The Faraday Cage Short Story Collection Review

What is The Faraday Cage? A collection of five Steampunk stories set in a world where Tesla discovered the key to anti-gravity. From there, the sky is no longer the limit, and the people of the steam-era take to space. From the Voidships website: Style Voidships features the classic steampunk tropes of steam-powered dirigibles, spacecraft, even giant mechs. But in keeping with the “Hard Steampunk” ethos, these are all derived from the root technology of Tesla sails. Voidships technology is beautiful Victorian engineering, but practical rather than fanciful. Where possible, voidships have panelled walls and baroque furniture, but in the greasy engine rooms and shipyards decoration … Continue reading The Faraday Cage Short Story Collection Review

Cinema for Steampunks: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014)

  Falling in Love can be Deadly… This twisted tale is set in the 19th century and starts in Edinburgh. Jack’s mother struggles through a storm on the coldest night of the year to get to the midwife. Unfortunately, the frigid night has frozen Jack’s heart solid, and it is only through the ingenuity of the midwife that he survives. His mother abandons the infant and his clockwork heart in the night, and the midwife finally has the child she’s longed for. But, his mechanical heart makes him vulnerable to the strains of the outside world, and his adoptive mother fears for his safety in the … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014)

Petzval (D)SLR lens from the Lomographic Society

Petzval lens isometric view
Petzval lens isometric view

The Lomographic Society and Zenit have teamed up to present a gorgeous new accessory for your photography. The Petzval lens is a redesigned version of the original Petzval from 1840. It’s a beautiful brass tube with modern lens elements and a mount to fit Nikon F and Canon EF SLR and DSLR. No communication is made from lens to camera and even the aperture uses the old Waterhouse system.

It looks a little weird on the end of a DSLR, but isn’t that what steampunk is all about? Not to mention that the actual development of this lens is steampunk essence in itself. The designs come from a Victorian lens with modern lens technology in an old fashioned design.

Take a look at the information below and let me know what you think. Continue reading “Petzval (D)SLR lens from the Lomographic Society”

Steampunk leg wearer is told she “should be ashamed”

A lady in Nova Scotia received a note on her car saying she “should be ashamed” of parking in a disabled parking spot because she had been seen and filmed walking normally from her car. What the person who wrote the note didn’t know was that Natasha Hope-Simpson was in fact wearing a prosthetic leg after she’d lost hers in a hit and run incident. In an interview with CBC, Natasha explained how she normally parked in an easy access spot but it wasn’t always available. She has an Accessible Parking Permit hanging in her window, but that didn’t stop … Continue reading Steampunk leg wearer is told she “should be ashamed”

Professor Elemental wants to make the internet splendid!

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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!”