Cool photos from Steampunk Day at the Library!

A guy with a super cool steampunk outfit spread his mechanical wings for a photo as I entered the library!
A guy with a super cool steampunk outfit spread his mechanical wings for a photo as I entered the library!

Check out these cool photos from Steampunk Day at the Library!

I headed over to San Diego’s Central Library early this afternoon not really knowing what to expect. And what I experienced absolutely blew me away!

San Diego Steampunk, Gaslight Steampunk Expo, and the Friends of the Central Library put on an event that still has me smiling as I write this! You wouldn’t believe all the awesome steampunk costumes and gizmos and props and gadgets and inventions and artwork that filled a good chunk of the library’s first floor. I saw original stuff inspired by Lewis Carroll, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne… Some of my favorite authors! There were also a couple lectures and something called Tea Dueling, which I missed. Perhaps next year…

The participants, most of whom are makers, were all super friendly and eager to tell me about what they had created. I pocketed lots of business cards and flyers, and have tried to provide photo captions that accurately describe what I came across.

So what did I see? Take a look!

Steampunk Day at the San Diego Central Library promotes S.T.E.A.M. learning. Readers, students and imaginative people can explore history, science and technology!
Steampunk Day at the San Diego Central Library promotes S.T.E.A.M. learning. Readers, students and imaginative people can explore concepts in science and technology! And enjoy excellent literature and learn some history, too!
Dozens of local steampunk enthusiasts had gathered in the library to have fun and provide creative inspiration for young and old alike.
Dozens of local steampunk enthusiasts had gathered in the library to have fun and provide creative inspiration for young and old alike.
A super nice lady had a table full of steampunk crafts she had made. Like others participating in the event, she is a member of San Diego Steampunk.
A super nice lady had a table full of steampunk crafts she had made. Like others participating in the event, she is a member of San Diego Steampunk.
Library visitors during Steampunk Day could pose with Victorian costume accessories and props for a cool photo.
Library visitors during Steampunk Day could pose with Victorian costume accessories and props for a cool photo.
One of the first things I saw was an awesome model of Jules Verne's Nautilus from the classic Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!
One of the first things I saw was an awesome model of Jules Verne’s Nautilus from the classic Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!
Richard Ferrell aka Colonel Malcolm Weatherby was holding a ray gun at the ready. Like many other steampunk enthusiasts, he makes his own props.
Richard Ferrell aka Colonel Malcolm Weatherby was holding a ray gun at the ready. Like many other steampunk enthusiasts, he makes his own props.
This ray gun from Steampunk Arsenal is made of glass bottles and imagination.
This ray gun from Steampunk Arsenal is a fusion of glass bottles and imagination.
It's The Mad Hatter! And her mobile table is set for tea! Or perhaps A Moveable Feast. (Okay, I'm sorry--it's the library.)
It’s The Mad Hatter! And her mobile table is set for tea! Or perhaps A Moveable Feast! (Okay, I’m sorry–it’s the library.)
I didn't get the names of these folks, but they had some of the most inventive stuff. The blue liquid on the right is composed of captured moonbeams.
I didn’t get the names of these folks, but they had some of the most inventive stuff. The blue liquid on the right is composed of distilled moonbeams.
That gadget up at the top of this photo propels a courageous adventurer through time.
That gadget up at the top of this photo propels a courageous adventurer through time.
I believe this guy said he's Gandalf the Brass. His staff emits different colored light, depending on the magic. Should he defeat a Balrog, he might become Gandalf the Gold.
I believe this guy said he’s Gandalf the Brass. His staff emits different colored light, depending on the magic. Should he defeat a Balrog, he might become Gandalf the Gold.
Steampunk writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing had a table displaying some of her books. If you like reading steampunk fiction, you should probably check it out.
Steampunk writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing had a table displaying some of her books. If you like reading steampunk fiction, you should probably check it out!
Madeleine Holly-Rosing is author of comic book series Boston Metaphysical Society. Kind of like a steampunk The X-Files I was told. Sounds cool!
Madeleine Holly-Rosing is author of comic book series Boston Metaphysical Society. Kind of like a steampunk The X-Files I was told. Sounds cool!
Maleficent greeted me at the Steampunk Public table. I learned she's not really evil, just a bit misunderstood.
Maleficent greeted me at the Steampunk Public table. I learned she’s not really evil, just a bit misunderstood.
And look at all the cool contraptions created by Steampunk Public! Sheer fun and human creativity!
And look at all the cool contraptions created by Steampunk Public! Sheer fun and human creativity!
In a glass library display case I discovered steampunk collage art by Ramona Szczerba. She calls these curious vintage fictions.
In a glass library display case I discovered steampunk collage art by Ramona Szczerba. She calls these curious vintage fictions.
Imaginative costumes exhibited during Steampunk Day by the San Diego Costume Guild. They create costumes from many eras.
Imaginative uniforms exhibited during Steampunk Day by the San Diego Costume Guild. They create costumes representing many different eras.
Goggles and top hats everywhere!
Goggles and top hats everywhere!
A British explorer or officer or character from an alternate reality--not sure which! But he was super nice!
A British explorer or officer or eccentric character from a weird alternate reality–I’m not sure which! But he was super nice!
Taking an image using patented Spectral Photography.
Taking an image using patented Spectral Photography.
Kids in the Children's Library were busy making Mad Hatter hats!
Kids in the Children’s Library were busy making Mad Hatter hats!
A super spooky steampunk vampire was looking me over, perhaps getting a bit thirsty. Fangs for nothing!
A scary steampunk vampire looked me over when I stepped outside. Perhaps she was getting a bit thirsty. “Fangs for nothing!”
More awesome steampunk cosplay near the Central Library's auditorium.
More awesome steampunk cosplay near the Central Library’s auditorium.
This guy on the time machine materialized from the future right as I took a photo. I don't know whether he saw any Eloi or Morlocks.
This guy on the time machine materialized from the future right as I took a photo. I don’t know whether he saw any Eloi or Morlocks.

