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March 2011 Blog Posts (127)

Steampunk Snow White 2 by *khallion

Steampunk Snow White 2 by *khallion
http://khallion.deviantart.com/art/Steampunk-Snow-White-2-200027016

I just think this is wicked cute.

Added by Sepiachord on March 31, 2011 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Curtis Eller's American Circus "1890" The debut album from 2000 has been remastered & re-released:

Curtis Eller's American Circus "1890"
The debut album from 2000 has been remastered & re-released:
http://curtiseller.bandcamp.com/album/1890-2011-remix

Added by Sepiachord on March 31, 2011 at 10:59pm — No Comments

"Clouds of Magellan" by Cara-C is the Sepiachord Song of the Day.

"Clouds of Magellan" by Cara-C is the Sepiachord Song of the Day.

http://cara-c.com/audio3.html

Added by Sepiachord on March 31, 2011 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Health and Medical Beliefs in the Victorian Era

Cold air and foul smells caused illness.  Or so most believed.  This was the "miasma" theory.  Because disease was carried by bad smells, surgeons felt free to operate while wearing the same coat, growing ever more stiff with blood and body fluids, for years.  Joseph Lister, inventor of aseptic technique (the notion surgeons should wash their hands, don gloves, and avoid cross contamination while poking about in peoples' innards) once famously rebuked a physician who, after each surgery,… Continue

Added by Stephanie Abbott on March 31, 2011 at 8:08pm — 7 Comments

Nova Albion and changing my persona name (or: DAMN YOU KATE WINSLET)

So I spent this weekend at Nova Albion, my very first Steampunk convention, and had an absolutely wonderful time. As I am used to large, rowdy anime conventions, my expectations were quite off the mark with what I actually saw.

 

What I expected: tons of teenagers

What I found: a handful of little kids, mostly their 20s-ish parents, and a lot of their 40+ grandparents. Tons of older ladies and gentlemen!

 

What I expected: half naked teenage girls and boys…

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Added by Ms. Evelyn Bliss on March 31, 2011 at 9:50am — No Comments

New today on Sepiachord: Mia Doi Todd

New today on Sepiachord: Mia Doi Todd

This week's music review:
"Cosmic Ocean Ship" by Mia Doi Todd
http://www.sepiachord.com/mdt.htm

Added by Sepiachord on March 30, 2011 at 10:18pm — No Comments

The Rising Phoenix Takes Flight! Help Japan Fundraiser Update

Click image to purchase from Button Me Up's Etsy Store.




A week and a half into our fundraiser, and the steampunk community has really been out there pushing our cause. Thank you to everyone who've signal-boosted our fundraiser on their… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 30, 2011 at 10:07pm — No Comments

"Alfie" by Lily Allen is the Sepiachord Video of the Day.

"Alfie" by Lily Allen is the Sepiachord Video of the Day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RgOm_WJKpE

Added by Sepiachord on March 30, 2011 at 10:01pm — No Comments

A Few Universal Victorian Truths That Aren't Actually True

Feeling a little contrary, so here's some things that are often repeated about the Victorian era that aren't true:





Sometimes people were buried alive.   Not that anyone can discern, but there were rare cases of people who'd been declared dead reviving a few hours later.  Eventually the urban legend arose that folks were routinely pronounced dead, sealed in their coffin, and left to scream and scratch at the lid until they gave up the ghost for real.  This led to all… Continue

Added by Stephanie Abbott on March 30, 2011 at 7:50pm — 4 Comments

Some Fun Facts about Victorian England



Well ... I think they're fun, anyway.  Beta-readers for my Past Lives Trilogy will recognize some of these.



Pollution:  Most homes burned coal in their fireplaces, not wood.  And in the grander houses, virtually every room had a fireplace.  This is why London fog was usually yellow. And… Continue

Added by Stephanie Abbott on March 30, 2011 at 7:21pm — 5 Comments

14th entry: Madame Chocolat online store

Barcelona's japanese fashion store "Madame Chocolat" has opened his new website. Since now you can buy his lolita and japanese clothes and steamie stuff through Internet! Anyway you can visit Madame Chocolat girls at his brick and mortar store at Passeig Sant Joan, 5 on the corner of Ali Bei street,…
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Added by Xavi Quero on March 30, 2011 at 6:29pm — No Comments

QUAINT #13 Hagar of the Pawnshop, The Gypsy Detective by Fergus Hume



Image courtesy of Phountains. Click for source.



Hagar Stanley was created by Fergus Hume and appeared in Hagar of the Pawnshop, The Gypsy Detective (1898). Hume (1859-1932) was born in England but grew up in New Zealand and moved to Australia to practice law.… Continue

Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 30, 2011 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Galvanic Conflagration Suppressor

It sounds like something Tesla would have come up with but apparently Harvard scientists are developing a way to put out fires with electricity. From the early 19th Century (or perhaps even guys like Ben Franklin in the 18th Century) knew that electrical fields could affect the movements of flames. No one knew how this was actually done and, I suppose, because no one could imagine the practical applications, no one actually pursued the matter. But a couple of Harvard Chemists that, in part,…

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Added by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike on March 30, 2011 at 12:11pm — No Comments

The Cat's Meat Shop~ Lee Jackson's Blog, A Victorian Rag-Bag

The Cat's Meat Shop~ Lee Jackson's Blog, A Victorian Rag-Bag
http://catsmeatshop.blogspot.com/

Added by Sepiachord on March 30, 2011 at 6:42am — No Comments

Geek Girls Rule! Podcast 20~

Geek Girls Rule! Podcast 20~
http://www.geekgirlsrule.net/?p=1225

Added by Sepiachord on March 29, 2011 at 11:05pm — No Comments

SteamTuesday spotlight on Overbury Ink~ Ben Steed’s 2nd Steampunk album: "Anywhere But Here"

SteamTuesday spotlight on Overbury Ink~ Ben Steed’s 2nd Steampunk album: "Anywhere But Here"

http://overburyink.com/?p=1859

Added by Sepiachord on March 29, 2011 at 10:49pm — No Comments

steampunk linkblog, March 29 2011

Hello! The book review and giveaway got pushed back a bit; it looks as if we may be doing several of them in April, so get ready to enter many contests!

 

I found a wonderful instance of steampunk influencing modern design; Adaptive Path discusses a "steampunk" design for cell phones in rural India as a more intuitive concept. This is really fascinating…

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Added by Steampunk Librarian on March 29, 2011 at 8:48am — No Comments

"Sea of Sideways" by Jaggery is the Sepiachord Video of the Day.

"Sea of Sideways" by Jaggery is the Sepiachord Video of the Day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNgQQlD-sgI&feature=player_embedded#at=63

Added by Sepiachord on March 29, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

Thank you MegaCon steampunk vendors!!!

I wanted to give a shout out to all the wonderful steampunk vendors that we met at MegaCon this year and share there links with everyone.

Thank you to Anthony LaGrange from Airship Archon, you are an officer (Captain) and a gentlemen, it was a pleasure getting to know you, hopefully you will make it down our way more often.

www.airshiparchon.com

 

Thank you Marlie Currie from Poetic Earth for the…

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Added by Artemus Drake on March 29, 2011 at 6:34am — No Comments

Voting begun for Steampunk Shirt!

Alright, I got ahead of myself the other day. >_> Hadn't realized my design had to be approved before people could vote on it. But! It's open for voting right now! Please have a look and, if you like what you see, vote!

Added by Synecdoche on March 28, 2011 at 11:17pm — No Comments

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