The Crossroads of the Aether
Zebulon Vitruvius Pike. Gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero and veteran of the late unpleasantness. After serving in the US Aeroship Cavalry and as special agent to the President, Pike left government service to travel the world. When not saving civilization as we know it from science pirates, abominations of nature and invaders from the beyond, Professor Vitruvius occasionally lectures on topics of interest in history, science and technology.
The theater company of Pitt at Greensburg has offered up a production of “The Birth of Merlin” by William Shakespeare and Walter Rowley but with a steampunk twist. I first heard of it from a posting online where the theater arts director was looking for advice on judging a steampunk costume contest. I have never judged a costume contest but I have been judged in contests (and…Continue
Last week, the Sounds of Steam podcast with Travis Sivart and Wendy Callahan featured Charlie Stayton and Michael Jankowski speaking on Freemasonry. The general crux of the interview was essentially that the masons are just a bunch of guys who get together to “better themselves.” No big secrets. No vast conspiracies. Just a bunch of guys hanging out on a Friday night.
So much for the mystique of secret…
The idea that the Earth is hollow has a long history that not only follows through advancing scientific theory to a modern understanding of geology but also through an increasingly bizarre and anti-intellectual path into new age foolishness. Of course, like so many other conflicts between myth and science, the 19th Century is the confluence for both those paths.
It begins with the ancient and classical concepts of the underworld. Caves were well known and it should not be…
My initial expectation was to drive up to Madison on Thursday but, with the situation as it is, it turned out that we could take an extra day and leave on Wednesday. That made the drive not so arduous by our staying with my brother-in-law outside of Chicago and then with only a 2+ hour drive the next day so that we missed absolutely nothing of the con.
As we stopped for gas at an Illinois turnpike rest stop, I noticed the guy getting out of the car to fill his tank behind me had a…