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Combining interests: Application Graveyard

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Looking around my site you’ll see some of the applications I’ve toyed with over the years; I’m a web application programmer by trade and I love to tinker. Today walking into the office with a coworker and we were discussion decommissioning a number of applications from a server and I decided we needed to memorialise this. Not just by taking the server out the back and hitting it with an EMP, but an enduring legacy to applications time forgot.

Steampunk Hands Around the World 2015


Once again it's time for Steampunk Hands Around the World. A wonderful event of inclusion and camaraderie, reinforcing the togetherness of steampunk. This year's theme is "Our Playground, Our Classroom, Our Workshop". I like it, how could I not, Professors exist in classrooms and workshops, and all of this is playtime. Typing of which, my family joined my son's best friend's family at the Ipswich Rail Museum today. Ostensibly we were there due to the end of school holidays Thomas the Tank Engine themed exhibits (that are quite spiffing), I enjoyed walking through the rail museum's historical archives of Brisbane and Queensland Steam during the late 1800s through to now. For your education, to inspire some builds, and for the fun of it, here are a collection of images to hopefully spark some entertainment for you.

Success! The Steampunk Ghostbusters Charity Ball

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Quite tardily, my apologies, I can report the Steampunk Ghostbusters Charity Ball held last month was an outstanding success. The event raised just under $5,000 for the Cancer Council Queensland, yet apart from the charity effort – the outfit effort was positively amazing. There were steampunked green fairies, hats that were ships complete with rigging, along with ghostbusters modern and Victorianesque. The professional photographer took outstanding pictures of the event, as did many of the attendees, you can see them on the Steampunk Charity Ball page.

Steam at Old Petrie Town

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This week I received an invitation from the Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society to bring S.T.E.A.M along to see their works at Old Petrie Town's regular markets. Unfortunately it clashed with some already organised SEQ steampunk events, but I made sure to go to the QSVMS demonstrations and WOW were they spectacular. Along with so many working steam engines, they had fully functional vehicles (two steam rollers with real steam, along with others); miniature steam engines running on tables and the markets also hosts a foundry, with sand casting and polishing. It was positively breathtaking seeing these massive machines in action, being able to smell the engines and feel the vibrations; you could even donate some coins to sound the steam whistles (glee!). Bill, who invited me, gave me a fascinating walk through of his two steam rollers - from how he acquired them to what work needed to be done to make them safely functional again, right up to the reasoning behind the name Ida for one of them.

Steampunk Charity Ball

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Well I’m excited. The Steampunk Ghostbusters are hosting a charity ball to raise money for the Queensland Cancer Council. There’ll be a short performance by amateur thespians, an auction, nibblies and everyone MUST attend in a steampunk/ victorian outfit. New bonus, each paying attendee will receive a Steampunk Ghostbusters pin, which is pretty darn snazzy. The event is on the 19th of July, held in the Cloudland’s Heritage Room in Fortitude Valley, Queensland. If you can attend, you really should.

New Device: Telecommunicator Re-Enpowerer.

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Finally getting around to working on my iPhone dock. I've had this partially envisioned for over a year, but never dedicated the time required to get building/ designing work happening. I'd sketch a few ideas and immediately self-distract with something pointless. I'd stain the plaque walnut and then give it 3 months to dry. But last year with Blender being free and Shapeways being afordable I printed out a Professor von Explaino icon and thought "well this works well". So I printed out the cog-piece stands and they turned out quite well. Got gold paint and finally started work in earnest. Still, I can never decide, do I want Crystals or Brains as a power source?

PB 2013

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It looks like Icarus used Phoenix wing feathers, because Prometheus Bound rose again in September. Check/ join the PB facebook group to see more pictures - and to hopefully come along next time if you haven't already. Thanks to Loose Lemur from Steamfest, Professor von Explaino attended in a brand new formal waistcoat (and facial hair).

Back into Devices

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It's been a while but I'm starting to get back into tinkering. Inspired by a friend showing me how his 3D printer worked I downloaded Blender and after HOURS of work (I'm more mathematical than artistic - I think it'd be easier to learn Python and use that to create images than spend all the time I did trying to adjust points by the teeniest amount to look good), came up with a version of my logo that wasn't too shabby. Lacking a printer myself, I decided to try Shapeways. After 5 submissions, with feedback for the first four times telling me why the designs were rejected (parts not joined correctly, parts being too thin for the material chosen, sensible stuff that needed a human engineer to work out) I finally got a working design that shipped to me and arrived today. Voilà.