Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Now I've shared a great deal of steampunk wonders designed for dealing with various supernatural entities before, in fact the good captain holds a special place in his heart for such alternate scientific devices, but a recent article I just saw caught my eye featuring an actual vampire hunting kit from the early 1800s. Truly, some forward thinking scientist thought best to be prepared for the inevitable encounter with the nosferatu and his carefully collected tools were recently sold at auction for an unbelievable $15,000! It warms the captain's heart knowing such value is still placed on personal security against the night terrors.
The kit comes complete with stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets (because as we all know, where there's vampires there is undoubtedly werewolves as well!), crosses, a bible, holy water, candles, and even garlic - though I doubt the garlic is truly original to the set - and it is all contained neatly in an American walnut case with a cross carved on top. Surely at only $15,000 this was a true value! If nothing else the sheer beauty of this collection of vampire thwarting conveniences should have some value as a conversation starter if left conspicuously left lying around one's workshop.
"Why yes Virginia, that is a vampire hunting kit, how kind of you to notice. Just a little something I brought back with me after my fateful expedition to an ancient and forgotten Peruvian temple we thought had long been abandoned..."
For those who believe $15,000 for a little peace of mind might be steep, here is another lovely vampire hunting kit also from the 19th century, though a bit later than the first.
This one is was a veritable steal at auction, going for a paltry $12,000. And if a gentleman isn't willing to spend $12,000 to ensure the safety of his family's eternal souls, then how could he dare be considered a gentleman!
Needless to say, the good captain will show up to face all manner of monsters, but vampires in particular should beware. In addition to a fearsome collection of tools designed for their destruction, his goggles have a built in spectroccilascope to facilitate their identification and classification prior to their dispatching!
Surely friends and family will have nothing to fear from such creatures of the night. The good captain is, after all, a gentleman!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
First was a page from a manual on heart conditions. This struck me as a fearsome image and leaves me wondering exactly how such a quack could possible diagnose any symptoms aside from a scraped knee as anything other than a problem of the heart! At least it is a very interesting image to look at, perhaps in a butcher shop.
The next image was from a doctor specializing in the brain. Now it seemed unlikely to me that my sickness stemmed from a disease of the brain as I was still coherent enough to realize this doctor was crazier than a sack of weasels, however the images in his medical journal seemed to indicate that craziness was a prerequisite for this field of science.
The final picture I managed to acquire was from the personal journal of a skeletal expert. Clearly my headache must certainly be caused by a shrinking skull putting pressure on my brain, obviously! I'm starting to think all doctors are lunatics and in this skeletal expert's particular case, a bit deviant as well. After all, there seems to be a surprising amount of woman wrapped around some of those skeletons wouldn't you say.
Now while my caring crew gets back to work I think I shall burrow into my blankets and attempt the best cure I know of for an ailment such as mine, sleep! Pip pip cheerio and all that.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Here's the abbreviated tale from CNN:
The Union used hot air balloons and submarinesDid you know Aeronauts served in the Civil War!? Aeronaut was their actual rank in fact. The good captain was shocked! Shocked I tell you. And of course, being the gentleman that he is, our captain has returned from the æthyr with more to share than just this, for he has found dagguerotypes as those daring Aeronauts and their amazing balloons in action!
The balloons, directed by aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe, were used to spot enemy soldiers and coordinate Federal troop movements. During his first battlefield flight, at First Bull Run, Lowe landed behind Confederate lines, but he was rescued.
The Union Army Balloon Corps got no respect from military officials, and Lowe resigned when he was assigned to serve, at a lower pay grade, under the director of the Army Corps of Engineers.
In contrast, the paddle-powered Alligator submarine saw exactly zero days of combat (which is why it can't officially be called the U.S.S. Alligator).
It suffered from some early testing setbacks, but after some speed-boosting tweaks, it was dispatched for Port Royal, South Carolina, with an eye towards aiding in the sack of Charleston. It was to be towed south by the U.S.S. Sumpter, but it had to be cut loose off of North Carolina on April 2, 1863, when bad weather struck.
Divers and historians are still looking for the Alligator today.
The Union Army Balloon Intrepid being inflated from the gas generators for the Battle of Fair Oaks
Finally, an illustration of the submarine Alligator courtesy of the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum, as to the best of my investigative knowledge no known images of it exist.
Simply fascinating is it not. To think, during the Civil War the orders could have conceivable been issued, "Aeronauts, man your airships and get to the skies!"
My heart flutters at the very thought....
