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  1. Three Words: Official. Steampunk. Lego.

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Surely this information is relevant to at least some of our readers whose lives simply do not have enough tiny plastic gears in them for their tastes. Those folks can find more pictures at The Brick Blogger. Previously in Steampunk

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  2. Things We Saw Today: What Batman Characters Do On Their Day Off

    Things We Saw Today

    "Day Off," by Deviantartist botjira, via Screen Rant.

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  3. And Now: Genderswapped Steampunk Iron Man

    Fans Do Cool Things

    Michele of The Suitcase Studio wore this outfit, designed by her husband and stitched by her mother-in-law, to WonderCon in Anaheim last week. I guess the family that cosplays together, stays together. Previously in Cosplay

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  4. I Do: This Beautifully Modded Steampunk AT-AT Is Also an Engagement Gift

    For A More Civilized Age

    Dont' be fooled: that's not actual smoke, just a clever facsimlie that Mark (Broken Journalist on Flickr) crafted to give to his fiance as an engagement present. Now that's a standard neither Han nor Leia have lived up to.

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  5. Today in Geek History: Von Zeppelin Patents the Airship

    The only thing cooler than a spaceship -- in my humble opinion -- is a steampunk dirigible. (Although a space dirigible would be pretty sweet.) But the airship didn't just spring out of Old World science fiction or the works of Jules Verne. A Jesuit priest in the late 17th century is credited with early experiments in an "aerial ship," but it was Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin who, on this day in 1899, received a U.S. patent for the "Navigable Balloon." He was the first man to "get the Led out." And because of him, we have that cool scene in The Last Crusade where Indiana Jones throws a Nazi out the window of a zeppelin, then pilots a plane from it mid-flight.

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  6. Rush Releases Steampunk Clock, Audiobook, Rash of New Tour Dates

    There is possibly nothing nerdier in the world of music than progressive rock, and in the world of prog rock there's nothing geekier than Rush, the Canadian trio described as "the world's biggest cult band." While they've been around since 1974, making them one of the most enduring prog rockers out there, this last year has been a momentous one for both Rush and their legion of smart-but-awkward, fanatic-but-quiet fans who stand in the shadows or at least stage left. Here's why: They've recently announced a continuation of their Clockwork Angels tour -- in which they performed nearly the whole eponymous steampunk concept album they released last year. And oh yeah, this year they're being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- after years of exasperation from fans, though they were totally cool with the exclusion. So, what's the actual news? Tomorrow they're releasing Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition.

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  7. Review: Needles and Artifice, An Ingenious Book of Steampunk Knitting Patterns


    I am a geek and a nerd. I am an intermediate knitter and crocheter. I have very little exposure to the amazing world of steampunk, but I’m working on it. Nice to meet you. Now that we have that out of the way, let me just say this: this book is fricking awesome.

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  8. Beautiful, Electric, Custom Steampunk Heels

    this exists

    Look, I'm just as much against the glue-gears-on-it-and-call-it-steampunk aesthetic as everyone else. And so, no, I'm not really sure what function the mess of gears that adorn the custom shoes of possibly now defunct Etsy shop HotAirBallonRide could have... but I do know that the shoes have LED lights you can flick on with a switch. Unfortunately, they're probably not being offered anymore, as all the links to HotAirBallonRide's Etsy shop that we could find 404ed. Pic of the lights below!

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  9. Things We Saw Today: A Steampunk Portal Gun

    Things We Saw Today

    Duncan Shirah made a Steampunk Portal gun. Now I want a Steampunk Companion Cube. Make it happen, people. (via Nerd Approved) 

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  10. ABC Launches Steampunk Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn Detective Series; World Groans

    And So It Begins

    I'm sorry. But I simply cannot talk about a putative television show about an Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn solving mysteries together in a steampunk version of New Orleans without bringing up 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, starring Sean Connery and a bunch of other people who probably didn't do anything bad enough to deserve being the stars of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, fighting Professor Moriarty and Dorian Grey in a steampunk version of the 1890s where the Nautilus can fit into the canals of Venice and has a car in it. I could go on at length about just how much WTFery there is in this movie, and the reason why is because somewhere, somewhere in the depths of Livejournal.com, is an "abridged script" I wrote for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, for the amusement of my high school friends. So not only did it explore the random white tiger appearances, the severe reduction of Mina Murray's character, the attempts at making references to other contemporary works of literature rendered awkward and soulless by the fact that the movie clearly has no confidence that its audience would pick up on them without having the title of the work said out loud, clearly, by a smiling cast member... it also ensured that I'd remember most of the film for years to come. So understand where I'm coming from when I say that I'm a little skeptical about Finn & Sawyer, and it's got almost nothing to do with Finn & Sawyer. LoXG, as I believe it was abbreviated, was just that bad.

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