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Seeds in your mind: More short works of fiction.

Can you believe it? My writing blog Short Stories by Richard now contains 23 short stories and a poem!

My works of fiction (and poem) operate like small seeds in your fertile mind. Plant one or two–and see what might grow.

Are you curious? Simply click the following links to read my most recent stories:

A Short Bloom offers the wisdom of one gardener.

Writing Infinity is a poem about capturing perfect truth.

Walking on Light is a strange, magical story about an uplifting kind of light.

Beth’s Window contains flowers that will always regrow.

A Bottle of Polish is a tragic story about one person’s secret shine.

How to Catch a Crab is about mystery, danger and a boy’s desire.

Elvis and the Time Machine proves that anyone can time travel.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Richard

More art discovered while walking downtown!

Girl jumps rope. Street art on a utility box in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.
Girl jumps rope. Street art on a utility box in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

Here’s another batch of colorful photos! These capture works of art that I’ve discovered while walking around downtown San Diego.

Enjoy!

A lion's head decorates the Star of India's cathead.
A lion’s head decorates the Star of India’s cathead.
Painted flowers inside a downtown window.
Painted flowers inside a downtown window.
Old sculptural figures surround a planter at San Diego High School, near Park Boulevard. They depict academic and athletic endeavors.
Old sculptural figures surround a planter at San Diego High School, near Park Boulevard. They depict academic and athletic endeavors.
This winged doughnut was painted about a week ago at the Donut Bar.
This winged doughnut was painted about a week ago at the Donut Bar.
Artwork on outside wall of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Extension.
Artwork on outside wall of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Extension.
A space invader made of tile near a Horton Plaza escalator!
A space invader made of tile near a Horton Plaza escalator!
Beautiful sculpted relief panel above door of 700 1st Avenue building.
Beautiful sculpted relief panel above door of the 700 1st Avenue building.
Art that I spied on a parked car in downtown San Diego.
Art that I spied on a parked car in downtown San Diego.
Artwork near west entrance of San Diego's cool House of Blues.
Artwork near west entrance of San Diego’s cool House of Blues.
Colorful shoes like flowers on the ceiling at the west entrance of House of Blues San Diego.
Colorful shoes like flowers on the ceiling, at the west entrance of House of Blues San Diego.
Plein air painter Paul Strahm creates a beautiful work of art near the USS Midway Museum.
Plein air painter Paul Strahm creates a beautiful work of art near the USS Midway Museum.
Street art in the Gaslamp shows child making a secret painting.
Street art in the Gaslamp shows child making a secret painting.

