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The Link Foundry for January 15, 2013

The first two weeks of January 2013 have passed with blinding speed here in northern Illinois. While I understand that time waits for no one, it is peculiarly human to expect time to wait long enough (in vain) for us to take a breath. And, oh, by the way, bright pleasant sunlight in January with an air temperature in the single digits? The meanest child-pulling-wings-off-of-flies trick of winter. Let us give a collective “harumph” to the weather and time both and look inward for our first couple of entries.

The more I catch brief seconds of decorating shows on various cable networks, the more i see individuality heralded (sometimes demanded) while at the same time maintaining a lock-step with popular color and decorating modes. It always puts me in mind of high school couture woes, where the groupdress is trumpeted as individuality. Austin, Texas seems to have stepped into the steampunk fashion mode.  Bravo for the publicity, Austin Statesman, but let’s not forget: it’s less about what everybody likes and more about what YOU like.

This profile of Baltimore, MD artist Maury Dickson in the Baltimore Sun puts a nice flourish on a working definition of steampunk:  “Steampunk is steeped in history, but it is not tied to particular truths.” In addition, it’s a triumphant story about overcoming Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Dark Roasted Blend was particularly fruitful this week for jaw-dropping material.  Though I only mined a few items for this listing, there’s much more on their site here.  One of my favorites.

I must confess to a guilty pleasure:  I love abandoned places.  Old machinery, old structures, bits and pieces of what was…all of it emblematic of the way people lived before. While I don’t want to go back to the times and situations documented in the powerfully emotive Urban Atrophy, it’s nice and creepy in an always-know-where-the-exits-are way.

This very pretty automated singing bird comes to us from Japan in the 60s, but it’s nice to hear the narrator provide such meticulous care and knowledge.

I’ve subscribed to the Dr. Grordborts site‘s newsletter without knowing exactly what that whole thing is about.  It looks to deal with steampunk tenets, but I’m not sure if the very talented author/illustrator is selling books or sculptures or a game system or any and/or all of the above. It’s intriguing, though, and I’m looking forward to my education.  Besides, any site that features the tagline “where science meets violence” is gonna get a bookmark from me anyway.

That’s all for today.  Thanks for joining me, and don’t forget to read…write…repeat.

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 December 18, 2012

As we pitch headlong toward the end of the year (or the end of the world, whichever you prefer), we take stock of the past year and look at the things we wish to change and the things we need not mess with.  For those who read these posts, this is one of the things I’ll be keeping.  It may look a little different, but it’s staying.

Anyone a fan of those capsule-shaped racing vehicles from the 30s?  Here’s some interesting material about Alfa Romeos from dieselpunks.org.

From shortly after the turn of the century (not the last century, but the one before) comes this short video regarding a lost jewel of the New York subway system:  The City Hall Subway Station.  Amazing what we just leave behind when we move on to the next shiny thing.  From Transit Transit via Dark Roasted Blend.

I’m all for mashups, combinations of unusual ingredients.  One such mashup I’ll be looking up over my time off in the next couple of weeks will be “Dirigible Days”, a web series mixing Cthulhu and steampunk.  Sounds yummy.  See the review here from The Gatehouse.

As time goes on, technology only gets small and faster, doesn’t it?  Bookshelves of books become e-readers and this beauty became…a lawn tractor?  From Doctor Monocle.

And finally, I leave you with a lovely horse to ride through the holidays.  From Doctor Monocle.

Be well, be kind, and don’t forget…read…write…repeat.  Thanks!

The Link Foundry for December 11, 2012

As we move closer to the holiday season, two phrases occur to me…Christmas is two weeks away?  And the new year is three weeks away?  Can’t be.  This must be some sort of holiday horror story.  I have 2013 goals to set, processes to finish, 2012 goals to examine, a blog to rework, photos to take, a Facebook account to re-engage…no, no, we have to re-set the year and give ourselves a little more time.  We can’t?  Oh, bother.  Fine, then.  I say grasp your lengthy task list with both hands and…set it over there for a few minutes.  I’m gonna.

I truly do get the idea that government and utility buildings should have some sense of authority to them.  (I have this sneaking suspicion that it’s the Montgomery Burns coming out in the leaders of these enterprises, but that’s just me.)  Still, when I saw this article on water towers from Dark Roasted Blend, it occurs to me that some of them belong at Peter Jackson’s Minas Tirith instead of at the corner of, let’s say, First and Main over by the Piggly Wiggly.

Sorry to miss the Midwinter Fair in the Netherlands last weekend, but some of the pictures are truly spectacular.  (Note to self:  if I ever build a small car based the Verne-ian submarine Nautilus, it needs a roof.  To keep the water out, ya know.  Every submarine car needs one.)  From The Gatehouse.

And speaking of automobiles, we have this article on the Maybach Zepplin from Dieselpunks.org, an unparallelled example of between-wars German automotive design.  It’s like an art deco painting come to life.  Goosebumps…I got goosebumps.

Speaking of lovely machines, here’s a steampunk orrery (model of our solar system, natch) that appeared for sale on Ebay.  Very pretty.

