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Product Review – Monocle by Monocle Madness

Posted By on 2. März 2015

Already a while ago I featured Monocle Madness here, because they are a great company with a very worthy goal: Bringing back the monocle as a fashion accessory.

The monocle they sent me as a product sample has since received a proper lens and I have worn it during an event last weekend, so I am now happy to share my overall verdict.

The monocle by Monocle Madness is top-notch, that is the long and the short of it. It already starts with the very practical and decorative box it is shipped in and continues right down to the actual monocle:

Images © Monocle Madness, used with kind permission

The monocle itself is small and light-weight, it is actually about 4/5th of the size of the monocle I have worn for special events since 1992 and significantly more comfortable to wear.

Monocle Madness also ships a handy guide how to wear a monocle with each product, so you cannot go wrong there at all. As I said, the monocle is very comfortable to wear and since it is very light-weight, it stays in place, even if you have to push your way through the crowd and get jostled every now and then as I was on the weekend.
How crowded the event was you can see in the video below, I actually wore the monocle while recording the video.

So, the Monocle Madness monocle is an accessory I can wholeheartedly recommend and at a price-tag of £ 25 (including a clear lens) it is almost a bargain and definitely not overpriced.

10 out of 10 Zeppelins!

Go and check out Monocle Madness, I know you want to!

This is me with my monocle this weekend image © Scho Laria, used with kind permission as well:

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And this is the video I shot while wearing the monocle, pushing, shoving and jostling are not a problem, the monocle stayed in place:

Rest in Peace, Leonard Nimoy

Posted By on 27. Februar 2015

It is with a heavy heart I report the death of Leonard Nimoy. A living legend has passed on. We will remember him in our hearts, our minds and our souls.

StarTrek.com is deeply saddened to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy. The legend — an actor, writer, producer, director, poet, host, voiceover artist, photographer, husband, father and grandfather, as well as Star Trek‘s beloved Spock — died today at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles. Nimoy succumbed to the end stages of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), an illness that resulted from years of smoking and which afflicted him despite having quit smoking three decades ago.

Source: http://startrek.com/article/remembering-leonard-nimoy-1931-2015

 

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Image Source: Star Trek.com, fair use

Atompunk Friday – Gigantis is actually Godzilla

Posted By on 20. Februar 2015

What a lovely thing to find, please enjoy while it is online (no copyright infringement intended, I did not upload the video, I found it, it is public on YouTube):

Gigantis – The Fire Monster

Now, as you can see, Gigantis is none other than the mighty Godzilla and in Japan this is officially the second Godzilla movie. For some reason the American distributor of the movie decided to rename the creature Gigantis, even though Godzilla had been a huge success in the USA, too. Suffice to say, Gigantis was not a sucess at all and no other Godzilla movies have since renamed the titular character, although other abbominations have happened (especially recently)

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"Godzilla '54 design" by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

Non-Euclidean Æthercast #29 – #SteampunkHands 2015

Posted By on 12. Februar 2015

The 29th episode of the Non-Euclidean Æthercast is all about the second instalment of Airship Ambassador’s wonderful initiative Steampunk Hands around the World.
This year’s topic is

Steampunk: Our Playground, Our Classroom, Our Workshop

and I have given my own 2 cents worth of thought to the matter. It turned into a bit of a happy rant and this is great, so please, enjoy!

 

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Image courtesy of Mr. XPK

And please check out what the other participants have done!

The Clockwork Rose, Britain’s first Steampunk Bar needs You!

Posted By on 10. Februar 2015

Well look at this:
Bristol is getting a Steampunk-themed cocktailbar, hopefully.
In order for The Clockwork Rose to actually bloom, blossom and grow, the people behind this most commendable of projects need the support of the community and have started a fundraising site, here.

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They describe their endeavour thusly:

Jump into a fantastical past! Furnished with copper pipes, exposed brickwork and illuminated by a warm diffused light, The Clockwork Rose will look like it has jumped straight from the pages of a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel.

With numerous retro-futuristic touches The Clockwork Rose will be the only bar of its kind in the UK, with each fantastical element blurring the line between fiction and reality and transporting visitors to an unbelievable steampunk fantasy.

The Clockwork Rose will be based in central Bristol, a vibrant, dynamic city boasting a mix of internationally-acclaimed cultural institutions, world-class festivals and events and a diverse mix of shops and markets. It is the goal of The Clockwork Rose to create a unique identity offering a one-of-a-kind atmosphere with signature cocktails and showcasing local beers, ciders and spirits.

