Sending you my best wishes on this day, which also happens to be one of the high feast days of the Cult of Cthulhu!
It just occurred to me, I have not done a fashion-related article in a while, so I thought I write a little something about the fashion accessory most popularly connected to the Steampunk scene: Goggles.
Personally, I have a most splendid source of hand-crafted goggles and to be more specific, steampunk monocles. My friend Mattia is a very talented tinkerer as you can see in this example of me wearing a monocle made by him during EuroSteamCon 2013 in Barcelona (also please note the very fashionable black Cthulhu-tie I am wearing):
Now, obviously not all Steampunks have a friend who creates steampunk goggles or monocles, but luckily, there are sites on the web which can help out.
There is a specialised venue, Steampunk Goggles. I actually found them by trying out the URL for a laugh, and they offer a huge selection of various goggles, monocles and eye-related accessories. Also, there are some very nifty lenses you can just clip unto your usual glasses to steampunk them, should the need arise.
If you have found nothing that suits your needs , I suggest you try two ætherweb giants, you know, the one which sounds like a river and the other one that sounds like an electric version of a specific coastline feature. The ætherweb is vast, you should be able to find something…
On fashion in general, this one is more for the ladies and I think I have mentioned this before: The most talented Kato has a lovely site Steampunk Courture, you should check out for attire for the discerning Steampunk lady.
And in completely unrelated news:
Happy Halloween everybody, the image below is taken from today’s splendid Google Doodle:
Halloween is upon us and for this reason I am blatantly going to steal my friend Hilde’s design she posted over at the Gatehouse blog, but before, here comes the cultist:
Halloween is, according to the holy and wholesome writ of the Great Prophet Howard, one of the most important festivals of the Cult of Cthulhu.
I also want to point out, again, the Cult has changed and Cthulhu himself is most likely far more benign than, say, some fairly popular deity whose name, according to his own statement, is „Jealous“.
The latest evidence actually indicates Cthulhu is here to save the world! And I am doing a little trope-whoring myself here:
Everything sounds more evil in German, you know!
I hope you enjoyed this mindless piece of entertainment from beyond the gulfs of space and time. Now for the aforementioned Halloween Design I stole:
The mists are gathering outside, the sun is setting early, summer has passed (although it made a strong final effort the last weeks around here).
Now it is time tio get the pumpkin carvers out and get ready for everybody’s favourite pagan holiday: Halloween.
And if you want to steampunk your house or laboratory or workshop or library or
airship Zeppelin for this event, I would like to point your attention to the following accessories:
More related decorative items of a steampunk nature are available: Find them here.
A little late this time, the November issue of the esteemed Gatehouse Gazette:
Rather fittingly, this November issue is all about spooky subjects, after all, it is the season of the witch… Most interresting, though, I find the essay about feminism in Steampunk. The first example of gender sudies related to the subject I have come across so far. I guess there are some more examples around but I cannot read everything. Only Google can do that.
The issue is also quite heavy on the fashion side, this time also concerning gentlemen, and there are two examples of original fiction included.
A final note, yours truly contibuted the essay on Homunculi, Golems and Robots (Amazing Artificial Anthropoids, because of the astonishing abolutely arbitrary alliteration). Just a few days after sending the draft to Nick Ottens for editing, I received an offer to review a book about just that subject by Dr. Bob Curran. The review will be up shortly. Strange coincidences and dharmatic causality knots…
Ladies and Gentlemen,
through the combined efforts of the Steampunk community and other honorable citizens, Peter Montgomery was able to complete his epic Steampunk Halloween Project. This is, the finished thing:
And here are the vital stats:
7 feet in diameter
Total length is 25 feet
Drill bit is 11 1/2 feet long by itself
The drill bit is motorized and turns
Also, Peter will put up a video soon, which will also be featured here, once its available. Marvellous! Peter, I wish I had your craftsmen skills!
I just wanted to call your attention again to the following project:
Please people, rally to this cause! We are almost there! The goal is in our sight!
Sometimes you have to do something for your readers and I think, the endevour I will describe here now is well worth making public:
Mr. Peter Montgomery wants to do something special this Halloween, he wants to put something in his yard that will, upon completion look something like this:
And, Mr. Montgomery is no stranger to awesome, impressive Halloween displays. Here’s an example of a bygone Halloween:
And there’s more at www.SoCalHalloween.com, Peter Montgomery’s site.
Obviously, those projects need a lot of love, work and funding, Peter has set up an account at Kickstarter, to gather funds. So, if you can find it in your heart, or whatever you have, to suppot Peter’s worthy project, visit his Kickstarter Account and contribute. I will certainly do so.
Should this project fail, it would be a real shame… So I hope I can do my part and am looking foreward to publishing a few images of the Steampunk Drill in all its glory!
And a special note to Dahlia Jane: I guess this is something you can blog about, too. After all, it is a Halloween project you tell your grandchildren about!