Interview with Rabiah Al-Sibai of Datamancer Labs

The Computational Engine
The Nagy Magical-Movable-Type Pixello-Dynamotronic Computational Engine

Last year the global steampunk community lost one of its most cherished and well known characters. Richard “Doc” Nagy was the main designer and founder of Datamancer – the steampunk computer redesign company. In this frank interview, I talk to Rabiah Al-Sibai who has taken over operations of Datamancer Labs in the wake of their terrible loss. Here he talks of an employer and friend who had incredible vision, took a risk on his passion and spent days playing computer games when he should really have been working. Continue reading “Interview with Rabiah Al-Sibai of Datamancer Labs”

News round up 05/12/2013

Trebuchet Players
Copyright Signal2Noise photography

Good day to you Lords, ladies and gentlemen.

It’s the time of the week where I share my collected news from around the Empire and beyond. This week there’s news of someone playing steampunk music (whatever that is), a new theatre group trying Steampunk Hamlet and – most importantly – a link to an eBay account where a Datamancer keyboard signed by the late Richard “Doc” Nagy is up for auction with proceeds going to his family. Read on, dear fellows. Continue reading “News round up 05/12/2013”

Steampunk inventor Richard “Datamancer” Nagy dies?

Boing Boing has posted an obituary about Richard R Nagy – better known as Datamancer – losing his life in a car accident. The obvious use of the word “apparently” suggests that they’re not entirely sure. The Gatehouse has also reported on it and they don’t seem 100% positive either. If it’s true, then the loss of his life will be felt throughout the steampunk community. Everyone is familiar with his legendary steampunk laptops and other contraptions that he seemed to get perfect every time. Indeed, I was only reading an interview with him on Thursday that discussed his newest … Continue reading Steampunk inventor Richard “Datamancer” Nagy dies?

News round up – 03/10/2013

This weeks pickings from around the world include an American town holding a historical event and they most certainly don’t want steampunks there! I say! But they would like a separate steampunk event. You can also build your very own steampunk thermometer and there’s one of the most expensive difference engines I’ve seen. Arguably because it’s steampunk. It is very pretty, though. The Durango Herald has reported on a historical event that doesn’t want steampunks to attend. Games website Gamasutra has posted a press release on a new steampunk themed game called Cedaria: Blackout The gadgeteer will show you how … Continue reading News round up – 03/10/2013