Steampunk conventions in November 2012

A few steampunk conventions for the month of November 2012.

3rd Annual Emerald City Steampunk Expo:
November 2 – 4
Wichita, KS


Aether Ore Affaire: The Lavender and Lace Ball:
November 17
Bisbee, AZ

Upstate Steampunk Extravaganza And Meet-Up:
November 30 – December 1
Anderson, SC

Teslacon III:
November 30- December 2
Madison, WI

Showdown at Unobtainium: Tesla vs. Edison:
November 10 – 11
Dale, TX

Second Annual All Florida Victorian Picnic and Croquet Tournament:
November 17
Winter Park, FL

Desirable new book: An Airship Named Desire

A new ebook has hit the shelves at Amazon October 18th, “An Airship Named Desire” by Katherine McIntyre.

Airships, sky-pirates, smugglers and soldiers… An Airship Named Desire is an action-filled steampunk adventure. Ever since their last botched smuggling job, First Mate Bea and the crew of her airship can barely afford fuel, let alone a barrel of grog. So, when a gentleman from Old Germany offers them a fortune to steal a locked box from a British merchant airship, they jump at the opportunity. Somehow, though, their employer forgot to mention the box’s military escort, and the Morlock mercenaries who would kill to get their hands on it. Oh, and that if made public, the contents could engulf Europe in another devastating war. Stealing the box was the easy part. Now, with a target on their back, and some of the toughest characters in the sky after them, they have to find a way to survive. If the crew of the Desire don’t polish their pistols and prepare for a hell of a fight, they’ll end up worse than grounded. After all, everyone from the Brits to the Morlocks will kill for the contents of that box, and no one survives an airship crash.

The author was kind enough, or perhaps foolish enough, to give me a copy for review purposes. I’ll let you know what I think of it soon.

Review: The Lost Civilization Enigma

The Lost Civilization Enigma: A New Inquiry Into the Existence of Ancient Cities, Cultures, and Peoples Who Pre-Date Recorded History
by Philip Coppens
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: New Page Books
ISBN-10: 1601632320
ISBN-13: 978-1601632326

(Barry’s score 4 1/2 stars out of 5)

My thoughts:

First, let me admit to a certain bias, I’ve followed Coppens’ work for several years. His last book “The Ancient Alien Question” (my review) was freaking brilliant and much of what he writes is a “must-have” for your home library.

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed “The Lost Civilization Enigma”. I guess that the most impressive part of this book, and others that Coppens’ writes, is the depth of research. Of course, as usual, I thumbed to the back of the book for the Notes and Bibliography — impressive.

Thumbing through “The Lost Civilization Enigma”…

The cover and the interior pictures are great. Color pictures of Lascaux, Machu Picchu, Gobekli Tepe, the Antikythera device, and more were simply eye-popping and I hope that New Page will continue to publish with color pictures.

The Lost Civilization Enigma can get a little dry, but if you are interested in the topic, I think you’ll find yourself absorbed in the book. It really is excellent and thought-provoking. I think that it is a must read. I give it a solid 4 1/2 stars and I highly recommend it.

Product description:

Are history books giving us the whole story? Or is civilization far more complex and for older than we have been taught?

Our school textbooks barely mention the 6,000-year-old Sumerian civilization, yet the latest archaeological findings at sites such as Jericho and, most recently, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey have been dated to 10,000 BC.

Civilization goes back at least another 10,000 years, if we are willing to believe what our ancestors themselves claimed.

The Lost Civilization Enigma reveals the truth about:

  • Lost magnitudes to known cultures, such as the Bosnian Pyramids and the civilization of “Old Europe”;
  • The fabled lost “golden” cities of South America and the Amazon, which are slowly being rediscovered;
  • Fascinating examples of lost technology, such as the Antikythera Device;
  • Atlantis and the fact that it was a real civilization.Analyzing the historical and archaeological record, best-selling author Philip Coppens demonstrates that there is substantial evidence that civilization is far older, far more advanced, and far more special than is currently accepted. Clearly, our history books have left out a great deal!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Unredeemable Time Episode #0

Do you like steampunk?

If so, you may want to keep your eyes on the development of  Unredeemable Time.

You might also like to keep Matt King’s The World of Steam in mind. There is a kickstarter page created to help finance this cool-looking project (link). It is described as, “set of Twilight Zone-like episodes set in a Steampunk Universe.” Check out the video on his kickstarter page — you’ll love it.

Confessions of the Barry-kind

Not long ago, I was asked by some friends to lunch. My female acquaintance demanded that we turn off our cellphones and place them on the table. I was the only one without a cellphone.

Knowing my love for fiddling with operating systems and computer parts, my friends could not believe that I did not own a cellphone.  The hostess went so far as to suggest that I be searched.

I stood up a emptied my pockets. I had a notepad, pen, billfold, handkerchief, assorted coins, lucky charm (currently a St. Patrick medal), keys, pocket watch (containing a lock of hair that the ladies wanted to see), and an embarrassing amount of pocket lint.

They could not seem to fathom why I would travel without a cellphone. I don’t own a cellphone or surprisingly an ebook reader. I guess the idea that a book lover would choose to go without an ebook reader would blow some people’s minds.

I’m sure that one day I will get a cellphone and join the 21st century. Having said that, I really don’t want to be contacted 24 hours a day. I like having the excuse that I was away from home (whether I was or not) and missed a call. As for ebook readers, I’d like to get one some day.

I suppose with a book I know what I have, but do I really own a digital ebook? Could some anonymous minion at Amazon remove my ebook with a keystroke? Will the day come when Amazon or the Government decides what I should read? Maybe I’ll get an ebook reader when I can remove the DRM from the ebook. As for now, a regular book works just fine.

Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. I just don’t love it all the time.

Steam Powered Giraffe – Honeybee

“Honeybee” Lyrics
Music & Lyrics by Christopher Bennett
Composed by David Bennett

You didn’t have to look my way
Your eyes still haunt me to this day
But you did. Yes, you did

You didn’t have to say my name
Ignite my circuits and start a flame
But you did

Oh, Turpentine erase me whole
(Cause I) don’t want to live my life alone
(Well I) was waiting for you all my life



Set me free, my..honey-

You didn’t have to smile at me
Your grin’s the sweetest that I’ve ever seen
But you did. Yes you did

You didn’t have to offer your hand
Cause since I’ve kissed it I am at your command
But you did

Oh, Turpentine erase me whole
I don’t want to live my life alone
I was waiting for you all my life



Set me free, my…honey-

Hello Goodbye, Twas nice to know you
How I find myself without you
That I’ll never know
I let myself go

Hello Goodbye, I’m rather crazy
And I never thought I was crazy
But what do I know?
Now you have to go



(Acapella Round)

Rabbit & The Jon:
Hello Goodbye, Twas nice to know you
How I find myself without you

Hello Goodbye, I’m rather crazy
And I never thought I was crazy

The Spine & Michael Reed:
That I’ll never know.
I let myself go.
But what do I know?
Now you have to go.


In my mailbox

I received “I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus” by S. G. Browne in my mailbox last week. Sadly, I had already picked out a zombie post for the virtual zombie walk. However, I am sure that this book will make for a fun read. Thank you Gallery Books.

BTW the winners of the “Big Fish games” were Yuki and Jen “FluffyLuggage” Surdam. I announced Yuki a couple of days ago on Gnostalgia and Jen won at the “Attention Earthlings!” blog. Congratulations! I know that you will love those games.  Lana representing  Big Fish was fantastic. I’ve always known that Big Fish was a great company but their biggest asset would have to be the wonderful people associated with it.

Time for some iced Earl Grey with orange juice …

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