Prevaricateroscope, and a great Steampunky-movie

In one of my recent RPGs I needed a SP “lie-detector” aka a “Prevaricateroscope” (detects prevarication). So I built one (patent pending). Here’s a spiffing image (below) of the device when it is not detecting and thus no blue glow is to be seen emitting from the tube.

Also I re-watched this haunting and profound short (15 minute) movie – The Anachronism (2010), with image below. Worth watching at http://www.theanachronism.com/movie.html. I think I’d like one of these in our front yard.

The Thing from Anachronism

Prevaricateroscope

Prevaricateroscope

Amazing Steampunk organ workstation

Wow, this is beautiful! About 15 years back I built a cyberpunk workstation but it never looked as cool as this. Hmmm, it give me ideas. http://www.steampunkworkshop.com/organ-cockpit-desk

My latest Steampunk RPGs

Sir Reginald Snoots- he's from South Africa you know

Well I’ve been busy writing Steampunk RPGs- 4 in the last 6 months, which is part of why I haven’t posted much for ages (also my Dad had aggressive cancer and an operation- thanks God he’s better now).

The first 2 RPGs were “The Mysterious Disappearance of Sir Reginald Snoots: A smashing Victorian adventure” and “The Jan Snoots Diamond Murder”, with all the SP essentials like airships, green glowing goo, exploding inventions, a gentleman’s club and a dash of romance. I ran these at Arcanacon and Unicon in Melbourne and used some fun props including these rather lovely pictures. (Oh and the other reason I haven’t posted much is due to writing about 20,000 words towards my masters which has taken much of my creativity.) And now for your delectation…

Lady Jessica Snoots is consoled

The rather put-out Russian

But is she really?

My Steampunk walking stick under construction

As promised here’s my modified walking stick, with some initial work done on it. I’m really quite pleased with how its coming on. I don’t actually *need* a walking stick, but this does look cool, and I get lots of questions about it. At the moment the first bits have been added but there’s no brass paint nor extra bits added yet. The photo shows the stick looking straight ahead.

So far there’s a switch which works the light on the left (LCD light to be converted to yellower colour and inserted into brass can) and on the right is an earphone which emits high-pitch ethereal sounds to scare away dogs ๐Ÿ˜‰ (or maybe it will play an iPod?) The light in the lower-middle is a zombie detector warning light.

I’d love to add some little rotary legs at the base which are powered by a clock (then it would be a literal “walking stick” teehee), and maybe insert my old laser pointer into the foot itself ๐Ÿ™‚ (James Bond eat your heart out). It will eventually have a SP GPS (aka compass) and other bits I haven’t decided yet.

I want it to be functional and beautiful and a little eccentric (hence the hanging and off-centre wiring which is real antique house wiring). But not weigh too much. I was tempted to add a steam pressure chamber or a small steam engine but I think it will be too heavy. (You could use the steam to heat up cups of tea!)

Any ideas for other essential add-ons for the proper Victorian gentleman?

So far I’ve had suggestions for a snuff holder (great!) and an anti-anti-anti-missile (teehee).

A pleasure to meet you, let me offer you my card

I thought it was time to develop an appropriate calling card with the right neo-Victorian vibe. I’ve tried to marry the olden days flavour with the neo-tech of having a webpage ๐Ÿ˜‰ Calling cards help to bring back some elegance and happy formality into relationships.ย  This is a rather easy invention that anyone could reproduce. Anyone for tea?

Profunclefesta-callingcard-01

Profunclefesta-callingcard-01

Cure for Lumbago ;-)

Step right up folks. That’s right, Professa Uncle Festa’s patented “Snake Oil Replacement” cures lumbago, toothache, warts, back-pain and gammy leg. Made from the highest quality Di-Hydrogen Oxide, this formula is twice as effective as Dr. Bill William’s Snake Oil. So why settle for second best? Ahem, I advertised these while winning a costume award at the Firefly/Serenity fund-raising event on the weekend. A jolly good time.

All good Steampunks need this product. Just 2 gold coins. Gold-pressed latinum not accepted.

