Lomography Society look to Kickstarter to revive Victorian lens

Petzval58_mood01Rejoicing in the 175 year anniversary of Joseph Petzval’s first lens, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is a continuation of the legacy that began in 1840.

I recently posted about the gorgeous new Petzval 85 lens from the Lomography Society and they’ve just sent an electronic telegram about a new lens that they’re setting up a Kickstarter campaign for.

Based on the technology used to renew the Petzval 85, the Petzval 58 is a 58mm focal length Bokeh Control Art lens. For those that are unfamiliar with bokeh, it’s Japanese for “blur” and is used to describe the out of focus backgrounds of photographs. The better the lens, the “rounder” the blurred street lights, for example.

The Bokeh Control lens, you can swirl the bokeh to create artistic effects in the lens. The 58 lens has a new control ring to allow you to judge how much of the swirl you include in the shot. Have a read of the Press Release below for more information. Continue reading “Lomography Society look to Kickstarter to revive Victorian lens”

Professor Elemental wants to make the internet splendid!


I’ve been contacted by the splendid Professor Elemental (adventurer, tea drinker and bad ass emcee) to spread the word about his latest venture. His newest record is called Don’t Feed the Trolls and is a campaign to end trolling by simply ignoring them. After all, the reason they do it is to start arguments. Then they’ll either argue it out or slip out of the loop and watch everyone squabble among themselves.

The target to make a video for the track has been reached already. The rest of the funds will be spread out to various charities. Have a read of the press release below and have a think about donating. Continue reading “Professor Elemental wants to make the internet splendid!”

Interview with Dennis Consorte – Co-developer of Scrapyard Empire strategic game

Scrapyard Empire Kickstarter campaign
Scrapyard Empire Cover

You may remember I posted an article about a Kickstarter campaign for some steampunk cards by the people behind steampunkgoggles.com. Well after a very successful campaign with that, they’re at it again with a strategic board game called Scrapyard Empire. In order to get an understanding of the campaign and what it can do for you, my dear steampunk, I managed to talk to Dennis Consorte; one of the co-developers of the game. Continue reading “Interview with Dennis Consorte – Co-developer of Scrapyard Empire strategic game”

British steampunks! Your attention, please

American traveller, steampunk blogger and friend of the Journal Forwhomthegearturns has began a Kickstarter campaign which will fund an adventure into the heart of the Colonies‘ motherland. She intends to travel to London and visit Victorian places of note while writing a travelzine for other potential tourists from the Americas or beyond. By getting involved, you can contribute to the trip and get something back in return. There are various ways to show your support. For example, for $10 (around £6) you will get a 50 word (written by you) advertisement (called a Shout Out) with a thumbnail image in … Continue reading British steampunks! Your attention, please

Steampunk World Kickstarter, Just Six Days Left!

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  Cover art by James Ng This is a very important anthology that features some serious talent: Jay Lake, S.J. Chambers, Jaymee Goh, Ay-Leen the Peacemaker, just to name a few. Editor Sarah Hans sums up the mission of Steampunk World as follows. Steampunk is fascinating. There’s something compelling about the shine of clicking brass clockwork and hiss of steam-driven automatons. But until recently, there was something missing. It was easy to find excellent stories of American and British citizens… but we rarely got to see steampunk from the point of view of the rest of… Continue reading Steampunk World Kickstarter, Just Six Days Left!

steampunkgoggles.com begins steampunk playing cards Kickstarter campaign

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Steampunkgoggles.com is proving that they’re more than just about goggles with a Kickstarter campaign to create a deck of Steampunk Playing cards, and some pretty sweet rewards for helping to support the project! Continue reading “steampunkgoggles.com begins steampunk playing cards Kickstarter campaign”

New steampunk comic series seeks funding

As I perused vastness of the electronic web today, I received a request from a delightful chap. Turns out he’s got a splendid idea for a steampunk themed comic series called Arthur Shilling and he’s looking to Kickstarter for funding to get it going. Naturally, he turned to the Journal as a friend of the people to ask for some exposure and I’m only too happy to document a chapter for him. I’ll set out the press release below, but it seems the adventure is all about our aforementioned protagonist Mr. Shilling. He’s a Paranormal Investigator and Gentleman Engineer and … Continue reading New steampunk comic series seeks funding