Posts Tagged ‘SteamPunk’

Siths Bearing Gifts

Note:  I am making this post a work-in-progress.  Hacker-Boy is making Portal 2 levels on Cruel Wife’s computer and needs guidance and maintenance.  Rather than not post at all, I’ll post this and tweak it as I am able.

Aggie Sith sent us a curio case that is chock full of the things our family likes – old-timey victorian stuff with definite steampunk flair.   It required an awful lot of thought and attention to detail on just our parts.  I do not know how SHE did it.  It is awesome.

A glass curio case stuffed with detail and cool things.

The thoughts that hit me when opening up this gift were:

  1. Wow, this is cool
  2. Geez, this is intricate
  3. Holy cow, this takes some serious mad art-skillz
  4. Crap, every thing in here is symbolizing something
  5. How the hell did she know about that?  (After noting some of the symbology)
  6. Sith is a bubbling cauldron of crazy that should never be stirred
  7. Wow, this is cool

Love the old adverts and pill bottles. A House reference with pearl shaped vicodin perhaps?  I’m told that is not the case but that it is a fun idea nontheless.

There is the underlying themes of “Home” and “psycho” running through here. Prime numbers, loose hardware, compasses not pointing north… and in the pic after that… poison.  And BIRDS.  BIRDS I TELL YOU, JUST NESTING WHEREVER THE HELL THEY LIKE!!

Note the waterworks and poison.  Are the two related?  Should I be worrying about plotting betwixt Sith and Cruel Wife?

Cruel Wife wants to go and learn at Sith’s feet.  Sith respects Cruel Wife’s quilt-fu.  Short dangerous opinionated women should not be allowed contact with one another.  All I can say to Sith’s hubby is “Run.”

Fiat lux and other symbologicalness.


Alert reader The Dude sent me this link.  Sick sick puppy.  And I laughed my ass off.

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Bubba-Ho-Tep.  The Man with the Screaming BrainAlien InvasionBurn NoticeEvil Dead (1, 2, and 3 – AKA “Army of Darkness“).  My Name is Bruce.  And many others.

It doesn’t matter what the genre, I have liked pretty nearly every damn thing Bruce Campbell has done.  He really gained my respect when he had “Bruce” shot on his property in southern Oregon.  And they built a town there to film the movie.  He’s one of a few actors I’d find it a real pleasure to meet because he has no problem mocking himself.

And now, Briscoe County, Junior.  Somehow I missed it in the craziness of the 90’s.

I managed to pick up a copy for dirt cheap.  199o’s western-ey, sciencey, steampunk-ey… but classic Bruce Campbell.  If you like him and haven’t seen it, do so.

Problem is… teensy problem but still real…

I rely heavily on closed-captions.  The DVD set does not have closed captions.  In english, anyhow.

So I am making do by having the French subtitles turned on and translating on the fly – how is that for peculiar in the US, hmmm?  This works pretty well but it is a real bitch when something doesn’t translate well, or when the sentence structure is totally rearranged, or I have no freakin’ clue what the word evenis.  But on the other hand, there are moments when it’s actually funnier in french.  Such as when one character is referring to this chick’s ass, coming across the word “haunch” just cracks me up.  Why?  Just the word.  Say it over and over again while picturing a well-formed tush and leg and it just sounds funny.

Oh hell, if you don’t already see the humor in it, I’m never going to convince you.

At least the subtitles aren’t in German.


I don’t know many (straight) men that don’t like a good hooter, but there’s just something wrong with the folks at Time Rag-azine.  Yes, breast-feeding is a perfectly normal healthy thing to do and it’s even good for infants, too.

But 6-7 year olds?  Christ on a crutch, people.  I don’t think that’s photoshopped.  I think that kid really is latched on to that teat.  And he’s probably messed up for life.  If you’re old enough to ask for it by name you should be cut off until you’re of dating age.

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First off is a steampunk haunted house (Evolve Company and Third Rail Projects).  I love that mask down below there.  It has MOVING PARTS.

I need a cigarette.

Photo by Chad Heird - go check out their stuff

Next will be my equipment pics for the Pre-Weeny preparations.  Operation NoondaySun Pumpkin.