Prof. Uncle festa's snakeoil

Prof. Uncle festa's snakeoil

Prof Uncle Festa Snake Oil Label

Prof Uncle Festa Snake Oil Label

The anti-mindless-plastic-consumer Punk ethic in Steampunk

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how mindlessly plastic consumerist Western society has become, and how human relationships and creativity are suffering because of this. Every generation seems to have its cultural form of people-oriented creative outlet. The 60s had hippies, the 80s had Punk, the 90s Goth, and now there’s Steampunk. Some counter-cultures are more angry and some are more happy. I like Steampunk because it emphasises positive inclusive community, creativity and the DIY ethos that rejects becoming just another plastic cog in the global corporatist marketplace. A great short vid on this theme is by Douglas Rushkoff- on this page:

http://www.steampunkworkshop.com/life-inc-douglas-rushkoff

A steampunk personality- GD Falksen, wearing the automotivator-1

A steampunk personality- GD Falksen, wearing the automotivator-1

We need healthy rejection of the worst elements of modern mass-consumption sameness- This image says it all really ๐Ÿ™‚

How to make a Fairy House

Q. What do you make a 3 year old god-daughter who loves fairies and is having a birthday soon? Answer: A fairy house. I saw the idea on another steampunk or Victorian technology site, can’t remember where, and thought I’d have a go. This one is quite a bit different but has the key idea of a light behind a silhouette of fairies inside a jar. Silhouette jar scenes were a cool Victorian invention, using either candles or electric light.

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Lit up. Looks great with flashes

Step 1: Gather the bits you’ll need- an old box which you’ll need to stain and lacquer a nice Jarrah/Redwood colour, an old bottle/jar that is already “frosted” (or you can “frost” it with a light spray of white paint inside,) a lace doily, an old torch 3v or 4.5 volt lamp, an old TV remote control, an old switch, a set of party glasses with flashing red and blue LEDs, some electrical wire, and a few screws and washers. (You could buy the bits but I used almost all second-hand or bits hanging around).

Step 2: Cut off the battery part of remote control and wire up to old switch and torch lamp – the lamp goes up into jar middle (you can see them in the photo). Pull out the LED flashing lights and battery parts from glasses and install also from under the lid up into the inside of jar (see pics). Find some fairy design ideas and cut out of black paper or painted card, and stick to inside of jar. Add cute butterflies to box. Attach doily to jar and screw down to box. Add some screws and bits and a nice name plate. Oh, I glued the top of an old pearl earing onto the LED flasher switch to cover up the modern tech.

You'll need the flashing LEDs and battery compartment

You'll need the flashing LEDs and battery compartment

Paint the screws brass colour. Voila, it’s done.

Some fairy in forest silouettes

Some fairy in forest silouettes

An old jar makes a great fairy house

An old jar makes a great fairy house

The battery compartments and switches all wired up

The battery compartments and switches all wired up.

Torch lamp and LEDs installed under where jar goes

Torch lamp and LEDs installed under where jar goes

How to make a steampunk raygun – part 2

Ladies and gentlemen, now that you have completed Step 1, it’s time to re-size and connect the relevant parts. Because we are building a raygun to defend against Venusians rather than Martians, we need to re-size the polarising ethereal disperser and then gas-weld it to the front of the longitudinal energy modulator. (Don’t be confused because those parts look like an boiled-egg-stand and a candleholder, that is merely a coincidence). Similarly, connect the longitudinal energy modulator to the energy chamber. See pictures below…

You may want to see Part 1 beforehand.

Please note that this is copyright text, from Chapter 3 ofย  โ€œHow to Defend Yourself from Ethereal Invaders from Mars, Venus and Beyondโ€- soon on sale in better bookstores. Full plans can also be delivered by Airship direct to your door for a minor fee.

Resizing

Resizing

Attaching

Attaching

My 35 year old home-made Crystal radio and a strained back

Well it’s in need of a bit of tender loving care and maybe a paint job, but here’s one of my earliest DIY projects- a real working radio, powered solely by the electro-magnetic rays ๐Ÿ™‚ ie no power source. It’s 35 years old at least, maybe almost 40 (hey I was young once). Pretty primitive but it worked (and still does). You can hear AM stations faintly.

Haven’t been able to work on the raygun or other things because I strained my back 8-(

But now its better so I’m looking forward to more cutting and welding!

Anyway, here’s the radio pre-cleanup and paint.

My first crystal radio

My first crystal radio