Steampunk Wonder Woman

Posted in Art, SteamPunk on April 16th, 2011 by Dr. Warthan
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Cute…  Steampunk Wonder Woman fighting for American “Liberty”.  Too bad she’s married.  Reminds me of a girl I once dated, her name was Liberty.  She cheated on me with a girl named Chasity.

The Mouse and its Brain

Posted in Art, SteamPunk on April 16th, 2011 by Dr. Warthan
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I always wondered what the brain of a mouse looked like.  We’ve seen plenty of Steampunk mice before, but this one is a little more spooky than usual.

Bioshock 2 Big Sister Costume

Posted in Art, Game, SteamPunk on April 16th, 2011 by Dr. Warthan
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Somebody has a serious hobby.  Although, I’m not sure that’s a girl in there.  Still, it’s pretty cool.

Steampunk Palin

Posted in Art, Book, SteamPunk on February 13th, 2011 by Dr. Warthan
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Yes, it’s a real comic.  It was created by Antarctic Press and also makes President Evil, Time Lincoln, The Govinator, and others.  You can buy it from Things From Another World (TFAW) which is also where I bought my Firefly / Serenity comics.  Judging by the excerpts, it’s actually looking pretty well done.

Energy catastrophe has struck worldwide! Massive oil spills, nuclear meltdowns and more leave us desperate for viable energy sources to rebuild global society and technology.

Inspired by a little tea party, Sarah Palin hits upon the answer: steam power! She begins the ‘Steam Initiative’, touting geothermal energy as the cure for what ails ya. The heads of Big Oil and Nuclear Power are less than happy with this trend, and they send their agents to do in the Rogue Republican. Luckily, she comes prepared with a set of steam-powered armor! (Standard equipment, don’cha know.)

I have some “Independent” (Republican) friends who will love this…

Steampunk Music Video

Posted in Movie, Music, SteamPunk on February 13th, 2011 by Dr. Warthan
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There’s an interesting story from some Steampunk universe in this video.  It’s certainly worth watching. It was created by Ben Lovett, a musician, composer, producer, and artist known mostly for his work in film and TV.

Steampunk Books?

Posted in Humor, InterWebs, SteamPunk on February 12th, 2011 by Dr. Warthan
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Somebody with too much time on their hands went through the effort of creating this image.  I too, having too much time on my hands, shall analyze said image:

  • The Book of Faces– Facebook
  • XML Engines – Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a set of rules for encoding documents in machine-readable form, used in modern programming and leveraged heavily in web development.
  • Machine Code – What people used to call the code of a program after it was compiled.
  • Piston ++ – C++ is a statically typed, free-form, multi-paradigm, compiled, general-purpose programming language.  C# (pronounced “sea sharp”) is better.
  • The Web that Encompassed the Earth – World Wide Web, or WWW, which is the early name for the Internet.  Sounds like a 1950’s horror movie.
  • The Internet – Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Internet is.  They must be shown.
  • Steam for Dummies – I Googled “Steampunk for Dummies” and Omega7Red was listed #1.  What??
  • B3TA Manuel – Probably a reference to the B3TA newsletter, which does have some funny stuff.
  • Victorian Twitterings – Twitter 

Steam Engine Turn-Table

Posted in Art, SteamPunk, Technology on January 14th, 2011 by Dr. Warthan
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It’s a steam-driven turn-table.  I wonder how good it is.  You see, I have an audiophile speaker business and I’m always into the high-end stuff.  I’d like to hook it up to my tube-amp and my Brodmann Acoustics Vienna Classic VC7 speakers ($26,000/pair).

Built by a New Zealand based steampunk artist called Asciimation, the turntable features a a small steam engine he built from spare bits he had in his garage, The platter speed is controlled by a servo which uses a coil to read six magnets under the platter, with everything controlled by an Anduino processor.

Somebody buy it for me and I’ll hook it up to my stuff and let you know.


Future Retro Car

Posted in SteamPunk, Technology on January 14th, 2011 by Dr. Warthan
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Available in March 2011 for a mere $76,000, the Miluira electric car is your modern Green solution for all your 19th century automotive needs.  Capable of holding one 1-person and reaching speeds of an incredible 37MPH, you’ll be the envy of every Steampunker within its 21-mile range.

Actually, this car might even be a practical solution for local commuting.  The price tag is a bit steep for me but might be worth it to those with the bread to spread.  As for its top speed:  If you’re important enough, people will wait for you.

Subterranean Drill Vehicle Project

Posted in Art, SteamPunk on December 7th, 2010 by Dr. Warthan
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UPDATE:  Project completed.  Giant drill penetrates man’s driveway.  Community shocked amused.  Halloween saved.  Dentists everywhere rejoice!  Good job Peter, we’re looking forward to next year.

11/1/2010 – We did it. It was probably the hardest project I’ve done yet, but with the help of a lot of very talented people, we pulled off an amazingly huge prop for Halloween last night. Here’s a shot from this morning to show what we built:  Amazingly, we built a bigger prop than the concept art showed. It’s massive. The drillbit alone is 11 1/2 feet long. From the tip of the drill to the base of the cylinder is about 25 feet. The tip reached very near the top of my two story house. There will be more photos and video over the next few weeks, but I just wanted to put this up to let everyone know we got the project done.

Most Halloweens are spent supervising young children as they muck about in their $5 plastic Darth Vader / Hannah Montana costumes collecting chocolate-coated razor blades balls of caffeinated sugar.  But not Peter Montgomery; oh Hell no.  The man has a serious Halloween hobby that makes your paltry 2-million Christmas light display dim by comparison.  This year’s theme is a Jules Verne-inspired Steampunk drill bursting out of his driveway.

“I’m calling the display “Journey from the Center of the Earth.”  It’s a giant, 18 foot tall, steampunk inspired earth drilling machine.”

If you watch the video below, you’ll see the man is a Halloween god.  And like any god, he needs money.  Pete needs to raise a mere $2,200.  At the time of this writing, he’s got $1,684 from 67 backers and 14-days to go (Oct. 14 deadline).  He’s using KickStarter (which uses Amazon payments) to fund his project.

I’ll be following up to see the real deal after Halloween.  While the animatronics Peter will no doubt provide is really cool, I fully expect a ride down the Well to Hell so that I can relish in the screams of all those Soviet Union souls condemned to burn in the lake of fire.

Riese: Kingdom Falling

Posted in FailPunk, SteamPunk on December 1st, 2010 by Dr. Warthan
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The SciFi SyFy channel decided to put out short webisodes [is “webisode” a real word?] for a new Steampunk series called “Riese: Kingdom Falling”.  Welcome to the mediocre broad commercialization of Steampunk.

Riese: Kingdom Falling takes place in Eleysia, a dying kingdom where distrust and anxiety have clouded people’s minds, causing a regression into primitive ways of thinking. Rituals and mythology have resurged, and the darker side of mankind has begun to reveal itself. Riese, a wanderer, travels across the decaying land with her wolf, Fenrir. Marked as a heretic by religious group The Sect and the new Empress, Riese must evade their assassins and discover their true intentions for Eleysia.

Ok, it’s not bad, it’s just not good.  It strikes me as a low-budget half-hearted attempt to test the waters of Steampunk.  It’s not unimaginative, it’s just that the plot has almost nothing to do with Steampunk.  It’s like it was written by someone with a superficial understanding of Steampunk; someone who looked it up on Google but isn’t actually part of the community.  If you watch the episodes, you’ll see the hap-hazard use of goggles and gears slapped about.  I’m surprised the dog isn’t wearing goggles [sarcasm].

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