The Museum of Water and Steam is my pick for the best place in London to take your littlest Steampunks. There are fun, hands-on exhibits about the water cycle, as well as info about the history of harnessing the Thames … Continue reading A Taste of Victoriana: The London Museum of Water and Steam
Exploring Tower Bridge Inside and Out Due to increased commercial activity along the Thames, the city of London needed to create bridges to allow access to both sides of the river. Yet, they somehow had to do it without hindering … Continue reading A Taste of Victoriana: Tower Bridge
Fizzy wine has a long history, but we won’t linger on its origins (unless you want to, then click here). The most interesting part of its tale, like so many other things we take for granted nowadays, was during the … Continue reading Get in the Spirit: A Brief History of Champagne
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
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)
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”
I’m forever amazed at the Octopus. Regarded as one of steampunk’s “Mascots”, the Cephalopod doesn’t just bear a striking resemblance to everyone’s favourite Elder God. Continue reading “The Octopus can use it’s skin to see”
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”
An email has just been sent out to interested parties that the Victorian Steampunk Society have secured plans with the City of Lincoln to ensure the survival of Weekend at the Asylum for at least the next five years. Continue reading “Asylum secure for next 5 years”
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!”