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2012’S LAST “TOP SEVEN STEAMPUNK NEWS STORIES” ISSUE

 

PunkTHIS!

PunkTHIS!

In this new series of weekly posts, we’re seeking out and digging up the latest SteamPUNK related news, entertainment, and fashion articles from around the globe and bringing them to you in one easy-to-digest post.

IN THIS POST, WE’VE GOT:

  • Romantic Reads From Shakespeare To Steampunk (Heavy On The Steam)

  • “The Rise of Ransom City”: Steampunk Western

  • Steampunk mask-maker gets justice after being plagiarised

  • Steampunk Arm Guard Has Working Bluetooth Keyboard: Typepunk

  • Benjie’s Steampunk Mirror Ducati Monster [Photo Gallery]

  • Ortho Steampunk: Wood May Become Bone Implant Material of The Future

  • Steampunk fantasy game Edge of Twilight back in production after three year



NUMBER SE7EN: Romantic Reads From Shakespeare To Steampunk (Heavy On The Steam)

My favorite “best of the year” list is the Bad Sex in Fiction award, even – or perhaps because – it eschews the romance genre.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.wbur.org/npr/166899442/romantic-reads-from-shakespeare-to-steampunk-heavy-on-the-steam

RANSOM CITY

RANSOM CITY SQUARE

NUMBER S6X: “The Rise of Ransom City”: Steampunk Western

The Rise of Ransom City”: Steampunk Western. Felix Gilman’s fantasy of a roving frontier inventor captures the dangerous delusions of the American Dream.

CHECK IT OUT HERE: http://www.salon.com/2012/12/16/the_rise_of_ransom_city_steampunk_western/

PUNK'D OUT

PUNK’D OUT

NUMBER 5IVE: Steampunk mask-maker gets justice after being plagiarised

Yesterday, I blogged about Bob Basset, the Ukrainian steampunk leatherworker, discovering one of his designs in the Design Toscano catalog without credit or royalty.

READ MORE HERE: http://boingboing.net/2012/12/19/steampunk-mask-maker-gets-just.html

PUNK'D Arm-guard

PUNK’D Arm-guard

NUMBER FO4R: Steampunk Arm Guard Has Working Bluetooth Keyboard: Typepunk

There’s just something so retro-futuristic about the idea of giant wrist-worn communicators. In the real world, we pretty much skipped right over these contraptions and went straight to smartphones.

READ MORE HERE: http://technabob.com/blog/2012/12/21/steampunk-arm-guard-keyboard/

NUMBER THR3E: Benjie’s Steampunk Mirror Ducati Monster [Photo Gallery]

Here’s a very interesting customized bike that brings together the best in several (apparently) different fields: the Benjie’s Ducati Monster dubbed the “Monster Tracker”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/benjie-s-steampunk-mirror-ducati-monster-photo-gallery-53227.html

NUMBER 2WO: Ortho Steampunk: Wood May Become Bone Implant Material of The Future

Ortho Steampunk: Wood May Become Bone Implant Material of The Future Orthopedic implants have become increasingly more common over the years thanks to new materials and technology to apply them.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.medgadget.com/2012/12/ortho-steampunk-wood-may-become-bone-implant-material-of-the-future.html

EoT

EoT

NUMBER 1NE: Steampunk fantasy game Edge of Twilight back in production after three year …

In 2009, Australian based studio Fuzzyeyes were in the midst of creating the ultra impressive and promising looking post apocalypse steampunk themed fantasy game Edge of Twilight, when the company ran into financial difficulty and had to let go of all …

READ MORE HERE: http://www.vg247.com/2012/12/14/steampunk-fantasy-game-edge-of-twilight-back-in-production-after-three-year-hiatus/

That’s all for this YEAR!

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December 16th, 2012 – This Week’s TOP SEVEN SteamPUNK News Stories…

BONEShaker SteamPUNK

BONEShaker SteamPUNK

In this new series of weekly posts, we’re seeking out and digging up the latest SteamPUNK related news, entertainment, and fashion articles from around the globe and bringing them to you in one easy-to-digest post.

 IN THIS POST, WE’VE GOT:

  • How to Find Inspiration for Your Steampunk Projects

  • The Steampunk Gotham Comic From Sean Gordon Murphy That Wasn’t

  • The Birth of a New Steampunk

  • A very steampunk Dickens Christmas

  • Celebrated steampunk author returns to city after six-year absence

  • The Steampunk Iron Man T-Shirt That Lights Up Your Life. If You Have One.

