The Crossroads of the Aether
Well, bad news for those of us who can't afford to go out and buy DVDs willy nilly. It looks like all the old TV episodes of Wild Wild West that used to be on youtube are gone. About three…Continue
I discovered this last fall, a few feet from my door. Since there are a few botanists here, I thought someone might be able to identify it. I've looked at some photo archives, but found no…Continue
This might be better placed elsewhere, but, since I can't decide, it ends up here.
So who is Charles Ives? A music composer from near where I grew up. He was born in 1874, so he's a 19th century guy, by birth. Much of his music was unusual in its day. There was something of a hoopla for his birth centenary, and that's how I first became aware of him.
He wrote the song "He is There" in 1917, in support of the USA's involvement in World War I. It's a good…Continue
In my last entry, about playing cards, I mentioned the game of Faro. This is a card game which was played extensively in the American Old West, but is almost forgotten, today. It uses the same familiar 52 card deck as poker, and in fact, such a deck was often referred to as a "Faro Deck" in the mid to late 19th century. There are descriptions of the game to be found on the net, but I'm going to give my own, basic, and (I hope) simplified version, with a borrowed image.
Ok, I threatened this, now here it is.
For me, there can't be a steampunk wild/weird west, without card based gambling games. Specifically Poker, and Faro. These were the two games played with our familiar 52 card deck that were everywhere, west of the Mississippi. I'd heard about Faro, but never learned the game until recently. I'd recommend that anyone not familiar with that game should look at: