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2013-01-18 08:56:48 AM  

Weaver95: pros - whiny people who hate steampunk will see it everywhere and sit in the corner, cutting themselves until they bleed to death.
cons - mainstream consumer culture looting ideas from geek subculture, corrupting them into common, debased mass produced junk and destroying their value in a mad quest for profit.

hmm.  decisions...decisions....


Why is there no "stop liking what I like" kid? I guess I'll have to settle with I liked steampunk before Victoria was Queen
 
2013-01-18 08:57:54 AM  
which a number cruncher for IBM says is going to go mainstream in the next two years

if anything will define style in the next two years, it is number crunchers from IBM
 
2013-01-18 08:58:38 AM  

StrangeQ: What if the Victorians had access to digital technology?

Steampunk is stupid because the very premise of it makes absolutely no sense. You're not going to make a farking microcircuit out of brass, polished wood and patent leather. The very technologies that make the modern world possible are exactly the same ones the ones in steampunk obsolete and rediculous.

First world hipster problems:
Oh woe is me, where will I ever find wood with the proper brain and texture for my retro-chic laptop?
[needsmoresteam.com image 850x842]

Real world problems:
I wonder if I can eat wood? Could it be food?
[www.rescue.org image 562x374]


Wait... your problem is not tolerating people following popular trends and they're the ones with first world problems?
 
2013-01-18 08:59:25 AM  

StrangeQ: What if the Victorians had access to digital technology?

Steampunk is stupid because the very premise of it makes absolutely no sense. You're not going to make a farking microcircuit out of brass, polished wood and patent leather. The very technologies that make the modern world possible are exactly the same ones the ones in steampunk obsolete and rediculous.

First world hipster problems:
Oh woe is me, where will I ever find wood with the proper brain and texture for my retro-chic laptop?
[needsmoresteam.com image 850x842]

Real world problems:
I wonder if I can eat wood? Could it be food?
[www.rescue.org image 562x374]


Don't live in a desert.
 
2013-01-18 08:59:25 AM  
I'm a complete Dr. Who/Star Trek/etc  geek/nerd.

And I think Steampunk is the stupidest gayest thing I've ever seen in my life.
 
2013-01-18 08:59:41 AM  

tom baker's scarf: i liked the steam punk ascetic a lot more a few years ago and even then more for the redesign of objects more than clothing. now it seems to be a competition to see who can glue the most random crap on to their clothes or person. some of those people looked more like first generation borgs than anything else.


People who do things without imagination or effort will always exist, but it doesn't change the fact that the nature of Steampunk allows for some very cool craftsmanship and interesting designs.

My 15 yr old daughter built really amazing expanding wings last year from her own design. It was a great experience for her and really a wonderful costume in the end.

I'd love to post a pic of it, but I know how Fark goes...

/assholes
 
2013-01-18 08:59:48 AM  

pxlboy: gshepnyc: I know people are weary of steampunk but I don't find it anymore tiresome than that heavily armored supersoldier aesthetic that comes out of gaming and animation, the one with gigantic feet and legs and head hidden between armored shoulders and always carrying a cannon for a gun or a sword with a blade the size of a surfboard. Sick to death of that.

Except that people aren't dressing like that as though it were fashionable or somehow cool.


Probably too expensive. People did cyberpunk for a while 8 years ago
 
2013-01-18 09:00:17 AM  

KawaiiNot: I like steampunk design but doing a search and seeing how badly most people implement their version of steampunk clothing...yikes!


I don't use the word "hero" very often, but you are the greatest hero in American history.
 
2013-01-18 09:00:35 AM  
Finally, I can use all those old circuit boards, capacitors and such and make some cool stuff.
 
2013-01-18 09:00:44 AM  
$25,000. Seriously. This watch costs $25,000.

cdn.ablogtowatch.com
 
2013-01-18 09:00:55 AM  
Weaver95
pros - whiny people who hate steampunk will see it everywhere and sit in the corner, cutting themselves until they bleed to death.
cons - mainstream consumer culture looting ideas from geek subculture, corrupting them into common, debased mass produced junk and destroying their value in a mad quest for profit.

hmm. decisions...decisions....


I think it'll probably come down to a case-by-case decision depending on the corset in question and what's attached to it.
 
2013-01-18 09:00:58 AM  

Marquis de Sod: Steampunk is neither - discuss


PC LOAD LETTER: Steampunk, even the name, is completely retarded.


abhorrent1: Crudbucket: strangeluck: [25.media.tumblr.com image 400x593]

I think I could live with this becoming mainstream.

