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A Lens of Yesteryear

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If I had a nickel for every time the digital vs. analog photography debate has landed in my lap, I'd be rich. At those argumentative junctures, I reassure myself that it's not the medium, but the subject which is  important. It also underscores the importance/rewards in possessing such a

Awesome, strange, weird mash-up micro-fad at Thingaverse

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Over at the Thingaverse, the free 3D model download community centered around the Makerbot, strange things are afoot. Or a leg, with a whistle sticking out of it on top of a gun.  It seems a mash-up fad has broken out, with people taking 2 or more models and

Things used to be prettier: The Slant-O-Matic 500

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Just look at it. I'm spending my holiday getting ready for my Scarf-a-Day project, which means lots of looking at lots of fabric and sewing machines. I've thus far just been using a 1940's singer, but I think it's time for a change, and I want a machine that

Steampunk Etch-a-Sketch

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Reddit user HaloKitty made this as a Christmas present for a friend. Well done!

Steam Analytical Engine – In Progress

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I have seen some ambitious steam projects and this one adds to the list: So, it's not without trepidation that I say that it's time Britain built the Analytical Engine. After the wonderful reconstruction of the Difference Engine we need to finish Babbage's dream of a steam-powered, general-purpose computer.

Strowger Switchgear

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I just finished a project for Jeff VanderMeer's Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities and while I can't show you the sculptures I made (we're saving that for the book's debut) I can tell you that one of the pieces exemplified a new aesthetic for me, sort of an early

Steampunk Watch by Haruo Suekichi

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Crunch Gear has a good interview up with the creator of this wonderful watch, Haruo Suekichi: Your watches have an antique, yet very futuristic form and design. Where do they come from? What inspires you? – When I make watches, it doesn’t usually start with design but with “fun”:

ThriftCamp Making on a Budget

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On September 19th Seattle's Jigsaw Renaissance is hosting a maker unconfernce with a focus on making within a budget. ThriftCamp is a one-day unconference discussing how to live well on a limited means. Living in a consumption culture that is destroying our limited resources and in tough economic times,

Regresty: Things that are not steampunk

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  I am really loving hating Regretsy's current  "Things That are Not Steampunk" series. The postings all elicit a facepalm and then silent sobbing into said palm; both of hilarity and pity for the genre.

New Keyboards from Datamancer!

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Datamancer has two new keyboards for you to see an his site: The Reliquary and the gleaming new Marquis picture here. My understanding is that The Reliquary was made for a client but if you like the Marquis you can bid on it right now on eBay Click through for a