Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Link Foundry for July 31, 2012

Another month passed like a locomotive with a red-hot boiler.  Great Caesar’s Ghost!  What’s a mere mortal to do?  How about pass on a few links?  Okay!

Steampunk

This particularly stunning piece features working gears and a Swarovski crystal, no less.  A bit showy for me, but I’m sure you know someone….

And you could examine your new ring under this very cool lamp, most of which looks like it was purchased from your local hardware store.  Hmmm…get thee behind me, new project!

Can’t fault the design in this Tumblr, and the song is aces.  Boba Fett on a dragon, though, I don’t know about that.  I kinda like other peoples’ characters the way they are.

Lots of questions about this new game “Dishonored”.  Is it steampunk or isn’t it?  You make the call.  It’s got some of the more familiar and/or cliched aspects of steampunk (goggles, steam engines), but you’ll find a lot more in there than that.  I like the idea, and it seems to be ahead of its time, since there’s no real agreed-upon definition of steampunk yet.  My answer to the above question?  It is steampunk and very much appreciated.

Dieselpunk

Our lone dieselpunk entry this week is this gallery from The Dieselpunks Encyclopedia.  It’s something I hadn’t thought of, but it works.

Now, before any of you start stacking wood around posts for a marshmallow/blogger roast because I’ve sullied your favorite genre, have a quick listen.  My view of most genres is that the keystone of the genre, the aspect on which the genre critically depends, is societal.  That provides the basic foundation for interaction between the different characters and gives frames of reference to latch onto.  You can have just about anything else in it, so long as the societal structure for the actual historical time is basically, reasonably intact.  For steampunk, it’s Victorian society, monarchic, class-critical, very poor at the bottom, very wealthy at the top.  For dieselpunk, it’s between the World Wars in America, gangsters and molls, flappers and zoots trying to dance and drink away the horror of the trenches and forestall the horrors to come.  For clockpunk, er, um, I don’t know that one.  Since man has known how to use springs as an energy source to power gears for decades (centuries? millenia?), you could set your project just about anytime.  I’ve seen it most often in a Victorian setting, but that’s not a hard and fast rule.

Where do you think the line lies between these genres or is there a line?  Let me know in the comments.  Thanks for reading!

In the Wake of the Aurora Shootings (and Others)

I found this at work and couldn’t resist. It is not meant to ignite a full-scale gun-control, no gun-control debate. I’ll post sensible, reasoned comments only, please.

“Barring some seismic realignment in this country, the gun control debate is all but settled—and (their) side won. The occasional horrific civilian massacre is just the price the rest of us have to pay. Over and over again, apparently.” –Tom Tomorrow in his comic strip This Modern World in 2011 after the shootings in Tucson.

The Link Foundry for July 24th (Two days late)

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that the power was out here at stately Hager Manor on Tuesday night and I haven’t got the steam, diesel or wind-up generators going yet.  Power came back later on, but not soon enough to publish (no time on Wednesday either with working both full-time and part-time jobs).  As a mea culpa for another sucky Tuesday night, I’m including ten items this time.

Dieselpunk

When viewing this set of beautiful images from Stefan as posted on Dieselpunks.org?  Do yourself a favor:  view it in slideshow view.  I’ll just wait for you to thank me.  Hmm-mm-mm.  What?  Oh, you’re welcome.

 
I’ve got a nice Pinterest board here.  Check out the bottom of the board for dieselpunk airships.

Steampunk

How about this article from the San Diego Union Tribune about a steampunk exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum?

Lots of cool imagery from Pinterest here.  The general interest seems to be that goth and steampunk, insofar as clothing is concerned, kind of run parallel.  I don’t agree, but that’s just me.

This version of Sherlock Holmes (from the same people who brought us “Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus”) seems right up my alley, terrible or no.  I’ll be looking for this one soon. (Besides, the first thing I thought of when I heard of MSvsGO was “I need to buy some really good beer for this one.”)

In this forum entry from Dieselpunks.org, more discussion about what steampunk is versus dieselpunk versus clockpunk.  The author of the post offers the term “speculative fiction”.  Well, nice try, but doesn’t every piece of fiction ever written kinda fall into that category?  Shameless Self-Promotion:  watch for an upcoming post here called “Maybe It’s Not a Cigar” on tagging and the identity of your work.

Okay, I know my geek is showing, but this Los Angeles lighting store?  This is cool. Be sure to go all the way down the page to get the full geek-effect.

Some nice images on this Indulgy site.  A couple of reruns, but go through to the end.

A couple of nice jewelry entries from Etsy, both from the same shop called Victorian Curiosities.  Both the winged compass and the winged clockworks are reasonably priced and beautiful.

And number ten is:  Gonna be in Salt Lake City on the last weekend in July?  Check out the first annual Salt City Steam Fest at the Red Lion Hotel there.  You go…Salt Lakers? Saltlacians? Salt People?  Huh.  Sounds like a forum topic.  The festival site is here.

Thanks for stopping in!

The Link Foundry — July 17, 2012

Welcome back to The Link Foundry.  I’ve been inundated with dieselpunk entries this time.  And how very cool that is.  Indiana Jones, anyone?  How about the new Captain America?  Even some of the older stuff such as The Spirit and The Shadow applies.  Oh, don’t worry, there are a couple of steampunk entries, too.  Jump in!

Unsure what constitutes dieselpunk?  Try this forum entry from dieselpunks.org.

So now that you know what it’s about, find out a whole boatload more about it at The Dieselpunk Encyclopedia.

How about some wildly cool artwork?  Stop off at Diesel City.

How about a new steampunk movie, from the point of view of the filmmaker?  Try this post from the Big Puddle Films blog.

A Pinterest board with some very inspiring stuff on it, and…

A steampunk article from the Chattanooga, TN Times Free Press.  Very thorough.

Thanks for stopping in!

The Link Foundry — A New Feature

I’ve decided to add a new link feature to this blog, since I’ve seen precious little out there about it.  It’s links to anything steampunk, from art to jewelry to writings, provided once a week on Tuesdays for your entertainment.  (Otherwise, Tuesdays just suck, so this should give us a little something to look forward to.)   Later on, I’ll add dieselpunk and clockpunk to the mix as references to them seem even rarer than steampunk.  Hope you enjoy it!

Steampunk?  Clockpunk?  Are they interchangeable?  Sort of, as discussed here in this forum from SciFi/Stackexchange.

Oooh, lots of great images on this Pinterest board.  You don’t need to be a member to look, by the way…I didn’t know that.

While I don’t need to know how to lace a corset myself, take a look at this impressive blog titled The Steampunk Empire for lots of other steamy goodness.

Need stuff?  Of course you do.  Find it here at Steampunk-fs.com

And finally, how about this for a little steampunk artiness (with some dieselpunk thrown in) from Dark Roasted Blend.  Yum.

And I wanted to plug Steampunk Magazine.  It isn’t strictly steampunk, but it is strictly good stuff.  Being free to download makes it required.

By the by, I saw quite a few articles re: is steampunk a genre or is it something else…I chose not to include them on the grounds of if you have to ask, maybe you need to clean your goggle lenses.  If you’d like me to include them, I will.

Thanks for stopping in.  If you find anything good, send links.  I’d love to hear from you.

Update to the Random Page

Hi, all!  I’ve added a new feature to the blog that will be updated weekly, called The Random Page.  It’s a random sample of my work from any of a number of sources from poetry to novel.  Hope you enjoy it.  Other new posts coming soon.  Thanks!