Alan Turing: An Enigma

With the release of the highly anticipated film The Imitation Game, many will be introduced for the first time to Alan Turing, a man history almost forgot. So who was Alan Turing? If you are now googling his name on your tablet or smartphone, you have him to thank as he was influential in the development of…
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Women Who Solo…Travel.

"On my 10th birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as gifts, and a few days later I decided to cycle to India...However, I was a cunning child so I kept my ambition to myself, thus avoiding the tolerant amusement it would have provoked among my elders." —Dervla Murphy Long before Elizabeth Gilbert ate, prayed…
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The Steampunk Aesthetic

A contraptor, a chrononaut and a coggler walk into a steampunk convention... So you've read some of the steampunk classics I mentioned in my last post and are hooked. You want to immerse yourself even more in this fantastical world of gadgets, gizmos and gears. You've decided brass goggles perched upon your aviator hat or…
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A Steampunk Journey: Please Turn Off All Steam-Powered Devices and Put Your Dirigible Seat in an Upright Position

If you follow publishing trends, or like to peruse the aisles in bookstores and libraries, you may have noticed a plethora of book covers that feature men and women in Victorian period garb wearing aviator hats with goggles perched on top. Behind them are flying machines and an assortment of gears, gadgets and gizmos reminiscent…
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“Annie Londonderry Rode No Ordinary:” Women and the Cycling Craze of the 1890s

"She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life." — Francis Willard In the 1890s, America was in the midst of a cycling craze, much to the annoyance of horse-drawn carriage drivers. With the invention of the safety bicycle, more and more women took up this new form…
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