Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Link Foundry for September 25, 2012

After a brisk walk around town, here’s a few links to peruse at your leisure.

A lovely bracelet with a steampunk theme from Victorian Curiosities via Etsy.  And a lovlier quote from Keats below.  Bravo.

No, really, instead of just having gears on it, this pendant necklace from KM99999999 on Squidoo actually does something.

Oooh, you know?  This clock from HomeGarden Deals would be spot-on, were it not for one thing:  the word “steampunk” in the center of the piece.  Excellent effort, though.

This delightfully intricate image with touches of anime comes to us from Tsukiji Nao via Doctor Monocle.  It needs to be magnified to get the full impact.  Outstanding work.

Interested in a little number-crunching?  Check out this post from Dark Roasted Blend on vintage calculators.  The time frame goes all the way from clockpunk to dieselpunk.

Time to move on.  Thanks for reading!

The Link Foundry for September 18, 2012

We approach the cusp of autumn here in the Midwest.  Not that arbitrary Labor Day limit or the even more arbitrary time change or even the astronomical beginning of the season.  No, here in small towns, we notice that we can no longer tell time in the morning without artificial light, and that the neighbor’s foliage has caught fire but will be consumed by nothing more but time.  The great business of nature slows to a quietly desperate, hopeful crawl.  Ah, well.  At least it’s Tuesday and another Link Foundry appears.

Suitably, this first item is all about time, which seems to figure largely in steampunk art and DIY (it’s the gears, I know). A lovely example of a stylish clock here, except for one deal-breaking fact:  it requires batteries to operate.  Sigh.  Still, it is pretty.

From the mind of Waldemar Kazak via CGHub.com comes the very solution to one of the central problems of the film “Jaws”:  “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”

As a writer, I find ghost towns fascinating, whether they are swallowed up by the desert, by economic change or by the American Rain Forest, as is found in the Northwest.  From Dark Roasted Blend, enjoy this lovely article that details not only the peaceful and moss-covered present of Bordeaux, Washington, USA, but its bustling and corporate-driven past.

Tired of mowing?  Now that we’ve finally had some rain here in the Midwest United States, so am I.  Here, also from Dark Roasted Blend, is a terrific way to solve that:  an airship house.  No word on whether your address changes according to wind direction.

From Dr. Monocle, what a stirring landscape this is, picturing a busy riverside with both air and water ships.  Delightful.

So long and thanks for reading!

 

The Link Foundry for September 11, 2012

I haven’t been much for architecture here in the Link Foundry and I don’t know why.  Vehicles, costumes, jewelry, events, but not places.  Odd, because a place can be just as evocative of an era or the people within it as any other element of storytelling.  Perhaps the drama hasn’t been there up to this point in my searches.  Or maybe I’m finally looking in the right places.  Check out these places that just introduce themselves, the living embodiment of form indiscernible from function.

I’m a big believer in the idea that a building, like most other types of vessels, takes on some of the emotion of what or whom it once contained.  Call it aura, lingering spirit, or whatever.  The structure may be collapsed, with trees and weeds growing through it, but you don’t need a floorplan or a former resident to figure out what it once was.  Take for example, the collection of photos of abandoned asylums by John Gray.  Or I should say, take them, please.  They are creepy and evocative and utterly clear about what the walls held when they held anyone at all.  Favorites?  How about 8?  20? 22? 36?  Too busy with goosebumps to pick favorites.  Lots of goosebumps.  Usage note:  the first collection that comes up is Abandoned Buildings; also worthwhile, but for me, the real thing is Abandoned Asylums, further down in white type in the small menu on the left.

Once upon a time, a courthouse was designed to evoke respect for the law.  Columns and cupolas, sweeping lawns and brick facades, windows of all sizes, stately, graceful and beautiful.  Speaking as one of this county’s recipients of a recently completed county facility, I am not impressed with efforts of late.  In fact, I’d have to have the address to tell the new building apart from the housing project down the street.  Or the shopping mall across town.  The house of the law of a free people should be more than that.  Sigh.  That is why I’m grateful for people like Mick Watson, who is documenting every county courthouse in the state of Texas.  Some are head-shakingly new; most are delightful in their old age.  Here is the collection on Flicker.

Check out more small-town goodness in this collection of old photos at Galena Images dot com.  Historic Galena, IL is fairly close to where I live, so I’ve been in several of the buildings shown in the “Historic Galena Images” collection.  Most of them appear to be pre-World War I, though many of them are not dated.

From our friends at Dark Roasted Blend, we have a collection of images of abandoned Russian castles and country houses, left behind as their owners fled the Bolsheviks in the late teens and twenties.  Some are being restored, some are being left to rot.

Having spent a significant amount of time living near a hydroelectric plant, the architecture of power plants has always fascinated me.  I know that the stuff inside them is what generates the electrical power, but the emotional power is all on the outside.  Check out these two (yes, two) collections from Dark Roasted Blend.

Bonus time!  All right, enough reality.  This lovely artwork is from a new discovery, a site called doctormonocle.com.  Wow.  I mean wow.  Did I mention wow?

Thanks for reading!  And don’t forget that, while it’s cool to live somewhere, sometimes it’s even cooler to have somewhere live in you.

The Link Foundry for September 4, 2012.

Did I lose my calendar?  Nope.  I’ve kind of been on an administrative kick lately.  Not much writing output, but I’m working on schedules and some “collateral writing” projects.  Those are things that aren’t writing but need to be done for the writing to be generally successful, you know.  Cover designs, signing up for sites such as GoodReads (which has an author program, by the way), those such things.  And, of course, a few links with pretty pictures.  Those don’t hurt, either.

While this post from Recycle Reuse Renew Mother Earth Projects is written from a recycling perspective, the example photos for what to do with broken machinery and all the delightful things you can turn it into are just jaw-dropping.  Makes me wanna start breaking stuff around here so that I can turn it into cooler stuff.

Like your crustaceans gear-driven?  This is a fabulous locket from Cosmic Firefly via Etsy.

Like your clocks with turning hands instead of flashing pixels?  I do too, but I much prefer turning numbers instead of hands or pixels.  Check out these great Jaeger clocks from the ’30s and ’40s from Dieselpunks.org.

Let’s see…where is it…?  How odd.  Don’t you just hate it when things end up in the wrong place?  I had $25,000 in my pocket to buy a new watch (with turning numbers, you know) and now I can’t find it.  I’ll have to check my other pants, but here’s the watch I want (from Devon via Bornrich.com, no less) if I find that much unattached money lying around.

Woo-hoo!  After I had feared it was all over, issue #22 of The Gatehouse Gazette is out.  Download and enjoy.  I plan to.  Thanks for the heads-up, Steampunk Empire!

I’m going to download and read that now.  Thanks for reading!