Friday, September 21, 2012

I say!   That maniac from Gotham lives within the confines of the video game.
"Gotham By Gaslight" as a game.. How could it possibly get any better?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Snow no bother at all!

With winter approaching, Dastardly Steampunks everywhere will apreciate
the odvious luxury of this horseless carriage customized to operate in the
most wintery of weather.

Mr Edison confounds us all!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Dastardly Benifit of Yard Sales

   It's been said that one mans trash is another mans treasure. This saying neatly encapsulates what is known today as "The Yard Sale"  also "The Estate Sale".

   I prefer the later because Estate Sales happen when an elderly member of society passes on and their surviving family need to clean out the now empty home or apartment. These sales are best when the person who moved on to the next world was indeed elderly and had worked in an interesting profession.
   The area where I live was once occupied by a thriving aerospace industry and the film industry. Lots of retired engineers, Special effects artists, and technically skilled workers here.
   I look for old tools, old technical books, old technology and, lucky for me, I actually find some interesting stuff!
   I love finding devises that need to be wound up to work- not toys- but other things like old Victrolas, Over sized Alarm Clocks, Wrist Watches etc.  I love that a power source can be the controlled release of energy from a wound strip of metal.  The mechanisms that regulate the speed of release, the escapements, are man made miracles.
   I realize  in a time where the entire Library of Congress can be accessed via the phones we carry, When complex surgeries and medical procedures can be achieved by operating room robots, when our cars just give us driving directions and video phone calls to China are free- It's hard to imagine that a hand wound time piece on the mantel, ticking its way through the hours, was once cutting edge.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Steam Punk Leprechaun...FREE!

During a recent exploration of the blogosphere I stumbled across this curious offering- A Leprechaun driving a Victorian looking Mech Suit! This paper toy was designed by Robert Curet and looks to be a worthy edition to any Steam Punk collection! Available for a limited time so Hurry!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cornish Pasty- Edible Delight for Dastardly Steampunks

Padre Diego, 15th century Automata

I first discovered this mechanical marvel years ago in a book called "Edison's Eve".
Recently, I came across the podcast done by Radio Lab which I have embedded below.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Glue on Steampunks?

     In his book, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", Author/Illustrator Brian Selznick has his title character state:
"You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need."

     As I read these words to a young apprentice I was struck with a feeling of clarity. Mr. Selznick had put into words a truth I've come to learn myself, but never uttered.
     Mechanical design is conceiving a desired motion and then thinking of the exact number and type of parts needed to produce the result. Simple.
     My question then is why is it so many "Steampunks" seem to ignore this truth? How many costumed cavaliers have we seen trying to depict a Steampunk character by simply gluing gears on to fashion items? 
    Gears are the work horses of mechanism! - not pretty wheelie things to adorn  a hatband or parasol!
    When my Automaton Army finally does rise up to take over the world, Glue on Steampunks will be at the top of my list for eradication!