Calamity’s Corner: Totties: For What Ails You!

The Hot Toddy (or totty or even totties) has been around for as long as people could throw booze into hot water. There’s nothing better than a toddy for what ails you. Historically hot drinks have been used for both medicinal and leisure purposes. Baby got a tooth coming in? Rub a little warm brandy […]

Steampunk for Kids – The Jupiter Chronicles

This week I have the opportunity to review The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramirez, a steampunk adventure novel for young readers. The novel includes a variety of steam-powered inventions, aliens, children whose curiosity gets the better of them, “somewhat” lost civilizations, mysterious forces, space battles, and, yes, even […]

July 31st, 1930 – Enter The Shadow!

The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide variety of media. Details of the title character have varied across various media, but he is generally depicted as a crime-fighting vigilante with psychic powers posing as a “wealthy, young man about town”. One of the most famous adventure […]

The Airship Chronicles – Basics & Beginnings

If a film or TV show needs to illustrate that the characters are now in an “alternative” universe or parallel world, one of the first tropes is to fill the sky with airships. They are the primary image of the Steampunk world and even trump the ubiquitous goggles, but what of the reality of airships […]

Who Needs a Singularity?

“AI is going to take over the world, we shouldn’t trust it!” “My detective partner is an android, he’s so damn annoying to work with, always stating the obvious using superior vocabulary!” “Where in Deus Ex Machina’s name is the line between man and machine?!”

July 30th, 1871 – Staten Island Ferry Explodes!

On July 30th, 1871, disaster struck the Staten Island Ferry as the Westfield’s boiler exploded, resulting in the deaths of over 85 people.

The Uncommon Geek podcast Episode 54: The NOT Podcast Episode!

Life is funny… You make plans to do things and stuff, and then BAM! I apologize for the lack of podcast this week. But, hey! First time since we started is a pretty good track record I’d say! It happens to the best of them; The Charlie Tonic Hour, Nerdist, Wil Wheaton, and others. I’m […]

The Time Travelers’ Ball 2011

The Cincinnati Time Travelers’ Ball first emerged on September 24th, 2011 and was the first major Steampunk event to be held in Cincinnati . . . A night of steampunktastic delights with Ford Theatre Reunion, The Extraordinary Contraptions, Chakras, Deadly Sins Burlesque, Dr. Bombay’s Atomic Bachelor Pad, Vaudeville Freud, Belly Dance, DJ Roundboy, vendors, art, […]

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