Friday, April 27, 2012
Happy Friday, everyone!
From Julie: The hidden secrets of No, literally dirty. And fascinating! dirty medieval books!
From Cassandra: Appalachia, even today, is a world apart.
From Bunny: TV for dogs?
Also from Bunny: . This is all kinds of awesome. American baseball should follow suit! Sadako from The Ring throws out the first pitch at a baseball game in Tokyo
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Go and appreciate something historic. Happy Preservation Week!
Speaking of historic, the Library of Congress has unveiled a new digital exhibit of Frances Benjamin Johnson’s . The photographs are even hand-colored. Nice gardening inspiration! photo collection of gardens and historic homes
The LoC also looks back at . I especially like the pearls-clutching article about the fatalities. the roller skating craze of the early 1900s
If you’re going to the London Olympics this summer, be warned that , apparently. (Um, good luck with that, Olympic police.) you’re not supposed to tweet photos of the events
Wired has every geek should read to his/her children, along with a supplementary list sent in by (presumably geeky) readers. (Both lists are available a list of books .) as one PDF here
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
We are inching into 2012's wacky festival season!
First off, however, our local shebang that is the Steampunk Symposium . It’s fantastic to watch a scene grow up around a city from scratch. got some good local press
If you can’t make it to the symposium this weekend, there are other options:
-- traipses through the Pasadena streets! The Doo Dah Parade
-- The great convenes in New Mexico. Gathering of Nations Powwow
-- In the United Kingdom, . Like you do. they’re dressing up fancy and running through mud
-- In Austin, they’re celebrating with honey sandwiches and much more! Eeyore’s birthday
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I jumped the gun last week;
comes to life THIS weekend in Cincinnati! (You’d think I would know, living here and all, but it’s been hectic lately.) the Steampunk Symposium
From the makers of Skyrim comes , a rather steampunky looking game. Color me intrigued. Dishonored
For Alex: allows tweeting via the use of Morse code! Teletweet
Does anyone know what happened to ? There’s some wonderful material on the website, but it hasn’t been updated for a year or so. the Steampunk Anarchist
Monday, April 23, 2012
Hi there. Today is an especially busy Monday, but I bring you a gem:
Funny and fantastic. More soon! Pop Culture Maths!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Happy Friday! On to the links sent in by others (with many thanks).
From Brendan: is “anti-steampunk,” he asks? Perhaps, but it is AWESOME, which takes precedence over categorizing! this steam engine made entirely from glass
From Julie: will serve as a temporary replacement in Christchurch; descendants of Tolkien and Dickens a cathedral made out of cardboard ; the British Library are writing children's books together and a book originally created for Queen Mary’s dollhouse has purchased the St. Cuthbert Gospel; is going to be published for us full-sized humans!
From my mom: It’s of the the 50th anniversary , and it’s interesting to see what has(n’t) changed since then. Port Huron Statement
Also from my mom: . (Well, that was my interpretation.) The Leadership Conference of Women Religious the Vatican has lost its mind . That should work out well for everyone. has been ordered to reform and conform to traditional values
From Cassandra: ; it’s interesting to see what has(n’t) changed since then, too. The Place of Anarchism in Socialist Evolution
Also from Cassandra: some thoughts and tips on reentering the workforce!
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
have been announced! Pulitzer Prize winners
The AP Stylebook has finally, grudgingly, (I like how diagramming is called a “dark art” in the article. Hee.) conceded the battle on “hopefully.”
Interesting stuff for linguistics enthusiasts. How fast is your native language?
The UK has cut libraries, but . Huzzah! UK citizens are stubbornly keeping libraries going
The 1912 blueprints for Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field have been discovered – – and are now part of a new exhibit. in a basement!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
This week’s events are…sort of stereotypical, actually, but all real.
Canada celebrates maple syrup!
California welcomes the Robo Games!
Iceland goes all out for their , which is tomorrow. (Yes, really.) First Day of Summer
England also goes all out for and the kickoff of the World Shakespeare Festival. Shakespeare’s birthday
Here in town, it’s time for the annual This is always fun. And, via Charon, here’s an idea: you can buy cheap paintings (there will probably be a few at the auction) Action Auction! and add monsters to them!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Today’s post is brief, but the links are dense and worth perusing!
First of all, the is this weekend, right here in my home town, and there’s lots to do. There are tickets for the whole weekend and also one-day passes for Saturday, so anyone and everyone can come and see the fun! Steampunk Empire Symposium
Congratulations to the winners of the Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers Choice Awards!
And look, the past might become the future, with moving up to serious consideration for travel. Can you imagine? trans-oceanic tubes
Monday, April 16, 2012
Everything this Monday is about the visual arts, in one way or another.
The Stein family were (who knew?) in the early part of the 20th century. ardent art collectors
In the early part of the 21st century, is predicted to be the next visual art. (Not sure how this works with the collector aspect.) data visualization
Fireworks art! creates it. Cai Guo-Qiang
Via Bunny: the lovely and touching from the Carmichael Collective. Bug Memorials
Via Dante’s Wardrobe: This looks like oodles of fun. how to make dragonesque things!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Happy Friday the 13th! This week also marks the 12th anniversary of Folderol, which is ridiculous and crazy and wonderful. Thanks to everyone who has read, commented, and supported this little weblog and its goofy author over the last dozen years!