We are looking to raise £20,000 (a large amount but this is a big project).  Your pledges will go towards the decor and initial startup costs as well as helping us to realise our vision.  If all goes to plan we should be opening at the beginning of summer.

We look forward to serving you in the future,
Cheers.

And have also produced this little moving picture to aid their cause:

 

All ladies and gentlemen of the steampunk persuasion enjoy a fine place to spent their time, alas, classy  establishments of the fitting kind are rare, so let’s all stand together and help this one become reality!

Check out the The Clockwork Rose Fundraiser and chip in.

You can also visit them on Facebook and Twitter:

http://www.facebook.com/theclockworkrosebar
http://www.twitter.com/clockworkroseco

The German Tanks of World War 1 – How Proto-Dieselpunk!

Posted By on 7. Februar 2015

Let’s face it, the British tanks of the Western Front sure dominate the mental landscape when one thinks of an iconic fighting machine of The Great War.
But Great Britain was of course not the only nation to field tanks. Once their utility became apparent, Germany quickly caught up, and so did France.
The first operational German tanks, of the type Sturmpanzerwagen A7V, where a far cry from what Germany would produce 25 years later and I think they are almost comical, take a look:

Not nearly as Iconic as the British Mark V but very proto-Dieselpunk!

Monocle Madness – The Return of a splendid piece of eyewear

Posted By on 30. Januar 2015

A few days ago, I perused some of my regular online news outlets and came across an article about a company from Hull (I like Hull for various reasons, now there is one more) which aim it is to make the monocle fashionable again, the company is:

Monocle Madness

 

I am absolutely delighted. I have worn a monocle on special occasions since 1992 and I still remember how difficult it was back then to simply get the frame. Now, there is a dedicated company.

Even better, they do not market it as an exclusive item for the upper or military classes, I guess this is somewhat of a stereotypical image, but rather as an accessory for everybody, as these images show:

I have a monocle from Monocle Madness as well now, obviously, but the product review will have to wait until I have a proper lens in.

Monocle Madness are marketing their monocles portable reading devices, I am on the myopic end of things, so I will actually use mine as a regular ocular support device. But as I said, more on my monocle at a later date.

If you want to find out more about Monocle Madness:

This link leads to their homepage.

And this link leads to their Facebook page.

Check it out.

Before I go, here are a few words from the chaps themselves:

 

Monocle is Back!

When The New York Times dared suggest the monocle was set to make a comeback in 2014, the sceptics certainly raised an eyebrow. But fans were tapping into the zeitgeist for all things artisan, a sartorial approach currently being adopted by people of all ages, who share a belief in the less is more philosophy on modern living.

The monocle suffered a serious public relations catastrophe during World War II, when it was adopted by German Military Officials and became synonymous with arrogance, haughtiness and questionable ethical views. This, coupled with the fact that caricaturists often used a monocle to denote flamboyance or pretentiousness caused its popularity to plummet.

Trend forecasters for the past decade have been mooting the return of the monocle, and at last the movement has gained some serious momentum. Harking back to its origins, the earliest versions were apparently developed during the 1720s by Prussian antiquarian Baron Phillip von Stosch. The correctional device was used primarily to allow the individual to examine engravings and gemstones in more detail. Adaptations and improvements were made during the 1800s, culminating in the modern version we see today, with the gallery extension designed to fit securely between the upper and lower eye socket.

200 years later, Jonathan Elvidge – a man who turned his love of gadgetry into Red 5, a successful multi-million pound business, has teamed up with Fan Frames founders and optical experts, Paul Gibson and Chris Birkett to bring back the portable reading device. After a dedicated period of research and development, Monocle Madness is finally ready to launch, reincarnated for the masses using ultramodern, super-lightweight and virtually indestructible materials.

Following a principle similar to the ‘ready readers’ spectacles that are already widely available, the Monocle Madness has been re-imagined with three different gallery finishes, and varying magnification strengths to suit the needs of individual customers.

Far from being an outdated contraption, the monocle is more relevant now than ever before, especially with the marked rise of portable digital devices, and the instant attention they demand!

This new, updated version is a far cry from the stereotypical, pompous facial furniture of yesteryear. Decidedly elegant, and suitable for both sexes, it exudes a certain elegance – straddling perfectly, the current revival for all things heritage whilst reinforcing the notion that the most classic, beautiful things are often the most simple.