And finally, I prefer stills, but this video of a wine-pouring apparatus is amazing.  So amazing, in fact, that I might buy wine just to work this contraption.  The idea that utterly charms me?  Uncorking the bottle with the crank winds the mechanism to pour the glass.  Bravo a thousand times, Mr. Higgs.  And a thousand more.  Via Doctor Monocle.

Thus fortified, I take up my End Of Year To Do List again.  Oh, but look.  Time for lunch.  Farewell for now, EOYTDL.  Procrasti-what now?

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget…read…write…repeat.

The Link Foundry for December 4, 2012

Here we are in December, for Pete’s sake.  It occurred to me yesterday that 2012 will actually end four weeks from yesterday.  Whew!  I might just make it.  In the mean time, a short break to look at some cool stuff.

I’ll bet you’re not done shopping yet.  I know I’m not.  So, for those last few gifts, try this assortment of steampunk-y stuff from The Steampunk Tribune.

Grr.  I love Christmas music, but the latest chart-topping ingenue remaking a perfectly good classic is not my cup of anything.  So, I went looking for a few unusual Christmas carols and found these from the Pilsner Panther via dieselpunks.org.

A few good dieselpunk pictures never hurt, and you’ll find a lot of them at this Tumblr site.

Real-life Rosie the riveter pics here and…they’re in color!  From CBS News via dieselpunks.org.

For those of you who believe that the world will end later this month, we have the Four Steampunks of the Apocalypse.  From The Steampunk Tribune.

And a bonus for all of you who have that great steampunk idea that you’re dying to see on paper…a resource link page!  From CommuniCATE.

Thanks for reading!  Back next week.


The Link Foundry for November 27, 2012

“Black Friday is what happens to your soul after you trample another human being for a good price on a waffle iron.”  –  Overheard this past weekend

Not only did the American consumer return to the economic game this past weekend, but they’ve started playing Christmas music on a couple of our local radio stations.  Call me an old softie, but I really do enjoy the old carols (from classical to Rat Pack) and would listen to them year-round if it wouldn’t make me look like a nut.  Ah-ah-ah…no editorializing, please.  So, in honor of the freshly arrived holiday season (no snow yet again?!?), I present you with a few linky gifts.

First is an Australian festival weeks over now, but an interesting notion nonetheless.  They’ve combined a history of steam presentation with a steampunk festival.  Nicely done.

My jaw dropped when I saw this website for the steampunk band V is for Villains.  Innovative beyond all reason.  Wow doesn’t even begin to cover it.  A design suggestion for a future remodel?  The penny dreadful.

Etsy provides this lovely ring from enchantedbeas.  I really enjoy the juxtaposition of the rusty, rough band of the ring with the beautiful decoration of the adornment.  Very good job.

While this desk/mantel clock seems a touch busy in terms of color, you can’t fault the design of it.  I particularly like the pressure gauge at the top of the item.  Nice detail.

And finally, for those of you who purchased phones this past weekend that could fit comfortably in a shirt or jeans pocket, a little reminder of what the phone used to be.  From Dark Roasted Blend.

Thanks for reading!

PS:  Expect some big changes in the blog at the new year.  Like maybe…content that isn’t just a link collection?  Stay tuned!

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…11/12/2012?

Why, yes, I’m a day early.  Know why?  Because today, the day after the Great War ended, is recognized as International Dieselpunk Day.  In honor of that I have an all dieselpunk edition of the Link Foundry.  So grab a cup of joe, tip your fedora back and ignore that sultry dish givin’ your secretary a hard time in the outer office.  Today?  We’re cookin’ with diesel.

Urban Ghosts Media has a lovely collection of abandoned UK airbase photos.  I was surprised to learn that, at many of the smaller facilities, some of the buildings are still standing and recognizable for their original purpose.  This despite the trees growing through the runways and the cleared land growing crops or returning to nature.

From the Dieselpunk Encyclopedia comes an older post, but no less arresting for that.  These pieces from artist Tim Huhn are just amazing.

Well, that’s all I have for today.  Thanks for reading!

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 October 29, 2012

I always seem to get the blues in the fall when all the greens turn brown.  Here in the epicenter of the drought, however, brown was the color of summer.  So much so that one could be forgiven for wondering what deal was struck with the devil for that seemingly permanent luscious green grass on the corner.  It is a bank, but that still shouldn’t matter, should it?  A falling tide (or water table) grounds all boats, yes?  Or at least browns them?  Below are the things I found this week to keep my mind off of my suspicions.

I love stories like this:  someone looks in a stack of crap being donated to a museum and finds a priceless treasure.  You can almost see the expression on the harried clerk’s face as he realizes what he’s holding and cannot set it down:  a long lost film from 1903 by Georges Melies, a thing that had only been hinted at before now.  One of my favorite questions:  what will we know tomorrow? Via the Steampunk Empire.

This double blimp design is something close to what I’ve imagined for an upcoming serial tentatively entitled Mr. Incarnius and the Theft of the Century.  How about the idea of the Mississippi River as the eastern border of a nation hostile to the United States?  Via WabCorner.

Wuh-oh.  What’s that buzzing noise?  Oh, goody, it’s a Steampunk Beholder Bot.  Via Deviantart.  I need to fix that screen someday.  First it’s box elder bugs, then beholder bots.

That’s all I have for this week.  Thanks for reading!