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2012-12-01 08:42:33 AM  
Steampunk jumped the shark years ago. Like zombies. And ninjas.
 
2012-12-01 08:50:00 AM  
Although, I admit that I like the video that that the linked youtube video linked to at the end.
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2012-12-01 09:19:01 AM  
These are some guys who aren't cute girls trying to define a style that has gotten away from them.

For example:
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Sold as steampunk but not steampunk.

Now if some guy dressed in his 1830's costume saw some cute girl wearing this hat at whatever places that steampunkers go (a steampunkrock show??) -he would now have three options:

1) Ignore her
2) Confront her on her non-appropriate apparel (call the fashion police)
3) Ignore the affront to their fashion and hit on her anyways

Knowing full well that if a female was hot enough that 1) and 3) will be the only options unless you want to be called out as an asshole.
 
2012-12-01 09:19:37 AM  
I made it 33 seconds.. That was retarded.
 
2012-12-01 09:25:46 AM  
That was unnecessary.
 
2012-12-01 10:26:59 AM  

RexTalionis: Steampunk jumped the shark years ago. Like zombies. And ninjas.


Exactly. Steampunk is soooo 2006.

Today's sci-fi trendsetters have gone Mod.

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2012-12-01 10:32:50 AM  
 
2012-12-01 10:33:20 AM  
I have an ex girlfriend that just opened a Victorian/Steampunk store in Portland. I think she is overly specialized and will close her doors inside of 6 months. To me steampunk is just a bunch of '80s and '90s Goth kids that discovered the color brown and wanted to look a bit more mature.
 
2012-12-01 10:36:45 AM  
As an admirer of steampunk and not a practitioner of it, I can agree that there is good, bad, and the "not steampunk, I'm to stupid to know/lazy to care" crap out there.

And the guy is right, you can't just glue gears on it... you look like an ass and an idiot. If it looks like a grade-school craft project you've done it very wrong. If it looks like it was a viable device yanked from Victorian Britain that just happens to still be in good working order, then you're doing at least decent.

I'm personally more partial to a sub-genre of retro-futuristic design, clockpunk. Like steampunk, but earlier, before the rise of steam power. Stuff powered by mainsprings and sprawling masses of delicate, intricate interacting gears with a steady, rhythmic ticking.
 
2012-12-01 10:49:24 AM  
That was better than i expected.

full disclosure: i'm building a steam-powered lawnmower.
 
2012-12-01 11:16:54 AM  
Also, another thing that annoys me about steam punk people - YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO WEAR A HAT INDOORS.
 
2012-12-01 11:18:56 AM  
Came for the hot girls in Victorian attire. Leaving disappointed.
 
2012-12-01 11:24:29 AM  
Steampunk is not particularly difficult but it's expensive and time consuming to do well.

That said it's aficionados do seem unnaturally obsessed with some imaginary standard.
 
Ant
2012-12-01 11:38:17 AM  
Am I the only one annoyed by the -punk suffix? I appreciate the craftsmanship and all, but couldn't they have picked a better name?
 
2012-12-01 12:21:41 PM  

RexTalionis: Also, another thing that annoys me about steam punk people - YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO WEAR A HAT INDOORS.


It's ok for them, they live in an alternate history where that trend changed 100 years ago. No worries.


Ant: Am I the only one annoyed by the -punk suffix? I appreciate the craftsmanship and all, but couldn't they have picked a better name?


Yea, if I were into it I think getting over the word would be the hardest part of explaining it to someone.
 
2012-12-01 12:40:02 PM  

Ant: Am I the only one annoyed by the -punk suffix? I appreciate the craftsmanship and all, but couldn't they have picked a better name?


I heard the fashion started somewhere near Cleveland, maybe they could incorporate that into the name instead of punk. Steam-Clevelander? Cleavelander-Steam?
 
2012-12-01 12:57:39 PM  

vudukungfu: hot teas


For whatever reason, as much as I like Professor Elemental that particular song just doesn't do it for me. For example, I think Fighting Trousers is much better.
 
2012-12-01 01:05:15 PM  

Smackledorfer: Yea, if I were into it I think getting over the word would be the hardest part of explaining it to someone.


Not really. The term was coined by author K.W. Jeter, as a riff on "cyberpunk", to refer to the alternate-history science fiction written by himself, Tim Powers, James Blaylock, and others.
 
2012-12-01 01:40:42 PM  

Godfrey: Smackledorfer: Yea, if I were into it I think getting over the word would be the hardest part of explaining it to someone.

Not really. The term was coined by author K.W. Jeter, as a riff on "cyberpunk", to refer to the alternate-history science fiction written by himself, Tim Powers, James Blaylock, and others.


I meant that along the lines of "here non-nerd, let me try to make 'steampunk sound like anything but another word for virgin".
 
2012-12-01 01:44:49 PM  

DeltaPunch: vudukungfu: hot teas

For whatever reason, as much as I like Professor Elemental that particular song just doesn't do it for me. For example, I think Fighting Trousers is much better.


None of this is authentic music that is performed on instruments that would be available in the 1830's.
The whole point of that video is somewhat pointless given that rap music isn't authentically SteamPunk.

You know what music would be? I believe Chopin on a player piano . Yeah even though those pneumatic pumps that drive the gears didn't really exist until 50 years afterwards. (That's the point isn't it)

Note that my response IS authentically steampunk because I have a steam powered brass -dot matrix display and a electro-mechanical interface to the internet. I'm also wearing a monocle.
 
