I'm sitting here in the Wayward coffeehouse while Otis is out at her book club. About 85% of the twenty or so people here are with a group whose table stand reads Steam Punk, 6:30 to 10:30. There have been a couple of brassy artifacts passed around, but the group actually looks like any generic activities club - no goggles, beaver hats, or spats to be seen. It's a little disappointing actually. I haven't made contact yet, but I am eavesdropping pretty good.
Although none of it is steam-punky, I wanted to share some stuff that has been cluttering up my bookmarks folder. The first is this lovely little movie that was apparently made as a student final project. It is a visual treat as well as a nice little slice of whimsy:
Han Solo, p.i. to see what I mean:
Now, I wasn't kidding when I called this artistic. As stunned as you are by the sheer awesomeness of the juxtaposition, take a look at this side-by-side comparison with the original sequence and see how well the creator, TheCBVee, matched not just the visual feel of the credits, but the thematic and emotional elements as well.
Well played, sir.
As I mentioned in the last post, I spent last week impersonating an art student. Coincidentally, I tripped over this art school blog post while I was there. I have to say that I saw some of those students in the class, but I don't think I was much like this guy:
And finally, something from the wingnut file. While researching something real, I ran across this political commentator's rant against the pernicious influence on our culture of tobacco, alcohol, drugs... and dogs. Yes, the pet industry in its unholy alliance with child-scorning misfit "pet parenting" dog owners is a threat to our society that rivals crack cocaine. Mmmmmmm-kay. Need I say she is member of the GOP?
Finally - just as I finished typing that last sentence - a woman came in wearing a pith helmet with goggles up on the crown, a funky adventuress vest, and long, wide trousers. Yay, hardcore steampunk lady! Time for me to start writing that new GURPS campaign!