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The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated


The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated

The lobby of a gathering place for Rennies, Pirates, Re-enactors, Historians, Victorians,Sci-Fi Addicts....Serving the Timetraveling Community, EVERYWHEN!

Location: Old Bridge, New Jersey
Members: 483
Latest Activity: on Thursday

Still Feeling Dislocated?

My Dear Friends and Colleagues,

So, you’ve joined The Asylum group on Steampunk Empire and maybe even Facebook, but you’re still feeling “Dislocated”… Well, wander aimlessly in the dark no more! Cross over into the light! Come join The Asylum’s Newly Renovated Location…

Immerse yourself in lively debate and discussion, delve deeper into the theory and practice of “TIMETRAVEL”, find Events, Historical Reenactments, Programs and Lectures from all across the TimeLine, and carve out your own little niche in the fabric of Time and Space!

The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated is here for you, as a place of solace and rest in a turbulent Universe (or Universes) for the Timetraveling Community…EVERYWHEN!
Please drop in and take a tour! We’ll keep the clocks wound for ya!

Yours in the Nick of Time,

Professor Philip McKraken

Director, The Asylum for the Chronologically Dislocated

Discussion Forum


Started by Mrs. Emeline Warren. Last reply by Laird Cullan Montgomery XIII Feb 26, 2014. 5 Replies

Alright, my fellow wanderers and residents, wakey wakey! Let's stir some life in this humid summer. The time is NOW, which is relative concept. (It's 1888 where I sit). A lazy summer Sunday afternoon, and where are we? Sitting on the porch sipping lemonade-- or something stronger, perhaps? I'm waiting my turn at Bedlam croquet, which is an entirely unique version of the past time and not for the squeamish or anyone without a great deal of time and a sense of humor. (pardon me while I put on my…Continue

Time for chess!!!

Started by The Contessa of Vintage. Last reply by The Contessa of Vintage Feb 16, 2013. 2 Replies

Greetings ladies and gentleman at the Asylum...I have just found out that there's a new chess board in the entertainment room, for anyone that wishes to partake in a match. Not sure who brought this back from what/when travels, but I love it! Where/when do you all think it was made?Continue

Tags: displaced, chronologically, chess

Be Calm and Carry on!

Started by Professor Philip McKraken. Last reply by teawithablackdragon Nov 11, 2012. 3 Replies

Greetings to all The Asylum's residents!Here at The Asylum, we are lucky enough to have Professor Sprok's Weather Framulator keeping us all comfy and warm. However there are several of us that call the East Coast of the United States our second home and unfortunately the Framulator's influence doesn't reach quite that far.Myself, Professor Spork, Mrs. Emeline Warren, Dr. Lukas Benandant, Maj. Sir. Edmund Ravensdale and others were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy here in New Jersey. Our prayers and…Continue

Be Safe, Be Calm, and Carry On! The 2nd

Started by Professor Philip McKraken Nov 7, 2012. 0 Replies

Greetings all! Professor Philip McKraken here.First round of sleet and freezing rain falling now. The weather reports seem to show that the storm will be passing farther to the East than first expected and so that is at least a bit of good news.We are not however, out of the woods yet. There will be more precipitation and gusting winds and so I ask that you bundle up and stay safe!As my good friend Fleet Commander Isaac Newton H. Elwick often shouts just before a rough landing..."Brace for…Continue

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Comment by CoastConFan on December 21, 2012 at 11:43am

I have not read The Nigh Circus, but I have to wonder how it would compare to the film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on December 21, 2012 at 11:22am

Anche a te Ms. Patrick...Buon Natale! I have not read Emile Zola yet. I have a cache of classics on my shelves but I must admit to having made a rather unsuccessful attempt at "Le Bonheur des Dames" some years ago. Now that I am more interested in costume and fashion, perhaps I should give it another gander. novel I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed earlier this year was "The Night Circus." Oh yes...that billiard thing. Red stripe, in the side pocket! Wait for me ladies...  

Comment by Miss F. Annie Fern on December 21, 2012 at 10:27am

Ciao, Contessa. Benevenuta e Buon Natale a tutti.

