Daily Steampunk is moving to meta-punk.com

Public Service Announcement: We are moving!

 

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It has been more than eight exciting years of Daily Steampunk, now it is time to expand. Daily Steampunk will move to a new home, www.meta-punk.com.

 

There are a number of reasons:

 

  • The scope of the blog has already grown beyond only covering Steampunk
  • I want to expand the scope even more and integrate more geek/nerd lifestyle topics, coding and also more science
  • The data storage capacity that came with the original hosting package is actually almost full. Yes, I know, this sounds ridiculous, but eight years are a long time on the web and back in the day, 5 GB really sounded like a lot in 2008, today, you can easily get 5 times that much for less.

So, Daily Steampunk is becoming Metapunk and you will find all the content of Daily Steampunk there.

I hope to see you over at

Metapunk

Which is basically Daily Steampunk 2.0

Daily Steampunk is moving to meta-punk.com

Daily Steampunk is now on Patreon

Hey all,

just a really quick thing, Daily Steampunk is now on Patreon. Don’t worry, I will continue whether I get patrons on Patreon or not. If you should decide to become a patron, there are already some perks up, more are to come.

I will use the money I get from patrons primarily to get to events and do reports.

So, if you can spare a Dollar or something in that range once a month, consider becoming a patron to Daily Steampunk.

 

 

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Daily Steampunk is now on Patreon

Product Review: Mirtello Night Black & Gold by Weird Ape

I think I have mentioned this on the blog before, I collect watches. Mainly pocket watches (my oldest one was made in 1855) but I also have a decent collection of wrist watches. I was highly delighted therefore, when I was offered a complimentary watch by Weird Ape. Specifically one of their Steampunk range.

 

You can imagine there was not much arm-twisting involved to get me to accept the offer.

 

Before I start the review I have to comment on the excellent customer service of Weird Ape. the first watch I got stopped working after three days. It is an automatic watch and the mechanism got damaged, I think during shipping. In any case it is not a problem a watchmaker could not solve, nevertheless, Weird Ape sent me a replacement straight away.

But now about the watch:

First, it came in a very stylish Weird Ape bag:

 

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The watch itself looks great and is definitely not too in-your-face concerning the Steampunk factor:

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This is one of the factors which made me choose the Mirtello Night Black & Gold, because I like my Steampunk functional, I want to wear it every day. The Night Black & Gold goes well with my office dress-style (which ranges from casual office steampunk to standard IT/coder black).

 

I expected the watch to be a bit flimsy. It is not. It feels nice and heavy (but not cumbersome ) around my wrist and the lock of the metal wrist band is also sturdy and well made.

 

Around my wrist it looks like this:

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Being picky about the exactness of the watch I checked it repeatedly against the radio-controlled watch in our living room, it has not even lost or gained a single second since I got it. The mechanical movement inside is doing an excellent job so far. It is a real shame this watch is not really water proof. The warranty only extends as far as rain splatter are concerned but you cannot take this watch for a swim. I guess at a price tag of 39 € /  £29 / $44 for a mechanical watch with that precision, that is nothing to complain about.

One thing I do not like, though: The tiny round dial with the single seconds-hand you can see in both photos above is face. It is one piece of plastic that was put in there purely for decoration. I think it is just distracting and the watch would have been even more beautiful without it.

But this is really the only thing I can complain about. The Mirtello Night Black & Gold offers excellent value for money and has become a permanent fixture of my wardrobe, I have worn it ever since I got it.

 

8 out of 10 Zeppelins

 

I have also bookmarked Weird Ape Watches and will pay the site visits in the future, after all, I collect watches, and they have pocket watches, too.

SrMAyIve

 

Product Review: Mirtello Night Black & Gold by Weird Ape

Review: Victor Sierra – Go for the Strange

The third full album of Victor Sierra and the third I am going to review and this is getting ridiculous. OK, disclaimer, I supported the fundraiser, Victor Sierra is one of my favourite bands (and their song Mastermind is one of my all time favourite songs) and Commander Bob is one of my oldest friends in the Steampunk scene, but, when I listen to an album, I do my best to be honest.

So, here we go:

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Go for the Strange picks up where Yesterday’s Tomorrow ended. The albums are not topically connected, but when you listen to one and then to the other, it is like one smooth transition from one classic to the next.

Again, the album is multilingual, again, Victor Sierra’s very own style is instantly recognizable, and with instantly recognizable I mean:

Unquiet Days, the first track, starts with an industrial stomping like the pistons of an airship engine followed, then a  harmonica joins in and lays a tune like you only find it on Victor Sierra albums. So, after 10 seconds, Go for the Strange had its first magical moment and I was hooked. The song itself really stresses the Punk in Steampunk and addresses several issues in our society today.

The next one The Fall of the Airship Solitaria, goes into a completely different direction. The crew goes into “Full In-Character Mode”, introduces themselves to the listener as the personas they take on their airship The Hydrogen Queen, then they proceed to tell a story from the world the Hydrogen Queen is cruising in.

OK, before I get into details for every song, I rather stop here. I think if I tell you what to expect from the song, I might set you up for something you do not expect, because listening to music is an interactive experience. You may well receive a song differently from how I received it. It may well trigger different images in your mind than it in mine.

Go for the Strange is another grandiose album, it delivers everything I expected from Victor Sierra and adds something on top. I particularly enjoyed the songs that tell the stories from their Steampunk universe and then there is this jewel that made it straight into my All Time Favorite List:

The Shadow Company

The song is another one from the punk side of Steampunk, as far as its message is concerned. A motivational piece to do things your way.

 

“If you feel your future is  made of stone, just get up and leave your comfort zone.”

 

Your life is your hand!

 

Overall, there is less variation in musical styles than in Yesterday’s Tomorrow but Go For the Strange makes up for this by packing a lot of energy and more drive. This is a very energetic album in deed. The Hydrogen Queen is going full steam ahead.

Linguistic variation is significant once more with lyrics in English, French and Spanish. I really regret that my knowledge of French has deteriorated to the point that I do not understand what Atlantis (track 9) is all about, but that is my problem, not Victor Sierra’s.

To sum up: Victor Sierra have delivered another outstanding album, their best to date, I think. Let’s hope it will put them in the spotlight and give them the popularity in the Steampunk scene they truly deserve!

 

Go For The Strange gets 10/10 Zeppelins and the badge of honour!

You can find Victor Sierra (and the album) here:

 

VICTOR SIERRA’S WEBSITE | BANDCAMP | iTUNES | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

Review: Victor Sierra – Go for the Strange