If you can't go on a trip this weekend, you can go on an interactive one, at least! Take a look at this fantastic map of famous journeys - which just happens to include Phileas Fogg's Around the World in 80 Days path.
While steampunk celebrates the Victorian era, there are a lot of ethical issues facing people who like the aesthetics but deplore the realities of the time. A really interesting discussion on colonialism, imperalism, and how POC (people of color) feel about the era is taking place. Highly recommended reading.
Modern life has its own share of ethical conflicts, of course. How You Can Save the World is a new website, sponsored by the Sci-Fi channel, that tackles issues such as environmentalism, futurism, and nanotechnology.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is a creation of the 1930s, so steampunk purists can ignore this last bit. I have a passion for the '30s and '40s, however (I'm considering changing my slogan to "long skirts and flying cars," regardless of what time frame this encompasses), and so I think these Buck Rogers prototypes are absolutely glorious. The entire website is great, too!
The aether carries the information, the aether is information.You are one of the few who know the ins and outs of Aether Terminals.You can access information across the Aethersphere, tapping into the Aetherpipes of anyone you want and stealing the information stored in their datatanks.Some think of you as a myth, a legend created to scare people.You are no myth or legend, you are quite real and you are currently reading the Queen’s AetherMissives.
Cory of Voyages Extraordinaires is vociferously not a steampunk. However, his site is celebrating Steampunk Month this August, and those of us who love his website and its attention to detail are thrilled.
I live with a man who's a huge fan of 1970s Op-Art. This makes our interior decoration scheme a little off-kilter at times, what with the dark woods and the chrome furnishings trying to co-exist. We've found common ground in these incredible space travel posters, though, and are planning our living room!
Where are our futuristic buildings, anyway? (And where are the jetpacks?) They're appearing, but at a maddeningly slow pace. Oobject takes a look at the 15 modern buildings that come closest, in their eyes, to reflecting the city of Blade Runner.
Since energy is such a hot topic these days, dirigibles seem to get more and more press. The New York Times has an article on zeppelins; in the process of reading it, I discovered that there's an actual Zeppelin University. Some enterprising student should really start a t-shirt business there and capitalize on steampunk's recent popularity.
Speaking of capitalizing, this image scan sequenceris (by the website's own admission) not really steampunk, but has a definite charm and intricacy about it.