steampunk inspired distractions for the busy working day

I want one of these and one of these. I suspect others will as well.

Unfortunately we can't have the ones on display, and most of us don't have the skill to make even dodgy facsimiles.

On the plus side, thanks to the serendipidy that lead me to the Steampunk Workshop I can point to music to listen to and offer a timely reminder for everyone to catch up on reading Girl Genius and other work by Phil and Kaja Foglio.

The Foglio link is especially rich in distraction-inducing goodness.

There's Buck Godot, What's New with Phil and Dixie and even Girl Genius, all available for free on-line reading. (I'm probably going to spend way too much money getting the stories on pressed-pulped wood, nonetheless, especially since it's the only way to get a copy of Darc Tangent).

The Steampunk Workshop also leads to the Datamancer site, with yet more one-of-a-kind industrial crafting. Plus hours of work-avoidance wonder via the Datamancer's own links page as well.

Finally, and in preparation for future distraction, there's Steampunk Magazine. Not a huge amount here as I type but the hope of plenty of fun reading ahead, none of which will help anyone meet a work deadline.

Author: Brian Forte