WEBSITE:

www.monoclemadness.co.uk

Media contact:

Leanne Cloudsdale

E: leannecloudsdale@gmail.com

For any further enquires or high res imagery please contact:

Jonathan Elvidge, Director.

T: 07802 378 036 E: jonathan.elvidge@monoclemadness.co.uk

Chris Birkett, Business Director.

T: 07738 337 910 E: chris.birkett@monoclemadness.co.uk

About Monocle Madness:

  1. Hull-based Monocle Madness is a start-up company re launching the monocle as a fashionable product.
  2. The Monocles come ready made in various strengths and packaged in the companies signature design tin with butterfly clasp
  3. Also available to the customer in their bespoke prescription.
  4. Monocles start from £24.99 and are available to purchase now.

 

Non-Euclidean Æthercast 28a – Sumerian Music – The Interview

Posted By on 23. Januar 2015

Today’s episode of the Non-Euclidean is a follow-up to episode 28, I was lucky enough to be able to interview Stef Conner of The Lyre Project for this podcast. We talk about the album The Flood (recorded with ancient instruments and using Babylonian and Sumerian lyrics), generally nerd-out about ancient languages and have a fun time.

Also, please check out the links further down and listen to the sample track from the album The Flood.

Subscribe on iTunes

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Now, please also look here:

The Lyre Ensemble (at Stef Conner’s website)

The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature

The Sumerian Language (Wikipedia)

The Hurrian Language (Wikipedia)

The Akkadian Language (Ancient Babylonia, Wikipedia article)

Learning ancient Babylonian:

And a sample Track:

And if you now want to pick up a copy of the album The Flood: Just go here.

Coming soon: Steampunk Hands Around the World 2015

Posted By on 18. Januar 2015

For the second year, Steampunk hands around the World is happening near you! Another celebration of the Steampunk community worldwide! As the esteemed mastermind of the operation, Airship Ambassador Kevin Steil puts it:

 

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The many expressions of steampunk are firmly rooted in individual creativity and are as boundless as people’s imagination. From every corner and continent on the globe, that vitality has seized attention and appreciation, changing the conventional into the exceptional.

 

For the second year, Steampunk Hands Around the World shares and celebrates the amazing and the extraordinary as several dozen steampunk creators – bloggers, authors, event organizers, and others – join in a month-long multi format presentation about the international connections and communications in the community, for steampunks and non-steampunks alike.

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Image courtesy of Mr. XPK

Beginning Sunday, February 1st, and continuing until Saturday, February 28th, the group will demonstrate this year’s theme of Steampunk: Our Playground, Our Classroom, Our Workshop with how steampunks revel in their fun, their education, and their making of The Future That Never Was.

 

Steampunks, and everyone, will once again see how much we are connected, how our differences can enhance us all, and how every new opportunity we try gives us the potential to make new friends.

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Image courtesy of Mr. XPK

The full and updated-daily list of participating websites, blogs and events will be posted in the kick-off blog on the Airship Ambassador blog site:

https://airshipambassador.wordpress.com

 

For more information, please contact Kevin Steil at Kevin@AirshipAmbassador.com

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So, watch this space, Daily Steampunk is participating as well!

BULLET GAL #8 – Pulp/Noir/Dieselpunk Episodical Graphic Novel

Posted By on 14. Januar 2015

Some more very welcome news from one of my favourite authors (and friend) Andrez Bergen:

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FEBRUARY 2015 – IF? COMMIX

WORDS & PICTURES BY ANDREZ BERGEN

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After our outside-the-box events last issue, which truly set the scene and explained much behind the whole concept of life in Heropa, things get back to relative normality.

Meaning a hardboiled tail of justice and revenge, bird-dogging the noir aesthetic, even as it introduces two new characters: honest one-eyed cop Bob Kahn and his partner Irv Forbush.

Meanwhile Lee falls under the police microscope and Mitzi remains in hospital, right outside death’s door.

Or does she?

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Bullet Gal #8 will be published in digital and print mediums by Australian publisher IF Commix at the end of January – and watch out for the entire 12-issue trade paperpback via IF? and Under Belly Comics in March.

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http://iffybizness.weebly.com

FACEBOOK: ifcommix

TWITTER: @ifcommix

So check out If? Commix and this visually stunning noir, gritty graphic novel, you will not regret it, I promise!