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Friday, March 27, 2015

Navy Drinks: Rum, Part I

As far as nautical drinks are concerned, rum may perhaps be one of the most associated beverages with sea duty.  Alas, American Naval ships don't provide any grog, but many other Navies do provide an opportunity to indulge in a small swig!  Found a very nice starter article on Gizmoto about rums, along with a bit of history with its relation to sea service, so for now, please do indulge!  (as I do with the above Kraken (my personal favorite), and Pussers (for my Painkillers)!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Augmented Reality and Dr. Grordbort's fantastic Steampunk weaponry!

Came across this nifty little article on IO9 about augmented reality video games, and was quite surprised to see a game version of Dr. Grordbort's weapons used in a first-person shooter.  While its not really a video game, it is a nice hope for the emergence of a new horizon of action and fun... one can only hope!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Finally back on board!

After a bit of consternation and consideration, I decided to return back to blogging about Steampunk.  However... this time around will have a bit more of a focus than previously.   The first blog, the Steampunk Tribune, was a labor of love that I indulged in for about six and a half years, until I reached my limit regarding the direction of parts of the Steampunk genre.  Aside from what appeared to be a "forced-fed" political correctness being exposed by a minor ity regarding how some felt the genre "should be", it was also becoming a bit staid for myself.  Starting in '07 with my Second Life experiences, I diverged into a good amount of Real Life (RL) experiences.  I supposed I needed a breather... thus the reason I shuttered the blog.

Anyways, I'll be working here, with a focus on the intersection of Steampunk & Nautical / Aero existence.  It is a bit painful to see some of the basics of shipboard life poorly translated to the Steampunk genre, so I'll do my small part to rectify that - until later!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Introducing Baron Halfpenny!

Hola y Bienviedos!  Back from my adventures over the Peruvian Andes (yes, involving aero-cads, enhanced beverages, and sultry ladies), long enough for a quick port call and some "minor" repairs on my little airboat.  As the Rusty Albatross is being patched up, I'd like to pay a quick note to a burgeoning attire endeavor named "Baron Halfpenny"!  

As one works towards constructing an acceptable Steampunk (or Dieselpunk) appearance, accessories are key towards an authentic look.  Once key example are goggles... a perennial challenge, and if done poorly, will cause a bit of wincing by any potential admirers.  However, the Baron's Steampunk goggles (displayed above), have an outstanding appearance, and for the price are certainly a good value.  Additionally, they have RAF Flying Goggles, for a latter day flyer look!

Being a submariner, I do have my own bias towards "brown shoes" on "targets" (yes, aka avaitors), but I must concede they can be stylish... on occasion.  Case in point is the G-1, otherwise known as the "Navy Bomber Jacket".  Not only is sharp, it looks good no matter the circumstance, and is classic Dieselpunk wear.  As I always say, you get what you pay for, and this jacket is most certainly gem!

If you are still on the fence, and just looking for the moment, might I suggest subscribing to Baron Halfpenny's blog?  During my tenure at the Steampunk Tribune, I saw many a company blog, and alas, many were of... varying quality.  However, I've been impressed with the Baron's blog regarding Steampunk, and its quite a good source of Steampunk enlightenment.  Additionally, one can keep tabs via their Facebook location.  Well, its back to work, so I'll have to put down the leaded coffee I "found" in Bogata, and get back to honing the ballast tanks!  Please take care, and until later!

Friday, January 30, 2015

A return for the new year?...

Well, its been a while since I shut down the Steampunk Tribune back in 2013 - as much as I enjoyed the past six plus years of Steampunk reporting, the Steampunk scene was (and to a certain extent still is) a bit uncivil and over-political in certain areas.  This being said, I figured I'd work back into the genre, if only to appease my own nautical / aero musings.  

I won't be nearly as focused on the overall Steampunk genre, but will hone down to certain areas - Submarines (once my old profession), Airships (one of the icons of Steampunk), Aero-Travel (the reason for airships), and the Nautical Life (again, back to my old profession).  I may introduce certain aspects of Dieselpunk, as airships are a mainstay of that genre as well, but as the title of blog is the "Steampunk" Shipyard, I'll work to staying within genre.

Additionally, I will include more piratical aspects - if one has an airship, one needs a nemesis... and no better nemesis than an opposing airship manned by pirates (imo).  Finally, by including pirates, I will likely have some NSFW images as well - not a common item (lord knows ladies showing off their goodies abounds on the Internet), but if the circumstances merit it, I'll include that as well.

Well, off to continue drinking my "Stormy Mojito" - pleas do take care, check in frequently, and I'll see you at the next port of call!....