Splatterpunk

splatterpunk_sceneSplatterpunk is a literary sub-genre – or movement – that rebelled against the typical conformity of horror which is seen as mild by comparison. It was because of this tepid approach to horror that authors took descriptions of violence further and include scene of extreme violence, gore, mutilation and death. Continue reading

Steampunk leg wearer is told she “should be ashamed”

prosthetic_legA lady in Nova Scotia received a note on her car saying she “should be ashamed” of parking in a disabled parking spot because she had been seen and filmed walking normally from her car. What the person who wrote the note didn’t know was that Natasha Hope-Simpson was in fact wearing a prosthetic leg after she’d lost hers in a hit and run incident. In an interview with CBC, Natasha explained how she normally parked in an easy access spot but it wasn’t always available. She has an Accessible Parking Permit hanging in her window, but that didn’t stop the anonymous neighbour from getting out their pitchfork and torch. I’ve copied the note here including the Canadian/American spellings, poor language skills and bad grammar:

I HAVE A VIDEO OF YOU WALKING AWAY FROM YOUR CAR ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS, YOU ARE NOT HANDICAPPED!! THE NEXT TIME YOU PARK HERE I WILL FORWARD THE VIDEO’S TO POLICE WITH YOUR LICENSE PLATE NUMBER.

YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!!

Not wanting her disability stop her leading a splendid life, Natasha worked hard at first learning to wear and walk on the prosthesis, then to perfect her walk so that people wouldn’t know she was wearing it. Natasha is very calm about it all and is actually flattered by the note. She told CBC: “I’m kind of flattered about that, because I’ve been working pretty hard on my walk to make it look natural.” It’s easy to misjudge people because able bodied people tend to have a stereotypical view of disabilities that they have to be obviously noticeable. There are lots of disabilities that aren’t entirely clear and we really need to keep that in mind. Natasha wears a steampunk style covering over her leg which is made by Canadian based Alleles Design Studio. Her model is the Imperialist and retails from $425. They also do a lovely looking Octopus option.

Steampunk is NOT Victorian Science Fiction

"One does not simply" meme

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This article is one of several that are an attempt to address the problems within the steampunk community. These problems are not the doing of steampunks who enjoy the culture, but of those who wish to only make profit from it.

It’s a common misconception that steampunk is Victorian Science Fiction. I fully believed this misconception until I discovered what I believe to be the truth. I believe this because it makes a lot more logical sense. This description of steampunk has been hidden under a veil of deceit by clever people who simply want to further their own career. It’s done by convincing you that their opinion of steampunk is the correct opinion and removing any that disagree. Continue reading

Steampunks are too clever for big businesses

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Professor Elemental. Not silly at all.

I read with interest, an article by Professor Elemental that he wrote for Airship Ambassador and the Steampunk Hands Around the World project. In it, he mentioned that he thought steampunk had got a little bit too serious and that we all should release our inherent silliness. Continue reading

Interview with Kirstie Williams of CuriousCephalopods

Copyright Kirstie Williams, used with permission

Copyright Kirstie Williams, used with permission

I may have been tempting fate by getting in touch with someone who uses the word Cephalopod in their company name (I already spelled it wrong just then – thank you spell checker). But I have an affection for Octopuses, so when I saw some of the work coming from CuriousCephalopod (did it again) I had to get in touch and find out more about these wonderful pieces of art. Continue reading

Interview with New Zealand’s Capital! Steampunk group

Stanley is Sir Hawthorne's entry in the Teapot Racing

Stanley is Sir Julius Hawthorne’s entry in the Teapot Racing

You all remember Tea Bombing and how everyone was going to try it, but never did? Well recently I became aware of arguably the best steampunk past-time in the world. Teapot Racing is a sport seemingly exclusive to the Wellington steampunk group “Capital! Steampunks”. Having raced radio controlled cars when I was around 15 years old, I was fascinated by what it entailed, so I got in touch with Col. Sir Julius Hawthorne – administrator of the group – to ask him all about it. This is an interview that you’ll really enjoy.

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SteamWorld Dig to come to Xbox One

Steamworld Dig

Steamworld Dig

Remember SteamWorld Dig that I reported the teaser trailer on back in 2013? I just about did. It was to be released on Nintendo 3DS and since then has also been released on Playstation 4, PS Vita and Wii U.

Image & Form who created the game have still got to make some amendments to it before release and they’re also creating an “elaborate easter egg“. They don’t have a release date yet, but it seems they’re so excited about the news that they simply had to tell us all about it right now. They do expect it to be available by late May 2015.