Month: October 2009

Steampunk Primary Sources II

More PDFs (and sometimes epubs) of original Victorian and Edwardian books of interest to Steampunks. See part one here, and how these books were found here.Automata (1893)http://www.archive.org/details/automataoldandn00unkngoogAutomobiles (1900)http://www.archive.org/details/horselessvehicle00hiscrichBabbage On The Difference Engine (1864)http://books.google.com/books?id=Fa1JAAAAMAAJEngineering (1860)http://books.google.com/books?id=rkkOAAAAYAAJFactories (1844)http://books.google.com/books?id=dXs4AAAAMAAJThe Jacquard Loom (1895)http://www.archive.org/details/jacquardweaving00bellgoogLovelace On The Difference Engine (1853)http://www.archive.org/details/scientificmemoir03memo(also http://www.fourmilab.ch/babbage/sketch.html)Mechanisms (1868)http://books.google.com/books?id=vOhIAAAAMAAJShipbuilding (1869)http://www.archive.org/details/handbookironshi00smitgoog
Posted in Aesthetics, links

Steampunk Primary Sources From Google Books And archive.org

Here is a list of PDFs of books from the Victorian (and Edwardian) era that Steampunks can take ideas and illustrations from. There are many more that can be found, see my post on how to search to help you find them. Let me know in the comments if you find anything good!Airships (1909)http://www.archive.org/details/airshipalmanacli00browialaAircraft (1910)http://www.archive.org/details/flyingmachinesc00jackgoogThe…
Posted in Culture

HOWTO Search For Public Domain ebooks Using Google Books and archive.org

If you are looking for electronic versions of old public domain books and journals you can get good results by using Google Books and archive.org together.Start with Google Books, which has more metadata and more search options than archive.org. Despite much-publicised metadata failures on some books, most books have useful date, author and title information,…
Posted in Free Culture, Howto

Explor

A while ago I made a version of the old computer art language Mini-Explor. It's a library or domain specific language in Fortran. I've tidied the code up a little and added it to my source repository here -http://robmyers.org/git/?p=explor.git;a=summaryYou can get it using git -git clone https://robmyers.org/git/explor.gitFor more information on Explor, see -http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=807020http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=988052
Posted in Art Computing, Free Culture, Generative Art, Projects