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Lady Clankington’s Cabinet

Lady ClankingtonThis is one of those things that I never really considered, but once I heard about am somehow unsurprised that it exists. Amused, but unsurprised.

The Cabinet of Carnal Curiosities* is a site which offers steampunk sex toys, custom-made by one Lady Clankington.

Due to her voracious desire for endless…adventure, her husband (an industrialist of some note) expired from exhaustion long ago. In a fit of frustration, Lady Clankington employed the genius of one Dr. Visbaun to create a cadre of strapping automatons that would finally grant her the only company able to keep up with her unending desire…for adventure. … Each design has been well tested by the lady, herself.

Right now her “infernal devices” consist of the Little Death Ray, but the Butt Rogers Uranium Pistol is coming soon. Just right for playing “stern Victorian explorer and naughty Morlock.”


*I’d add the NSFW tag but c’mon: It’s a site that peddles sex toys. Do you really need the tag?

Posted in Ephemera May 31st, 2011 by Chip
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Muppets of the Caribbean: On Stranger Frogs

I mentally checked out of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after the first one, but I may have to watch the latest sequel; Kermit’s enthusiasm is contagious. (Plus the movie is based on Tim Powers’ On Stranger Tides, which is kind of awesome.

I love that all of the actors just sort of roll with the fact that they’re being interviewed by a green felt frog.

(via Topless Robot, from whom I also shamelessly cribbed the post title)

Posted in Movies & TV May 30th, 2011 by Chip
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Link Dump

Guns and Gardens – Series of instructional YouTube videos on how to DIY your way through the zombie apocalypse.

Big Damn Wedding – A couple cosplayed Mal and Inara at their wedding. Lots of neat detail stuff.

Hoth Realtor – Marketing the studio apartment inside a Tauntaun.

The Lesser-Known Magi – Entertaining photo from the Crap at My Parents’ House site.

Spock Quilt – Abstract-ish quilt design.

That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore – Amusing spoof of children’s books, helping kids deal with mommy becoming a zombie.

Steampunk Goggles – A roundup of goggles made of recycled materials. Some really lovely stuff.

Sad Baby Monsters – Awwwww. I want to give Sad Baby Mothman a big hug.

Posted in Ephemera May 27th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. This supernatural spy novel by Tim Powers presents a secret history of the Cold War in which an agent for a secret British spy organization learns the true nature of several beings living on Mount Ararat.
  2. “DC Universe: Decisions” was a DC comic series which revealed the political leanings of several superheroes. Which one of these is the Democrat?
    A) Hawkman
    B) Green Arrow
    C) Plastic Man
    D) Wonder Woman
    E) Wildcat
  3. In the comedy knockoff of B movies Amazon Women on the Moon, what legendary magazine editor played the President?
  4. Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War explores themes of soldiers exploited by the military and has been called an account of Haldenman’s experience in the Vietnam War written through a “space opera” filter. What is the name of the aliens that the humans are fighting?
  5. In this 1984 film, a government-funded project to train psychics to enter other people’s dreams goes awry when the President of the United States is admitted as a patient to the clinic, and sinister agents use the President’s nightmares in an attempt to have him assassinated.
  6. This collection by Robert A. Heinlein includes the short story “If This Goes On–” which describes a rebellion against an American theocracy and gave Heinlein a vehicle to criticize the authoritarian potential of Protestant Christian fundamentalism.
    A) Revolt in 2100
    B) The Man Who Sold the Moon
    C) The Green Hills of Earth
    D) The Past Through Tomorrow
    E) Assignment in Eternity
  7. The seminal conspiracy-theory novels The Illuminatus! Trilogy were written by Robert Anton Wilson and whom?
  8. In this award-winning novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, an anarchist-feminist colony on a moon in orbit around a planet of caste-divided capitalists. Unfortunately, the anarchist-feminists haven’t solved all the problems of their parent society, and in fact the resource-hungry moon where they live has created a society of poor people whose government controls where they work and live.
  9. In this classic Star Trek episode, the Organian Peace Treaty is imposed upon the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire.
    A) Errand of Mercy
    B) A Taste of Armageddon
    C) Balance of Terror
    D) A Private Little War
    E) Patterns of Force
  10. In the alternate-history novel 1945, Hitler gets injured in a plane crash just before Pearl Harbor. While he’s in a coma, the remaining Nazi leaders manage to avoid war with the U.S. and defeat the Soviet Union, nipping Communism in the bud. This cheese-tastic piece of wish-fulfillment was written by what politician?

