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Mar. 2nd, 2010

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agent_diamond

1903 Alice in Wonderland

 
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Feb. 16th, 2010

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agent_diamond

February 13, 2009 notes

 Greetings, fellow explorers!

During this past Saturday's meeting, Regina brought a huge stack of Victorian pattern books, with patterns for all sorts of clothing for men and women, and has suggested that there be a future weekly sewing meeting at her home, with people bringing fabric and sewing machines to put together clothing. I think this is a fine idea, and given the many talented seamstresses in our midst, think we may all soon be sporting spiffy finery to wear at our costume parties and other themed events. These meetings may start in a few weeks' time, and I will post updates on this as time progresses. 

Regina and Marcus also brought a very interesting book full of rayguns and robots and all sorts of steampunk inventions: "Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory". It was an enjoyable read.

Next weekend will be our monthly evening craft meet, and while Seth and I may not return from Anchorage in time to make it, we hope everybody brings along a craft project or three and finds some time to sit and work on them in the company of others. Remember, it's at Sipping Streams Tea House from about 5 pm to 7 pm.

Feb. 7th, 2010

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agent_diamond

Steampunk Tea was a success, and Steampunk Blunderbuss

 Our Steampunk Tea was held on the afternoon of February 6, and it was a success! In addition to many familiar and friendly faces, there were a few newcomers that seemed to enjoy themselves.

Many thanks to Jenny for her hard work- she didn't get to sit down until it was pretty much over- and to Steven our Captain for acting as emcee and organizing the parlour games. The Space Celtic live music was also very fun and the audio sound effects added to the humor of the games.

For those of you that couldn't make it, there were about 15 attendees, and plenty of tea, snacks, and door prizes to go around. Everyone went home with a book, and mine is one I am enjoying today: an illustrated hardbound copy of the short stories of Oscar Wilde. There were also tea and bath salt giveaways. We had live Space Celtic music courtesy of two members of Celtic Confusion, and played guessing games with verbal or acted out clues (I was a reluctant participant at first, but it was a lot of fun). A gathering simply to play parlour games could be something to consider in future, though I would vote to try to find an actual parlour to hold it in. 

Seth, our Navigator who also happens to be a photographer, snapped many candid and portrait photos of everyone there, and as soon as those are downloaded from his camera and uploaded to his website they'll be available for viewing.  If you want larger format pictures than the small ones that are generally uploaded, we can arrange to send you a larger file. Thankfully, no one was blinded by magnesium flares. 





In other news, a steampunk blunderbuss has been invented that can shoot rubber balls at a respectable velocity:

http://gizmodo.com/5466158/heres-something-steampunk+inspired-that-actually-works

Jan. 26th, 2010

downerczx

Introducing: The HP320LX SteamBook!

 Beating the Apple tablet to the rush by over a hundred years is the new HP320LX SteamBook!
From HP320LX SteamBook

Description: The HP 320LX SteamBook was manufactured by the Hewelett Packaard Company in 1893. It's miniature clockwork design allows for computational powers in the order of the Babbage design, albeit on a miniaturized scale. Tiny squares spin about to form representations of words and characters on the Fantastic Paper (A remarkable device with useful applications. The device is adorned with wood finish, sturdy but eloquent brass and bronze frame and fountainless ink pen. It glows with the natural elements such as uranium present in its innards.

Story: I had this little computer for over a decade and it had not seen much use. I had recently rediscovered interactive fiction on my iPod touch. However, playing text adventures on a touch screen was ultimately unsatisfying. I remembered I used to play them a long time ago on this machine. So, I dug it out of the closet. I had to use a Virtual Machine to get the software loaded, but after a little tinkering, it was good as new. I loaded up a Steampunk text adventure and I was off!

However, something was missing. I knew there could have been a better experience. Inspired by meetings with our steampunk club, The Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League in Fairbanks, Alaska at the Sipping Streams Tea House, I began work on modifications of the device. I had previously found a wonderful leather case for $3 at a thrift store which fit the device perfectly. Simple materials: contact paper, spraypaint, gears and glue combined to make it so much more fun to play with. I plan to also mod the dock and other parts later.

