Great insights into why Steampunk is so popular

Here’s two small excerpts from a really good set of insights into why Steampunk is growing and connecting with so many people.

“1. IT’S GEEKERY THE GENDERS CAN SHARE.

“On the most basic, most appealing social level, steampunk is a way to masculinize romance. That is to say: Steampunk takes something stereotypically feminine that most boys hate — Victorian lace and frills and tea and crumpets — and says, “Hey, how about some robots with that?” It’s like the Dance Dance Revolution of nerd culture: now we all have something we can play together!

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“4. BRIDGING THE SUBGENRE GAP.

“Sure, steampunk “proper” may simply be retro-alternate-19th-century science fiction — but in practice, writers and artists and filmmakers and musicians are all starting with this basic aesthetic and then mixing in some fantasy, some horror, some superheroics. We’re seeing steampunk pirates, steampunk faeries, steampunk Wonder Woman, steampunk Cthulhu cultists! Steampunk is helping to bring us back to the days when the subgenre categories didn’t matter so much and it was all just a big lurching conceptual mass of “weird fiction” — and we’re realizing that it’s really rather a lot of fun that way.”

See the full article at: http://weirdtales.net/wordpress/2008/09/17/five-thoughts-on-the-popularity-of-steampunk/ by Weird Tales editorial director Stephen H. Segal.

I think both these points highlight a growing social trend- the desire to overcome some of the alienations and social disconnections in modern culture. I have  a lot of hope about where Steampunk is heading.

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What an amazing Steampunk movie!

Just watched an amazing, touching, Aussie-made short movie: The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello, a 26 minute award-winning silhoette/anime/cartoony old-style movie that was made last year. It’s full of steampowered airships, wild machinery, and a wonderful story that I won’t reveal, except to say that it involves amazing creatures, lots of machinery, heroism and love 🙂

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a Jasper Morello airship

If you haven’t seen it then you are in for a treat!
See it on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vORsKyopHyM
Love and separation

Love and separation

The young countess ventures forth

My word, how time flies. The young countess, our 16 year old daughter, is out for a social evening of adventure. So what better way to assist her than to sew up some lovely whatsa-ma-call-ems for her hands. They keep the dust off her dainty piano hands 😉  I can’t wait to see the finished effect with choker and steampunk gun (still to be completed). Any what *do* you call them things?

Front view

Front view

underneath lace-up side

underneath lace-up side

They don’t make telephones like this anymore!

Ladies and Gentlemen, feast your eyes on one of the greatest inventions of the last 150 years- the long-distance talking machine. Yes this one works and has been modified to work with modern equipment.

One of our phones

One of our phones

Steampunk USB

Ok, here’s a little project I just completed. Turning a working USB key into a still working but more elegant piece. Now I can store my Ethereal Oscillating Dispersalator plans with style 🙂 (It’s roughed up a little to make it look 1800s.)

Step up ladies and gentlemen, behold the all new compacto-computational-storage-device.

(Stay tuned for the completed Ethereal Oscillating Dispersalator, and a nice Victorian choker).

USB with Steampunk Style

USB with Steampunk Style

Maybe I made it too rough!

Maybe I made it too rough!

When did plastic become beautiful?

So how did 99% of Western society buy into the silly idea that grey plastic is even vaguely as beautiful as silver or brass or wood? Quality speaks for itself. I’ve been collecting some nice pieces of antique beauty over the years. Not worth a whole lot, but they sure please the eye. Here’s a part of the collection on a lovely old hallstand just inside our front door. Not sure what visitors make of it!

Anyone for tea?

Anyone for tea?

The Beauty of Steampunk

In a world that’s increasingly alienating and alienated by plastic sameness and McLife ™, I wonder how we can recapture beauty? It’s refreshing seeing so many Steampunk inventions that inspire, excite and awe by their sheer gloriousness. I’ve been thrilled by some of the steam bikes out there and bought a second-hand bike and some old bits to build one of my own. Here’s 2 pics , one fromhttp://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggles/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/ (I can’t remember where I got the other one from, probably same place. )

Transport should have an element of beauty. How can you see the beauty around sitting in a plastic rectangle? Anyway, enjoy: