Having posted a steampunk creation that isn’t an entry for the Steam-Wars contest, Aaron Andrews provides a convenient check-list so we can confirm his creation’s adherence to steampunk standards.
My favorite: “Total disregard for physics – Check.” Click the image to read the other items in Aaron’s list.
Steve Vargo presents a cave scene diorama of heroic knights chasing after a band of rogues. Danger abounds in the cave including ferocious flying creatures, a lurking giant spider, and the bottomless pit. The giant spider web really makes this diorama outstanding.
Name: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks is often called the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement.”
In Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950’s, African-Americans were not allowed to ride in the first 10 rows of city buses (typical of similar laws in the segregated South). On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus when ordered to do so by the white driver. Parks was arrested for this refusal, and her act of peaceful resistance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A Supreme Court decision in 1956 struck down the state and city segregation laws.
Parks became an icon in the civil rights movement, but worked as a seamstress until 1965, when she joined the staff of Michigan representative John Conyers, for whom she worked until 1988. Rosa Parks died in 2005 at the age of ninety-two.
Learn more: Wikipedia
(Yes, today is Martin Luther King Day, but I already posted MLK on his actual birthday, January 15.)
What comes to mind when you think of “LEGO robots”? Probably something that fits in our standard mecha category.
But Mike Crowley‘s mind is slanted in a very beautiful way, yielding a passel of plastic robots of the tiny and tinny variety.
BrickArms creator Will Chapman has been hard at work developing designs for his mystical “third mold.”
We’ve already seen prototype weapons, but the latest designs include a scalpel and syringe. Click the picture and check them out in a couple new vignettes by corran101:
Mark Stafford presents a steampunk version of the Star Wars Naboo Fighter. Look closely and you can spot many interesting details, like a horned helm on the tip of the ship. I particularly like the monkey replacement of R2-D2.
Name: Winona LaDuke
Dates: Born in 1959
Winona LaDuke is an economist, Native American activist, environmentalist, and writer.
After graduating from Harvard with a degree in rural economic development in 1982, LaDuke became the principal of the high school on the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) reservation in Minnesota (LaDuke herself is part Anishinaabe). She soon became involved in the struggle to regain land promised by an 1867 treaty. When the case was dismissed, she led the effort to buy back thousands of acres of lost land.
The author of both fiction and non-fiction books, LaDuke has been an outspoken critic of the United States government’s abuses of its land and native peoples. In 1996 and again in 2000, LaDuke ran as the Green Party candidate for the office of Vice President.
Learn more: Wikipedia | Mother Jones | Salon.com
Click the picture to read all about this rather sinister “seed ship” built by Fedde (cthulhu on Flickr). Trust me, you’ll want to read the back-story.
The latest from The Brick Time (mrbrickbob on Brickshelf) are the protagonists of one of my favorite recent movies, I am Legend, starring Will Smith as Lt. Col. Robert Neville, here with his constant companion Sam.
Kaitimar continues to update his Flickr photostream with wonderful creations, both old and new. The “Stinger” (above) is a new variation of his earlier steam hornet.
And as bonus, a steampunk blimp we missed previously in Kaitimar’s Brickshelf gallery, the Moon Moth:
One of my own. Not sure if I’ll enter this in the Steam Wars contest but I had a lot of fun making it. I hope it doesn’t need much description.