Weekend Recommendations – January 29th, 2015

It’s time for your weekly report of where we’re going to be this weekend, or where we wish we could be . . . Click on the banners to learn more and RSVP to the event’s Facebook page. Friday, January 30th, 2015 Jan 30 at 2:00pm to Feb 1 at 5:00pm – Greater Columbus Convention […]

Labyrinth’s Emotionally Abusive Goblin King (Pt.1)

Despite being a box office failure in 1986, only reclaiming half of the $25 million that it cost to make, the film Labyrinth holds a priceless place in the hearts of so many geeks and nerds. Jim Henson’s puppets are amazing, Brian Froud’s concept art is fantastic, Sarah (played by Jennifer Connelly) leads us upon an unforgettable […]

This Day in History – January 29th, 1845

“The Raven” is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven‘s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a […]

The Uncommon Geek podcast Episode 41: Charlie and a New Chocolate Factory – CompleteSet!

Holy frak! Charlie is back on the podcast! The “Man of Many Hats” sat down with Troy at the Independent Creators Expo for a moment to talk about his new job at CompleteSet! What is CompleteSet? It is a treasure map of sorts that helps put collectors in touch with vendors to help people, well, complete […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – The Resurrection Men, Pt 4 – Execution

Up the close and doun the stair, But and ben wi’ Burke and Hare. Burke’s the butcher, Hare’s the thief, Knox the boy that buys the beef. —19th-century Edinburgh skipping rhyme Onyxfeld -Early winter This is the fourth and final in a series of essays on a most infamous yet necessary contributor to modern anatomical […]

An Interview with Leanna Renee Hieber

What is crafty, clever, and runs about in full Victorian garb? Why, it’s the best-selling author Leanna Renee Hieber. When she is not busy weaving masterful fantasies of Gothic Victorian elegance, she is on stage, working behind the scenes, or leading folks on ghostly tours of New York City. This spring, she will be returning […]

This Day in History – January 28th, 1813

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published on January 28th, 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of […]

Pop Haydn and the Magic of Steam

Last year February was proclaimed “International Steampunk Month” by fans.  It began with Seattle, Washington, Steampunk fan, Kevin Steil and his Facebook page, “Steampunk Hands Around the World.”  After checking in with Kevin last year he said it changed as the word got out.  So through the magic of the internet, people started calling it International Steampunk Month.  With February just around […]

Orange Ribbons and LARP’ing at the Symposium

Perhaps the biggest dichotomy in the Steampunk Community is between those who like to role play a Steampunk persona in Live Action Role Play (LARP) sense, and those who just like to dress in fancy clothes and do it more for the lifestyle. On the surface there really is no way to distinguish them apart, which […]

This Day in History – January 27th, 1880

Thomas Edison did not invent the first electric light bulb, but instead invented the first commercially practical incandescent light. Many earlier inventors had previously devised incandescent lamps, including Alessandro Volta‘s demonstration of a glowing wire in 1800 and inventions by Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans. Others who developed early and commercially impractical incandescent electric lamps included […]

Masks of Nyarlathotep Ep. 68: On To Shanghai

In this episode, Catherine disappears and an old friend joins us from England. Then we’re off to Shanghai and the last leg of our adventure.

Registered Airships for the 2015 Symposium Games

Ladies and Gentlemen, in just under three months the glorious Symposium Games will be upon us once more, and we shall witness twelve officially registered Steampunk Groups from the region engage in “gentlemanly” sport against each other. This year’s contest for the Symposium Trophy will be between the following groups: Airship Athena of Athens, Ohio […]