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Comic-Con! Huge crowds! Cool cosplay! Crazy Fun!

Hello there. I guess this must be Comic-Con!
Hello there. I guess this must be 2017 Comic-Con!

I’ve never seen San Diego Comic-Con so crowded. Saturday is usually the busiest day of Comic-Con, but this year it was plain crazy. So crowded in places you almost couldn’t move!

I somehow managed to walk all over the place. Too much fun!

I started off my walk by getting a free Nickelodeon ice cream sandwich at Horton Plaza Park!
I started off my walk by getting a free Nickelodeon ice cream sandwich at Horton Plaza Park!
It seems the Borg and the Federation have joined forces.
It seems the Borg and the Federation have joined forces.
That crazy Syfy drum line in the Gaslamp again!
That crazy, super energetic Syfy drum line is in the Gaslamp again!
Must get the hair right before taking a picture with a shark.
Must get the hair just right before taking a nice picture with a shark.
It's Jason! Run!
It’s Jason! Run!
Very cool.
Very cool.
The latest Mummy is getting all wrapped up at Comic-Con.
The latest Mummy is getting all wrapped up at Comic-Con.
So much humanity, one can barely move.
So much humanity, one can barely move.
Profile of a Ferengi.
Profile of a Ferengi.
Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman has a buddy.
Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman has a buddy.
Lego Ninjago characters welcome a Comic-Con fan!
Lego Ninjago characters welcome a Comic-Con fan!
People everywhere.
People everywhere.
Cosplay in the Petco Interactive Zone.
Cosplay in the Petco Interactive Zone.
Some laser tag action.
Some laser tag action.
A party inside the Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie truck.
A party inside the Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie truck.
Making friends with Godzilla.
Making friends with Godzilla.
More crowds.
More crowds.
More cosplay.
More cosplay.
Don't ask.
Don’t ask.
Heading down to the area near the Hilton behind the convention center.
Heading down to the area near the Hilton behind the convention center.
I guess those Star Wars lasers do manage to hit something from time to time.
I guess those Star Wars lasers do manage to hit something from time to time.
Salsa picante!
Salsa picante!
Big video screen at the FXhibition.
Big video screen at the FXhibition.
Bolivar Master, from Season 3 of The Strain.
Bolivar Master, from Season 3 of The Strain.
A creepy Strigoi Stinger from The Strain.
A creepy Strigoi Stinger from The Strain.
Free water at Archer, but bring your own cup.
Free water at Archer, but bring your own cup.
Cool Snowfall graphic.
Cool Snowfall graphic.
A pleasant Legion swing.
A pleasant Legion swing.
A convenient Snowfall shoe lacing station.
A convenient Snowfall shoe lacing station.
Looking cool!
Looking cool!
Yodeling.
Yodeling.
People are eager to be screened for the X-Gene.
People are eager to be screened for the X-Gene.
Here comes a couple now.
Here comes a couple now.
They are placed in a transparent tube by Sentinel Services.
They are placed in a transparent tube by Sentinel Services.
An alarm goes off! X-Gene detected! The tube fills with some sort of gas!
An alarm goes off! X-Gene detected! Mutants! The tube fills with some sort of gas!
The Orville Space Training Station readies astronauts to be spun like crazy out of control.
The Orville Space Training Station readies astronauts to be spun like crazy out of control.
A shark fin swimming past Adult Swim.
A shark fin swimming past Adult Swim.
Walking near the entrance to Adult Swim.
Thor and others walking near the entrance to Adult Swim.
Thousands of nerds. I feel right at home.
Thousands of nerds. I feel right at home.
A nice day for ice cream.
Yes, a perfect day for ice cream.
Yikes. I surrender.
Yikes. I surrender.
At first I thought he was a castle. He informed me, however, that his cosplay is silverware.
At first I thought he was a castle. He informed me, however, that his cosplay is silverware.
An original cosplay inspired by H.P Lovecraft, I was told.
An original cosplay inspired by H.P Lovecraft, I was told.
Conival was being held on the terrace near the Marriott Marina.
Conival was being held on the terrace near the Marriott Marina.
Folks chill at Conival.
Folks chill at Conival.
Kylo Ren uses the Force to extract cold mist from a fan.
Kylo Ren uses the Force to extract cold mist from a fan.
Posing as astronauts amid flying saucers.
Posing as astronauts amid flying saucers.
Some ordinary person is just walking along heading to the hotel.
Looks like some ordinary person is just walking along heading to the hotel.
These guys started with established characters then added their own original stuff.
These guys started with established characters then added their own original stuff.
These sinister villains are in pink and black uniforms.
These sinister villains are in pink and black uniforms.
The Cartoon Network balloons seen from Children's Park. One of the balloons burst I was told. A bird hit it.
The Cartoon Network balloons seen from Children’s Park. One of the balloons burst I was told. A bird hit it.
A caricature artist at work on MLK Promenade.
A caricature artist at work on MLK Promenade.
Superboy transforms into The Tick.
Superboy transforms into The Tick.
Someone had a transplant. They now have a monitor instead of a head.
Someone had a transplant. They now have a monitor instead of a head.
Cleaning up means finding cool swag!
Cleaning up means finding cool swag!
Batman's Rogue Gallery has the Caped Crusader and Robin surrounded.
Batman’s Rogue Gallery has the Caped Crusader and Robin surrounded.
The DC superheroes and supervillains seem to be getting along better than usual.
The DC superheroes and supervillains seem to be getting along better than usual.
An awesome Transformer stands high above the Comic-Con crowd in the Gaslamp.
An awesome Transformer stands high above the Comic-Con crowd in the Gaslamp.
I don't know this cosplay.
I don’t know this cosplay. Pretty cool, though.
I'm pretty sure that's Cable of the X-Men.
I’m pretty sure that’s Cable of the X-Men.
Yes. It must be another San Diego Comic-Con!
Yes. It must be another San Diego Comic-Con!

