In a nostalgic flashback to Japanese anime of the 1980s, Space Pirate Captain Harlock is returning in a new 3D animated movie. James Cameron says of the film “This movie is already legendary.” Judging from this trailer, it does look to be pretty awesome. It’s been a long time since the old days of the Captain Harlock, Queen Emeraldas, and Galaxy Express 999, so we’ll just have to see how this film plays out.
Have you ever wanted to know how to fight like a true gentleman of the late Victorian era? Then look no further than the gentleman’s martial art of Bartitsu, developed by Edward William Barton-Wright and made famous by the distinguished detective Sherlock Holmes.
Check out this short independent steampunk film, Airlords of Airia. Although the dialog is weak, and the English dubbing not so good (I think it’s from Germany), but overall it’s a neat little 12 minute piece. It’s also just part one, apparently, and I guess they’ll be looking for more crowdfunding over at their site.
According to IBM’s Social Sentiment Index, based on an analysis of more than a half million public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites, etc., steampunk inspired by the clothing, technology, and social mores of Victorian society, will be a major trend in 2013 – 2015 (and possibly beyond).
According to the report:
33% of online fashion chatter around steampunk can be found on gaming sites.
2010 saw a year on year increase in chatter of 296 percent. This increase can be attributed to steampunk-inspired NYC ComicCon events in October of 2010.
Twitter is the #1 social network for steampunk chatter; hosts six times the number of discussions as Facebook.
63% of fashion discussions around steampunk are initiated by individuals less than 30 years old.
55% of social sentiment chatter for steampunk fashion derived by blogs.
There was a pretty big turn out for the steampunk scene at Dragon*Con 2012. Most of the pictures I got (which turned out, anyway) were from the Dragon*Con parade, and it look like there were some really talented makers and builders of all kinds of steampunk costumes, devices, and even vehicles!
The Orrery is an eight-foot tall planetary display. It shows the relative position of the six human-eye visible planets (Mercury through Saturn). The lower six layers are a mechanical-binary calculation engine, each with a geneva output to a gear that rotates a corresponding planet… The Orrery is primarily made of monel (a nickel-copper alloy) and stainless steel. The planet spheres are ground from natural stones that resemble each planet they represent: the Sun is yellow Mexican calcite; Mercury is composed of meteorite; Venus is orange calcite; Earth is Chilean lapis; Mars is Jasper; Jupiter is banded sandstone; and Saturn is banded onyx.
This is a phenomenal piece of clockwork engineering: the 10,000 Year Clock, created by (or being created by) the Long Now Foundation.
From the site:
Designed by Danny Hillis, the Clock is designed to run for ten millennia with minimal maintenance and interruption. The Clock is powered by mechanical energy harvested from sunlight as well as the people that visit it. The primary materials used in the Clock are marine grade 316 stainless steel, titanium and dry running ceramic ball bearings. The entire mechanism will be installed in an underground facility in west Texas.