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Rest in the Force David Prowse

David Prowse, a.k.a. Darth Vader, has become one with the Force at the venerable age of 85.He will live on in the memory of millions of fans and the character he helped bring to life has been firmly secured in the bedrock of pop culture.

A Pocket Watch Gun – How Supremely Steampunk!

Ladies and gentlemen, after a long hiatus regarding posts and features on steampunky gadgets, I am happy to present you with this little treat.. The gentlemen, scholar, and connoisseur of all things that go bang and proceed to hurl a projectile, Ian McCallum, just released a video featuring a pocket …

A 32-year-long view on the US by a regular European guy

In 1988 (32 years ago) I went on a student’s exchange to the US, to Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, Minnesota. In the late 1980’s everybody in my class thought of the US as the big brother of Western Europe. The big kid that would always protect us. Around this time, …

From the bottom of my heart…

My most sincere and also relieved congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris.May you find the strength to heal your country and restore the good name of the USA in the world.

Four words every terrorist should heed

Yesterday, another terrorist took the lives of innocents. Again, the little puddle of genetic waste was motivated by a selfish interpretation of religion. This time, it happened in Vienna. I love Vienna. A citizen of Vienna who witnessed the attack has uttered the best four words that should be said …

Very little is needed to make a happy life

Project Stoicism: Friends and Challenges

A few weeks ago I drastically decreased my engagement with Facebook and instead went to a friendlier competitor, MeWe, because Professor Massimo Pigliucci had founded a group there, How to Be a Stoic. The group is great and refreshingly troll-free. Through this group I have met a few wonderful and …

Game of 1000+ Poems

The good folks over at Extra Credits directed my attention towards a low-AI interactive poetry generator: Game of 1000+ Poems. Here are two short pieces I generated: Take care if you have nothing else to say a man with eyes full of fish, unable to stay mute what strange currents …

Victor Sierra’s 5th album – Support the Project!

My dear friends from the steampunk, dieselpunk, steamgoth and related communities, this one is for you! Victor Sierra is currently working on their fifth album and they need your support! Please, fire up your engines and go over here to the campaign page on Indiegogo and make a pledge. I …

Project Stoicism: On failing

Yesterday I failed to live up to stoic ideals by becoming angry at a colleague. The situation was the following: The colleague in question had last week loudly proclaimed that they were not willing to do any extra work concerning working with the new computer system and remote teaching tools …