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The Link Foundry for October 9, 2012

It is, of course, Patch Tuesday, the day when Microsoft Corporation actively reminds us 1) that too much complexity in any system will ultimately lead to that system’s failure, and 2) trying to please everyone usually results in universal hatred.  Although this month’s chore was much lighter than most, I still have to update much of the software I use regularly.  Grr.  I feel as if I need a stiff drink….

And here’s where I get one.  Authentication is a lovely thing, and SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks by Chris-Rachael Oseland and Vicktoria Riley gets you the buzz (heh) on 19th century (legal) intoxicants.  Up the Republic!

This always happens when I’ve had a few too many.  I start gettin’ all Dr. Frankenstein with the spare parts cabinet.  Just like in this Dark Roasted Blend collection of Robot Art and Ray Guns.  Hey, what’s it to ya, pal?  Yeah, now that you mention it, I DO have a permit for that.  Besides, robots with ray guns don’t kill people; people who program robots to use ray guns to kill people kill people.  Or somethin’.

So you’ve got this 1930s character and you don’t know what kind of heat they should be packing.  Easy as pie.  Just go to Hello Quizzy and take the quiz The 39 Steps to Choosing a Weapon for 1930s Characters found via Dieselpunks.org.  And there you go.  Or just give them a ray gun.  Which can also work.

Maybe your 1930s character should be packing this for heat.  Well, okay, nobody’s packing this anywhere, but still, this Abandoned Gun Emplacement (with optional Killer Seagull Henchmen) from Midway Atoll (via Urban Ghosts) begs the questions:  “Feel lucky?  Well, do ya?  Punk?”

Ughh, I wish I could go back in time before I started this post.  Here’s just the way to do it, a steampunk time machine as imagined by Dimitriy Filippov on CGHub.com.

Oh, hey, my software updates are over.  Back to work…yay!  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!