I won’t reveal much other than it involves 1.2kW and a pumpkin.  I had to scale back from the original 2.5kW I had planned.  I was bummed, but there wasn’t a way to safely do it (that I could get the components for in time).

Pictures to come.


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The Dude sent me a link to a Steampunk Mr. Potato Head.  Found by him over at Instructables.com

I don’t have a lot to say.  One good thing is that the injection in one of the arthritic joints was…  cautiously, because I don’t want to jinx it… a success.  It just doesn’t hurt like it did.  It friggin’ ached and then some and now it’s a irritant, nothing much more.

The other side of the neck with the disc issues?  Meh.  Left arm numb/pain still there, neck still hurts.  But I’m happy with anything at this point.  One less source of discomfort.



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Update:  The Dude passed on a great youtube link comparing what happens when you shoot something with different things.   We’re not talking water guns like we are down below.


Well, the idea is to come up with a steampunk water pistol.

There seems to be some interest, which is good.  Now, it is truly a matter of how much you want to spend.  So far we’re not looking at a huge cost.   I would add that what you see there is really not all that impressive because I just haven’t had time to model all the parts up yet.  Takes time, it does – for two reasons:  The first reason is that I’m anal-retentive, and the second is that it takes time.

I want it to work and work right, and I don’t want the damn thing blowing up when you hit 50-60 psi.  There are “overclockers” out there that are talking 100 psi but honestly I wouldn’t take it beyond that and I’ll want to check a lot of numbers before doing that, even.   To give you a sense of scale, the pressure vessels there are about 3/4″ in diameter.  My only concession to modern materials will be stainless steel in the check valves (to pump the pressure up) and the acrylic water chamber.  Yes, I could use glass but it’d be a damn thick thing and I also don’t want anyone getting hurt.  I suppose I could go to a different type of sight glass but I like the idea of a 3″ diameter chamber.   I may change my mind yet.

I have a trigger selected, valves, gauge, manifold, pressure vessels, fittings… packaging is critical though, so I’m taking my time on it.


Growing up in Oregon I had plenty of opportunities to hang my head in embarrassment when someone did something that reflected badly on the rest of the people in the state.  Michigan proves that it can hold it’s own with stupidity, however.

Mud-bogging with a stolen alligator.

Aren’t those three of the sorriest-looking idiots you’ve ever seen?


I can’t say that I’m sorry to see the “Club a WoW Seal Senseless Today” page decrease in total number of hits to near-nothing.  It was really irritating.  My guess is that some cute wittle furry seal picture on Google bumped it down a few pages.  Some of the people who thought I really was a seal-clubber were pretty scary.

Here’s the next-cutest one I’ve ever seen.  I’m sure Amusing Bunni is well aware of this picture.  Somehow that woman has a “Cute Furry Wittle Animal” radar like this world has never seen before.

Image by Matthieu Godbout

Guiltily, however… I admit… I admit to secretly wondering what SealBurger ™ tastes like, and what kind of cheese would be best.  Yes, I am horrible.

Here’s where I’d claim in Steamboat McGoo style that somehow my family was mauled to death slowly by marauding seal pups bent on senseless wanton destruction but I can’t do it with the same finesse that he could.  So I won’t.  But it would make a bitchin’ story, wouldn’t it?  If I actually said it, that is.

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Dr. Lemur’s Steampunk Chocolate Geared for Women is now available on Zazzle.  It was designed to be smaller but if you want a larger version posted let me know.   Same goes for the matte finish – if you want the shiny stock (it’s cheaper) – let me know.  Some may prefer coffee cups, and you can find that option here.

And yes, I’m shamelessly plugging this.  I’m pretty pleased with it and it took some serious effort.

By the way – it might take a little time to filter through the Zazzle approval process (hour or so).

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This is the latest in a batch of steampunk graphics and will go on Zazzle when it is done.  It’s nowhere even close to being finished.  But finally I hit on the right combination of exposure, contrast, emphasis, composition – and something that was just wrong for so long became very very right in my mind.  I am not ordinarily extremely happy with a graphic but the foil matched up with the paper so well that I did a double-take – I thought I had somehow cut a layer out of the foil and accidentally blended it with the paper.

Advert text will read something like this:

What governs your life?
Something missing?
Take a spin with
Dr. Lemur’s Chocolate – Geared for women.

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Well that was a lot of fun today.

