Gin: The Steampunk Spirit

At the International Steampunk Symposium 2014, the Steampunk Chronicles announced the winners of their Readers’ Choice Awards. In the category of “Most Steampunk Drink” Gin was the clear winner. Gin has a long and interesting history. There are a lot of legends, anecdotes, and misconception about this amazing liquor. Come with me on a little […]

Ravenwood Castle

Hocking Hills, the green jewel hidden in southeast Ohio, boasts the kind of scenery one would expect in a feature fantasy film. Hollows offer glimpses of unspoiled wildlife. Towering trees line streams cut deep between the foothills. The parks offer an escape to another world. The only thing missing is a castle . . . […]

May 22nd, 1849 – Lincoln the Inventor

Abraham Lincoln‘s patent is a patented invention to lift boats over shoals and obstructions in a river. It is the only United States patent ever registered to a President of the United States. Lincoln conceived the idea of inventing a mechanism that would lift a boat over shoals and obstructions when on two different occasions the boat […]

Cincinnati Geek Club Reboot . . . Success!

Last night saw the reboot of the Cincinnati Geek Club after a two and a half year hiatus. Previously Roxx Electro Cafe had been home to this enthusiastic group of nerds, but when Roxx closed on October 2012 the whole thing came to a grinding halt . . . until now. Over two dozen local […]

The Greatest Feminist Action Movie Ever!

As if responding the turmoil caused by the Twitterverse’s accusations of Joss Whedon betraying Black Widow as a strong female character in the Action Movie genre, along came Furiosa (Charlize Theron) like a valkyrie of feminist justice! Not only was Mad Max – Fury Road the most refreshing action movie to have burst on the screen in decades, […]

May 21st, 1881 – The American Red Cross Begins!

In 1869, Clara Barton went to Europe and became involved in the work of the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War. Her experience left her determined to bring the organization home with her to America, and on May 21st, 1881 in Washington, D.C. she managed to establish the American Red Cross to which she became the first president […]

The Uncommon Geek podcast Episode 49: Artificial Intelligence!

“I think therefore I am.” You can program a computer to say this, but does that mean it has intelligence? What is intelligence? Is there any difference between artificial and biological intelligence? Our parents teach us things, which is basically programming, so are we any different than a program learning how to calculate based in […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Remedies – Intestines and Puppies

Welcome to another edition of Dr. Pembroke’s Remedies. I suppose that this weeks edition might leave you with what could be considered the epitome of mixed feelings, ranging from extremes of both the adorable and the stomach clenching. If you’re eating, I suggest you put it aside for a moment. Don’t forget, ‘aww’ and ‘eww’ are but a vowel apart… […]

May 20th, 1873 – Copper Added to Blue Jeans!

The trade of jean fabric emerged in the cities of Genoa, Italy, and Nimes, France. Gênes, the French word for Genoa, may be the origin of the word “jeans”. In Nimes, weavers tried to reproduce jean but instead developed a similar twill fabric that became known as denim, from de Nimes, meaning “from Nimes”. Genoa’s […]

Tomorrow . . . Cincinnati Geek Club!

It’s been about two and a half years since the last Cincinnati Geek Club meeting, but tomorrow marks the start of a new era with its return. When: 6PM+ Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 Where: Molly Malone’s, 112 E 4th St, Covington, KY 41011 Geek Club is a monthly opportunity for fans of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and such to […]

Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Prince” – Book Review

After I read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (who also penned the Mortal Instruments books), I knew I had to continue the journey. I just had to find out more about Tessa and her mysterious ability to change into anyone, living or dead, just by holding something he or she owned. And what was the origin of […]

May 19th, 1897 – Oscar Wilde Released from Prison

After losing his libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, Oscar Wilde was arrested on charges of sodomy and gross indecency. Wilde was found guilty and sentenced to sentenced to two years in prison. He was imprisoned first in Pentonville Prison and then Wandsworth Prison in London. Inmates followed a regimen of “hard labour, hard fare and a hard […]