So You Wanna Be A Rocket Scientist

“It’s not rocket science” is a phrase we’ve probably all used at one point or another–in frustration over a whining child or an inept employee, or just as reassurance to someone we’re trying to teach to use a web browser. The phrase was coined in the 1980s, replacing the previous term “It’s not brain surgery.” […]

August 29th, 1898 – Look! It’s the Goodyear Blimp!

The first Goodyear factory opened in Akron, Ohio, on August 29th, 1898. The thirteen original employees manufactured bicycle and carriage tires, rubber horseshoe pads, and poker chips. The company grew with the advent of the automobile, and later started experimenting with airship design.

Steam-Powered Belly Dance

The League of Cincinnati Steampunks will be in attendance for Leapin’ Lizard’s end of summer party where a collision of genres will create some steam-powered magic!

Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup – August 2015

There are always many great Steampunk projects looking for public support from the Steampunk Community and beyond . . . so many that it’s hard to keep track of them all, which is why we have our monthly Crowdfunding Roundup to help you pick which projects you would like to see become a reality. The […]

August 28th, 1830 – Train Vs. Horse Showdown!

On August 28th, 1830, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad‘s new Tom Thumb steam locomotive raced a horse-drawn car, presaging steam’s role in US railroads.

The “Father of Aeronautics”

The invention of the airship dates back almost three and a half centuries to Lombardy, Italy. In 1670 Francesco Lana de Terzi, a Jesuit Father and professor of physics and mathematics at Brescia first published a description of an “Aerial Ship.” Terzi is commonly referred to as the “Father of Aeronautics” for turning the field of aeronautics into a science by establishing “a theory of aerial navigation […]

The Steampunk Capital of the World?

Fans of science fiction, fantasy, and steampunk may find themselves asking—why does New Zealand have all the cool places to travel? First Peter Jackson chose New Zealand for the film locations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies: now there is an entire tourist industry dedicated to taking travelers to all the stunning film locations. If this is not enough, tourists can visit Flock Hill, Purakaunui Bay, and Auckland City to see where The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was filmed. Of course, fans of the X-Men can visit Otago and feel like they are walking through scenes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But for the true immersive experience, steampunk fans can visit Oamaru, a town dedicated to the steampunk aesthetic: a town whose residents claim they are living in the Steampunk Capital of the World.

August 27th, 1896 – The Shortest War in History

The Anglo-Zanzibar War was fought between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate on August 27th, 1896. The conflict lasted around 40 minutes, marking it as the shortest war in history.

The Uncommon Geek podcast Episode 56: Interview with Alpha Riff!

We have the cyborg bounty hunter Alpha Riff on the podcast! The nerdcore hip-hop artist what is starting to take the world by storm sits down with Troy to talk about how he got into music and the origins of his persona, Alpha Riff! He also talks about some of the subtleties in his hip-hopera, […]

The Rebels . . . were British?

There is long standing acknowledgement in the Star Wars universe that all the Imperial officers and general bad guys are played by British actors; British comedian Eddie Izzard even has a sketch about it. The prominent characters of the galactic rebellion are played by American actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. It’s no stretch to […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – Anatomy Night School

During the intellectually ravenous period of the mid to late 1700’s, the study of medicine was flourishing and blooming like some strange, bloody, sticky anatomical flower, as doctors engaged themselves in the long road to true, empirical understanding of the human body. Luminaries such as my personal hero John Hunter, amongst others, were eager to expand their skills […]

August 26th, 1883 – The Day the Planet Shook!

The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) began in the afternoon of August 26th, 1883 (with origins as early as May of that year) and culminated with several destructive eruptions of the remaining caldera.