The great thing about anime is that it is a limitless genre, and just about anything can happen in it. Anywhere, any time, past, future, parallel worlds, contemporary pop culture, you name it. Oddly, considering the title of this series, you would expect a tale about the Greek gods and their enemies and ancestors, but this has nothing to do with ancient history. Attack on Titan is set in a dystopian future about 2000 years from now. The technology has devolved back to steampunk tech, and things look pretty much like they did in the mid 19th century. Right there the similarities stop. This world is nothing like ours is, because there is a new, bold enemy against humanity, and they make any of history’s megalomaniacs look like bully kids on the playground. Read more...(682 words, 1 image, estimated 2:44 mins reading time)
Something is coming out of Eastern Europe, and it just keeps getting better and better. Oh, it’s those hidden object mystery games from Elephant Games! Particular focus is on the Surface series. The first game, Surface: Mystery of Another World had me pretty well ensnared with its clear graphics and intriguing storyline from the beginning, but this new game just blows that one away.
Surface: The Soaring City Collector’s Edition shows and tells us how much more improved a game developer can become over the years, and with each new game in this series, they keep getting better. Still, the voice dubbing is needing some polish in the live action sequences, but there are many live action sequences. This game also has a art deco period aviation backdrop that makes one think of great movies and stories set in the 20s and 30s like Hugo, Chicago, and The Great Gatsby. Read more...(372 words, 31 images, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
The American Civil War has ended but not for everyone and not for every country either. Everyone wants a part of the United Stats and only Capt. James West and U.S. Marshal Artemus Gordon stand in their way. This award winning film is a timeless keepsake and really does show some of the best of Will Smith and Kevin Kline. Something for everyone in this film from Steampunk to Western and even Salma Hayek behind, a wonderful site to see indeed.
The film starts with a scientist running threw the woods with a strange metal collar with magnets attached. Chasing him is a razor sharp spinning disk like a buzz saw and it is gaining on him every step he takes till it catches up to him. Next wae have General ‘Bloodbath’ McGrath played by Ted Levine pulling the disk from the ground as the opening credits begin to roll. This is mostly a fast paced film with a lot of comedic liberties to keep you laughing and wanting to see more. This film has a clever mix of slapstick, suspense, partial nudity of Salma Hayek and Will Smith and plenty of put-downs and innuendos to keep you entertained even after the credits on this film end. Director Barry Sonnenfeld did an excelent job of putting this film together. Read more...(600 words, 42 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)
Hudnut (hud’ nuht) – n. The leftover bolt or screw in any “some assembly required” project.
We’ve seen these little metal parts pop off of any of the many-geared inventions of Phineas Phogg or Artemus Gordon whenever the steam pressure got too hot. These are the hudnuts, the nuts, screws, or bolts that hold it all together, but somehow, always manage to fall out, or in the case in many a steampunk adventure, pop out. Our wonderful 19th and early 20th century inventors are usually at a loss for what went wrong with their steam-powered gadgets, when it turns out there is a hudnut around. They are often stumped when they do find it, and their biggest query at the time is, “Now, how did that get there?” And as usual, truth mirrors fiction in that this sort of thing happens to many of us all the time.
You bring home that piece of put it together yourself furniture from whatever discount store, and no matter how well you follow the instructions, there is always some little fastener left over. Sometimes it is more that one, but you still check your little project to make sure everything is in place. You sure don’t want that TV Stand/bookshelf/diningroom table falling apart, but you just can’t be too careful. After all, the steampunk inventors of classic sci-fi fiction had their authors to back them up. Those of us real people living in the early 21st century don’t.
bathquake (BATH kwake) – n. The violent quake that rattles the entire house when the water faucet is turned to a certain point.
This is a common theme we see in many steampunk era movies, but it does not mean it does not happen in real life. Sometimes, a bathquake does not even have to involve water. Often, a bathquake will occur when central air conditioning is turned on as well. You will always know when someone is about to do dishes, jump in the shower or just might be washing their hands if you live in a home that is prone to bathquakes. You will feel that rumble not unlike that of when a huge truck passes by outside your home. Don’t be alarmed though. You won’t have to drop under a table, or find a doorway, because this is a bathquake. Although it might feel like it might be a 10.5 on the Richter Scale, the coastline is not going to sink into the ocean. You might be a bit concerned if you turn that faucet too full, because if it is that sensitive to a little water pressure to start a bathquake, then your house might end up looking like it sank into the ocean. If you are used to the bathquakes by now, and see them as a minor inconvenience, then you’ve got this whole bathquake thing under control. More power to ya!