  • The Best Steampunk Games (Then and Now)

NUMBER SE7EN: “How to Find Inspiration for Your Steampunk Projects”

Once you have the skills to bring your ideas to life, the hardest part is coming up with ideas. What do you do when you can’t think of something to make? What happens when your well of inspiration runs dry?”

READ MORE HERE: http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/how-to/find-inspiration-for-your-steampunk-projects-0140702/#ixzz2FC9qw8Zp

NUMBER S6X: “The Steampunk Gotham Comic From Sean Gordon Murphy That Wasn’t”

SteamPUNK Gotham

SteamPUNK Gotham

<<<CHECK IT OUT HERE>>>  http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/12/11/the-steampunk-gotham-comic-from-sean-gordon-murphy-that-wasnt/

NUMBER 5IVE: “The Birth of a New Steampunk”

I recently wrote an article about why Steampunk should be defined, and it engendered much discussion. I’m glad it did, because discussion is often the path to both change and understanding. However, I saw a lot of people talking about things that struck me as, if not outright misunderstandings, then at least as thoughts that were outdated. Sometimes it’s easy…”

READ MORE HERE: http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/forum/birth-new-steampunk-0140725/#ixzz2FC8qUzyG

NUMBER FO4R: “A very steampunk Dickens Christmas”

Last year was the inaugural celebration of Christmas with Dickens – the multi-part celebration of the literary legacy of Charles Dickens, author of “A Christmas Carol” and other holiday tales. In its first year, the festivities were mostly confined to the Witch City. But this year, the whole North Shore got in on the fun.”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.wickedlocal.com/salem/newsnow/x1631892187/A-very-steampunk-Dickens-Christmas#axzz2FBzu1hgx

NUMBER THR3E: “Celebrated steampunk author returns to city after six-year absence”

When she started writing “Boneshaker” in 2008, Cherie Priest was afraid that her most promising novel might also be her last. While working on her alternate history tale set in a 19th-century Seattle overrun by zombies, Priest, a graduate of both Southern Adventist University and UTC, says she was all but convinced it would be the final novel with her real name on the cover. Despite critics’ positive response to her previous book, “Fathom,” it was a commercial catastrophe.”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/dec/16/celebrated-steampunk-author-returns-to-city/

NUMBER 2WO: “The Best Steampunk Games (Then and Now)”

If you’re asking yourself, “Why the **** does Abraham Lincoln have a machine gun for a hand?” you probably don’t understand steampunk. If you’re saying “Holy **** Abe Lincoln has a machine gun for a hand! Thats ****ing awesome!” then you get it.”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.starpulse.com/news/Patrick_Hyland/2012/12/13/the_best_steampunk_games

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NUMBER 1NE: “The Steampunk Iron Man T-Shirt That Lights Up Your Life. If You Have One”

An unofficial Steampunk Iron Man T-shirt with an LED light in the middle for his chest power unit. For $30. Now that it exists can you seriously go to your next comic convention without wearing this?”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/12/14/the-steampunk-iron-man-t-shirt-that-lights-up-your-life/

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That’s all for this week!

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THIS WEEK’S TOP SEVEN STEAMPUNK NEWS STORIES…

FRIDAY SOCIETY

FRIDAY SOCIETY

December 7th, 2012

In this new series of weekly posts, we’re seeking out and digging up the latest SteamPUNK related news, entertainment, and fashion articles from around the globe and bringing them to you in one easy-to-digest post.

IN THIS PUNK’D POST, WE’VE GOT:

  • Why Defining Steampunk Is Worthwhile
  • Steampunk Coffee Table: Dragonborn Furniture
  • Coffee with a splash of steampunk
  • NYC’s Steampunk Loft Loses The Steampunk (House of the Day)
  • THE FRIDAY SOCIETY STEAMPUNK GALA & BOOK LAUNCH
  • 7 Things Every Steampunk Should Know for Making It Through Airport Security …
  • The Best 3 Steampunk Video Games You’ve Never Heard Of

NUMBER SE7EN: Why Defining Steampunk Is Worthwhile

“Those who argue against creating definitions feel that having actual boundaries on what Steampunk is will stifle creativity and lead to the stagnation and decay of the aesthetic/genre/subculture/etc.

To them, Steampunk is in many ways the very embodiment of creativity and self-expression, so to have someone else tell them how they can and cannot express themselves is extremely galling. That makes perfect sense—who wants to be told how you can dress, or act, or do anything? Not me, that’s for sure.”

