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Steampunk 101: Syllabus Content

Started this discussion. Last reply by Miss Cherries Jubilee Feb 3, 2014. 8 Replies

Given the notion that a Steampunk 101 panel at a non-Steampunk convention is primarily for newcomers and civilians that are interested in, or curious about our culture, what topics do you think should or should not be covered in a 50 or 80 minute…Continue

Steampunk or Steampunker? Do you have a preference?

Started this discussion. Last reply by CPT Edward Leviticus Sep 13, 2013. 16 Replies

And is there a difference?  Is a steampunker one that steampunks things, while Steampunk describes a state of being?  Can one be a Steampunk without being a steampunker and vice versa?It seems that context would be enough to distinguish between the…Continue

Robotic Dragonfly

Started this discussion. Last reply by Prof. C.B. "Charlie" Diggs Apr 22, 2013. 3 Replies

I thought this was too cool to not share . . .Link to articleLink to YouTube…Continue

Tags: robotic, robot, dragonfly


Started this discussion. Last reply by D. Niles, Esq. Mar 12, 2012. 7 Replies

Please forgive me if there is already a discussion thread on Safety.  My cursory searches have not found any.  Here are some general guidelines that should cover most situations.  The text is below and it is also attached as a .pdf file. Please feel…Continue

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Wild Wild West Con Photos

Started this discussion. Last reply by A D Cruize Aug 1, 2012. 6 Replies

If you add photos from WWWC, please post a link here.Here are mine (so far):  …Continue

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Happy Valentine's Day

Started this discussion. Last reply by Baldur Makepeace Bear Feb 15, 2011. 1 Reply

Check out these contemporary photos of St. Valentine.…Continue


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The persona:
Adam Douglass Cruize here. Currently assigned to the 42nd Airship Battalion of the Mother Earth Air Navy.
There are no ranks in the M.E.A.N. - just duties.
Although certified as Chief Engineer and Sr. Navigator aboard the big ships, most of my assignments are reconnaissance - with lots of time on terra firma.
My certs qualify me for anything aboard a small flyer, so I still get into the skies enough without crewing on the big ships.
These days it's really all about working to foil the pirates and other bullies.

The person:
Industrial physicist / design engineer.
Lover of good fiction, art, music and good times.

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Prof. Jonus Naler commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"It was small, but the people were great. You can tell it is a work in progress and is growing. We went for the day (Saturday) and it was good. I feel that if we had stayed late or camped there we would have gotten even more out of it. The site is…"
Nov 17
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L. E. A. D. ~ League of Empire Airship Designers

Nov 16
Kensington Locke commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"So what was SPN like?  What kind of stuff to do & see?"
Nov 16
Prof. Jonus Naler commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"Just got back from Steampunk November in Mansfield, Tx.  I would encourage everyone to attend next year if you get the chance."
Nov 15
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42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston

Purpose:  To enhance enjoyment of the steampunk experience.Rules:     Be pleasant     Have funOn facebook, visit Territories of Houston Steampunk.See More
Nov 11
Kaptain Gustavus Sturmreiter commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"i am appalled but not surprised by this though... it just amazes me that they are going to charge you 42 dolllars for what.. the "experience" of being at a fair "after dark" party... really...  if they were smart.. they…"
Nov 7
Kaptain Gustavus Sturmreiter commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"fair for one will not get my money at their Joke.. after dark event...  screw that noise.....  thanks Angela for reporting this money grab.... fricken fair.."
Nov 7
Angela Lancaster commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"No not less expensive, Still $42 per person and you also had to buy Sprits and soft drink tickets at $8 each before entering. We were told the ticket would pay for all drinks the entire night, but the bar tender took the ticket on you first 1/2 cup…"
Nov 6
Drew Heyen commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"What cost you $84? My understanding was that it was substantially less expensive, this year? Was it because of the Rocky Horror thing?"
Nov 6
Angela Lancaster commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"Please be aware that the After Dark at the Texas Renaissance Fair was the most disappointing embarrassing event that I have ever attended. We went the Friday before Halloween and paid $84 to attend an event where 90 percent of the people were…"
Nov 5
A D Cruize liked Cameron Garcia's discussion Starting my own Airship Battalion
Oct 26
Colonel Mike Ambrose Legerdemain commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"So glad to hear he is improving, please keep us updated on his progress."
Oct 25
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Oct 25
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Oct 25
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Oct 25
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Mission Reports

Flown a mission lately?  Please, feel free to post your report here.Anyone besides me make it to WWWC?  It was a serious kick in the boiler.  Hope to post report soon . . .See More
Oct 24
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Oct 24
A D Cruize replied to Benjamin Moore's discussion Dragon Con! in the group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"Ben, Ddid you make it to DragonCon? Please feel free to post a mission report . . ."
Oct 24
A D Cruize commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
"Thereyet report: Had good visit with him yesterday. He appears to be doing VERY well. Expect discharge from IC very soon."
Oct 24
Commander David Zeppelin PhD commented on A D Cruize's group 42nd Airship Battalion ~ Houston
" Just got back home from the VA at 23:10, not felling strong but feeling ok, I will be back at the VASA in one week, to see if I need Liver surgery or something else, at least I will be getting the Silver Bullet, Oh Fun Stuff, is your brother…"
Oct 22

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At 2:36pm on January 11, 2015, Bourget- gave A D Cruize a gift
a gift for you... too !
At 2:33pm on January 11, 2015, Bourget- said…

Bonsoir ! A.D. Cruize...

