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20 July 2007 @ 10:43 pm
The world of Tintin may be gone, but that's why we like it

Ray Cassin
July 20, 2007

THE adventures of Tintin, the globetrotting boy reporter with the ludicrously improbable hairdo and preposterously Edwardian attire, has always been something of a guilty pleasure for those of liberal inclinations.
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12 July 2007 @ 09:11 am
It's not lost as such, but since some people expressed an interest in the "Pax Britannica" stuff on my Voyages Extraordinaires: Scientific Romances in a Bygone Age site, I thought I would mention that our latest update is right in that category. It;s the first of our "travelogue" pieces, being mostly a series of embedded sepia-tone silent films of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately they're my sepia-tone silent films rather than films actually shot in the 10s and 20s, but beggars can't be choosers!
07 July 2007 @ 04:37 pm
The Golden Compass...

Go watch the trailer! (Trust me!)

Current Mood: intrigued

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, beloved acquaintances, curious strangers, and annonymous stalkers....

For the past several years I have had a dream.... A simple, humble dream.... A dream of going to a Rennaissance Fair....

Dressed like Victorian explorers.... Who have traveled through time.... For the single, noble purpose.... Of socializing with Medieval people.... Because it would be fun.

To celebrate my birthday and squirrelmadness birthday and who ever else comes along,
and because I thought it would be a lot of fun, I propose for a bunch of us to meet up at the Tuxedo Ren Fair on August 4th (that's a Saturday) and that we dress to the nines. Whether you dress like a Victorian time-traveler, a Rennaissance local, Steampunk mad scientist or in whatever else you would enjoy, please come and bring people to have fun! Dress up however you like, but be sure to dress up!

The site for the Ren Fair is http://www.recfair.com/NY/index.php

Due to the insanely huge response to this I have made an LJ community for people to plan carpools, get-togethers at the fair, working out your outfits and to know what time every one is meeting up at.

It can also be for people in other parts of the world to set up similar type things if they like
So if you wish to go, have fun and get some amusing photos in the process, then get on this group and have fun!
This will be the last time this gets posted places from now on updates and such will only be on this LJ group


P.S Everyone who comes on the 4th gets a little pin.
X-posted for the last time
Current Mood: amusedamused
Disney's The Island at the Top of the World (1974) is being screened today on Channel 5, at 15:25 (concluding at 17:15).

The IMDb entry for the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071671/

27 June 2007 @ 05:10 pm
Hello all,

Courtesy of baron_waste, I finally learned about this community! By way of introduction, my name is Cory... I'm the webmaster of both Voyages Extraordinaires: Scientific Romances in a Bygone Age and, more importantly, Silent Movie Monsters: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. I'm very much looking forward to the discussion!
Steampunk Magazine is mentioned and pictured all over the web...

It also has been mentioned in Wired, Boing Boing, and by the great Warren Ellis.

The illustrations shown are by the incredible Colin Foran who's LJ is nathantwist.

Check out the art, articles and stories to see what everyone is talking about.

They are on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/steampunkmagazine
and on LJ at steampunkmagazi
You can buy a copy or download it for free at www.steampunkmagazine.com
19 June 2007 @ 08:19 pm
I recently found a fiction magazine that I think would be of interest to a lot of people here. It's called The Willows (named for the Blackwood story) and it's devoted exclusively to publishing "classic-style weird fiction" set before World War II. It's aesthetic is definitely right up this community's alley, with old-fashioned stories of the supernatural mixed with a mocked-up Victorian ad or two. I picked up the May issue and was impressed with most of the writing, and the stuff coming the July issue sounds ever better. And I don't say this just because I've got a nonfiction article on "How the Universal Monsters Killed Weird Fiction" (among other things) appearing in it, although that certainly helps.

(This is cross-posted to a few communities that I'm a member of, so apologies if you see it twice or thrice.)
10 June 2007 @ 11:09 pm
My most recent order from Amazon.com was Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone. While this wasn't a great movie, it was a well-made movie that was more than worth the $6.99 I paid for it. The film does the job I ask of it: portraying the Dark Continent, the Africa of adventure.

A National Geographic Television presentation, Forbidden Territory perfectly captures the period. We see African henchman, Europe's finest explorers and its basest adventurers, the mustachioed, tuxedo-clad "armchair geographers" of Royal Geographic Society, a faithful missonary, and the poor souls he sought to protect from Arab slavers. The costuming was great, right down to Livingstone's little blue "conductor's" cap and the motley pugaree on Stanley's pith helmet.

While the film de-demonizes Livingstone and Stanley so much that it would send any post-colonialist Cult-of-Achebe English prof into a pontificating hissy fit, it thoroughly develops Stanley's character, portraying him as a tormented soul and an indomitable survivor, partially through a series of flashbacks to his days as a Welsh bastard in a workhouse and his days as a Confederate soldier. In spite of Aidan Quinn's best efforts to overact the part in a few scenes. Fortunately, the casting of Nigel Hawthorne as old Doc Livingstone was pure genius. To paraphrase Troy McClure, "it was the part he was born to play, baby."

In a nutshell, Forbidden Territory is no Lawrence of Arabia, but it is a pretty good period piece guaranteed to delight anyone who has ever dreamed of battling tsetse flies and Somalis.
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