Git yer T-shirts

There is now a ‘Shop’ in the sidebar.  This will take you to, where you can have a gander at some Lovelace and Babbage base mercantilism.  The prototype I ordered came back looking surprisingly good (click for bigger), that’s some impressive printing tech they have:


I made the image a bit bigger on the shirt in the version up in the shop.. you can mess with image sizes and locations and shirt styles yourself, it’s pretty flexible and their software is amusing to play with (use the ‘customize it’ button on the bottom of the item panel).  There’s a few other designs there– a Brunel one and the kind of crime-fighting pose one.  So.. pick up chicks!  Dazzle the blokes!  Raise eyebrows! Mystify your friends! The caveat emptor: the only one I’ve physically printed is the “Difference Tubes” on that off-white shirt; I’m assuming the quality will be the same for the other designs, as they’re just as high rez.

As I can’t let a post go without a Babbage fact: some of the ideas Babbage considered to fund the Difference Engine once the government bailed: writing a novel, and building a tic-tac-toe playing automaton, thus potentially building the first computer game before building the first computer. I shall soon have a report, with charts, for him, on whether he should try selling tshirts.

In other news, I’ve been shifting some stuff around the website and added some more background in a sort of about-pagey thing. Also, seem to have broken the sidebar which now bumps to the bottom on post-pages… I’m no Ada Lovelace, anyone know what’s going on?


  1. Chad M on November 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I’m late to this party – but imma gonna git me one of ’em, fo’ sure!
    Love the strip – wish there was more.

  2. lns on April 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

    A year late, admittedly, but I sit here typing this comment whilst wearing my newly-arrived 2D-GOGGLES T-SHIRT!
    Brunel, lookin’ louche, and telling me he thinks I could use an engineer, black on white, cap-sleeve, fitted.

    I just feel like I am now a totally irresistible geek-magnet (this is a good thing, right?).

    Off soon to walk down the high street and see how many swooning anoraks get caught up in my wake…


  3. Mandy on January 22, 2010 at 2:17 am

    The real difficulty, of course, with the tic-tac-toe playing automaton, is that it would get bored of tic-tac-toe and begin a game of thermonuclear war.

  4. tudza on August 28, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Don’t know if I can help or not. I managed to get this printed with good results:

    White on black with black as a transparent color.

  5. P Shackleford on June 18, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Hi Sydney,

    Thanks for your prompt reply, this sounds more complex than I imagined, if only we had the real Babbage and Lovelace, I’m sure they could solve it in no time!


  6. sydney on June 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Shackleford!

    I too badly wanted a white-on-black version– unfortunately as far as my research led me this would have to be done either as a screenprint (whole nother kettle of fish) or as vector art, which is doable but would take much labour to clean up. I think the paint-spraying contraption they use can’t get enough opacity from white on a jpeg. I THINK! It’s hard to get clear information. If I’m wrong about this and there is a straightforward way to do a white-on-black jpeg tshirt, let me know!

    At some point when I have enough time, I will go back into the tshirt thing and add new designs, and see if I can get a white-on-black version– that might be several months down the road though.

  7. P Shackleford on June 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve been pointed here thanks to Jake Von-Slat’s Steampunk workshop blog and wanted a t-shirt as soon as I saw the first comic, there’s something about the artwork that seems to suit a t-shirt. And great you’ve already set something up, only problem is I’d like one in black and the design in white, I can change the t-shirt colour OK but the design dosen’t show up, when I go to customize it > Advanced Options I can choose “show whites in image as transparent” but this gives a great big white panel which looks rubish, so please, when you have a spare minute, could you up-load an image of my new favourite crime fighting duo to zazzel which will work on a black t-shirt. Many Thanks!


  8. Ceridwen on June 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Whoo-hoo! Just got my shirts! I now have “They Fight Crime” and Brunel. :D And the mouse pad’s cool, too.

  9. EFH on May 27, 2009 at 2:18 am


  10. Ceridwen on May 25, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    You know, I have this problem of making up my mind on things. I can’t decide!

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