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December 2011

Winter Solstice – Have a cool Yule!

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 …

How Cyberpunk: The Future of Science according to the IFTF

CNN recently featured an article about the future of science up to 2021, as predicted by the Institute for the Future. According to the Institute, the future looks something like this: This looks like something out of a cyberpunk/space opera novel. Although I find some of the concepts presented in …

The Marionette Unit – A Project on Hold

While scouting the ætherweb, as I do when I have the time, always on the lookout for oddities, marvels and the odd cryptid, I discovered this: The Marionette Unit – Inception Trailer from Fun Size Studios on Vimeo. I was quite intrigued by this rather harrowing trailer. Mad scientist, evil …

It's a sad week

This has been a terrible week, mankind has lost two great thinkers. First, Christopher Hitchens passed on and today, Václav Havel followed. Václav Havel, dissident, playwright, politician, leader, central figure of the Velvet Revolution. Few people have shaped post-Cold War Europe like he did. Few have been held in such …

Fun Dieselpunk Friday – Strange Tanks and Lame Jokes

It is time to share some of the pictures I have accumulated on my hard drive over months and months… I do not recall where I got most of those from (except for the Blitzkrieg Kittens, my brother sent me that one). The fun tank designs and tracked vehicles are …

Shoutout for Captain von Pumpernickel

Isabella von Pumpernickel has posted this excellent piece over at Doctor Fantastique’s site. It concerns the constructed moral panic of the Guardians of true Steampunk who are trying to scuttle their own ship and thus depriving themselves of a Reson d’Etre. But why should elitists be rational? Anyway, please saunter …

Tintin in Pnakotus

Picking up on an earlier post, here is some more art by Muzski, mangling the works of Hergé and Lovecraft in some trans-dimensional, non-euclidean way and producing something hardly imaginable: I guess this scenario would actually make a fun scenario. The Yithians are not evil, they are just scientists. With …

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 …