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Rabbitville gallery celebrates Gaslamp during Comic-Con.

Rabbits have been painted to commemorate the history of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, which once was nicknamed Rabbitville.
Rabbits have been created to commemorate the history of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, which once was nicknamed Rabbitville.

A “hop-up” art gallery can be found in the Gaslamp during 2017 San Diego Comic-Con! This fun Rabbitville exhibition, located at 453 Fifth Avenue, features a roomful of large colorful rabbits created by local artists! Their artwork celebrates the rich, unique history of the Gaslamp Quarter and San Diego.

You might recall we saw the Willabee rabbit at the Jacaranda Spring Thing, when I blogged about it here. Well, now you can enjoy a whole warren of art bunnies!

Swing on by during Comic-Con (through Sunday) and check them out!

People attending 2017 San Diego Comic-Con look at an artfully painted rabbit outside the Rabbitville "Hop-Up" Gallery.
People attending 2017 San Diego Comic-Con look at an artfully painted rabbit outside the Rabbitville “Hop-Up” Gallery.
Honoring the Disdained, by artist Tasha Hobbs. Art that honors the contributions of Chinese immigrants in early San Diego.
Honoring the Disdained: Carp Jumping Dragon Gate, by artist Tasha Hobbs. Art that honors the contributions of Chinese immigrants in early San Diego.
Alonzo Horton is the father of modern San Diego. He journeyed to San Diego in 1867, then purchased the area now known as downtown and called it New Town.
Alonzo Horton is the father of modern San Diego. He journeyed to San Diego in 1867, then purchased the area now known as downtown and called it New Town.
The Stingaree was a red-light district filled with prostitutes and gamblers, including the famous Wyatt Earp, who would run three gambling halls in San Diego.
The Stingaree was a red-light district filled with prostitutes and gamblers, including the famous Wyatt Earp, who would run three gambling halls in San Diego.