If anyone has an 8MB expansion for this device, please contact me: downerczx <> yahoo.com. I hope you enjoyed these pictures.

From HP320LX SteamBook
From HP320LX SteamBook
From HP320LX SteamBook
From HP320LX SteamBook

Jan. 25th, 2010

steampunk

agent_diamond

Steampunk Tea Details

Greetings, fellow explorers!

This past weekend's meeting was productive. We now have some finalized information for the Steampunk Tea event, which will be held on Saturday, February 6th from 1-4 pm. There will be (fancy) refreshments, tea, door prizes and music, and we hope everyone comes dressed to the nines in their best steampunk or neoVictorian finery! Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at door, but tickets will be limited, so be sure to buy yours early. Any leftover profits will go to the Literacy Council of Alaska.

We will be posting flyers around town, but if you know people interested in this event, please mention it to them.

Zach and Steven are in the process of making a kinetic sculpture to add to the decorations for the event, and I hope they can get it done in time, because I've seen the plans and they are exciting indeed.

The flyers themselves are works of art, literally- we should have some printed up soon for distribution.

Cordially,

Elizabeth Diamond, Secretary
The Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League
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Jan. 2nd, 2010


redseth

Holiday Closures

Due to Sipping Streams Tea House being closed for the Holidays, we will not be holding the regular weekly Meet-Up this week.

I will be working on Art Intake for the new shows this month in the Bear Gallery, Fairbanks Arts Association, in Pioneer Park. If anyone want to still hang out, or bring projects over, I can set up an extra table or two in the Gallery. The Bear Gallery is on the third floor in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts (the big round building that looks like a Pickle Barrel/Birthday Cake in Pioneer Park).

I will be there from just past Noon - 6pm.

Seth
Navigator for The Queens Arctic Expeditionary League

Dec. 19th, 2009

steampunk

agent_diamond

December 19, 2009 Notes

Greetings, fellow explorers!

This will be a short note- I'd written something longer, and my browser's security settings ate them when I tried pasting them into this journal.

We had a visit today from ham radio expert and author Eric Nichols, and there were many projects in evidence. Marcus brought his modded computer components out, Steven was working on his Interactive Fiction Engine, Seth was working on modifying his Nerf guns, and I believe Chris and Andrew were working on a poster.

News: Save your pennies for this upcoming January's Steampunk Tea, to be held I believe on the 4th Saturday of the month (which is the 23rd) in the evening. Tickets ($15 at door, I believe, and $12 in advance) will be sold, and this event is going to try to branch out to people who don't ordinarily come to our meetings who have expressed interest in attending an Event. There will be lots of refreshments, music, and I believe we were discussing door or costume contest prizes. They're closing the tea house down just for this. It will be fancy, so hopefully we will see everyone there!

Tomorrow the Large Animal Research Station at UAF (off Yankovich road) is having an open house from 11-2. It's indoor and outdoor, so dress warmly if you go. You'll get to see musk oxen and reindeer, and learn a bit about them as well as get some free hot chocolate or cider.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it! If not, Happy Day After Christmas (we Canadians call this "Boxing Day") Sale Shopping!

Dec. 6th, 2009

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agent_diamond

Steampunk Meet: December 5, 2009

Greetings, fellow explorers!

We had a lot of toys come out this past Saturday, and fun was had by all! Before I describe them, I'll mention that this upcoming Friday Dec. 11 is our Holiday get-together! Bring a snack and if you want to participate in the white elephant gift exchange, a (wrapped) gift that was less than $5 for you to buy or make. Festivities start around 7 pm!

We had:

Cool goggles and plans for a steampunk gas mask from Zack
An interactive Fiction Engine from Steven
A steampunk monitor and keyboard (latter still under construction) from Marcus
A ray gun in progress from Seth
And while this wasn't exactly related to things Steampunk, Althea was working on a fabric ornament.

Kudos to all the crafters! I myself sat, yakked and stuffed my face.

