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14 May 2009 @ 02:49 am
If you are in , near or can go to this http://www.whitemischief.info/
You should very much do so or else you will miss out on one of the best party of the summer or ever.


So who is going to go to this ?
Current Mood: amusedamused
05 May 2009 @ 06:22 am
During my C-SPAN2 binge, I also caught David Grann, the author of The Lost City of Z, which is the story of the mysterious disappearance of British explorer Percy Fawcett while searching for a lost city in the Amazon. Fawcett's expeditions were like something straight out of the adventure pulps. He claimed to have encountered all kinds of cryptozoological treats: giant anacondas, small cat-like dogs, and double-nosed Andean tiger hounds. It has been alleged that Fawcett was the inspiration for everything from Indiana Jones, to Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost Word, to Kent Allard. View it here Apparently, John Grisham has discovered The Lost City of Z as well. Maybe it will inspire him to write something other than courtroom drivel. And while Fawcett may have ended up as an entree, his spirit lives on. Seventy-year-old Colonel John Blashford-Snell, late of the Royal Engineers, has taken up his mantle. The Times lists the following as his acts of "derring-do":
—Colonel John Blashford-Snell is a former officer in the Royal Engineers who helped to found Operation Raleigh. He will lead the 20-person team on the two-month trip on June 21 —He has twice been shot at by Ethiopian bandits, bitten by a vampire bat and ate a Panamanian spider monkey —Blashford-Snell is the founder of the Scientific Exploration Society —He led the first descent of the Ethiopian Blue Nile in 1968 and the first vehicle crossing of the Darien Gap in Panama in 1972 —He invented a jungle hat that is mosquito-repellent, Teflon-coated and has a refrigerated headband —He said recently: “I often say at 6am as I climb out of a soaking wet hammock, ‘God, I must be mad. Why am I doing this?’ ”
His official website is here: http://johnblashfordsnell.org.uk/ Church organist required for jungle meteorite hunt
Your Track to play with
The official website of the Alternate History Track at Dragon*Con is here
For day to day updates on the fun go here
This will all be at the one and only

We all have ydnic to thank for this boys and girls
04 February 2009 @ 04:26 am

The world famous award winning Fantasy author Catherynne M. Valente's (http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/) newest book, Palimpsest, hits stores at the end of February from
Random House/Bantam Books. Critics and authors a like have been raving
about just how wonderful this work is.

The lush and extravagant book launch event is Wednesday February
25th 7-11pm in Brooklyn, NY. Held at the Galapagos Art Space
(http://galapagosartspace.com/directions.html) , there will be live
music, art installations, decadent costumes,book readings and
Performance art.

There will be book readings by Catherynne Valente from this newest
novel as well as live musical performances by S.J. Tucker (www.skinnywhitechick.com/), Poi
spinning by Fire & Strings, a rope suspension performance by Lee
Harrington. and many other artists and performers.This event will be
a true feast for all the five senses.

For more information on the book and everything :

Palimpsest is a lush, decadent and evocative tale of a sexually
transmitted city. By connecting through passion and desire, a new
world opens up. Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the
train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To
get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse -- a voyage
permitted only to those who've always believed there's another world
than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are
marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh
after a single orgasmic night. To this kingdom of ghost trains,
lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four
travelers: Oleg, a New York locksmith; the beekeeper November;
Ludovico, a binder of rare books; and a young Japanese woman named
Sei. They've each lost something important -- a wife, a lover, a
sister, a direction in life—and what they will find in Palimpsest is
more than they could ever imagine.

The world of Palimpsest is attached to our own, here and now--and so a
group of extraordinary performers have come together for one night to
bring Palimpsest to life.

If you want to bear witness to this unique event, watch amazing
performances, get your own copy of Palimpsest, dress to
extravagance...mark your calendars now!

Wednesday February 25th
Ash Wednesday
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street at the corner of Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn

We look forward to seeing you all there.
02 July 2008 @ 12:17 am
Been posting about this for the past year but time is coming close and the more that come the better.
Second Annual Time Travel Picnic
Last year was the first like it in the history of the world and since it was fun a good time and we all looked great!


August 2ed you should come!
Web page and info here: http://community.livejournal.com/timetravelpicni/profile
600 Route 17A, Tuxedo, NY 10987

This year every one who comes will get skeleton keys,compass'es, Books and more military pins! So it will be like last year but with more fun stuff to bring home with you.

Dress any way you like,the point is to come and have fun and meet new humans you did not know .
Food too!

If you have no clue what the hell I am talking about look here for all the info and a good spot to set up carpools and swap ideas for outfits.


