A coffee machine that is actually steampunk?

The Steampunk by Alpha Dominche. Is it steampunk, are they coining a name or could there be completely different reasons for the name?
The Steampunk by Alpha Dominche. Is it steampunk, are they coining a name or could there be completely different reasons for the name?

Can you all remember the Steampunk coffee machine that I reported on back in September 2013. It was a chrome covered minimalist box with high end technology and cutting edge customisation options. Looking at it didn’t really inspire the word steampunk into my mind. Luckily there are others out there who have a keener idea of what steampunk design looks like and it arguably won’t cost the $15,000 asking price of the Alpha Dominche version. Continue reading “A coffee machine that is actually steampunk?”

Is Dreadpunk a new subculture?

There are a couple of articles doing the rounds at the moment covering Dreadpunk. It was announced at DragonCon 2015 by Derek Tatum as a way to describe the bout of modern Gothic Horror that is becoming more popular by the year. Tatum is quick to defend Dreadpunk because it’s seen a lot of people denounce it as trying to steal away Gothic Horror and Gaslamp Fantasy Horror. He writes on his website “dreadpunk is used as shorthand for contemporary Gothic horror, suspense, and fantasy works set in an often stylized past. It’s a tongue-in-cheek term derived from the penny … Continue reading Is Dreadpunk a new subculture?

Dutch designer makes the most steampunk lamp ever

Ambio features bioluminescent bacteria to create a natural light
Ambio features bioluminescent bacteria to create a natural light

There are a plethora of steampunk designers out there that will do their best to outstrip the competition and make their products more steampunk than the rest. But it has taken Teresa van Dongen – a designer from Amsterdam – to make the most truly steampunk lamp.
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Marvellous Japanese steampunk tinkerer

It’s nice when I stumble on incredible steampunk work, especially when the inventor has a sense of humour. In order to maintain decorum and to remain gentlemen, we have to refrain from possible exposure to ladies that are unsuitably clothed. It’s one thing secretly noticing the turn of a pretty ankle, but to see leg right up to the garter could see you laying down in the front room with a cold flannel on your forehead. Thankfully, Twitter user Frisk_P has come up with a suitable invention that will make sure that gentlemen who have a dicky ticker won’t be … Continue reading Marvellous Japanese steampunk tinkerer

Solarpunk

Image by Owen Carson
Image by Owen Carson

Have you heard of Solarpunk? It’s a futuristic subculture that looks forwards to a bright, shiny world. But where most future time-lines rely on technology and invention to bring humanity out of this pit of misery and murder, Solarpunk looks at people changing themselves and working with technology towards a better future. Essentially making the world a better place from the inside out.

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The back story to Steampunk Freddy

steampunk_freddy3The first horror film I ever watched was A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. I was around 12 years old and I found Freddy fascinating. I quickly became obsessed with him, buying the rest of the films as they were released, looking for news items and articles or interviews. I had a huge poster of Freddy on my wall. I think this fascination was what made me tolerant to horror films in general. It’s a great concept; a child killer (a controversial subject even now) is murdered by a lynch mob consisting of the parents of the kids he killed. They burn him alive. Instead of dying, he makes a deal with a demon and comes back to kill again. Krueger invades people’s dreams and hunts them through malicious games of cat and mouse. Continue reading “The back story to Steampunk Freddy”