For the January Steampunk Tea, we need to come up with an image to use for flyers. If you are artistically minded, could you bring something to the Holiday party, or contact me directly? (agent.diamond@gmail.com) We need to get going on this if we are going to make the event a success.

Below, the link Mikki sent around, for those that have not seen it yet, for making steampunk clothes:

Nov. 28th, 2009

steampunk

agent_diamond

Steampunk Meet: November 28 09

Greetings, fellow explorers!

I was not actually present at today's meeting but I have been apprised of the goings-on via our lovely and talented Quartermistress via the ever-present intarwebs. Here are some highlights:

1. World of Warcraft has some steampunk features. I don't know what these are since I am not a WoW player myself, but I suppose if you play just fool around with it and see what happens.

2. Nerf gun detailing: ongoing! Seth and Steven are both working on steampunking out some Nerf guns. Depending on progress they may be shown off in the next few meetings or so.

3. Our Mechanic is thinking of designing a steampunk oxygen mask for our Captain, Steven. He needs feeback on ideas- should he go post apocalyptic, or fallout? Other directions? I myself am thinking: Diving Suit...

4. Tandy Leather is online for your leatherworking steampunk-related ideas.

5 .Steampunk Holiday Party - Friday Dec. 11th at 7pm until 10pm, at Sipping Streams. Bring some snacks (steampunk-related are encouraged!) and if you want to participate in a White Elephant gift exchange, something you make or buy that costs less than $5. A steampunk theme is encouraged, obviously. There should be Cthuhlu carols (holiday music from the HP Lovecraft Historical Society) playing and aside from the gift exchange, there is also game-playing- bring a game if you have one in mind that you really like. Try to come in costume if you can.

6. Save your pennies now for the January Steampunk Tea! There will be tickets sold for that one. Date TBA, $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

7. Sherlock Holmes comes out on Dec. 25th and has steampunky elements to it. Movie night, anyone?

8. Add the Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League on Facebook! For some reason I can't paste the link in here but it's on the email notice I will send around shortly.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday,

Elizabeth Diamond, Secretary
The Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League

Nov. 21st, 2009

steampunk

agent_diamond

Bustles and Rayguns Craft Meet: November 21 09

Greetings, fellow explorers!

Our ranks have been swelled by the addition of Zack the mechanic and his wife Lauren, who showed up with an interesting parasol and a Mechanic's outfit. Others worked on converting Nerf guns to ray guns, with some progress on that, and our very own Opera singer, Greta, kindly brought in her sewing machine for people to make bustles. Our quartermistress has a lovely new one.

The rest of us, myself included, sat around observing and chatting. It was quite a pleasant time and not everyone has gone home yet as I write this!

News:

1. We are having a Christmas/ holiday party on Friday, Dec. 11th at the usual place (Sipping Streams Tea Company) from 7 pm onward. There will be a $5 or less gift exchange- you are not allowed to bring a gift that cost you more than $5 to make or buy. Be sure to wrap your gift so no one can tell what it is, so we can have a white elephant exchange (everyone draws a number, the lowest number draws first, and everyone after can steal that gift or take a new one from the pile). Participation is optional.

2. We are also planning a Real Event, one that will cost a bit of money and time to put on properly, which we plan to market to the greater Fairbanks community. This will be the Steampunk Tea we have mentioned in January, date to be determined once we figure out a date that does not conflict with Chinese New Year celebrations.

There will be fancy refreshments, door prizes (if you would like to contribute something steampunky to be drawn as a door prize, let me know), a costume contest, and music. The prices we have tossed about are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, with all proceeds (after we pay for decorations, food, advertising and other expenses) going to the Literacy Council. There will be 40 tickets maximum sold, because the tea shop isn't so big. If you come, please try to come in costume. Start planning your outfit now!

3. Our Captain is still working hard on his steampunk novel for NaNoWriMo. When I get a link to it I will post it.

4. Finally, some wedding pictures for our Navigator and yours truly can be found at: redseth.com/n/index.php

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