These are the photos from last year to show no one was eaten by birds.

Its all for the sake of fun and meeting people.
So...who's coming?

If you can not come and you like this idea set up your own and post photos to the group!
It is a great deal of fun!
Current Mood: amusedamused
24 November 2007 @ 12:08 am


The Steampunk Timeline of Futures Past is a resource intended to provide quick references to history of technology used in steampunk imagery. Even though its primary focus is, naturally, on the 19th century, it includes notes on earlier and later technology to give a sense of historical context to steam related technology. Accompanying commentary is provided to help the reader understand the role of history in determining the aesthetics of retro-futurism in general, and in steampunk in particular.


Available on auction at Ebay, this is a collection of useful mad scientist-friendly devices from Veynom Labs, ideal for your next outing into the furthest reaches of the unknown. Included are the latest model Z-3 ray gun, X-225 goggles, and K&H work smock, as well as accompany paperwork. Stop by and see what Veynom Labs has to offer. Remember,
"You can conquer the world. We can help."

Current Mood: awake
30 October 2007 @ 04:42 pm
I just read this book:


"It was a fun read and did not suck." -Detailed book review by Ev for you

I pass my detailed book review on to you and perhaps you might wish to check it out. It was good to read on the train ride home for me. If you would like a different, more informed review on this book and some details check out their myspace type thing.

They have the first chapter up there to read too..

Current Mood: amusedamused
16 October 2007 @ 10:37 am
So I found out yesterday that the controversial George Eastman House restoration of the 1925 The Lost World has finally been made available on home video... resulting in me damning student poverty by running out and getting it.

As a brief overview for those not acquainted with the controversy, up to 1991, the only known version of The Lost World was an hour-long edited down version. In '91, several new prints were discovered in outtake libraries and the Czech national archives, permitting restorers to build the film back up to something comparable to its original hour and a half length.

George Eastman House acquired the materials and, with a massive donation drive headed by the Dinosaur Interplanetary Gazette website, restored The Lost World. However, the print was dogged by controversy. To the chagrin of doners (including the Nat'l Endowment for the Arts and Hugh Hefner) and fans, they refused to release the print on home video. Furthermore, reports started coming out of private screenings that there was a lot of footage still missing... Including footage in the hour-long version.

This controversy in turn provoked David Shepard to construct his own restoration from the same (and some additional) materials. It wasn't a perfect restoration - amongst other things he changed some of the dialogue to excise the accents put on some of the characters - but at least it was made available through Image Entertainment in 2001.

I guess it took 20th Century Fox to finally provoke George Eastman House. The print has finally - a decade later - been released as a bonus disk along with the new DVD of the 1960 version of The Lost World. Unfortunately, the reports of missing footage have born out.

If you want to read a fuller account of the controversy and a review of the print, please feel free to visit the 1925 Film section of my site Silent Movie Monsters: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. The short answer, though, is that it'll do if you plan on getting the 1960 DVD anyways or somehow can't get the previous Image release. Otherwise it could only be recommended to the really studious fan of The Lost World.
08 August 2007 @ 01:12 pm
While poking around the unexplored corners of the internet to research anything related to The Lost World, I happened to come across an interesting little tidbit...

It seems that, back in the day, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park had an attraction called "Cave Train to the Lost World" (it's still there, in an updated form, called the "Cave Train Adventure"). Here's how a historic walking tour PDF describes it:
The Cave Train to the Lost World opened with a prehistoric theme in 1961, built into an extensive engineered seawall construction project that reclaimed floodlands at the river. The Cave Train and the Autorama were both inspired by high-tech rides introduced at Disneyland, the world’s newest and most remarkable amusement park of the time.

The gist of it is basically a steam train ride into a cave, in which there are scenes of dinosaurs and cavemen. Apparently it did change significantly in the recent refurbishing between 1997 and 2000, resulting in a more garish, Flintstones-like dark ride experience. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find much about what it was like before that, when it was still Cave Train to the Lost World. There is a photo of the train itself now up in the "Non-Fiction" section of my Lost World site.

One kicker, though, is that line about Disney. Disneyland has Primeval World, a tableau of animatronic dinosaurs you pass by on the Disneyland Railroad between Tomorrowland and Main St. stations. That makes sense that they drew inspiration from Disney, except that the dates are all off...

While researching an article on the DLRR for my Voyages Extraordinaires site, I learned that Primeval World was installed in 1966, making use of the leftover animatronics and set pieces from the Ford Magic Skyway attraction that Disney developed for Ford for the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. This means that the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's train ride through dinosaur-infested swamps preceeded the Disneyland one by 5 years.