READ MORE HERE: http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/inspiration/why-defining-steampunk-is-worthwhile-0140616/

SteamPUNK Dragon Table

SteamPUNK Dragon Table

NUMBER S6X: Steampunk Coffee Table: Dragonborn Furniture

Here it is steampunk/fantasy enthusiasts. A mechanical dragon of your very own, who will burden his back with whatever you see fit to put on it. Now you can drink coffee on the back of this beast and feel like a steampunk dragon hunter.

READ MORE HERE: http://technabob.com/blog/2012/12/06/steampunk-dragon-coffee-table/

NUMBER 5IVE: Coffee with a splash of steampunk

“Caffè Caldo has a lot to say in its name.

There’s no secret where Huntington Beach’s new restaurant/espresso bar’s roots lie with the two Italian words, including the traditional spelling of cafè. There’s dual meaning to caldo, which is Italian for heat and refers to the establishment’s steampunk influences in design and coffee.

Caffè Caldo’s resident coffee expert Josh Islas defines steampunk as style inspired by “Victorian era sci-fi.”

READ MORE HERE: http://articles.hbindependent.com/2012-12-04/news/tn-hbi-caffe-caldo-20121204_1_steampunk-coffee-shop-coffee-expert

SteamPUNK'd

SteamPUNK’d

NUMBER FO4R: NYC’s Steampunk Loft Loses The Steampunk (House of the Day)

“We loved the infamous “steampunk loft” in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood so much that we even filmed a video on it back in June (see below)! It was like nothing we’d ever seen: a little Jules Verne, a little nautical-chic, and wonderfully, excessively retro-futuristic and otherworldly.

Sadly, however, all good things come to an end…”

READ MORE HERE: http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2012/12/05/chelseas-steampunk-loft-loses-the-steampunk-house-of-the-day/

NUMBER THR3E: THE FRIDAY SOCIETY STEAMPUNK GALA & BOOK LAUNCH

“You are cordially invited to attend THE Steampunk event of the season, a gala of modernity and lively entertainments in honour of the lady novelist ADRIENNE KRESS’ latest work of fiction, THE FRIDAY SOCIETY.”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.blogto.com/events/65911

NO IT'S NOT A BOMB!!!

NO IT’S NOT A BOMB!!!

NUMBER 2WO: 7 Things Every Steampunk Should Know for Making It Through Airport Security …

“As a Steampunk, you probably don’t want to make the national news with that level of infamy. If you do, just ignore this article and do whatever you’ve gotta do. I’m looking at you, Dr. Grymm.

However, I’ll assume that most of you would like to experience the joys of airplane travel without the hassle of cavity searches, handcuffs, and Guantanamo Bay.

So, here are some tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years that will help you travel with your Steampunk props without getting strip-searched, especially important for the holidays if you’re traveling with tons of Steampunk Christmas gifts!”

READ MORE HERE: http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/how-to/7-things-every-steampunk-should-know-for-making-through-airport-security-stress-free-0140596/

PlayPUNK

PlayPUNK

NUMBER 1NE: The Best 3 Steampunk Video Games You’ve Never Heard Of

“I can imagine you sitting there thinking to yourself, “I’ve played a lot of games! I bet he won’t have any that I don’t know about!” Well, that’s entirely possible. I’m only drawing from my own personal experience here, so you may, in fact, know of all these games. However, for the purposes of this article, I’m assuming that any game not appearing in the list of Steampunk works on Wikipedia is suitably obscure.”

READ MORE HERE: http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/inspiration/best-3-steampunk-video-games-youve-never-heard-0140606/#ixzz2EPVmnfWd

 

That’s all for this week!

We’ll see you next week with more of the SteamPUNK happenings from around the world. 

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Until then, choo-choo… 

Michael E. Esser

Author/Writer and Self-Proclaimed Geek

 

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THIS WEEK’S TOP SEVEN STEAMPUNK NEWS STORIES…

SteamPUNK this!

SteamPUNK this!

In this new series of weekly posts, we’re seeking out and digging up the latest SteamPUNK related news, entertainment, and fashion articles from around the globe and bringing them to you in one easy-to-digest post.

IN THIS POST, WE’VE GOT:

  • SteamPUNK shifting gears
  • A review of the SteamPUNK ‘Nutcracker’
  • Some real-life SteamPUNK gadgets
  • Then, we’ve got a new SteamPUNK fashion spot in Los Angeles
  • A SteamPUNK Dalek
  • SteamPUNKer’z take over a historic park
  • Finally, we’re bringing you the SteamPUNK’s guide to SEX

 

NUMBER SE7EN: “SteamPUNK shifting gears”

Not everyone can pull off wearing brass aviator goggles. But as steampunk crosses from a niche subculture into the mainstream, the retro-futuristic aesthetic is earning mass appeal as interior decor.