First off, I totally Yorl’ed out and got a leather duster – it was a Christmas present but I never ordered it, instead opting to buy after trying it on again.  Glad I did.  I needed an extra inch in the shoulders plus some room to put on flannel or other shirt to stay warm in Michigan winters.  The duster comes to just above my ankles and that is exactly what I hoped for – something to keep the winter wind away from my body – it can be awful windchill suckiness at times.

Would you believe Cruel Wife pretty much insisted that I get it?

Later… Good news.  I was able to contact the artisan directly and correct a misunderstanding on my part – damn my bad hearing (you won’t find me saying that often).   I was trying to talk to two sales reps and hear what they were saying, listen to Cruel Wife, stare at passers-by, and read lips – all over the noise of the crowd.  I had thought that the mantle was removable but found I was mistaken.  So after a quick couple of e:mails the lady who makes this stuff said she’d make it removable at no extra cost.  Awesome.

Here is what it will mostly look like except mine will have the removable mantle.

Here is Phil Foglio and his staff.  Opted to protect his identity but he’s easily recognizable from his self-portraited cartoon in the Girl Genius series.  Funny fella to listen to giving a talk.   Here he was taking a serious break.

Below, she’s all wound up.  Very well done outfit with the subtle yet superb wind-up key in the back.  I thought it was best of show, honestly.  No idea who this is. 

We went to a “Steampunking your Home” thing (or something to that effect).  The guy from ModVic and SteamPuffin (http://www.facebook.com/ModVic) gave a talk about finding the raw materials and inspiration for Steampunk creation.  Absolutely fascinating talk – an hour flew by and it was easily the best part of the whole day.

This lamp was my favorite piece in the whole place besides a projector that had been repurposed – it was the old lamp/wick style projector.   Why no pic?  Because it wouldn’t have done it justice, that’s why.  I didn’t even bother.

Somebody really cares a great deal for a friend or family member.  Look at all the work that must’ve gone into making this wheelchair.  I really apologize for the nasty orange wood color and the overexposure – but I don’t want to spend the effort to fix it because that post right behind it is going to make it look nasty unless I spend time addressing it directly.  Ugh.  I expected better from the Hyatt, but oh well.


Scroll down to the “Gelatin filled Christmas Ornament (on keyboard)… wicked awesomeness.



Ha!  I KNEW IT!!!  Thank you, Fark, for shedding light on the matter.

Secret to a happy marriage?  Delusion.

Take sentences out of the article out of context is absolutely frightening…

Those who inflated their partner’s assets also reported being more happily married.

Is that anything like “Pumping his junk”?

If the couple is happily married, it could be that the better half of the couple has an idealistic vision of the lesser half.

Which might explain why Cruel Wife puts up with my bullsh*t.

I’ve always said she was delusional.

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Steampunk Sarah Palin.

I did all right with that concept until they mentioned pages and pages of pin-ups of Sarah Palin, at which point I got queasy and had to run for the Pepto-Bismol ™.

I like Sarah Palin, but I don’t want her for POTUS, and my brain-jury is still out to lunch on whether I like the idea of her in Steampunk.

h/t to The Dude for pointing this one out.

… by the way, eggnog and Red Bull mixed together tastes like ass.  Two things I love, blending together to make something that I had to strain to finish.  (I’m NOT wasting Red Bull, dammit)

No, I did not successfully quit R/B yet.



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Thanks to the tireless efforts of Cruel Wife (who must put up with me or bury me – she’s on the fence right now), LC Aggie Sith (who pities me), and Steamboat McGoo (who mocketh me, and rightfully so), a brand new unique old idea has come to life.

Yes, ’tis arrogance that has caused me to put newbie-style watermarks on the image but dammit, I have slaved over this particular one, so I’m doing it and it’ll go up on Zazzle tomorrow night – or tonight if I’m feeling feisty enough.

The bib-t-shirt design with the classic lobster-bib look is on my slate for tomorrow night as well.


Real Clear Politics had this:

President Obama, with a coarse voice, warned a crowd in Ohio: “They’re fighting back. The empire is striking back. To win this election, they are plowing ten’s of millions of dollars into front groups. They are running misleading negative ads all across the country.”

