Steampunk Book Review: “Warlord of the Air”

Barry Huddleston:

Nice review, I need to reread this one.

Originally posted on For Whom the Gear Turns:

Warlord of the Air coverI recently learned a totally amazing word. “Vellichor” was invented by John Koenig to mean “the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time…”  I am sure many of you have experienced this even if you didn’t have the word for it. I have been away from the United States for a year now, I am definitely in used bookstore withdrawal. I miss going on my little treasure hunts for science fiction and fantasy books, and of course, Steampunk books in particular. It seems an especially apt word for today’s review of a book that is also focused on the passage of time (or in fact, times).

I managed to pick up a yellowing copy of TheWarlord of the Air just before I left America, and I have been carting it around from country to country. I finally got a chance to read…

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The Southern Chocolatier – What is better than ice cream and a cookie? Ice cream cookie sandwiches!

Barry Huddleston:

Want one NOW!

Originally posted on My Life. One Story at a Time.:

Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches made with homemade Chocolate Cookies

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches, better than anything you can buy from the store, especially when the cookie is made from scratch!

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches, better than anything you can buy from the store, especially when the cookie is made from scratch!

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches, better than anything you can buy from the store, especially when the cookie is made from scratch!

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches, better than anything you can buy from the store, especially when the cookie is made from scratch!

Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches made with homemade Chocolate Cookies

These are great with just vanilla Ice Cream. The perfect balance of chocolate and vanilla. Try them with Coffee Ice Cream or Peanut Butter Ice Cream to take them to the next level!

Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches made with homemade Chocolate Cookies

Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches made with homemade Chocolate Cookies



  1. Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and powdered sugar to form dough. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let col on pan for 10 minutes before removing…

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Living with Linux, Lubuntu

Well, it has been two weeks with Lubuntu Linux.

As you know, I gave up on installing Steam on this system. That being said, I have installed the nvida drivers. My newest problem is that the keyboard and mouse will randomly stop working. My solution is to plug in a usb keyboard and mouse for navigation. If it isn’t one thing with Linux, it’s two.

I’ve updated all of the software and installed the Lubuntu Restricted Extras package.

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras

I’ve downloaded the drivers

sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree

This page (link) helped me set the clock the way I wanted and I changed the wallpaper back to default. So far Linux has been challenging and entertaining.

Steampunk Movie Review – “Frankenstein’s Monster” Microbudget Film

Originally posted on For Whom the Gear Turns:


There are a lot of short Steampunk films out there, but the folks over at First Step Cinematics tried their hand at a full-length Steampunk adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale. Here’s the synopsis:

“A steampunk film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. In his obsession over Prometheus’ flame, Victor Frankenstein abandons those he loves to create a living being. Leaving behind his abominable work, Victor hopes to escape judgment and return to a peaceful life. He soon discovers all secrets have their price.”

With their small budget, this group of actors and filmmakers made an admirable effort. This is one of the most close adaptations of The Modern Prometheus that I have ever seen, and as a lover of literature I was glad to see it follow the book so closely. I really appreciated that the “monster” was given his voice and was fully articulate the way that Shelley intended. So many film portrayals…

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Review: TIMELESS – Gail Carriger

Originally posted on Space and Sorcery:

11324166The last book in the Parasol Protectorate series is a good advertisement for the rule about leaving the game while you’re winning: the story is still strong, the characters as entertaining as ever, and many new threads hint at possible developments for the future. Yet Gail Carriger decided to consign Alexia Tarabotti Maccon & Friends to history, so to speak, letting them go to make room for new players. If it was a planned choice to avoid having the characters overstay their welcome, it was indeed a brilliant one, even though I know I will sorely miss these characters and their adventures.

The action starts a couple of years after the birth of Prudence, Alexia and Conall’s daughter and Lord Akeldama’s adopted child: Prudence turned out to be a metanatural, i.e. she can acquire, through touch, the characteristics of a supernatural creature, rendering them mortal once again – only…

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In my mailbox: Storm and Steel

stormandsteelLike Arthur pulling the sword from the stone, I had to pull the package out of the mailbox. Man, my mailman really hates me. It was all I could do to get that package out of the box. That mailman really smashed it in there.
The packaging was crushed, but the book was okay. I got Jon Sprunk’s “Storm and Steel” published by Pyr.

In my mailbox: The Witch’s Guide to Wands

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I drove Mom to the store today and the mailman dropped off this book while I was away. I think that I’ll read and review this title if for no other reason than the Harry Potter section.

The wand is the most important component of the witch’s toolbox. Serving as an ultimate big book of wands, here is:

The clearest exposition of the names, spirits, and attributes of

woods for wands
The clearest explanation of wand anatomy
The most complete explanation of how to access, shape, and channel magical forces from wands
A fresh and useful approach to wands for specific magical practices
A useful guide for a witch to form a partnership with her wand
Based on her deep knowledge of plant science and ethnobotany and years of magical practice, the author examines the uses and benefits of each wand component (primarily woods, shrubs, grasses, vines, and some metals). She also explores their associations to various gods and goddesses, relationships to specific types of magic, and the results a practitioner can expect to achieve. She also includes tips and resources for finding materials, handcrafting, and correspondence charts for easy reference. The final section focuses on the wands used in the “Harry Potter” series.

This is the ultimate guide for witches and pagans everywhere.

Living with Linux — Lubuntu

Well, it has been a week since I installed Lubuntu Linux ( in an old mini-tower computer. This isn’t my first experience with Linux or Ubuntu. I have been playing around with Ubuntu on various computers since version 8 “Intrepid Ibex”. I’ve also dabble with several other flavors of Linux over the years. If everything goes as planned, I will stick with Lubuntu for a few years and let you know about my little victories and defeats.

The first change that I made after the installation was the wallpaper. Rather than the professional looking Lubuntu wallpaper, I opted for something completely juvenile (childlike?) — a linux penguin with a light-saber. What can I say … I’m a scifi nerd also.

After playing around with some of the settings, I was brave enough to add some software. My first software choice was Calibre ( While Lubuntu came with an ebook reader, I wanted a program that I had used before. I have Calibre installed on my windows system as my go-to ebook reader. Just to check it out (and because I’m a nerd) I downloaded a comic book “Lady Mechanika: Tablet of Destinies #2″. The software worked well and I enjoyed the comic book. Not everything with Linux was peaches and light. I decided to install “steam” but my computer wouldn’t have any of it and crashed (maybe video drivers?). I installed, uninstalled, fretted, watched videos, tried suggestions, and nothing worked. Oh well, I give up on “Steam”. My next plans … I’m thinking video editing, screen capture, and webcam software. Who knows, maybe you will see me in my future living with Linux posts?

Hold the blue strawberries

I think that I will stick to the red ones if you don’t mind. What’s next generally modifying strawberries with birds so they’ll fly into your mouth?


Scientists are genetically modifying strawberries in order to allow
them to resist freezing temperatures better. They’re doing it by
artificial transfer of genes from a species of fish called the Arctic
Flounder Fish. The Arctic Flounder Fish produces an anti-freeze that
allows it to protect himself in freezing waters.