The I Can’t Think of a Title for this Post Post

Reposting this on account of technical problems with the first time around…

One of these days I’m going to do a Lovelace and Babbage book. It will consist entirely of the posts where I apologize for not posting a comic, and it will be 300 pages long.

I’m actually far enough ahead on User Experience that I could post the first part, but then I’d have to post the second part in like MONTHS from now, as the churning waters of crunch-time close over my struggling form. So I’ll keep putting up the occassional silly post like Author, Author if you guys don’t mind, until the film is done! But here’s the teaser poster for UX I did for the app (have I mentioned the app? It’s looking pretty amazing, I’ll do a big post about it soon!):

In other news, I got this shiny shiny thing in the mail the other day– The Steampunk Bible!

You guys know that I don’t really do any shilling for stuff around these parts, but this is pretty sweet and if you’re into steampunk you should probably place a rolled-up order for this in your nearest pneumatic tube, or failing that, Amazon..

I got it for FREE on account of I’m in it! I have a whole page!  Dang I really have to raise my costume game in the comic, Babbage and Lovelace look like a couple of slobs in such distinguished company.

Addendum: to satisfy your mechanical calculating needs in the meantime, check out this beautifully shot piece.. maybe that’s a kind of music Babbage could have stood!

12 Comments

  1. James Kornell on June 23, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Street music, explained (maybe). (This is a random comment, not totally connected to this thread.) We live on a hill. Sound wants to come to us. An ice cream truck drives (and drives) around the neighborhood, playing the same simple jingle over and over, at roughly 260 dB. And over and over. Then he plays it again. The next day he comes back with (OK, sorry for the complete lack of suspense) — the same jingle. Audible from approximately the far side of the Pacific ocean. it struck me, unwillingly listening to this, that Babbage had a sound (sorry) point. If that’s what street music was like, loud, over-simple, and incredibly repetitive, and if like me Babbage was sensitive to noise — then, well, his views make a LOT of sense.

    Also, I strongly concur with other commenters that you are excellently awesome.



  2. John on June 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Hm. John Carter. Difference Engine. John Carter. Difference Engine.

    Wait. Why choose? Somebody pitch this movie! It’s the prequel that will have everybody on the edge of their seats…trying to read the footnotes scrolling at the bottom of the screen.

    Oh, and speaking of the App, I now (too late to be of use, presumably, assuming input was solicited in the first place) vote for Android. I now have one of those mini-tablet things on which there is, sadly, far too little Babbage or Lovelace.



  3. John S. on June 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    You just keep doing your thing, and post the comic when it’s ready, and I will LOOOOVE it because your comics rock.



  4. Leaf on June 19, 2011 at 3:05 am

    As a huge fan of the John Carter books – mmm, pulp sci-fi – I’m really excited about the movie! But I also love 2D Goggles, too. I resolve this apparent conflict by reminding myself that I will be able to have them both eventually, even if there is a long wait involved. Good luck and godspeed!



  5. Ceridwen on June 16, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Sadly, my nearest pneumatic tube links exclusively to a pharmacy. Guess it’ll have to be crass plastic and point-and-click. ;)



  6. James M Thomas on June 12, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Sydney,
    I followed THE FILM link and looked for your name in the extended credits… it wasn’t there… is this Babbage getting back at you for working in a medium with *shiver* mood music!?



  7. sydney on June 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Tealin: Cheers! Ditto!

    Brian: The I Find Answering Comments Strangely Awkward So I Tend To Put It Off Until It Looks Silly To Reply To Something A Month Old Comment Except For Today When I Said Oh For Pete’s Sake Just Write Whatever Reply.

    Mary Ellen: Astral projection, obviously.

    JHES: I’d say if you know someone even mildly into Steampunk it would be an excellent gift

    DAN: Goodness, if you can get through Wildfell Hall I should think you’d love Eliot! Middlemarch is my favorite, but Silas Marner has the virtue of brevity. Given how long you will probably have to wait for the comic though, yeah, go ahead and read Middlemarch…



  8. Dan on June 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Well, will I have time for another book? I read “A Princess of Mars” recently, in fanboy preparation for THE FILM…. What George Eliot book should I pick up..? All the references in the last post’s comments went right over my head.. Should I just read “Middlemarch”? I saw a touch of it on Masterpiece theater here in the states, our portal to British costume dramas.

    I like Anne Bronte. Read “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” and then look at this comic.. http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=202 . It’s a little rough as a novel, style gets in the way of the story a bit, but it is very modern, unvarnished. Definitely another view of the difficult, but very attractive and interesting leading guy.



  9. JHES on June 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Certainly looks awesome. This would probably make a nice gift



  10. Mary Ellen on June 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Don’t you worry yourself about us, Ms. Genius. When we’re strapped for input, we just go amuse ourselves with re-perusing brilliant bits of previous adventures and vignettes (like the Salamander People, or Ada’s Mad Poetical Dream. (BTW, how did you manage so accurate a portrait of one of our cats across 4 times zones, ?? thousand miles of briny deep, and the psycho-etheric continuum, a famously obstacle-strewn zone? Eh?)



  11. Brian on June 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    The I Can’t Think Of Anything To Say But Still Want To Have An Early Response Response.



  12. Tealin on June 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I, for one, would be more than appeased with more posts like this one, and the one previous. You slay those monsters!