Victorian urinal is Britain’s ugliest listed building

Victorian "Pissoir" in Devon, UK

Victorian “Pissoir” in Devon, UK

Locals have called it “the Ugliest Listed Building in the UK” and it’s one of 5 remaining public urinals from the Victorian era. Originally designed and built by George Jennings, the amusingly named “Pissoir” has now been granted a facelift after years of vandalism and neglect. Continue reading

Steampunk News round up 04/03/2015

 

 

Edit desk: Sorority women still living under Victorian era standards
Brown and White
For many sorority women, a typical night consists of getting rides to a fraternity’s off-campus house, partying there and then maybe “party-hopping” to…

Artistic view of technology’s impact
Parramatta Sun
It is an acrylic-on-canvas ”steampunk” work that the James Ruse Agricultural College student said she used to explore our gradual progression…

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to be staged at UW-Parkside
Journal Times
The steampunk “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is directed by American Players Theatre actor Matt Schwader. In a steampunk world, where a duke can…

Been to Victor Lately? Spring 2015
The Mountain Jackpot
April 24-26, Victor Steampunk Festival: Visit Victor as it is taken over by Steampunks from all realms of time and space! Celebrate the Victorian era and…

 

Concept art illustrates steampunk cities

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Tower Bridge under construction

I discovered some rather splendid artwork by an unknown artist on the Australian arm of News.com. They tell us that the images are inspired from the recent steampunk shoot-em-up The Order: 1886. Continue reading

What flavour best sums up steampunk?

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Flossie’s Kitchen cake display

Flossie’s Kitchen – the alternative cake company – have asked me what flavour I think sums up steampunk and I’m stumped, so I thought I’d spread it out into the aether.

What do you think?

Cast your vote!

Go and see what Flossie’s Kitchen are doing now: Flossie’s Kitchen Facebook page

Fallout 4 information leak includes steampunk weapons

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Fallout 4 Concept art

According to quickdocs.com, an advertising executive has slipped out some information by accident about the fourth installment of Fallout. Continue reading

Steampunk News round up 03/03/2015

 

Victorian tea, fashion show on tap
Statesman Journal
Santiam Heritage Foundation will host a Victorian Fashion Show and Tea at the Charles and Martha Brown House, 425 N. First Ave., 2 p.m. Saturday…

Victorian elegance gets quirky in Skagit Valley’s La Conner
The Olympian
There’s plenty of Victorian fussiness in La Conner — a Quilt Museum inside a Victorian mansion, endless craft and gift shops. But there’s also a quirky…

Science Fiction: mini reviews
Toronto Star
Karen Memory is a genre mash-up, a steampunk Western set in an alternative late-nineteenth century town in the Pacific Northwest called Rapid City

Ultimate accolade for Manorhamilton chef
Leitrim Observer
Her double gold winning Steam Punk Wedding Cake features an amazing multi-layer tribute to all things steampunk and even complete with actual…

Steampunk cinema to be ceremoniously showcased at WWWC4
Nerdvana (blog)
If you’ve been paying attention you’ve probably noticed that a major Steampunk themed film has yet to breakout and capture the attention of the…

 

New steampunk soundsets from Syrinscape

Syrinscape logo

Syrinscape logo

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Syrinscape, developer of the app that creates custom soundscapes, effects, and music, announces today the release of the Giant Steampunk Robot and Running the Net SoundSets for the Syrinscape Sci-Fi Player. Each Sci-Fi SoundSet is available to purchase and download from the Syrinscape store, $3.99 each.

Feel the earth shake and hear the grinding of gears as the enormous automaton wreaks havoc on civilization in the new Giant Steampunk Robot SoundSet. As cars zoom past, period weapons burst, and the crowd screams in panic, Game Masters will smash their players to smithereens with all of the mighty sounds of a giant steel fist.

A perfect accompaniment to games such as Shadowrun, the new Running the Net SoundSet has everything GMs need for an evening of virtual espionage. Shimmering data files, anti-hacking subroutines, and even the beloved dial-up modem handshake will have sci-fi gamers suspended in the data stream.

Steampunk robot

Steampunk robot

The SoundSets can be purchased separately, as part of the Sci-Fi Monthly Subscription Package for $6.50/month, or as part of the Super Syrin Subscription Package for $10/month. The Syrinscape Fantasy and Sci-Fi Players are free to download, including two free SoundSets, and are compatible with a wide range of devices, including PC, Mac, Android Tablets, and iPads. For more information, the free download, or to subscribe, visit syrinscape.com.

Syrinscape SoundPacks and SoundSets add a new dimension to the gaming table. In addition to creating the officially licensed SoundPacks for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Syrinscape creates general-purpose fantasy and sci-fi themed sounds that bring the soundtrack of gameplay to life, as well as the soon-to-be-released SoundSet Creator.