AnomalyCon 3

March 12th, 2013 by jamesvb

One quick post that I do want to get done right now is about an upcoming event that I am attending with the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society (DVSS) in a couple of weeks – AnomalyCon 3.  It is March 29-31 at the Denver Tech Center DoubleTree Hotel.

They recently posted the schedule, but at least a couple of us agreed it was not formatted very well.  I don’t know if they plan on having a printed version that is formatted better when we get there, but I kind of wanted to see the everything in a format where I can decide what sessions I want to attend.  So I decided to do a bit of a reformat as an Excel spreadsheet.  I may play with it some more, maybe to ensure it prints well if needed, but I think it at least looks better now than it does on their site.

AnomalyCon_Schedule (Excel 2007-2010)

AnomalyCon_Schedule (Excel 2003)

Back (Hopefully)

March 12th, 2013 by jamesvb

I have always had a problem keeping up on things like blogs.  I try but always end up neglecting them, especially when I get busy with more important things like work and school (and music and gaming…).  But I am hopeful now that I am actually in a different place now, and part of a SteamPunk group, so there is more motivation for me to work on this blog.  I am still very busy with work and school, but I also have more of a social life now that I have moved.

SO… a couple of things that will address here, and then I will follow up later.  The first thing is that I know this blog is horribly out of date in many ways.  I need to update the core and add-ons, which I will do soon.  I also logged back in to  find an inordinate number of spam comments, so many that I resorted to running a database query to purge some posts and all of the comments.  I still need to find a comment system that works well, so for now I am not accepting comments.  There also seem to be a couple of my older posts that are screwed up because of dead links that I need to fix.  I am, however, keeping the look and format of the site for the time being, basically because I like it and I remember it took a while to put it together.

I will try to post a bunch in the near future to update on all of the changes to my life recently, more specifically related to this site.

Sucker Punch and a new perspective

August 20th, 2010 by jamesvb

I am trying my best to balance activities and I keep forgetting about this site because it is low on my list of priorities right now.  I think one of the reasons is that sometimes it can be difficult to come up with material to talk about without always stealing everyone else’s articles for starting points, because right now I just do not have the time to surf the Web all of the time to find new stuff.  I guess that is the downside of having a themed site.

So, I am debating whether or not I want to just expand my range of material that I will use here.  I really want to keep the site up, but when I have things to talk about that do not fit here (which is more often than not), I end up neglecting this site.  I will decide shortly what I am going to do.

One thing that may happen is that a couple of my friends and I may be working on a browser game with a post-apocalyptic theme.  If that goes through I will update here.

Some of you may have seen the new movie coming out called Sucker Punch.  From what I have seen, it has to do with dreams so the themes include a whole spectrum of genres including Steampunk.  I think it will be an interesting movie.

Sucker Punch


July 14th, 2010 by jamesvb

Talk about neglecting my site; I have gotten so busy that I just have not even thought about this site recently. I am in a new course in school that requires a bit more attention then before; I have been working on one website for someone else as well as a new website for my guild; I got back into WoW because I felt my guild needs me; plus I have been beta testing two other games. I like to stretch myself a bit at times.

Anyway, I do have something relevant to post here. The other night I happened to catch one of my favorite films on cable. I have no idea why I do not have it in my collection, but seeing it definitely served as a reminder that I need to pick it up. The film is Brazil. I am sure most people who may read this have seen the film, but if not it is a must-see. There is something about the surreality of the whole thing, but it has always been a reference in my mind when I try to visualize a certain atmosphere for some stories. Though there are arguments of the “steampunk” attributes of certain elements like the computers (possibly more wirepunk), many are obviously influenced by the film in their creation of Steampunk art, such as the computer keyboards from old typewriters.


League of S.T.E.A.M. – “Big Trouble”

June 27th, 2010 by jamesvb

New LOS video. Yes I know it was a week ago but I felt like posting something regardless of my lack of content right now.