It could easily read this way:

President Obama, with a hoarse voice from too many White House parties with Kwame Kilpatric told a crowd in Ohio:  “We’re losing it.  We tried to create a progressive empire by plowing billions and trillions of dollars into special interest groups and selected recipients to maximize our chances of getting re-elected.  And we went too far.  We’re machine-gunning ourselves in the feet with every move we make all across the country.  But we’ll win because we’re better than Republicans and <i>their</i> front groups.”


And on Fox News today:

Americans are so “scared” they’re not thinking straight about the upcoming elections, President Obama said over the weekend, as he sought to explain why voters are turning to Republican candidates.

The president, speaking at several rallies and fundraisers as part of his final get-out-the-vote stretch, said Republican candidates are “playing on fear” and suggested voters are falling for it. He said Americans have every reason to be worried, but lamented that “facts” aren’t doing his party any good this year.

Scared?  Oh yes, of Democrats.  Not thinking straight?  Never been clearer, Obama.  We’re crys-tal.

Of course facts aren’t doing your party any good, Obama!  Because the facts are this:  You screwed the pooch.

Getting more than a little tired of the Dems blaming everything (arrogantly) on ignorant masses, confusion, fear, or Republican lies.  Sorry, but when a laundry list of ills from every source and every direction presents itself… you can’t explain them all away, some must actually be true.

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Inscrutable Half-Breed sent this link to me… steampunk tats.

I’m putting just one of the pictures below to tempt you to go to the link above and enjoy.  LOTS of cool ink there.  The one on the right… wow.


The PatriotPost sent this out.  Too good not to share.  Complain how you wish about ITAR, but it serves a very real purposeStart combining the removal of ITAR [h/t to cmblake6] with turning NASA into our ‘muslim outreach’ and you’ve got a really nasty thing on your hands.

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Update is down below, with pics as promised…

Just got back from the World Steam Expo in Dearborn.

It was fun although it might have been funner w/o Frankenboy destroying one exhibitor’s electronic picture frame and both kids bouncing around like ping pong balls.  It was hard to herd kids and see the stuff there on display while trying not to scream every time my neck twinged.  Update on that is that I think we’re in the “little f***ers are dying” stage – a period as short as three days and as long as five days where pain levels spike and peg for a while.  It’s just the way it works for me, I’m afraid.

I’ll write more later but I noticed:  Some nice people, some real creatures (“people”), some rather -uh- well-endowed corset-stuffing, and no less than three people carrying baggies of various grades of pot.  I have a sensitive nose.  Very sensitive.  Two were… meh.  One was top-shelf “I think I just saw God” quality – I know this because the stuff was so sticky that the scent molecules are still attached to my olfactory receptors.  I saw a leather trenchcoat that I want.  I want bad.  Hurting bad.  But, with kids, I can’t justify $450.


Updated:  Here is the Highwayman jacket/trenchcoat type jacket thing that I’d still eat a set of tires for.

I will do another post tomorrow showing a few of my favorite artists from the show.

Here is a goody that I bought – a business card casewww.frenzyuniverse.com

I'm only putting the pic up with the text running through it so you'll see that it is cool and visit their site. Cool stuff, very nice folks.


Cruel Wife did a costume that was a very faithful representation of one of the Girl Genius characters, Sleipnir O’Hara.  Do NOT ask me how to pronounce it.  Can’t even spell it and had her e:mail me so I could cut/paste it in.

Cruel Wife and Zoe Pup. CW went as Girl Genius character Sleipnir O'Hara. Faces have been masked to maintain privacy.

Zoe, if you wondered, is an English Shepherd, quick of foot and mind, and is totally my dog.  Zoe is also a camera hound.

Cruel Wife (middle), the kidlets, and the creators of Girl Genius comics. Again, I respect their privacy.

Next is a picture of Lola the Lemur – She works for Singing Lemur Jewelry as a consultant.  Lola’s co-worker Rollande is a very nice lady indeed.

Next was a shirt that I just plain loved.  It was just that good.

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… but you can come close.

I was passed on a link to steampunk stuff and was surprised.  I didn’t think that was going to be possible except in the most extreme of circumstances.

Here you go.  A steampunk vibrator.

I would really prefer that you go to the link above to read about it.  I’m speechless, sorta.

It was on a top-ten kind of list, here.

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