(Answers below the fold)

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Posted in Ephemera May 26th, 2011 by Chip
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Game of Thrones: The Metal Edition

White Noise Lab did a metal cover of the Game of Thrones theme music, and YouTube user hettbeans merged it with the opening credits.

Posted in Ephemera May 25th, 2011 by Chip
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Exactly.

Books

From EatLiver.com, via Blame it On the Voices

Posted in Books & Authors May 24th, 2011 by Chip
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The Worst Couple in the Universe

(via Death Star PR)

Posted in Humor May 23rd, 2011 by Chip
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I’m Tempted to Print Some of These Out

Droids

(via Ecards)

Posted in Humor May 20th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. Which of the following films is NOT based on a Philip K. Dick short story or novel?
    A) Gattaca
    B) Total Recall
    C) Screamers
    D) Blade Runner
    E) Next
  2. The Empire relied on little one-person ships called TIE fighters. What does “T-I-E” stand for?
  3. What was the name of the atomic submarine featured in the TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea?
  4. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle published a sequel to their 1975 novel, Inferno, titled Escape From Hell, in which the protagonist is accompanied by an author whom he has saved from eternal damnation as a sentient tree in the “Wood of the Suicides.” Name the author.
  5. Two space shuttles–Endeavour and Discovery–are named after famous naval vessels. Who captained both ships?
    A) John Cabot
    B) James Cook
    C) Horatio Nelson
    D) Ferdinand Magellan
    E) Henry Hudson
  6. This SF author hails from Austin, Texas and was recipient of what is indisputably the greatest academic title and job in the world as “Visionary in Residence” at Art Center College of Design, in California.
  7. Which of these is NOT a science fiction or fantasy award?
    A) Edward E. Smith Award
    B) Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis
    C) Janusz A. Zajdel Award
    D) John W. Campbell Award
    E) Maxwell Finland Award
  8. In this novel by Max Barry, corporate feudalism is so entrenched that workers take the name of their employer as their own surname.
  9. This collaborative alternate history novel by Roger Zelazny and Fred Saberhagen features, among its main characters, Edgar Allan Poe and Emerson the orangutan.
  10. Generally considered to be the earliest of the modern Dystopian novels, this story by Jack London covers a fictional document known as the “Everhard Manuscript” and its footnoting by a far-future scholar.
    A) The Iron Heel
    B) An Enemy of the State
    C) The Cabinet
    D) Farthing
    E) The Fist

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Posted in Ephemera May 19th, 2011 by Chip
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The Church of Ed Wood

Ed Wood LogoIt’s probably somewhat telling that the very first thing you encounter when hitting this site is a popup that says, “To answer your first question – yes, we’re TOTALLY serious!”

The Church of Ed Wood* is an internet church which practices “Woodism.”

Woodism is a pop-culture-based religion created in 1996 by Reverend Steve Galindo. We follow the late cult director Edward D. Wood Jr., and we look to him as a savior. We at The Church of Ed Wood use Ed and his films to inject spirituality into those who get little fulfillment from more mainstream religions like Christianity. By looking at his films and his life, we learn to lead happy, positive lives. We strive for acceptance of others and of the self.

The basic tenets of the religion seem to boil down to “follow your dreams,” “don’t be ashamed of who you are,” and “be accepting of others,” and frankly a lot of more mainstream religions could do worse than to preach those views. The site goes into these in great detail with The Lessons of Wood, and once you have accepted Woodism into your heart you can be baptized right online.

Or if you’re feeling a little more secular you can just buy a T-shirt.

(Hat tip to Emily)


*Note to the seizure-prone: This site is really fond of flashy blinky things.

Cross-posted at The Art of Darkness

Posted in Ephemera May 18th, 2011 by Chip
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