Sunday Summary – December 21st, 2014

So what did you miss this week? Monday, December 15th, Native American leader Sitting Bull was killed, we used Christmas science to help the Holidays, and we add Blonde Swan to the list of Symposium vendors.   Tuesday, December 16th, some white dudes dressed up as Native Americans and threw tea into Boston Harbor, but we were more concerned about the […]

This Day in History – December 21st, 1844

The cooperative movement began in Europe in the 19th century, primarily in Britain and France, although The Shore Porters Society claims to be one of the world’s first cooperatives, being established in Aberdeen in 1498 (although it has since demutualized to become a private partnership). The industrial revolution and the increasing mechanism of the economy transformed […]

Symposium Sessions – H. G. Wells and the War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells and the War of the Worlds Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike A retrospective of the man, his masterpiece and what has became of his vision since 1897, from Garrett Services’ hackneyed “Edison’s Conquest of Mars” through Orson Welles’ Halloween broadcast.   Zebulon Vitruvius Pike. Gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero and veteran […]

Sonic That!

“Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks “oooh, that could be a little more sonic”?” The power of sound waves has been greatly underestimated throughout human history. Oh,we  can admire the power in a great orator,or opera singer, but beyond that sound is a feeble thing, unable to affect the physical world around us. Or […]

This Day in History – December 20th, 1917

Cheka, Emergency Commission, Russian pronunciation: [tɕɪˈka]) was the first of a succession of Soviet state security organizations. It was created on December 20th, 1917, after a decree issued by Vladimir Lenin, and was subsequently led by Felix Dzerzhinsky, a Polish aristocrat turned communist. By late 1918, hundreds of Cheka committees had been created in various cities, at […]

Symposium Vender – Starlight Masks & Designs

Starlight Masks and Designs offers a mix of unique handmade, vintage and antique items. These items include but are not limited to Steampunk masks, hair falls/additions, Steampunk hair pins, woven metal jewelry, and costuming accessories such as vintage brooches, antique jewelry, hats, and gloves. See more of their works at

The Milwaukee Steampunk Society – Milwaukee, WI

The Milwaukee Steampunk Society is a group for any Steampunkers, but especially those in the Milwaukee area. We’ve strived to build a safe and positive community for Steampunks by organizing monthly meetings, collaborating with fellow Steampunks for local invasions of museums, antique shops, and held highly publicized events with Art Milwaukee at the August Gallery […]

This Day in History – December 19th, 1848

Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell. She wrote under the pen name Ellis Bell. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights […]

The Symposium Schedule has Begun!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are just so excited about the upcoming International Steampunk Symposium MMXV that we can barely contain ourselves . . . which is why parts of the schedule are already beginning to leak out. Starting this week, we are beginning to add sessions, panels, workshops, and special events to our online schedule and […]

Weekend Recommendations – December 18th, 2014

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, December 19th, 2014 9:30PM – Southgate House Revival, 111 East Sixth St., Newport, KY 41071 […]

This Day in History – December 18th, 1892

The Nutcracker (Russian: Щелкунчик, Балет-феерия / Shchelkunchik, Balet-feyeriya; French: Casse-Noisette, ballet-féerie) is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre […]

The Uncommon Geek podcast Episode 38: Interview with Calamity Labs!

*This Episode contains mature language* Holy smokes! We have Calamity Labs on the podcast! Calamity Dawn and Dorian Bridges, the masterminds behind Calamity Labs Mixology, along with minions Loki and Captain Izzy,  join Troy and Andrew in the hidden most levels of the Labs! Both Calamity and Dorian are professional bar tenders in real life, and […]