Steampunk author Jack Tyler is writing an exciting novel about San Diego’s infamous Stingaree. I blogged about it here!

It’s an exciting read. Check it out!

Mirrored Rabbit, by artist Mario Herbelin-Canelas.
Mirrored Rabbit, by artist Mario Herbelin-Canelas.
Ordinate, by artist Rebecca Nuvoletta. This rabbit celebrates the visions of a distant future in the founding of New Town.
Ordinate, by artist Rebecca Nuvoletta. This rabbit celebrates the visions of a distant future in the founding of New Town.
Willabee, by artist Matt Forderer. This rabbit has traveled through time to collect historical images of San Diego.
Willabee, by artist Matt Forderer. This rabbit has traveled through time to collect historical images of San Diego.
Against All Odds, We Thrive! by artist Sarah Soward. Alonzo Horton's passion and vision for San Diego are celebrated.
Against All Odds, We Thrive! by artist Sarah Soward. Alonzo Horton’s passion and vision for San Diego is celebrated.
Diego, by artist Monty Montgomery. The colors and shapes on this rabbit are visual impressions of experiences on the streets of San Diego.
Diego, by artist Monty Montgomery. The colors and shapes on this rabbit are visual impressions of experiences on the streets of San Diego.

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Cartoon Network character balloons take flight!

A whole flock of Cartoon Network characters take to the sky! Fun balloons fly over the fountain at Children's Park during 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
A whole flock of Cartoon Network characters take to the sky! Fun balloons fly over the fountain at Children’s Park during 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

Fourteen of seventeen Cartoon Network character balloons have been inflated so far for 2017 Comic-Con. You can see them soaring above the fountain at Children’s Park on MLK Promenade! I learned this morning two more balloons will be added tomorrow, and one final balloon on Friday!

Do you recognize some of these characters? If you do, feel free to leave a comment!

This helpful sign appeared on Thursday!

The Cartoon Network balloon characters include: K.O., Ice Bear, Four Arms, Richard, Robin, Darwin, Buttercup, Cannonbolt, Panda, Steven Universe, Beast Boy, Gumball, Raven, Omnitrix, Grizz, and Steven's Shirt!
The Cartoon Network balloon characters include: K.O., Ice Bear, Four Arms, Richard, Robin, Darwin, Buttercup, Cannonbolt, Panda, Steven Universe, Beast Boy, Gumball, Raven, Omnitrix, Grizz, and Steven’s Shirt!

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Glimpses of art along a few blocks in North Park.

Someone's artistic bicycle has a potted plant in its basket.
Someone’s artistic bicycle has a potted plant in its basket.

I captured these quick photos during a walk in North Park, along Adams Avenue between 30th Street and the I-805 bridge. Bits of art add flavor to life in the city.

Someone rests on a painted transformer box on Adams Avenue near 30th Street.
Someone rests on a painted transformer box on Adams Avenue near 30th Street.
A monkey on a utility box, crowned by a rummage sale notice.
A monkey on a utility box, crowned by a rummage sale notice.
A dog sees a yummy doughnut!
A dog sees a yummy doughnut!
A cool lady seems to stand on the sidewalk.
A cool lady seems to stand on the sidewalk.
Looking down from the Adams Avenue bridge over Interstate 805.
Looking down from the Adams Avenue bridge over Interstate 805.
Abstract mural incorporates nearby utility boxes.
Abstract mural incorporates nearby utility boxes.
An awesome Jimi Hendrix street mural near dumpster and motorcycle.
An awesome Jimi Hendrix street mural near dumpster and motorcycle.

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