand the site. If there ever was a worthy project for our community on Kickstarter, this is it. Please consider giving your support and do not let Dieselpunks.org fall!

 

Love is a Grave – A Victorian Gothic Short Film

Posted By on 5. September 2014

A few days ago, I was contacted via the Facebook page and a short movie was pointed out to me:

Love is a Grave

Love is a Grave – a short film by Tim Stevens from Tim Stevens on Vimeo.

Tim Stevens has this to say about his short subject:

Love is a Grave was the first film I made out of film school and the first production by what became my film indie studio, Title Pending Productions. The film was a collaboration between myself and the co-founder of the studio, John Francis McCullagh. John actually plays the role of Eric in the film. The actress is Michelle Harvey (most recently starring in the TV show Salem). The soundtrack is an original score by the steampunk artist Darwin Prophet from Darwin Prophet and Chronus Mirror.

Gothic horror has been my first love since deciding that I wanted to be a director. Films like Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Calegari were huge influences on my visual and creative style. Love is a Grave explores the relationship between love and death, something we all must inevitably deal with. It begs the question, do you let the death of a love one stop you in your tracks or do you find someway to move on. The structure of the film is purposefully ambiguous. What happens to Eric in the end? What was real and what was a dream? Was any of it real? Each viewer might draw their own conclusions based on their perspectives of life, death, and afterlife.

The film was shot in and around Dallas, TX. Currently, we have a screening scheduled for Sept 13th at 1pm as part of the convention Steampunk Invasion in Dallas, TX. Below are some link you might find helpful.

Our website: http://www.titlependingproductions.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/titlependingproductions

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tpprod

I can only echo Tim’s words: The film leaves you wondering, what really happened, after all, a bottle of absinth was involved at the beginning.

Was it all a delirious fantasy? Did the Green Fairy actually open the door to another realm? What I also find interesting is this: The guitar playing in the background sounds a little bit like the background tune of Diabl0. Is this a hint? Was Eric transported into his personal hell?

So many facets in such a short movie. Great work in deed, especially since it was most likely poduced on a zero budget.