I'm just stopping by to wish you a very Happy [belated] Birthday ! again...Here's wishing et hoping that you had a good one... too !

mlle.deedee bourget gauzot :)

At 4:07pm on January 9, 2015, Captain said…

Happy birthday!

At 8:05am on January 9, 2015, Clay Davis said…

Happy Birthday.

At 1:41pm on January 5, 2015, CPT Edward Leviticus said…

Greeting Commodore Cruize! It has been some time since I last spoke to you. I no longer reside In El Paso, I have since moved the family airship to Boise, Idaho. I however have continued my alliances with my Southwestern friends and would like to continue to be part of the 42nd Airship battalion. May this new year bring you many news adventures, hope that I may see you at some distance convention in the future. Cheers.

At 8:21pm on August 22, 2014, Captain Mortig Janu said…

Sorry for my lengthy delay in replying to your comment on my wall, I will do my best to remember to remind you should I see you this year.

At 4:26pm on August 12, 2014, Annabelle Lee Corvus said…
Was lovely to meet you too!! I'm going to need to pick your brain about holsters for my little modified derringers.... Very happy to be a part of the 42nd!
At 6:31am on April 07, 2014, Sky Marshall gave A D Cruize a gift
At 6:30am on April 7, 2014, Sky Marshall said…


Cruize my good man... Pardon my delayed response, I was caught in a temporal rift that lasted most of March. I am temporarily free, however time being time the rift could re-emerge at any moment. I too did not make WWWCon this year. I communicated with Mother around the time of WWW and she was wondering why we weren't there yet. Speaking of Thereyet give my regards to Arewe'.


Full Steam my Friend... Full Steam.


.............-~< Sky Marshall >~-.................

Gideon Alexander Cornelius Thaddeus Prime


At 4:16pm on February 23, 2014, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…

Cruize, thank you for the charming time machine, see you yesterday.


At 5:50pm on February 14, 2014, Bourget- said…

Bonsoir ! A.D. Cruize...

merci, beaucoup pour la Saint-Valentin Des bonbons .

mlle.deedee gauzot :)

At 4:13pm on February 11, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

Mr. Cruize, 

I have talen your advice to heart regarding how I post The Aether Chronicle. But I am having trouble: how do people "Follow" my discussion? I do not see that option available. Also, you mentioned possibly having to post a date in the discussion, to be sure people receive updates? If you could clarify these points any further I would greatly appreciate it.


At 1:28pm on January 27, 2014, Annabelle Lee Corvus said…

Thank you very much Mr. Cruize!  I am hoping to be the area soon! Not that I'm all that far at the moment~

At 4:54pm on January 25, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

Well, that's alright then. Please accept the fifth edition of The Aether Chronicle.


At 5:54am on January 14, 2014, Bourget- said…

I truly hope that your day went well... too !

merci beaucoup !

mlle.deedee gauzot :)

At 5:54am on January 14, 2014, Bourget- said…

Bonjour ! A.D.Cruize...

avec plaisir...

" It was just the right balance of bitter and smooth.  There were chocolate, wheat and tobacco undertones with a definite toffee finish..."

héhé !...

At 2:08am on January 09, 2014, Bourget- gave A D Cruize a gift
This year... have a drink...Instead Of a slice Of cake... too !
At 2:03am on January 9, 2014, Bourget- said…

Bonsoir ! A.D. Cruize...

I'm just stopping by to wish you a very Happy Birthday ! again...Here's wishing you have a good one... too !

mlle.deedee gauzot :)

Panel Resume

All panels are rated "G" and place strong emphases on Safety.  References to "maturity" below describe the panel itself - not a rating for attendees.  We have presented at:  Comicpalooza, RealmsCon, Space City Con, Twisted Gears, The Difference Engine, Aeolo Expo, Apollocon, and ConDFW.

Panel Descriptions:

The Science of Adhesion:  Much more than "use glue xyz to stick this to that."  This lecture explains in lay terms why adhesives and paints do, and sometimes don't, stick where we want them.  This panel has been presented enough times to have matured very nicely and audience response has been excellent.  Looking for scientists (especially away for the Houston area) to help with this and present it on their own when Cruize is not available.