Did/Do I read Wilkie Collins? La Contessa is joking, si? Collins is a bedfellow - in the literary sense, of course. At least one magic lantern show displays The Woman in her Gothic glory well, if you go in for such entertainments. I enjoy the lesser works of twisted Victorian literature, myself. Of those I can name without bringing blushes, Walpole's The Castle  of Otranto is darkly delicious and Polidori's The Vampyre merits a visit (the more so when one visualizes, while reading, the many theatrical adaptations at the time.) If one cares to plunge into the absinthe-stained pages of the French writers, Emile Zola's The Women's Paradise is an unparalleled pleasure. And wicked, too, when considering the ferocity with which French blood responded to punishing corsets, silk taffeta petticoats, fur wraps clinging to small shoulders, and tight kid gloves.

Oh, dear. It is I who am blushing...

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on December 21, 2012 at 9:49am

Buon giorno all, and happy holidays. I am new to the asylum and enjoying my stay. Although I will say that it's those on the outside who need the respite. They all seem to be under the impression that we are coming upon the year 2013...imagine such nonsense! They talk of such things as texting, jet aeoroplanes, and my personal  favorite...i-phones. Lovely, magical little things, however I do prefer my walking stick and tattered copy of 'The Woman in White' on a Tuesday afternoon in the city. Has anyone else out there read Wilkie Collins?

Well, time to go...they are calling for Teams A and B to the billiards room for the next match. It's shaping up to be a brilliant competition.

Comment by CoastConFan on October 31, 2012 at 10:51am

Welcome to you new inmates here at the Asylum, Dr Tarr and Prof Fether are busy right now.

Comment by CoastConFan on October 21, 2012 at 8:14am

The Metropolitan Museum is offering for free download from their archives 368 museum books of the holdings or exhibitions of museum, all of which are full text and will all illustrations.  Titles that will probably be of interest to Steampunk Forum are: The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815, All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860, American Art Posters of the 1890s in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, including the Leonard A. Lauder Collection, American Art from American Collections, American Impressionist and Realist Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz, American Ingenuity: Sportswear, 1930s–1970s, Anvari's Divan: A Pocket Book for Akbar, Candace Wheeler: The Art and Enterprise of American Design, 1875–1900, China Trade Porcelain: Patterns of Exchange, Constable's England, The Emperors' Album: Images of Mughal India, Firearms from the Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein, The Gods of War: Sacred Imagery and the Decoration of Arms and Armor, Haute Couture, History of Russian Costume from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century, In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement Burke, Doreen Bolger, et al.

 Let me cut to the chase, these books and 300 plus others are available free at this site and I don’t know how long they will have this offer, so I suggest you go there and get what you need.  I also expect you to share this with other costumers and Steampunkers so they can get the references they need.

Comment by Great Expectations on October 12, 2012 at 1:29pm

Paul Nivison as Adult Pip conjures up his young self (Taylor Jay-Davies) in the 'stunning' and 'exquisite' new theatre production of Great Expectations - the ultimate time travel story?

Comment by Professor Philip McKraken on August 24, 2012 at 10:47pm

Greetings all you New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania Steampunks! Professor Philip McKraken here wit a concert you wont want to miss!

Hope to see you all there!

Comment by Cabaret Decadance on May 17, 2012 at 12:46pm

Comment by William Jason Milliken on April 14, 2012 at 1:46pm

Hey guys,

I know some of you know me as an old friend, some as family, and some as a new acquaintance, and others perhaps, not at all. I'm sending this in an email format with the hopes of appealing to you on an individual level. I need your help, and I need it badly. They say opportunity knocks once, and well, that tap has come to my door in the form of a Battle of the Bands. My group, an indie steampunk group called The Dustin Kahlil Band, has made it into the final running and we need votes to make it through. Voting is free and there are no other obligations involved...just a couple of mouse clicks is all it takes and you could very well help push us up to where we need to be to win this thing and go to London.

Here is the link to vote:
Just scroll down till you see Dustin Kahlil Band and click "Vote".

If you have already voted, then please (and I can't ask this enough) spread the word to people we may not know, networking this out is going to be key to us getting there. For me, this is no longer about my band winning, it is an underdog struggle to achieve, to represent all the other underdogs out there, to help my home which I love be represented on a global stage, and a chance, just maybe, to finally wrap my fingers around a dream that has been in my heart since I was twelve years old.

I thank you in advance, with all earnestness and sincerity. We cannot do this without friends and family backing us up, we can't do this without you.

Professor Jason Milliken


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