Does Anyone Remember “Ark II”?

Nostalgia has an increasingly powerful effect on a person’s ability to judge the entertainment value of various media types.  It seems the older a person becomes the more this fact becomes clear. Having just celebrated another birthday, I am even more aware of the effect nostalgia has on my choice of electronic entertaiment, be it […]

The Black Widow Conundrum and Joss Whedon

Warning: Here there be Spoilers The twitterverse exploded this week with @josswhedon being flooded with accusations of misogyny, a bizarre situation considering he’s famous for strong female characters. He did give us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after all, featuring TVs strong female lead since the 1970s Wonder Woman. When someone asked, “So, why do you […]

May 9th, 1904 – Steam Engine Sets Speed Record!

Number 3440 City of Truro is a Great Western Railway (GWR) 3700 (or ‘City’) Class 4-4-0 locomotive, designed by George Jackson Churchward and built at the GWR Swindon Works in 1903. (It was rebuilt to a limited extent in 1911 and 1915, and renumbered 3717 in 1912). It is one of the contenders for the […]

The Final Count!

The tally is in! Attendees of the 2015 International Steampunk Symposium helped raise over $900 for NAMI! Many helped the cause by donating to and/or buy tickets for the raffle. Books, baubles, jewelry, and many more objects of intrigue came from our generous vendors and sponsors. What was the most coveted prize? The Unbreakable Umbrella! […]


What is retro-futurism? Taken quite literally, it sounds like a contradiction of terms. Retro refers to things of the past, like antiques, and futurism is, well, the future. But retro-futurism isn’t the days of future past. It’s actually the future as envisioned by writers of the past. The year of 2060 would be described very […]

May 8th, 1886 – Confederate Chemist Creates “Intellectual Beverage”

In April 1865 while serving as lieutenant colonel of the Confederate Army’s 12th Cavalry Regiment, Georgia State Guard, John Pemberton was wounded in the Battle of Columbus, Georgia. He was slashed across the chest by a saber, and like many wounded veterans, he became addicted to the morphine used to ease the pain. Pemberton was a […]

The Return of the Cincinnati Geek Club!

Within the Cincinnati nerd scene it had become a thing of legend . . . a golden era that spanned 2011 and 2012 in which thirty plus dorks and nerds get together on the third Wednesday of each month at Roxx Electro Cafe near the University of Cincinnati campus for what was essentially a mini-convention […]

The Iron Jackal – Book Review

This tale is all about the good ship Ketty Jay and its captain, Frey, but the story is told through the eyes of the entire crew as they take turns enriching the story with their insights and foibles. It all starts when this rag-tag band is enlisted by Frey’s “its complicated,” Trinica the pirate queen, to […]

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