Here's a fun happy thing. I've known the Dark Side of the Net since ye olde days when I was reading alt.gothic by candlelight on a dial-up modem, so I am awfully thrilled to be cited as one of 13 seriously cool steampunk sites in a recent entry there! Thanks, Carrie!
Hammacher Schlemmer, although always on the side of the overpriced, gets the terminology right with their "Victorian Futurist's Monorail" set. Great fun for both steampunks and those who dislike the steampunk label!
The good people of Unshelved are having the last ever Pimp My Bookcart contest (well, the last one overseen by them), so go and enter and have a look around!
Tweets Of Old is a great idea for those of us into history and journalism - random snippets from old papers. I sent the one about saucy squirrels to lots of people; all of them responded with a bemused silence. Ha.
As you can see by the weekend post, we had our giveaway for Johannes Cabal The Detective! Congrats to The Faustian Man, -F- and K. Kidder on winning copies (and psst, K. Kidder, send me your mailing address -- I've heard from the other two already). Many thanks to everyone who participated and spread the word, and we will hopefully have another giveaway for you next month!
DragonCon is only two weeks away. I won't be there, but I am envious of all who will be, and of the alternate history/steampunky track the organizers have planned. Take lots of photos, everyone!
Sometimes I find links and save them up for posts, usually with annotations so I can remember why I saved them. This post by the Steampunk Scholar has the description "teaching steampunk lit - fantastic." That sums it up, I think.
I had heard about the book avalanche at Indiana State University, but didn't have a good link to the story until Julie sent me one. Many thanks, Julie! (I looked for a link to the scene from "The Mummy" where this happens, but didn't find it.)
Genealogists know the aggravation of trying to do research in states where county boundaries are always changing. The Newberry Library has the answer: an Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. I just looked up my own county and apparently it once stretched all the way to what is now eastern Michigan!
Tomorrow: links from others! Also the last chance to enter the contest for a copy of JohannesCabal The Detective. Stay tuned.
First I showed you the book cover, then I showed you a map of where the book's action takes place, and now I am providing an excerpt from the book itself! The book is Johannes Cabal The Detective by Jonathan L. Howard, and we have multiple copies to give away. The deadline for entering the contest is this Friday at 5 pm (Eastern Standard/Daylight/whatever Time), and you can enter by posting a comment either on the Steampunk Librarian or on the Steampunk Empire, depending on your views on libraries and empires.
(If all goes well, the drawing will be filmed Friday evening, much like I threatened hinted at the last time we had a giveaway, and perhaps your name will be among those announced by a disgruntled steampunk puppet. How can you resist?)
Those of you who know your '80s music may remember Julian Cope. His wife Dorian has a site of her own called On This Deity, which discusses people throughout history whom the mainstream has forgotten. It's absolutely fascinating stuff.
And finally, since I have been badgering people with this all week, I give you a 1995 cover of Oasis's "Wonderwall." (We think Meet Cleaver Theatre should branch out into music videos.) Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you Monday.
Also for law librarians: the Library of Congress has a new weblog for us, called In Custodia Legis.
In other library news, the Human Library (mentioned several times previously here) has a spiffy website and has gone worldwide.
For public/academic librarians: If you have a copy of Revolutionary Voices in your library, don't get rid of it. (Via Emily at Shelf Check.)
PDFEscape is for users who don't have and/or don't want to deal with Acrobat. (The version of Acrobat I use at work likes to implode around 3 pm every day. I have no idea why. I am considering using PDFEscape in the afternoons as a workaround.)
And finally, something for the spooky and the offbeat! Burlesque Paraphenalia reprints one of the DeMoulin Bros. catalogs, which are fantastic and bizarre and should be (inter)national treasures. The site includes a 24-page excerpt you can download. I think I would love a Ferris Wheel Coaster Goat. (I mean, who wouldn't?)
This weekend brings the world's Largest Yard Sale, which now stretches from Michigan to Alabama! If you're anywhere near Route 127, I highly recommend finding your way there sometime this weekend. Not only are there treasures among the junk, there's also entertainment and homemade food and all sorts of surreal fun.
Also starting this weekend, Cincinnati begins the "Play Me, I'm Yours" art exhibit, where decorated pianos are strewn about the city and people are encouraged to play them. (They say that the pianos will be protected from the elements; as this is August in a river valley, that should be interesting to watch.)
Today's post is much abbreviated because I am on my way to see The National play in Columbus tonight. In the meantime, however, I bring you Jack Beltane's entry on "rock on rock" and encourage you to discuss and/or argue amongst yourselves! Back tomorrow!