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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Review: Needles and Artifice, An Ingenious Book of Steampunk Knitting Patterns

    Review

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Comic-Con 2012 Cosplay That Really Impressed Us

    eye candy

    The sheer amount of costuming going on at Comic-Con is mind-boggling. Trying to come up with a "best of" list would be foolish (especially considering we weren't there to see them with our own eyes), not to mention insane, but we have come across several online that really impressed us. So here's our first roundup of Comic-Con cosplay pictures for your fan-gazing perusal.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Maleficent Set Photos!

    Things We Saw Today

    Check out these set photos featuring Angelina Jolie from Maleficent, Disney's live-action rework of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the villainess. Are those actual horns on her head?! (via MTV Movies.)

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  9. Gigantic Steampunk Nerf Gun, Goliathon

    This humongous gun isn't quite some prop for a well-funded fan film, it's a Nerf Vulcan, modified with the go-to theme of steampunk. Four gauges, copper piping, brass embellishments, and a solid metal wheel valve were added to the already decked out base gun. The fun is two-and-a-half feet long, and unfortunately doesn't fire, but if you dig the aesthetic of a humongous rad steampunk gun over your fireplace, bed, or toilet, you can head on over to Etsy and shell out $350 to complete your steampunk toilet mantlepiece. Check out more pictures of the well-modified gun after the jump.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: A Steampunk Game Boy

    Things We Saw Today

    Hey, look, an anachronism made to look anachronistic! (Global Geek News)

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  11. Buy This Arm That’s Had Nathan Fillion’s Arm in It [Steampunk]

    Meanwhile...

    Well, now that I've crafted a sufficiently apparently nonsensical title for you, you should know that in the Castle episode "Punked," involved a Deloran, suspicions of time traveling, suspicions of old-timey duels to the death, suspicions of old-timey duels to the accidental death, and a Steampunk society murder. Also, during the episode, Nathan Fillion's titular character dons a Steampunk styled outfit complete with pneumatic arm, to get in the swing of things. And now you can buy that arm, to put your arm where Fillion put his arm.

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  12. Check Out This Awesome Steampunk Nerf Sniper Rifle

    There's something about Nerf that just screams to be steampunkified. While dials, pressure gauges, and brass accessories look awesome when you bolt them to just about anything, the pneumatic nature of a Nerf gun just makes them fit extra perfectly. Modder vansbangerburger seems to agree and took the time to steampunk up his own Nerf rifle not only with the standard valves, dials, and accessories but also with the ingenious, subtle addition of spray-painted K'nex gears which just makes so much sense now that I've seen it in practice. I'll bet you want to play a steampunk FPS now, don't you?

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  13. Things We Saw Today: Where Everything Is In The Hunger Games

    Things We Saw Today

    Okay, you guys: I haven't finished the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy yet, so I am admitting openly to you that I didn't read this entire post because it warned me of spoilers. However, I know enough to tell you that V. Arrow, who wrote the upcoming The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, is the woman responsible for this map of Panem and its districts. (via io9)

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  14. iPhonograph Gives Your New Age Devices Some Old School Flair

    If you like to keep your music-listening experience a little vintage but don't have enough milk crates -- or square footage -- to keep your collection entirely in vinyl, the iPhonograph might be able to help you out. Boasting the style of a classic phonograph (or gramaphone, or graphophone, or zonophone, or whatever) and the ability to use your iPad or iPhone, the iPhonograph is perfect for those of you who pretend to want to live in the past, but really couldn't part with your precious iDevices.

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  15. These Awesome Guitars are for Steampunk Rock

    If you're devoted to someday living an entirely steampunk life, there's good news to be had; you can still have a guitar. Tony Cochran has taken upon himself the selfless endevour of bringing steampunk guitars into the world, and they are beautiful. Naturally, you might be wondering if they still work, and the answer is a resounding yes. They make good art pieces, but can still rock out.

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  16. You Will Want to See This Steampunk Greek Goddess Photoset, Immediately

    Great Hera!

    This is one of those things that is so squarely in our wheelhouse that there was no question about posting it so we could show it to you. Three women -- producer/designer Jessica Rowell (of J-Chan Designs), photographer Nina Pak, and model Elizabeth Maiden -- banded together to create a set of photos entitled "Athena's Curse, Medusa's Fate," depicting steampunk interpretations of the Greek goddesses Athena and Artemis (pictured above), plus Medusa. We won't make you wait anymore. Pictures start right after the jump.

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  17. Steampunk Disney Characters (Mostly Villains, But Also Heroines and Pinocchio)

    What It Says On the Tin

    Aside from its 2000 animated film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Disney has never really ventured into the world of steampunk. So DeviantARTist MecaniqueFairy was kind enough to imagine it and execute it in this collection, which includes heroines, heroes, and villains alike. The results are just as cool as you'd think!

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  18. This Music Video Calls Out Lazy Steampunk Offenders

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Gluing some gears on it does not a steampunk make. One Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire takes serious issue with those too lazy to really know what steampunk is and wrote a little ditty about it. He says the song is "Inspired by the category "Things That Are Not Steampunk" on Regretsy , and (of course) those peerless purveyors of Euterpean epopee, Professor Elemental and Mr B, the Gentleman Rhymer." Heck, he got a fire burning under my butt. I mean, hot steam. I don't think I'm doing this right. (via Topless Robot)

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  19. A Veritable Menagerie of Bird Statues With a Steampunk Twist

    This handsome wooden bird statue started life as a lowly decoy, presumably to distract live birds from a wily human hunter. But it has arisen reborn and renewed with some found-object plumage thanks to Jim and Tori Mullan. In true steampunk fashion the natural flies headlong into the mechanical, and the result is a splendid display of strange robotic song birds. What's more, some of them even have little hats. See more images, after the break.

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  20. Steampunk Trick or Treat Pumpkin Buckets

    It's Halloween, and that means pillowcases full of candy and sheets full of people dressing as ghosts.  If you want to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pillowcase plebeians, however, deviantART user Yamiguru has fashioned the above steampunk trick or treat buckets, an alternate past take on the iconic plastic orange buckets. As expected, one has a monocle, while another is making use of a gas mask -- the steampunk enthusiasts face-clothing of choice. Each pumpkin also sports LED eyes, something that'll either make the trick or treater safe while crossing the street, or an annoyance to his or her friends trying to act scary rather than blinky.

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