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

Books: Jeeves and Wooster – P.G. Wodehouse

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Amazon.com Widgets   I will be blunt. Jeeves and Wooster is brilliant. Well, sort of. Jeeves is brilliant. Wooster is a complete idiot. It is off this dichotomy that Life With Jeeves, a three book omnibus by P.G. Wodehouse containing The Inimitable Jeeves, Very Good, Jeeves!, and Right Ho,

Jules Verne Casemod

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Jon dropped me a quick note with a link to pictures of his winning entry in the xLAN case mod competition. It reminds me of my own water-cooled PC project from a couple years back, only with clockwork and way more awesome!  Thanks Jon!

The Time Jumper : A Victorian dress made from a military surplus parachute

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I’ve been exceedingly jealous of my friends on the West Coast for the seeming predominance of Steampunkery out there.  However, I am feeling better and better on that front as I slowly discover the many talented artists in and about my home state of Massachusetts. This marvellous confection is

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

And for this post I digress: That which writ the Guide

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I know, I know- we’re a specialty blog. Steampunk. Gears. Brass. Tophats. Things of that nature. However.. I think that I am allowed one post that has nothing to do with Steampunk per se. I give you: The typewriter. The typewriter that belonged to Douglas Adams. The typewriter that