Today is Winter Solstice, Yule, and just in time for the festival, the lovely people over at Screen Novelties have sent me this cute animated short to share, enjoy!
Original art by http://alcove.deviantart.com/
Another year has almost passed, it was quite an eventful one here at The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog. We got the European Steampunk Convention going, I published a book with Alex from Clockworker and the two of us got Pip Ballentine and Tee Morris to give us an interview for our respective podcasts. Speaking of which, 2012 also saw the launch of my podcast, I should not forget that.
Now it is time to relax a little (as if) and enjoy some time with my family. All that is left to do in this post is to wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, a Cool Yule and whatever else you want! And special thanks to my great friend Hilde for providing the artwork!
So two days ago, we had our company christmas party. Quite a great evening. It was the best office party I have been to since I left Games Workshop in 2000 (nothing beats a party at Bugman’s Bar).
One of the highlights was one of my colleagues doing some magic tricks (he is in fact a member of the MZVD, Germany’s most prestigious organisation of stage magicians).
It is really frustrating, when you know how a trick works, but then fail to spot it when it happens, let me tell you…
Now for the big win: It is a tradition here (in Southern Germany at least) to do „Wichteln“ for your colleagues. „Wichtel“ is the German term for a helpful, industrious fairy creature. Basically, one of the fat guy with the beard’s helpers. It means, you get a little present for one specific colleague or (as it happened in this case) everybody gets a small present, they are pooled and then they are raffled in one way or the other.
A true blessing by the Air Kraken! A little tin toy wind-up mouse. What more could a little steampunk ask for?
To sum up: I had a brilliant evening, good food, good drink, terrific company and a very fitting piece of loot to take home.
Today is Winter Solstice, a.k.a. Yule (among others). I am on the road and cannot celebrate this day with my family. In case you wonder, I am actually celebrating Yule, I’m a heathen.
So instead, I have to put this off until tomorrow and leave you with this video of last year’s winter solstice:
and this great song by Fferyllt, a Russian Pagan Metal band from Krasnodar.
So tonight, let us raise our glasses to old friends, old gods, new causes and a better future!
This is important, a fellow Steampunk is in need so let’s all band together and help him out.
So this is what it is all about:
The gentleman on the right is, Jordan. He’s not only a great guy with a wife and kid, but he also runs the steampunk/alternative music label Sepiachord. If you are on Diesepunks.org you might have seen him sharing new music with us every day, or you might have listened to The Sepiachord Passport this year. Jordan is one of the cornerstones of the community.
Long story short, Jordan’s family recently got hit with some very serious medical bills. Even with insurance, payment plans, and a second job, Jordan is going to have to turn off everything and close Sepiachord for at least a few years until he can get back on his feet.
So, if you have a few quid and a heart, you can help my friend give his family a good holiday. We may not be able to pay off everything, but we can at least make sure Jordan can keep his family warm and fed this Winter.
How you can help:
Purchase a copy of The Sepiachord Passport
Donate via PayPal.
If you choose PayPal, the adress to send it to is djpanix/at/sicthings.com.
And please, spread the word!