Toy-to-Prop Modification:  This is a "make & take' panel that usually charges $8 - $10 (includes sales tax ~ buying the toy is optional).  Plastic toy guns are prepped and ready for decoration.  A short demonstration is given and, while paid participants decorate their new treasure, Thereyet & Cruize describe the plastic preparation process in detail.  This panel has been presented several times and the quality of the finished props is amazing.  We have a State Sales Tax I.D. only for Texas at this time.

Intro to Ballroom Waltz:  This panel teaches 3 - 4 basic Waltz steps and is designed to have non-dancers holding their own in 3/4 time at the end of the hour.  All equipment can be provided but a PA system eliminates the need to drag an amp around.  Adequate floor space is needed - when preceding a dance or Ball, the dance floor for that event is perfect.  This one has been presented enough times to be considered very mature and it has been quite popular.

Intro to East Coast Swing (Jitterbug):  A dance workshop very much like the waltz above.  Has only been presented once so far and it went quite well.

Intro to Ballroom Foxtrot:  A dance workshop very much like the waltz above.  Has only been presented once so far and it went quite well.

How to Give Successful Panels and Presentations:  Designed to inspire individual growth and encourage higher quality panels at conventions.  This is a mature panel that has been given several times and a team of Panel Panel Panelists is in place to present this in the Houston Area.  It can easily be stretched to 1-1/2 or 2 hours upon request (the last go was 1-1/2 hrs).  A good choice for late Friday or early Sunday.

Intro to Ballroom Rumba:  A dance workshop very much like the waltz above.  Has been presented once so far and it went OK.  Not a first choice for dance panels - Waltz, Swing and Foxtrot should get preference.  Surprisingly, most Rave-style music has a perfect Rumba beat.

Intro to Working with Leather:  A very basic presentation that tells how to get started  with emphasis on tooling/carving the leather (adding designs to vegetable tanned cowhide).  Not a hands-on workshop.  Includes information on start-up costs.  Presented three times so far and has matured nicely.

Steampunk Maker:  Covers most of the basics to get started making props.  Includes many tips and tricks and emphasizes tools and start-up costs.  Steampunk specific content is minimal.  Presented once so far - the room was packed and attendees loved it.  Could be titled "Intro to Prop Making".

Advanced Manufacturing Techniques:  Starts with a brief presentation followed by a generous period of Q & A.  Finishes with an in-depth presentation on backyard metal casting and DYI mold-making.

The Science of Lighter Than Air-Ships:  For Steampunks, Steampunk authors and anyone interested in science.  Starts with a brief history of lighter than air flight.  Covers the basic science and then goes into materials selection for the real deal or RC models.

How Would the World Be if Geeks & Nerds Ran It?:  Originally presented as "Real World Survival Guide for Geeks and Nerds".  Not sure where this panel wants to go, but it seems to need doing.  Very immature panel - need to give it a few more times before it "finds itself".  Currently has lots of audience participation - expect it to stay that way.

Steampunk in Houston:  Designed to give some insight into the local culture.  This has been given three times and is informal & very flexible.  Can easily be done in 1/2 hour.  Always includes Q & A.  One hour version includes a short meet & greet.  A good choice for Sunday afternoon.

Panels "on the drawing board":  These can be "whipped up" with 6 - 8 weeks notice.

~ Zen and the Art of Steampunk (could be titled Steampunk Zengineering)

~ The Life & Literature of:

   ~ H. P. Lovecraft

   ~ H. G. Wellls

   ~ Jules Verne

   - Pioneers of Science Fiction (Verne, Wells, Lovecraft)

~ A Little More Waltz: A brief review of Intro and then focus on the Natural & Reverse Turns

~ Intro to Ballroom Cha-Cha

~ Intro to Ballroom Tango

~ DIY Kilt Making

~ Science & Science Fiction in Superhero Comics

~ Careers is Science, Engineering, Technology & Math

~ Introduction to Steampunk

~ Not on the drawing board, but other Steampunk topics (except gaming & LARP)

Credentials and Ancillary info:

A D Cruize has been involved in Steampunk since late 2010 and has been presenting panels and workshops at conventions for much of that time.  Cruize is an industrial physicist with 30+ years of design and development engineering experience.  Almost all presentations are designed to run 50 minutes and include a handout with a panel outline and additional resources.  Panel descriptions for Con programs are available upon request.  He is willing to travel outside of Texas but likes to facilitate, and strongly encourages, development of local talent.

Cruize is happy to deliver Steampunk and non-Steampunk content that:

   a) serves the community at large, and

   b) promotes personal growth.  

He is not a professional dance instructor - merely an enthusiast who understands that enthusiasm is contagious.  He owns a tuxedo that he loves to wear with his top hat and has served as both a DJ and a Master of Ceremonies.


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