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Radio Retrofuture #46 - How Metal inspired a Steampunk World with Paolo Vallerga

Gamemaker, musician, writer and Therion Fan Paolo Vallerga from Italy

Added by Dankaert Lexicon on February 17, 2017 at 2:24am — No Comments

Music that has influenced me: Charles Ives - "He (They) is (are) there!" Steampunk relevancy? You decide.

      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…

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Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 16, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017

This is my first time participating in the annual steampunk blogathon. "Making Life Better" is the theme for 2017. I think we can take influences from the past to build a better future. We can also learn from mistakes that were made in the past. These elements work in steampunk fiction too. You can read my full post here.…

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Added by Stephanie Kato on February 11, 2017 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Steampunk (Wild, and Weird West) Pastimes: Faro, a nearly forgotten game.

      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.

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Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 10, 2017 at 2:57pm — 4 Comments

Steampunk Props: Replica Playing Cards.

      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:

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Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on February 8, 2017 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Moveing Forward, and face-planting along the way...

Well, things are happening.  I'm getting my office built, and just posted the first chapter of my book for critique on a writing group I'm in.  While being about half way through the fourth.

Unfortunately, the second of my last two days off were terrible.  

WARNING: P****** AND MOANING INCOMING

First: When I went to renew my licence, I found out that the local DMV is only…

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Added by Thorn Martinek on February 8, 2017 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Interview: Mel Licata

I interviewed Mel Licata from season 10 of Face Off. She's a very talented FX makeup artist. It's not a steampunk interview, but still within the realm of science fiction and fantasy. She created some really cool creatures and characters on Face Off. Happy reading!

http://www.stephaniekatoauthor.com/blog/interview-mel-licata

Added by Stephanie Kato on February 4, 2017 at 7:53pm — 1 Comment

It's finally here! Blood in the Circus!

Here is the first International Special of the #Steampunk #webseries Tales of a Broken Reality; Blood in the Circus. Featuring me and the Rag-Tag: Regiment Anachronistische Grenadiers.

In my knowledge it is the first completed Dutch Steampunk Short Film. Rusted Leather, a 48-hour film, is supposed to be reshot but I have no news concerning that.…

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Added by Dankaert Lexicon on February 4, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

Los Angeles Edwardian Ball, February 11, Announces Ticket Flash Sale

The 8th Annual Edwardian Ball, the #1 Cosplay Steampunk event in the world, comes to downtown LA, at it's new home, The Globe Theatre, on Saturday, Feburary 11. Starting FEBRUARY 1ST at 12:00 noon, use the discount code DEADLYLALA17 for $10 off each General Admission ticket. http://www.edwardianball.com

Added by Christopher Buttner on February 2, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Writing, building, and upgradeing

Never really did any kind of regular blogging before.  So here's my attempt!

For some reason, I can never seem to just work on one thing at a time.  It always has to be at least two or three projects at once.  Case in point; my life right now.  

I have about three major projects running right now, four if you count one that's mostly clerical work right now.  Each of which is comprised of numerous smaller projects.  Further all of these current projects will, of course,…

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Added by Thorn Martinek on February 2, 2017 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017 - Welcome!

Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017 -…

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Added by Airship Ambassador on January 31, 2017 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Steampunk Props: Replica Currency.

      Since I seem to have done well with my last attempt, I'm going to try again.

      Props inspire me.  Having something to hold in my hand helps to connect me to the story I'm trying to tell.

      When Jack Tyler created "The World of Port Reprieve" over in the …

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Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on January 26, 2017 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Airship Ambassador Interview #102 with Steamed Up editor Anne Regan

Airship Ambassador Interview #102 with Steamed Up editor Anne Regan,

https://airshipambassador.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/interview-102-anne-regan/

Added by Airship Ambassador on January 25, 2017 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Steampunk, the Wild (Weird?) West, Crossover Fiction, and The High Chaparral.

      Yeah, I haven't done much here in awhile.  I'm not much for 'blogging', in the sense of just blowing out my opinions, but this entry has some of that.

      First off, Steampunk and Weird West.   Well, as I see it, not all Weird West is Steampunk, and all Steampunk is certainly NOT Weird West.  BUT, if a steampunk story takes place in the wild west, it pretty much qualifies as 'weird' west.   Whew.  Finally got that said.  Now for the next point...

      Crossover…

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Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on January 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Updates. Tales of a Broken Reality, and Steampunk Radio for Fallout

Some updates for my Channel and other

Added by Dankaert Lexicon on January 21, 2017 at 9:58am — No Comments

Airship Ambassador Press Release - Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017 - Making Life Better

Airship Ambassador Press Release - Steampunk Hands Around…

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Added by Airship Ambassador on January 15, 2017 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Steampunk Interview: Captain "Solo" Seekerman

Hi, guys! I interviewed Nathan Seekerman from the Star Wars Steampunk Universe. He's a very dedicated cosplayer and steampunk fan who does a lot of charity work. Nathan's alter ego is Captain "Solo" Seekerman. I really enjoyed meeting him at the Long Beach Comic Con in 2016. Nice guy with a great costume. You can read his interesting answers on my blog.

http://www.stephaniekatoauthor.com/blog…

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Added by Stephanie Kato on January 14, 2017 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Radio Retrofuture #42 - Artificer Josh Kinsey aka J.W. of Steampunk'd

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Why all art is in fact useless and it should stay that way

Before I have everyone upset in the comments, let's see if there is an interesting critique to the point I think all steampunks inherently know. 

"All art is useless." ~Oscar Wilde

One first has to think of who said this quote: a gay outcast in the Victorian era with a talent for words and the written language, who generally enjoyed p****** people off. This was probably very easy to do in the time we all center our hobbies and style around, but rarely with such finesse…

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Added by Ricki Palmisano on January 9, 2017 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Airship Ambassador Interview #101, Author, Editor, Academic, Jaymee Goh, part 6

Interview #101 – Author, Editor, Academic, Jaymee Goh, Part…

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