Saturday, August 30, 2008
Steampunk Bedecks Contemporary Techno In Victorian Togs
By WILLIAM WEIR | Courant Staff Writer
What would happen if the future went as early science-fiction writer Jules Verne had imagined it? It would look a lot like Steampunk.
It's a term that has been getting a lot of play lately. So what is it?
The curious science-fiction offshoot has been around for some time as a genre of fiction and has since expanded into its own subculture. Even before the term was coined, there was the 1960s TV show "The Wild Wild West" and its 1999 movie version, which mixed its traditional Western setting with flying machines, mechanical spiders and other outlandish contraptions.
Steampunk is essentially a blend of the futuristic with the steam-powered past, a way of melding modern technology with the opulence of long ago. In most cases, "the past" is represented by an elaborate 19th-century Victorian style. Top hats and motorbike goggles are common fashion accessories, as are cellphones refashioned to look like antique items from an alternate history.........
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This November, the Connecticut ballot will include the question, "Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the state?" Voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no”.
The Family Institute of Connecticut, the state’s leading anti-choice group, is pushing for a “Yes” vote, with the intention of using a Constitutional Convention to ban abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut is urging all members to Vote “NO” in order to squash this back-door approach at pushing an anti-choice agenda!
Our state’s legislators appoint delegates to the convention, and therefore have full control over who attends. These appointed delegates decide what will be proposed to the constitution. Many people fear that lobbyists, representatives from special interest groups, and party insiders will be appointed to the Constitutional Convention in order to move a radical, anti-choice agenda.
Please Vote No!
The state constitution has been amended 30 times since 1974--without holding a convention. We can make changes to the constitution without holding a taxpayer-funded convention during tight fiscal times!
If you would like more information or to get involved, please visit http://www.ctvoteno.org
Monday, August 25, 2008
In honor of the publication of her new collection of poems, From the Front of the Classroom, Hill-Stead is pleased to host a reading and book signing with author, performer and educator Elizabeth Thomas.
Taking the reader through her childhood, young adulthood and marriage to her passionate involvement with teaching and poetry, this collection reveals the rich inner life that has made Elizabeth Thomas such an inspiration.
"In a culture that expects results from its educators, Elizabeth Thomas has found a way to make a unique connection in her book, as in her classroom," comments former student Alex Lopez. Jeff Ostroff, Principal at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, says the poems "resonate with life so that the poet in all of us may sing.".......
Poetry Reading and Book Signing
Sunday, September 7, 3–5 pm
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
Sunday, August 24, 2008
now as i said, i've not heard of MOST (if not all) of the rest of the organizations represented at this "liberty" forum. perhaps there is a good man or woman among them. i don't know and i sure NEVER WILL KNOW.
hey judy a. (who sent me the email) GET MY NAME OFF OF YOUR EFFING LIST. I AM NOT A RACIST. I AM NOT A HOMOPHOBE. I AM NOT WANTING TO BE AFFILIATED WITH ANYONE WHO HAS SOMEONE LIKE GILCHRIST AS A FEATURED SPEAKER.