How much longer are you going to live? According to , sent by Cassandra, we are both going to be feisty old women. (I’m not even halfway through my lifespan, according to this!) this lifespan predictor
On the other end of the lifespan, courtesy of Holly, are two who are sisters and make art which reminds me of A. A. Milne’s stories. artists
From Julie: are going to be digitized by libraries! Over one million ancient texts
From Bunny: the fan-created (in progress), the plans for Han Solo Adventures (sadly abandoned), and what may be the most amazing video I’ve seen in a long time. All one shot, no special effects, just this dancer who can do amazing things. Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! a life-sized Starship Enterprise in Vegas
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Happy National Library Week! Yesterday was
, which is always fun. National Bookmobile Day
Over in the UK, however, bookmobiles are not faring well, . and the populace is suffering as a result
Unshelved has a new item in the store – . I think these would be useful for many occasions. Library Notebooks
The are my new favorite organization. Power to the people, and make sure to keep the history. Activist Archivists
Speaking of history, . new efforts are underway to preserve Pompeii
And finally, for the spooky (and in preparation for tomorrow’s Friday the 13th), consult the for all your questions about the inhabitants of the hoary netherworld. Demonicpedia
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Hi there. Today is stupidly busy, but I give you a link worth hours of fun! From Bunny:
. Put in an address and see how you would fare, and what supplies (or dangers) are nearby. I put in our home address and, well, we're pretty much doomed as far as I can tell. (Fortunately, Bunny has trained for years in zombie apocalypse survival, so I think he has a backup plan.) Map of the Dead, a Zombie Survival Map
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Congratulations to the VanderMeers –
The Steampunk Bible has been nominated for a Hugo Award!
is looking for stories of all kinds – steampunk, western, fantastic adventures, and the like. Rollicking Tales
Need a quick vintage look to a modern photograph? is free and wonderful! (Non-vintage effects are also included.) Pixlr-o-Matic
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a vintage method of broadcasting your thoughts via social media, might I suggest the ? Twittertape
And finally, the Tanenbaums present , which looks steampunky and vintage but is actually as modern as it gets, “reading” objects via RFID technology. the Reading Glove
Monday, April 09, 2012
If it’s Easter Monday, that means it’s time to look at
the annual Peeps Dioramas!
Slightly related: make your own . (It’s…complicated.) Peeps Goldberg machine
Quick, when was the Mona Lisa painted? Wrong! . It’s hard to keep up with Leonardo, even several centuries after he lived. The Louvre has redated the painting
A modern treasure hunt is underway for lost paintings, thought to be buried in a German mine.
And finally, have you checked out lately? The recent incarnation is a bit like Pinterest, but with more depth. Delicious
Friday, April 06, 2012
Happy Friday, everyone!
The Sparkle Queen has sent in an absolute gem: . Go look! Who knew Modigliani was such a dish back in his day? My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
From Cassandra: , and an essay on thoughts on Mars . It all fits together, really. William Blake. And Satan. And, um, Hulk Hogan
From Bunny: Also from Bunny, the original pitch video for The Muppet Show! The latter link is not really safe for work, but I know many people aren’t at work today anyway. Fair warning and all, though. photos of cosplayers in the 1970s.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone! See you next week.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Wall Street Journal reported that “in the futuristic drama "Robot & Frank," with Frank Langella, she plays an alluring librarian whose job is about to be taken over by automatons.” Sounds…intriguing? article on Susan Sarandon
The campaign is going on right now! Support some libraries which desperately need help. Dewey Donation System
NYU lists their (in the United States). Debate will ensue. top 100 journalists of the past 100 years
For my fellow language geeks: If spelling is more your thing, try what’s your view of diagramming sentences? . It apparently goes on endlessly; I answered 140 questions. (I got 131 right and discovered that my spelling is becoming increasingly Britishized. I blame the interwebs.) a version of UNC’s journalism spelling test
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
It’s a week of religious observances – Easter, Passover, even
– but there are some alternatives as well. the birthday of the Buddha
For example, you could watch . (This is in England, where they seem to have a thing for carrying/chasing stuff over hills and valleys.) In Boston, it’s time for the people carry huge amounts of coal over long distances (aka PAX), a convention devoted entirely to gaming! (This is in America, where we like to sit and mash buttons maniacally.) Penny Arcade Expo
In Florence, meanwhile, you can witness (also known as the Explosion of the Cart), in which a cart is annihilated in an elaborate ritual. It’s a little religious in that it’s linked to the Easter celebrations, but hey. the Bursting of the Cart
Also, you can this weekend, although it sounds pretty brutal. run the Dead Sea Marathon
And finally, if your religion tends toward the Whovian, Bunny has sent in a video depicting the events of the Eleventh Doctor via RPG.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Happy April to all! Ay-leen lists the
, including April steampunk shenanigans one in my very own hometown at the end of the month.
If you’re looking for inspiration, consider I found this via the Victorian Kitchen Garden! which also lists sequels, offshoots, and similar programs. There’s an amazing amount there. a Metafilter post
If you’re more mechanically minded, check out at the Museum of the City of New York, or try your hand at creating the Greatest Grid exhibit . (Bonus for the latter: no one knows how it works!) a Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube
And lastly, if you're looking for a steampunky day trip and you're near Chestnut Hill, consider in Chestnut Hill (discovered via the Waterworks Museum ). Lots of great photos and history to be found. Mike the Mad Biologist’s story of his visit
Monday, April 02, 2012
and the L.A. Times have good obituaries on Adrienne Rich, with included poetry. the New York Times
A lost Tamara de Lempicka painting has been found!
How does one restore audio? The Library of Congress takes a look at . the current efforts
(And if you think bookstores are perilous, let me tell you about libraries…) Bookstores can be dangerous to employees!
The PBS program looks at new and different art forms, and is fascinating viewing. Off-Book