2012-12-01 01:52:45 PM  
True Steam Punk Rick Roll

http://youtu.be/AuWcU3EDw94
 
2012-12-01 02:20:16 PM  

DeltaPunch: vudukungfu: hot teas

For whatever reason, as much as I like Professor Elemental that particular song just doesn't do it for me. For example, I think Fighting Trousers is much better.


within ten seconds of listening to the video i wanted to go back and listen to fighting trousers... then i read the description and realised it was in fact, the same guy.... which made sense
 
2012-12-01 02:43:54 PM  
Yeah. But isn't that what it really is?
 
2012-12-01 02:56:52 PM  
 
2012-12-01 03:09:10 PM  

LewDux: Cleveland Steampunk Society


Is this why steampunks are called Cleavland steamers? Someone once referred to me as that when I was wearing my tophat and girdle and superglued some cool ass gears on my boots.
 
2012-12-01 03:23:22 PM  
My teapot emits steam. Is that punk enough?
 
2012-12-01 04:36:20 PM  
What, no Kato yet?

Link
 
2012-12-01 05:47:12 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: True Steam Punk Rick Roll

http://youtu.be/AuWcU3EDw94


It took me almost to the end of the video to realize that there was actually something playing behind the sound of the piston.
 
2012-12-01 07:28:01 PM  

LewDux: Cleveland Steampunk Society


I won't click on any link with the term cleveland and steam in it.
 
2012-12-01 09:22:41 PM  
Oh look, its this thread again.

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2012-12-01 11:14:00 PM  

RexTalionis: Also, another thing that annoys me about steam punk people - YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO WEAR A HAT INDOORS.


People give me weird looks when I say that shiat.

Seems like I was the only person taught etiquette. You don't wear your hat inside. You take it off as you cross the threshold.
 
2012-12-01 11:48:49 PM  
Coming soon......

1940s Sci Fi Action Serial Fashions!
 
2012-12-02 12:27:25 AM  
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2012-12-02 02:29:45 AM  

LavenderWolf: RexTalionis: Also, another thing that annoys me about steam punk people - YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO WEAR A HAT INDOORS.

People give me weird looks when I say that shiat.

Seems like I was the only person taught etiquette. You don't wear your hat inside. You take it off as you cross the threshold.


No, you and Rex are merely the only people who still care about that particular meaningless custom. Plenty of us have been taught that and don't give a shiat, while others may not have been taught hat-related etiquette but certainly have been drilled on other things (elbows off the table). I don't care any more about hats and elbows than I do whether or not a person knows which fork is for salad.

Some etiquette is there solely so that the high-born can differentiate themselves from the commoners in a way that is readily apparent (elbows) while others are merely holdovers from another time (removing your helmet to make a show of peace). Some people let these things go and don't get bothered when they aren't follows hundreds of years after their relevance. Others like to pat themselves on the back for being more proper and look down on those who gave up silly old customs.
 
2012-12-02 03:15:11 AM  

Smackledorfer: No, you and Rex are merely the only people who still care about that particular meaningless custom


My good man I do believe the point has flown right over your hat. What with steam-punk considered an alternate HISTORY... Why then it behooves one acting in character whilst steam-punk attired to remove their hat indoors lest they be utterly anachronistic.
 
2012-12-02 06:11:25 AM  

LavenderWolf: RexTalionis: Also, another thing that annoys me about steam punk people - YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO WEAR A HAT INDOORS.

People give me weird looks when I say that shiat.

Seems like I was the only person taught etiquette. You don't wear your hat inside. You take it off as you cross the threshold.


Nope, y'all aren't the only ones. Then again, I'm an Army brat. Even if you don't take it right off when you walk in, take it off when you sit down eat, damn it.
 
2012-12-02 06:51:57 AM  
Another horrific example of bad steampunk.

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2012-12-02 07:05:21 AM  
i guy i work with was talking the other day about steampunk, and how all he had to do was buy some super-soakers, spray paint them gold, and glue some gears and metal crap on them, and he could sell them on ebay and make a fortune. he was seriously talking like he could make it rich selling "steampunk weapons" to people while putting almost no effort into it. it took all my self-control not to call him an idiot.
 
2012-12-02 11:02:56 AM  
i.imgur.com

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2012-12-02 12:01:42 PM  

enderthexenocide: i guy i work with was talking the other day about steampunk, and how all he had to do was buy some super-soakers, spray paint them gold, and glue some gears and metal crap on them, and he could sell them on ebay and make a fortune. he was seriously talking like he could make it rich selling "steampunk weapons" to people while putting almost no effort into it. it took all my self-control not to call him an idiot.


As someone mentioned up thread: Never underestimate the financial backings of cosplay whores and their inability to discern 'proper' costumes vs 'this will get me the *most* attention' accessories. I think dude's got a solid business plan there, at least one worth testing out.
 
2012-12-03 10:48:07 AM  

BumpInTheNight: enderthexenocide: i guy i work with was talking the other day about steampunk, and how all he had to do was buy some super-soakers, spray paint them gold, and glue some gears and metal crap on them, and he could sell them on ebay and make a fortune. he was seriously talking like he could make it rich selling "steampunk weapons" to people while putting almost no effort into it. it took all my self-control not to call him an idiot.

As someone mentioned up thread: Never underestimate the financial backings of cosplay whores and their inability to discern 'proper' costumes vs 'this will get me the *most* attention' accessories. I think dude's got a solid business plan there, at least one worth testing out.


Agreed. If you have a sewing machine, a nearby hardware store that sells a wide assortment of fasteners (Hardware Hank, Menards) and have a basic bench grinder and some tin snips, you are well equipped to exploit these morons. You'll have to swallow your pride just a bit and hang out on cosplay forums to find out what is trending...and then take those search terms over to deviantart and etsy to see where the bars are set (low and high) and then as long as you fall in the middle just above the center with your craftsmanship, you can probably make a killing on eBay.
 
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