Archive for March 4, 2007

Steampunk Transformers

March 4, 2007

Steampunk Transformers

I am a fan of cyberpunk (Bladerunner, Tetsuya Nomura stuff, BLAME! manga). It is a science fiction genre noted for its focus on “high tech and low life”. Another favorite style that is more widely known is steampunk. Many anime such as Last Exile, Steamboy, and Steel Angel Kurumi all fall under steampunk. Well now writer Chuck Dixon and Transformers artist supreme Guido Guidi are creating a mini-series called Hearts of Steel, a steampunk take on Transformers.

The bots have been transported to the Industrial Revolution and are fighting while running on steam. One thing I wonder is this: in the old series they fought over the oil derived Energon. What are they fighting over in this? Water? Steam? Coal?

Get it at IDW Publishing.


Failed Japanese Inventions

March 4, 2007

Japanese Invention

Japan is known as the land of innovation. While there I saw technology that didn’t come out here till a year later if at all. It was like I warped into the future and then had to come back to the realm of antiquated technology. Well in all their tinkering, not everything can be a success. As the great thinker Socrates once said, “You gotta trudge through crap to get to the gold”. (Might not be an exact quote)

Here is a comedic look at some products that really shouldn’t have even entered someone’s mind and sadly I think some of them might have been made on some scale of production.

See some of Japan’s shameful inventions.