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The Link Foundry for January 10, 2013

A new year, a new set of numbers to remember.  Hope I don’t relapse into what happened at the beginning of last year:  I kept putting “19″ in front of the year.  I got over it, but dating work papers 1912 was a little disconcerting. Here are a few more disconcerting and delightful things.

Artist Remy Hoff has quite a few lovely pieces at his Deviant Art site entitled Industrial Forest.  My favorite?  On page 2 of his gallery, the piece titled Steampunk Ship: Brassheart.

I’m mostly an A-to-B guy as far as cars go.  If it gets me from point A to point B without breaking down or something important or critical falling off, I’m happy.  But this article from Dieselpunks.org’s Lord K about the Delage is amazing.  Hard to pick a favorite.

Lamps are becoming a popular way to add a bit of steampunk whimsey to your room.  Consider this fellow.  One problem though:  only eats metal flies.  From Instructables.

Love this wooden clock found at The Steampunk Empire.  One question:  if you need a glass of wine, do you lose the chime?

Finally, I just can’t help myself.  It seemed that the holiday season went by too quickly this year.  So, yes, here’s a Christmas embroidery design from Urban Threads via Doctor Monocle.  That’s not so bad, is it?

Well, 2013 is upon us, so I should actually go do something worthwhile.  Until the next Link Foundry, that is.

Until then, however, read…write…repeat.

 

 

 

The Link Foundry for November 20, 2012

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”  — Marcus Tullius Cicero

As we here in the United States recall our blessings this week with the company of family and friends and a gigantic meal, I also say thanks to you, my readers.  If you must travel, do so safely.  And please remember for Black Friday:  be kind to everybody.  Works out better that way.  Or, just stop at the sites below.  Saves a lot of hassle.

A nicely executed necklace here on Etsy, featuring an antiqued clock winder.  Simple tools do seem to have their own simple beauty, don’t they?

Fishing season is winding down in my neck of the woods, but this fellow seems like you’d be able to find him year round.  From The Steampunk Empire.

This?  This lamp?  I not only know how to do this, I can even tell you where the parts are in the store where I work.   If I think a little, I could even give a pretty good guess on the prices.

Okay, I admit it:  I’m a boxphile.  If I can put something in it, I want it.  Of course, if the box is this very cool dragon box, I want it even more.

I also have a fascination with swords ( own a couple myself) so when this very interesting item showed up, I was agog.  This I vow:  an item like this WILL show up in one of my works.  Oh, it will.

Thanks and Happy holidays to all!  And don’t forget:  read…write…repeat.

The Link Foundry for October 30, 2012

Inasmuch as there are frightening things about this time of year (not including monster storms, Swiss bank layoffs, and *shudder* United States elections), today I look at a few scarier aspects of steampunk, dieselpunk, and clockpunk.

Is the upcoming release of the Ubisoft game Assassin’s Creed 3 scary?  Well, in terms of pre-sales, it’s the largest seller in Ubisoft history, that’s pretty scary.  In terms of marketing, it’s a game set during the 18th century (which very few games seem to be), and that’s pretty scary.  Or maybe it’s just scary that this game looks blankety-blankety-blank-blanking-with-a-big-red-cherry-on-it cool.  Ready for that XBox 360, Santa.  Annnny old time now.  How ’bout now?

And, as many folks are out raking leaves or something, I turn to ever-reliable Doctor Monocle for a few scary images.

Here’s a charmer who looks just a touch familiar.  I believe I took her to my first middle school dance.  Long night.  Back early.  Haven’t spoken since.  ‘Nuff said.

And this place looks like just the kind of neighborhood…

…Where you would find this fellow.  Or more likely, he would find you.

And what collection of discomforting images would be complete without Mr. Lovecraft nurturing his infamous creation?  “Who’s a big tentacled sweetie?”

I’m off to go search for hidden Halloween candy.  Be careful out there and in there and thanks for reading!

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 (Late) Link Foundry for August 14, 2012

Better late than never and this has some good links this time.

Cruise?  CRUISE?  Hah!  Closest I ever get to a cruise is riding a shopping cart through a grocery store lot.  But a fella can dream, and I just had to throw this at all you budding filmmakers out there, toiling away on that steampunk-defining project.  It’s the High Seas Steampunk Film Festival.  Jump on!  The water’s fine!

And, via Dornob, we have this glorious (if a touch cluttered) New York City apartment.  Lots of lovely details, gadgets, doohickies, and thingamabobs.

From Jewelry Department Shop, how about a pair of cufflinks with working gears?  (Okay, maybe working isn’t the right word because they turn but they don’t do anything but turn.  Still cool if you have a link-less French-cuff shirt lying around.)

From Etsy, this is an absolutely stunning compass/sundial/necklace.  Beautiful piece.

WARNING:  BUGS.  Very intricate work on these bug/clockpunk sculptures from design site Enpundit.  Interesting work, though the cruelty factor makes me cringe a bit.

That’s it for this week.  Admin for most of the rest of it, but back with a bunch of cool links next Tuesday.  This time for sure!  Thanks for reading!

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!