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July 2009

Let us never forget

The last British soldier who fought in the Great War has passed on. Let us remember. Embedded video from <a href=”http://www.cnn.com/video”>CNN Video</a> Let us not repeat history. And also, let me take this opportunity to remeber the last soldier of the German Army who died: Dr. Erich Kästner, who was …

On this day in 1909

Another official Steampunk Holiday One hundred years ago today, French aviator Louis Blériot (very impressive mustache) succeeded in crossing the English Channel in a motor-powered airplane. Let’s raise our glasses and give three cheers to Monsieur Blériot. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! And here are two images of the aviator and his …

The future is not quite what it used to be

Here are some very nice images of artists’ imaginations about the future. Since these imaginations are from around 1900, their relative future is, well, now. So I can actually compare the artistic fancies with what the future turned out to be once it arrived. Here we go: An image I …

The United States of Greater Austria

Just another footnote in the great, often not so great and most often downright dirty history of mankind: The United States of Greater Austria. If it had not been for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, this now unfortunately very fictional country would have risen like a Phoenix from the …

Steamgunners

Hmmm… Just stumbled upon this game by accident… Here’s the trailer: And a video about the gameplay: Actually, I do not think that steamgunners is the sort of game I would enjoy much and so I am unlikely to purchase it, but still, it is definitely Steampunk so it is …

Soviet Nuclear Airship

So, there was this concept of a nuclear powered Zeppelin brought forth by the mind of a Russian engineer. I am not sure if this was an idea that was at any time seriously considered or just some sort of Soviet Futurism, still… quite a cool concept I have to …

The not so fine art of propaganda and colonialism

A friend of mine recently pointed an article on the Spiegel website out to me which concerned some rather sad and weird legal concerns hailing from the colonial era. The whole article is just one click away. A very strange story in deed. It is so sad when you look back …

It’s about time… it really is!

Well… I guess this post could develop into some sort of a rant, so I better start with what I consider seriously good news: The German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr, finally has a medal of valor again. The official statement on the Bundeswehr Homepage is as such: Bundeskanzlerin Dr. Angela …