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Steampunk Convention: Panel Notes Babbage Engines Primed

The Babbage Engine (Saturday 10-11, Apex)
Chris Garcia
Chris Garcia, curator of the Babbage Engine, presented on the engine and its fictional tie ins.

Additional Resources
Blogs on the engine
The Computer History Museum
The Drink Tank


Steampunk Primer (Saturday 11:30 - 12:30, Apex)
Dave Derus (M)
Dave Derus hosted the steampunk primer: a presentation and brainstorming session on what it means to be steampunk, from clothing to literature to lifestyle.

Here he is with the League of Steam, winners of the costume contest.



The Engines of Empire (Saturday 11:30-12:30, Peak)
Chris Garcia, Mike Perschon, Dan Sawyer (M)
Panelists discussed the height of British industry, the real science & gadgets of Victorian times. How did one tiny island change world history in so many ways? A nice coverage of this panel over in MAKE

Online Resources
Victorian railway system
The Difference Dictionary
Boilerplate
Keep an eye to Dan's podcast for further steamcon related thoughts.

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:

Day of the dead steampunk
Your Tisane of Smart:
Evidence found of solar system around nearby star
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Britain to ban Latin words, not English enough.

LPTC, Part the Second:
LPTC, Part the First Edits: 95%

Quote of the Day:
"Were we required to characterize this age of ours by any single epithet, we should be tempted to call it...the Mechanical Age."
~ Thomas Carlyle, Signs of the Times (1829)
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It was gobs of fun!