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Minutes at the Edge #12 – The Culture of Whales

http://media.blubrry.com/non_euclidean_aethercast/p/s3.amazonaws.com/ScienceEdge/Edge12.mp3Podcast (minutesedge): Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:19 — 6.7MB) | EmbedTurns out, humans are no unique in the way they create cultures. Research into whales has now conclusively shown they are not only highly social and intelligent animals, but they also create their own culture and their …

The LHC just blew up the Universe

Actually, it did not, in case you did not notice. Inspired by Symphony of Science (see below) I dug around for the videos containing the lyrics. One particular enlightning one I discovered in the process is this presentation by Brian Cox: Beautiful! I say this again: Education was fashionable during …

An inspirational Video about recycling Ideas

Happy Solstice everybody! As Steampunks, we are used to the notion of things and ideas being recycable. After all, to a degree modern Steampunk is Sci-Fi, Victoriana and the ideas first formulated by Verne and Wells recycled; mixed with a pinch of cultural criticism, counterculture and whatever else you like …

It's International Steampunk Day

Today is international Steampunk Day and it is really easy to participate: …dress up like Steampunk Characters, watch steampunk movies, play steampunk video games, read steampunk books and just bask in the glory that is the steampunk genre. So bust out your goggles and your ray guns, your felt vests …

Gatehouse Gazette Issue 17 – The Roaring Twenties

Two more months have passed and this obviously means: It is time for another Gatehouse Gazette! Issue 17 focuses on The Roaring Twenties, the wildest time of the early 20th century. I think the spirit of these times is best surmized by a line taken from the booklet of the …

Utilikilt Weather

Hurray! It’s 26°C (79°F) outside, first time this year I guess. At least in this part of Germany. In any case, it is the right weather to wear one of my two utilikilts. And this is what I did this morning when I went shopping and what I am still …

Bionade-Biedermeier

OK, so today I learned a new word: Bionade-Biedermeier. Let me explain: Bionade is a sort of organic lemonade available here in Germany (and possibly elswhere in Europe, too, although I do not know if it has made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, yet) and Biedermeier is a term …

Tour d'Eiffel Day

Official Steampunk Holiday! On this day in 1889 the Tour d’Eiffel, Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece, was inaugurated. So, happy 121 anniversary, Eiffel Tower! Some quick data: Location:  Paris, France Coordinates:     48.8583°N 2.2945°E Constructed:     1887 – 1889 Opening:     March 31, 1889 Use:  Observation tower, Radio broadcasting tower Status:   Completed …