Hendrick’s Gin launch The Flying Cucumber dirigible

Hendrick's Gin dirigible "The Flying Cucumber"

Hendrick’s Gin dirigible “The Flying Cucumber”

NEW YORK, USA – Hendrick’s Gin is launching Hendrick’s Air. This new ambitious venture will commence with its flagship (and only) air craft: a massive dirigible christened The Flying Cucumber.

“We have been continually surprised by the odd popularity of our unusual cucumber-infused gin,” explained Hendrick’s National Brand Ambassador Jim Ryan, “So taking on the challenge of air travel seemed like the next logical step.”

Positioning itself against ordinary modes of travel, which Mr. Ryan stated “have devolved into a mundane state of expeditious predictability,” Hendrick’s Air will launch its fleet based on a single and majestic dirigible.  In contrast to the hub-and-spoke structure of conventional airlines, all Hendrick’s Air flights will depart and arrive from the same point, which Mr. Ryan explains, “emphasizes the excitement of the flying experience itself.  As we see it, flying in excess of 500 miles per hour becalmed by such conveniences as in-flight TV and noise-canceling headphones feels no different than sitting in one’s living room. We are offering a return to the true glamour of flight.”

The 130-foot long, 44-foot tall Flying Cucumber is adorned with a giant “eye in the sky” which exudes both whimsy and a dashing sense of purpose.  It will launch with a coast-to-coast voyage beginning in April and culminating in August, granting expeditionary flights to fellow unusualists in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, South Florida, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis, and Chicago.

The carrier’s cucumber motif and insistence on dirigible flight were inspired by the gin’s most prominent note of flavor – namely its infusion of cucumber essence (all the world over, Hendrick’s & Tonics are served with slices of cucumber rather than the perfunctory lime.)

The Hendrick’s dirigible has been engineered to follow what Ryan describes as “a slow and low” flight pattern, maintaining a “civilized speed of 35 mph.” The Flying Cucumber’s sub-1000-foot cruising altitude allows for what Mr. Ryan termed “an invigorating view of the marvels below.”

Follow the misadventures and triumphs of Hendrick’s Air at HendricksAir.com, Twitter.com/HendricksGin, Instagram.com/HendricksGin, and Facebook.com/HendricksGin (#FlyingCucumber & #HendricksGin).

Steampunk is NOT Victorian Science Fiction

"One does not simply" meme

Boromir

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

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.

Quickboy steampunk game announced for iOS and Android

Press release:

Quickboy poster

Quickboy poster

March 25, 2015 – SAN FRANCISCO – Netmarble US, Inc., the newly formed North American gaming branch of a leading mobile game publisher in South Korea, Netmarble Games Corp. (“Netmarble”), today announced Quickboy will launch this April on iOS and Android devices. Continuing to build upon their wide catalogue of high production quality, fun-filled games, Quickboy promises to deliver fast-paced action set in a post-apocalyptic world. Featured as a steam-punk themed side scrolling-platformer game, Quickboy offers an intense experience as players take on the role of Tommy Hawk, taking on his dangerous rounds of vital package deliveries in this newly ravaged world overrun with zombies. Tommy Hawk isn’t just on a mission to find his brother, he must also save the world!

As the story unfolds in Quickboy, Tommy will encounter not only undead foes but also several friends along the way. Players will have the option of choosing from a variety of unique characters with their own personalities. While on the mission to deliver packages, players must also collect coins in addition to bolts and nuts used to produce a trusty sidekick in the form of drones. Run, jump, slide, equip drones or even take flight with a jetpack past grueling obstacles in over 70 stages containing quest-based missions. With waves of zombies in the way, it is essential that players take advantage of the items and bonuses made available to them. Compete against others in World Challenge Mode and become the number one “Quickboy”. Mayhem is on the horizon!

Steampunk News round up 25/03/2015

Teapot racers will pour it on
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PC Magazine
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Chip Chick
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Midland Reporter-Telegram

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Wrestling 101
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Retail Wrap: Synister on the Strand in Galveston; Orangetheory Fitness in Vintage Marketplace
Chron.com (blog)
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The best science-fiction and fantasy books for March
Washington Post
The Mechanical (Orbit; paperback, $17), by Ian Tregillis, presents an intriguing steampunk/alternate history set in the 1920s, when the Dutch have kept…