If you’re going to do something, do it big. Make it spectacular. Whether it’s a fantastic success, an amazing effort, or an astounding failure, make it something people will talk about for a long time. A couple of weeks ago the office in which I work did a bit of a reshuffle. We ran out … Continue reading The Neo-Victorian Cubicle
Of watch clocks and game design
This morning, Daring Fireball linked to a great article called Who Watches the Watchmen. It is about the design of watchclocks — devices that date back to the early 1900s that ensure that watchmen are correctly making their rounds. It is a punch-clock-like system with the steampunk equivalent of GPS (encoded into similar keys with … Continue reading Of watch clocks and game design
The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello
The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello is a mix of steampunk, a silhouetted Edward Gorey, and a Kafka-like narrative (I was going to say “Kafkaesque,” but that word is entirely too overused and has a slightly different meaning.) This short film is really quite good and got nominated for a number of awards. Fix yourself … Continue reading The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello
Create your own paradox, for the love of pie!
I’m kind of late to the party on this one (I flagged the Brass Goggles article in my RSS a little over a month ago and only got around to viewing it today–stupid office firewall), but The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom looks like a very interesting game. I think it could be summed up by … Continue reading Create your own paradox, for the love of pie!
The Affected Provincial’s Companion
I picked up a book called The Affected Provincial’s Companion a few weeks ago. This was a book that was indirectly recommended on some steampunk-something-or-other. While not directly ‘punk, it does a great job of capturing the more formal and stuffy neo-Victorian attitude. It is a guidebook of attire and behavior that is written tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading The Affected Provincial’s Companion
Someone took the script for the movie Hackers and rewrote it for a Victorian steampunk settings: Clockers Elsewhere on the website, an audio-play of this script is available for download. Cut to a COURTROOM. YOUNG DAEDELUS is seated with his parents, while the PROSECUTOR coolly addresses the JUDGE. PROSECUTOR –criminal mischief and destruction of property. … Continue reading Clockers
The other day, I picked up a magazine from the ‘zine section of Powell’s called Steampunk Magazine. This is so my magazine. It has some great fiction. It has an interview with the Crabfu guy (if you have not heard of him, he makes steam-powered remote controlled contraptions.) It has an article on modifying a … Continue reading Steampunk Magazine