Restoration Hardware’s 690-page tome of a fall catalog is full of Edison-style filament light bulbs and mechanical gears that evoke the old world-meets-future-world style that’s been on trend in recent years. Where once steampunk aficionados had to trawl specialty stores or eBay or construct their own old-looking accouterment, now steampunkian wares mingle with traditional furnishings at Anthropologie or Jayson Home.”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/home/sc-home-1119-steampunk2-20121127,0,7472102.story

 

NUMBER S6X: “A review of the SteamPUNK ‘Nutcracker’”

A steampunk Nutcracker with wholesome messages is a welcome addition for family-friendly holiday fun in New York City.

“The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a heartwarming, homespun musical presented by Pipe Dream theatre, opened Saturday night for a brief run off-Broadway at the Beckett Theatre/Theatre Row.”

READ MORE HERE: http://online.wsj.com/article/APecf8c6f4d64043da9986c54e2d01ae04.html

 

NUMBER 5IVE: “Some real-life SteamPUNK gadgets”

Tools for espionage and detection gained some popularity in 19th-century Europe and America. The famed French criminalist Eugène François Vidocq invented many detective tools, including indelible ink and ballistics testing, and was known for using disguises and surveillance in his investigations. His methods inspired many aspiring detectives, including Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. The American Civil War was also a high time for espionage, with both sides employing whatever tools they could think of to gather and pass along intelligence undetected. On top of that, the later Victorian Era came with a number of clever gadgets and self-defense tools. While some of them never quite caught on, others were forerunners for devices we still use today.”

READ MORE HERE: http://io9.com/5959454/steampunk-spy+fi-real+life-gadgets-perfect-for-a-victorian-era-james-bond?utm_source=io9.com&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=recirculation 

 

 

SteamPUNK'd?

SteamPUNK’d?

 

NUMBER FO4R: “New SteamPUNK fashion spot in Los Angeles”

Wednesday afternoon, Clockwork Couture, the Burbank boutique dedicated to steampunk and neo-Victorian fashion, celebrated the official grand opening their new Main Street digs. A small crowd of locals dressed in corsets, bustles and exquisite hats was there for the debut. So were Burbank’s mayor and the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Donna Ricci, known as Captain Donna, posed with a big red ribbon and oversized scissors in front of the store. Behind her was a DIY British-style police box, known to Dr. Who fans as a TARDIS. Her husband had only finished work on the TARDIS that morning.”

READ MORE HERE: http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2012/11/clockwork_couture_steampunk_fashion.php 

SteamPUNK Dalek...

SteamPUNK Dalek…

 

NUMBER THR3E: “A SteamPUNK Dalek”

Electronics are contained in box at back waist containing arduino uno, 2 nine volt batteries, and small amp. Speakers are in ends of tube around neck and mic is on an earpiece. Arduino board powers eye stalk and dome lights as well as handles dalek voice modulation.”

READ MORE HERE: http://boingboing.net/2012/11/20/steampunk-dalek-2.html

 

NUMBER 2WO: “SteamPUNKer’z take over a historic park”

Steampunk enthusiasts armed with ray guns took over Christchurch’s Ferrymead Historic Park today.

Tycho, dressed as a Wild West pioneer, said the Steampunk movement was ”a hearkening back to the days of mechanicalness, clock work and steam power.

”It is a mix of Victorian history and science fiction, with a bit of fun and adventure thrown in as well.”

READ MORE HERE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/8025686/Steampunk-enthusiasts-take-over-park

 

SteamPUNK sex!

SteamPUNK sex!

NUMBER 1NE: “The SteamPUNK’s guide to SEX”

Prostitution, pornography, sex toys, dirty stories, BDSM, gay New York, can-can dancers, strippers, tight-laced corsets, prudery, polyamory, consent, venereal diseases, piercings, birth control, aphrodisiacs, creepers, floggers, steam-powered vibrators, sex slang—mad historian Professor Calamity and his assembled crew of steampunk authors, artists, and performers share everything you want to know, and more, about sex under the reign of Victoria and sex in our modern subculture.”

READ MORE HERE: http://boingboing.net/2012/11/23/steampunks-guide-to-sex-2.html

 

That’s all for this week!

We’ll see you next week with more of the SteamPUNK happens from around the world.

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Until then, I’m outta here…

Michael E. Esser

Author/Writer and self proclaimed geek of all things odd and nerdy

 

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