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Finds: Heathkit Shortwave, RadioPhone, and Timex Sinclair 1500

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More from the same house I found the radios a couple of weeks ago!  Here we have a classic Heathkit Shortwave Receiver, A Heathkit SWR meter (used for measuring antenna efficiency on transmitters) an RCA RadioPhone transmitter and a Timex Sinclair 1500.  My first computer was a TS-1000, the

Steam-mench Jay Leno’s 1909 Stanley

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For our next instalment of Jay Leno Wednesday here at the Steampunk Workshop we have Jay stepping us through the start-up procedure for a 1909 Stanley and then giving us a ride.  Well worth the watch if only for the part where Jay burns all of the hair off

I like the sound of this “Eamespunk”

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Daniel Neville has posted an utterly brilliant Eamespunk Manifesto!  I rather like the sound of this humanist movement! Who needs brass goggles and mirror shades when you can have wall size projector screens in bucky domes? Overturn the individualist agenda and share in media together! Collective humanist action will

Steampunk at the Groton Public Library

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This past Thursday I had the honour of addressing an audience at the Groton Public Library.  I’m afraid I rambled on for a bit at first, but once we got to the question and answer section the questions just kept coming! I also unveiled a new piece, a piece

Blogathon to Benefit Boston Area Rape Survivors

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Something about this little inside-out temporally inverted matchbox really really appeals to me – and it will be mine unless you out-bid me!  Actually you should out-bid me, and by a large amount as the procedes from these auctions go to benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. [Update:

Finds: Brass Lanterns

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Found this pair of brass lanterns on my way to work yesterday – I used the old "shoelace tie" trick to carry them with me on my bike. It absolutely kills me how many of these I have in my collection – close to 20 now, I think.  Invariably

The Dieselpunk Tatra – Jay Leno’s Garage

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When it comes to late night comedy I’m more Letterman than Leno. But when it comes to things mechanical Jay Leno is a total mench and exemplifies true Steampunk spirit. Here he is talking about a Czech Tatra, a streamlined, rear-engined, air-cooled V-8 powered car from 1938 which would

Steampunk Humbug?

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Hearing some really interesting criticism here – but I’m not sure who it’s aimed at, unless possibly it’s the press and I really can’t speak to that. We are being taken for rubes. At worst, the Steampunkers seem to be mediocre hobbyists with great publicists. It seems fine to

SPWS’s Meredith Scheff at Comic-Con San Diego

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  (image: I express some sort of emotion at Jake’s hat) I will be attending Comic-Con this year from Friday-Sunday, and I’d love to meet some SPWS readers/fans- especially if you are attending in your external-combustion-punk outfits (external combustion? Get it?), costumes, or if you are showing off your

Portrait of a mad scientist: Alan Rorie of Almostscientific.com

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(image: Alan Rorie working on the Dihemispheric Chronaether Agitator. Photo by Flickr user and KSW patron Great!steam) I've never been so enamored with any character type as I have with the mad scientist. The shop, filled with inventions, doo-dads; explosions from nowhere send machinery flying while (s)he runs yelling