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The Crossroads of the Aether

Ethyl Cannes
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  • Somerville, MA
  • United States
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Former costumer and continental explorer. Currently embarked on a voyage of re-education in the fine arts. Earns her dosh shoving pixels around at the American Journal of Archaeology. Deeply engrossed in discovering what "Steampunk Music" really means via her Twitter account @DJEthylCannes.

When it comes to Steampunk aesthetics I tend towards a dirty, dystopian, Dickensian slant, with a lot of nodding and cheering for Wild, Wild West style (Charlie Prince in the recent 3:10 to Yuma is my fashion idol!)

I'm also deeply interested in Indian culture (especially South India) and am interested in seeing where this Asian-Steampunk trend is going.

And in case you're wondering why:

that time i mentioned i was moving
and you said you'd help me move
i almost went out and bought some s***
so i'd need your help to move
cause i got a crush on you

remember that Halloween when i went as Jimmy Dean
you were a princess, or a gypsy, or whatever
i was James Dean
and i had a crush on you

i get a yes, a no, a maybe
from the magic 8 ball of your mind
i saw your mom's Camaro
dammit girl you lookin fine
and i got a crush on you

day in, day out, same routine
better know what you think before you say what you mean
same old, same old, season after season
baby you're the kind of thing i do without reason

the sky's an 80 ft. mirror
with a fancy bevelled edge
couldn't make it any clearer
i'm alone on this ledge
just me and my crush on you

teen-age hair-dos, bad leather
mom's apartment, ethyl cans
i wa-wa-wa-wa-wanna
take you to the dance
cause i got a crush on you

some girls make me reach for the bottle
some girls make me reach for the sky
you got me reaching in every direction for
just one good reason why
i gotta have this crush on you

that time i mentioned i was moving
and you said you'd help me move

-Cory Branan "Crush"

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Wise Valet: 1943

May 1943. "New York. A tenement house in Harlem." Note the sign advising of COVER. Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

Goodbye Yosemite: 1920

1920. "Bulletin press car -- Mitchell auto at Yosemite National Park." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

Water Slide: 1900

Sept. 15, 1900. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Launch of freighter Howard L. Shaw." Thrilling prequel to this image. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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At 7:36am on January 1, 2014, Leslie Orton said…

Congratulations, you have been selected at random to receive a copy of the third edition of The Aether Chronicle! Enjoy!


At 4:27pm on November 15, 2011, Katelyn Patterson said…

Happy day, indeed!

At 10:05am on November 15, 2011, Jolly Roger said…

Happy day ma'am, on this the anniversary of your birth;)

At 5:54am on November 15, 2011, Barnaby Fleck said…

Happy Birthday to you Dear Lady!!!!

At 1:36pm on November 15, 2010, Captain Denvo Pryde said…
Happy Birthday, may day be as steampowered as an airship.
At 12:49pm on November 15, 2010, Sir FritzOliver N. Betteridge said…
Happy Birthday,have an awesome great day,
At 11:14am on November 15, 2010, Dr. Augustus Dayafter said…
Happy birthday from the crew of the Seraph.
At 9:15am on November 15, 2010, k u said…
Happy Birthday!! May your day be filled with steam!! :-)
At 8:13am on November 15, 2010, Cmdr. "Whiskey Nick" Triton said…
Happiest of birthdays from Her Majesty's Royal Airship Command! for Gadgets, Gizmos, Goggles & Gear or visit My Page here on Steampunk Empire!
At 9:58pm on June 12, 2010, k u said…
:From The Morse Telegraph

**Begin Message**

Greetings and salutations from Arizona Ethyl! Come join us in taking over the town of Rusted Gear during their centennial celebration.

Tucson, Arizona - March 4-6, 2011

Link: Wild Wild West Con Steampunk Convention & Festival

Mad Scientist/Madman

**End Message June 7th, 1895**

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Leslie Orton left a comment for Ethyl Cannes
"Congratulations, you have been selected at random to receive a copy of the third edition of The Aether Chronicle! Enjoy! Chronicle%233.pdf"
Jan 1, 2014
Dr. Lenora O. Spaulding replied to Ethyl Cannes's discussion Fabric in the group Steampunk Stitching Association
"I'll have to start trying to do this more! I am just hesitantly beginning to stick my toe in the water of reused, upcycled, and thrifted fabric sources, and I'm definitely interested in doing it more often. Watching out for sewing tools is…"
Jul 23, 2013
Miss Cherries Jubilee replied to Ethyl Cannes's discussion Fabric in the group Steampunk Stitching Association
"     I am an inveterate garage sale prowler.  I now have a huge stash of vintage wools, linens and silks all garnered from garage sales and estate sales.  I rarely pay more than 3 dollars a yard.  With the price of…"
Jul 23, 2013
Rt Rev.Hammer, Archimandrite replied to Ethyl Cannes's discussion Fabric in the group Steampunk Stitching Association
"LOVELY patterns! "
Jun 13, 2013
Cheryl Rich replied to Ethyl Cannes's discussion Fabric in the group Steampunk Stitching Association
"I like quilting prints too.  For Steampunk I get most of my fabrics from Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC.  This fabric warehouse has a huge collection of Victorian era prints in colors that I love such as yellows, golds, browns, and so…"
Jun 11, 2013
Dr. Alice Wolfenden commented on Ethyl Cannes's photo


"Amazing! I imagine that you could use an octopus charm as the basis to make a modern version."
May 30, 2013
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May 30, 2013
Julie Tamura commented on Ethyl Cannes's photo


"Oops.  Never mind.  I read the description better.  1887 in the museum!  WANT.  My hubby could make this.  I'm printing off a copy for him."
May 30, 2013

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SP Disney I'd Rather See...

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 8:45pm 0 Comments

I fully admit that the "Mechanical Kingdom" images that have been all the rage the past few days leave me cold. When I told Mr. Cannes about it, he thought I was talking about this other thing from last year instead...

This? This I can get behind:

Gallery: the broke-down steampunk dystopian Magic Kingdom of Epic Mickey…


Mieville so I remember to read all of it later

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

China Mieville responds to several critical analysis of his Bas-Lag novels at Crooked Timber

I especially love him for things like this (PSS Spoilers):

"This is precisely why I’m not surprised by Belle’s resentment at the fate of Lin in PSS. It was, yes, precisely ‘uncalled for’. ‘That Lin should get…

Early Photography in India

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Here's something I desperately want...

India Through the Lens

And some more awesomesauce, from the ever-useful Kamat's Potpourri; Check out the dapper combo of jacket & dhoti!

More early photos at the Ljungstrom… Continue

Tesla's Letterhead

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 3:01pm 4 Comments

I believe "BAD A**" does not begin to cover it:

From Letterheady

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