This Day in History – February 22nd, 1848

The 1848 Revolution in France, sometimes known as the February Revolution (révolution de Février), was one of a wave of revolutions in 1848 in Europe that began on February 22nd, 1848. In France the revolutionary events ended the Orleans monarchy (1830–48) and led to the creation of the French Second Republic. Following the overthrow of […]

Symposium Session – Steampunk Music

Steampunk Music Presented by Sir Ernest Octave Suszczynski Join Sir Ernest for a journey through ten different genres of music and listings of bands within each that can be classified as Steampunk. Watch videos, listen to music and explore new bands which you have never heard of yet. Steampunk music is music steampunks like, right? Hopefully we […]

Symposium Games – Toy Gun Dueling Rules

This is it everyone, our fourth year of solving things with darts of fury and toy based attempted foamicide. The rules haven’t changed too much over the years, but there are a couple of changes this year so pay attention: The rules below can also be downloaded as a PDF. Participants: Each competing group will be […]

This Day in History – February 21st, 1848

The Communist Manifesto (officially Manifesto of the Communist Party) was published on February 21st, 1848 as a political pamphlet by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that laid out the program of the Communist League. Originally published in German (as Manifest der kommunistischen Partei) just as the revolutions of 1848 began to erupt, the Manifesto […]

Symposium Session – Stage Magic in the Age of Steam

Stage Magic in the Age of Steam: Houdin, Houdini, and the Maskelynes Presented by Edward von Hegner From its first recorded appearance in the court of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs until the Victorian Age stage magic was associated with con artists who used sleight-of-hand to separate suckers from their money. Then came Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, the […]

Weekend Recommendations – February 20th, 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, February 20th, 2015 Feb. 20th at 3PM to Feb. 22nd at 6PM – Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Ctr, […]

Animusic: Music, Magic, and Machines

There is a Youtuber called Animusic who makes the most wonderful, fantastical videos of automated, animated, self-playing impossible instruments. Or are they really impossible? Let’s take the “Resonant Chamber” as an example. The instrument itself can probably be built. There doesn’t appear to be any physical limitations in creating a guitar-harp hybrid so complicated no […]

This Day In History – February 20th, 1909

The Manifesto of Futurism, written by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, initiated an artistic philosophy, Futurism, that was a rejection of the past, and a celebration of speed, machinery, violence, youth and industry; it was also an advocation of the modernisation and cultural rejuvenation of Italy. Marinetti wrote the manifesto in the autumn of […]

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