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Returning to my workshop to give the old girl a once over, I discovered something most unusual! There was a distinct ticking noise coming from a part of the engine that should not normally be ticking. Bravely ordering a nameless crew member to investigate, she returned from a dark corner of the cogs with this little fellow, happily ticking away as if counting down to some terribly explosive event. It seems I had picked up a stowaway during my not as uneventful as I'd first thought trip.
After some quick screwdriver work stopped the ever more annoying ticking, I proceeded to search around and promptly discovered several more small yet adorable automatons that had hitched a ride back with me from the æthyr. Normally the good captain does not abide stowaways, but their steampunk cuteness was too much to bear and now they adorn my favorite work table, happily helping me visualize various situations with a bit more clarity (read - the good captain still enjoys some quality time with his toys!)
Here's a glimpse of the other mysterious passengers I picked up this morning. I'm sure you'll understand why I couldn't bring myself to return them to whence they came and instead adopted them as sort of workshop mascots if you will.
Adorable are they not! If you want to see these and more visit PopGive and feast your eyes.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some...work...I need to tend to in the workshop.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
No no, I'm not trying to start a controversy using such colorful language in proper company. It's a new video game coming out that is styled in the ever-so-wonderful imaginary era of steampunk. In truth, the good captain does not know what the game is about but the trailer is very interesting and has a wonderfully realized airship that is most pleasing to the eyes. But please don't take my word for it, see for yourself. Afterward I have a surprise for you, but first...
Should you feel so inclined to go out and purchase this game you could easily imagine yourself as the daring and handsome captain, traipsing through one of his many adventures should the actual storyline fail to live up to your obviously sophisticated taste in quality adventures. That, or imagine the main villain is the good captain who you might actual best by the end of the tale. I know, it's nigh impossible to see our dear captain as a villain but it is a fantasy after all!
What's that? Oh, right you are old bean! The surprise I mentioned! As a promotion for the game, artist Jake Hildebrandt created a steampunk computer which is truly one of the most beautiful I've seen. I suggest you take a deep breath before proceeding and those with heart conditions should put on their goggles now.
Now here is where the true surprise comes in, as part of the game's promotion they are giving this computer away! That's right, this beautiful steampunk pc can be yours just by showing the fine folks at Destructoid your love of steampunk! See here for more information, and best of luck to those daring enough to enter!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
As you are still here reading, I find you must be a die-hard. In fact, you look familiar...didn't you serve in the engine room previously? No matter! I invite you all to come along as I attempt to find a new hat to replace the one which was so unceremoniously sucked into the grinding hat-eating gears of the engine assembly in the midst of our little disaster recently. Fear not, the torn and dirtied material formerly considered, at least in the technical sense, to be my hat was offered proper services and a formal burial so no weary spirits shall haunt us on this little outing. Naturally the good captain can guarantee this provided it doesn't happen and if it does, it was a non-binding guarantee. You might want to bring a spectro-scope to be certain.
The first hat I was considering not only covers your head but it has the added benefit of informing those you might be confabulating with of the time they were so honored as to speak with you, which I'm sure they would greatly appreciate.
Also note the mesh covered hole on the side. This allows the hour and half-hour chimes to be heard clearly by all and not be muffled up under your hat. Another great courtesy to your conversationalist partners. Indeed, if one word could sum up this hat it would be courtesy! And truly, have you ever seen a more courteous hat? Of course not! It's proud creator, Sassygeek, is a veritable fountain of courtesy spilling forth I dare say.
This next hat I am considering would have been wonderfully helpful during the Trials and Tribulations of May, as they've come to be known amongst the crew.
During the very heights of mayhem that ensued the good captain was running full steam ahead, and as any engineer worth his cogs knows it's best not to stand in front of anything running at full steam, sometimes not even to the side! This hat, complete with those gauges and gears would have been a convenient indicator to the crew that to good captain is about to boil over and perhaps that request for some shore leave might best wait for another day. This is truly an commendable example of form and function, for which SteamPunk Creator should be lauded.
Quite a difficult decision to make, so while I ponder this for a while why don't you get back to the gears! Lord knows there's still a lot of clean up that needs to be done before the Anomaly Obscura Engine is back to her old self again.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
In layman's terms, my motherboard died thus preventing me from anything of use recently. It is safe to rejoice however, as it seems the Anomaly Obscura Engine has been patching up and pounded back into shape at least roughly enough to allow me to share wonderful news and tales of adventure with my loyal crew and adoring fans.
For now there's still work I must tend to before the Anomaly Obscura Engine is fully æthyr ready, so for a change of pace why don't you all sit back and relax while I get into the gears and try to work this out.