The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog

Musings from a travelling Steampunk

100 years of Salon de locomotion aerienne

Posted By on 9. Februar 2010

This years Salon de locomotion aerienne, the Paris Air Show, will mark its 100th anniversary, there will be a bigger blog article on the day it starts (if I don’t forget) but for now, here are two very nice images from the first show in 1909:

Salon de locomotion aerienne 1909 Grand Palais Paris

Ah! My little steampunk heart ticks faster!

Happy Birthday Jules Verne

Posted By on 8. Februar 2010

Official Steampunk Holiday!

Jules Verne is 182 years old today, if he would still be around. Happy Birthday, Grand Old Master!

Jules Verne

PS: This entry was written on 10th February, although I put the event on my iCal…

First Chapter of a Novel

Posted By on 8. Februar 2010

I announced a while ago that I am working on my first novel, based on the diaries found elswhere on this site. Well, I am making progress here but upcomming events, i.e. moving house and, the Gods and Saint Babbage willing, fatherhood in August, might delay the completion. Thus far, I have completed seven chapters, which amounts to about one third of what I have planned.

Anyway, here is the first chapter of „To the Ends of the Earth“ (the title may still change). I hope you like it. Be aware that this is Steampunk from a German perspective, most of the main characters are German officers, it is a little different from other Steampuk novels and novellas, I guess.

Thus far, I have not encountered a single piece of Steampunk literature, that was not set in an English-speaking country. I am willing to be corrected, of course.

OK, once again, I hope you enjoy what I have created, feedback, suggestions and critcism are all very welcome.

Sherlock Holmes – The Movie

Posted By on 7. Februar 2010

Yesterday we went to see the late show o the Sherlock Holmes movie. It was fun. There are, however some things in thta movie which could easily prevent it from beng fun.

I guess I start with the weak spots and finish with the best bits.

As far as I can see, there are three major flaws in this movie:

  • The depiction of Holmes and Watson are relatively unfaithful regarding the original characters:
    Holmes is depicted as a half-crazed, manic  man with a tendency towards violence who engages in boxing-matches to let of steam.
    Watson is a gambler, who amonst other things bets on Holmes‘ boxing matches.
  • There is too much arbitrary action, pyrotechnics and violence.
  • For a first adventure, the plot is simply too big, the task too grand.

Now for the good bits:

  • The villain is brilliant, believable and in my oppinion the best played character.
  • The movie isquite simply a lot of fun and does not take itself too seriously
  • The steampunk elements: Mysticism, some weird science birdering on alchemy, a conspiracy and actually… No, this would be a spoiler
  • The chemistry between the characters and between them and their respective significant other
  • The camera person as a genious
  • The machine at the end, such a marvelous steampunk contraption. Basically it is a clockwork bomb…
  • The esthetics and imagery of the movie is simply excellent, ever single scene, every image adds up to form a beautifully dark and haunting image that finally resolves itself in:
  • The possibility of a sequel

Well, if you are looking for a movie faithful to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, skip this one. If you are looking for a fun and action-filled movie with a Cictorian setting, go see it, you won’t regret it.

Steampunk Jump’n Run

Posted By on 6. Februar 2010

Just a quick entry, because I will not have time for more today:

There is a iPod game comming up, already free for Mac, that has a cool retro and steampunk feel to it. Steampunk because of the obvious aesthetics and retro because it looks so much like a classic Jump’n Run from the C64 days… Ahhh… The days of my youth…

Check out the video and the website:

Sherlock Holmes Evening

Posted By on 5. Februar 2010

Right then…

A Steampunk should always grasp an opportunity to attend or participate in cultural events which fit the genre and so I did…  (I seldom get the opportunity anyway these days, I guess the people 120 years ago had it easier)

Sherlock Holmes seems to be all the rage these, there’s a new movie out, there’s a new trend in fashion:

Sherlock Holmes retro Look

(Steampunk/Dieselpunk elements going mainstream?) and of course, there are some literary events going, bringing the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the masses. It was such an event that my wife, two friends and me amongst about fouty other guests attended yesterday, it was held in a mid-sized café Munich, the NIEDERLASSUNG:

Holmes 1

The reader, Deef Pirmasens:

Reader

Atmospherical music by Sascha Bibergeil:

Musik -  Biebergeil

The story read was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (German translation from 1905). I must admit, to my shame, this was the first time I had contact with Sherlock Holmes that did not involve a televison series…. Admission fee was € 6 and it was six Euros well spent.

It was a thorougly enjoyable experience, Deef has a very pleasant voice that is easy to listen to, he gave each character his own unique voice, adding to charcter and depth of the experience and Sascha’s guitar play was most enjoyable and fitting and contributed greately to the atmosphere. I also found the story most intriguing and have to applaud the genius of Sir Doyle for creating such a brilliant mind like Holmes‘ in his own. This very enjoyable reading of The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle is going to be the bar against which the Sherlock Holmes movie will be me meassured. We will very likely go see it this weekend.

The Hat Issue

Posted By on 4. Februar 2010

I ask myself:

Shall I get a hat? I’ve got two steamy caps (one of them a flyer’s cap) but they are only good for the colder part of the year. The question is, shall I get a steampunky hat for the summer? I’ve got an Australian (or very likely fake-Australian) bush hat but since I’m more the gentleman steampunk, wearing it with the rest of the ensemble would destroy looking the part. So the question remains:

Should I get myself a top hat, a bowler or a Bogart (which would be more on the Dieselpunk side), like the one shown in a previous post (the one about smoking). I guess the bowler is somewhat out of the question, since it reeks too much of English clerk to me (as in: Ministry of Silly Walks) and always reminds me of Charlie Chaplin. It really comes down to either a top hat or a Bogart. Hmmm… Luckily, there is quite a good store for hats here in Munich, I guess I just check what suits me best.

And there is sitll the matter of money… These things don’t come cheap and certain items I do not buy used. I shall see how much the hats actually cost and then I will probably decide not to get a new hat after all…

Steampunk and Dieselpunk images

Posted By on 3. Februar 2010

Two images I simply had to share, they are too cool to pass by. The first one is supposedly pre-Great War but I am somewhat unsure about this. It is very steampunk, though The second one is just one great poster motive for fighting nerds. It basically says „This happens when Tesla goes bad“.

So please, enjoy:

Steampunk Assault Bike

Armed Nerds - Dieselpunk Style

A little something

Posted By on 2. Februar 2010

For some very important reason, I post this really cute Lil‘ Cthulhu video:

I will also one of these days order Where the Deep Ones are and  a few other Mini Mythos books. You have to teach them early…

Riese The Series – Chapter Two

Posted By on 1. Februar 2010

Right, so here it is, the first episode of chapter two of Riese!

Please watch first before you read on, I speculate further down and the speculation contains a few spoilers. So, please enjoy the episode:

Now for the speculation and the spoilers:

The episode takes place in the vicinity of a town called Vidar. Vidar is another name taken from the Edda. Vidar is a son of Odin/Woden destined to avenge his father’s death at Ragnarok and a new character by the name of Rand, apparently a military leader, mentioned the enigmatic Siegfried. For those of you not familiar with the online alternate reality game surrounding Riese, Siegfried already made an appearance there, as someone with some inside knowledge of the sect and member of the resistance.

Now the speculation: A battle is planned to happen in or around Vidar, could this be a Battle of Vengeanc? And could this battle stop Eleysia’s military expansion for a while thus triggering increased activity by the sect and Amara?

And another speculation: Could it be that Trennan harbours some feelings towards Amara and/or Riese or feels some guilt towards Riese, judging from his responses during and after the bo exercise?

Hmmmm… It’s great to speculate!