Yes. Because that's exactly what it will be like in the real world.

It's just like lesbians

What you think it'll be like

[www.pirate4x4.com image 500x749]

What it will actually be like

[i184.photobucket.com image 400x593]


This.
 
2013-01-18 09:01:31 AM  

SlothB77: [ww4.hdnux.com image 334x471]

i don't really see myself wearing this in public.


That's not made for public. That's made for when you decide you want to much on Lindsay Lohan's poonanny. You never know when that occasion may arise.
 
2013-01-18 09:01:31 AM  

strangeluck: I think I could live with this becoming mainstream.


I could live with women with waists becoming more mainstream.
 
2013-01-18 09:02:14 AM  

moothemagiccow: People did cyberpunk for a while 8 years ago


They were still doing cyberpunk 8 years ago? That lasted a lot longer than I thought.
 
2013-01-18 09:02:21 AM  

StrangeQ: What if the Victorians had access to digital technology?

Steampunk is stupid because the very premise of it makes absolutely no sense. You're not going to make a farking microcircuit out of brass, polished wood and patent leather. The very technologies that make the modern world possible are exactly the same ones that make the ones in steampunk obsolete and rediculous.

First world hipster problems:
Oh woe is me, where will I ever find wood with the proper grain and texture for my retro-chic laptop?
[needsmoresteam.com image 850x842]

Real world problems:
I wonder if I can eat wood? Could it be food?
[www.rescue.org image 562x374]


FTFM

/holy fark I need coffee
 
2013-01-18 09:03:19 AM  

Scoot951: Honestly, seeing a little less plastic and a little more classy wood and metalwork wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.


You say that now, just like they said it in the late 70s/early 80s, and then we got shiatty wood laminate walls in every rumpus room, lounge or basement from Maine to California.
 
2013-01-18 09:03:23 AM  

Solty Dog: Finally, I can use all those old circuit boards, capacitors and such and make some cool stuff.


Nice. You should get some bites.
 
2013-01-18 09:03:39 AM  

KawaiiNot: I like steampunk design but doing a search and seeing how badly most people implement their version of steampunk clothing...yikes!

Ps. Who wants to buy me this? :

[i1353.photobucket.com image 183x276]


Make it yourself.
 
2013-01-18 09:04:00 AM  
Steampunk will never be mainstream fashion. Americans shop at WalMart and Target because you can buy a $3.99 pack of a dozen socks.

It'll be there for cons, faires, concerts, parties, and the occasional wedding, but don't expect to see folks wearing it to work, or even a night on the town.

Googles down, cannons up. Prepare to grapple!
 
2013-01-18 09:04:20 AM  
It's been mainstream for awhile
'specially in the fetishy community

very few of the everyday items we buy from overseas have any character
just like us
spending our days trying to make routines simpler
..but add some gears, brass, leather and gizmos and
WHAM
you have something interesting

I woulda worked the presidential ass-kissing ceremony if I knew the two lawyers were taking the oath in victorian garb
who wouldn't wanna see that?
 
2013-01-18 09:04:43 AM  

StrangeQ: What if the Victorians had access to digital technology?

Steampunk is stupid because the very premise of it makes absolutely no sense. You're not going to make a farking microcircuit out of brass, polished wood and patent leather. The very technologies that make the modern world possible are exactly the same ones the ones in steampunk obsolete and rediculous.

First world hipster problems:
Oh woe is me, where will I ever find wood with the proper brain and texture for my retro-chic laptop?
[needsmoresteam.com image 850x842]

Real world problems:
I wonder if I can eat wood? Could it be food?
[www.rescue.org image 562x374]


Post of the thread.
 
2013-01-18 09:05:47 AM  

moothemagiccow: Wait... your problem is not tolerating people following popular trends and they're the ones with first world problems?


Tolerating? No, I'm just pointing out how completely idiotic the entire concept is of trying to recon a bunch of modern technology into preindustrial methodology when the only thing that made that technology possible was our transition away from said methodology.
 
2013-01-18 09:07:23 AM  
 
2013-01-18 09:08:05 AM  

Ghryswald: Steampunk will never be mainstream fashion. Americans shop at WalMart and Target because you can buy a $3.99 pack of a dozen socks.

It'll be there for cons, faires, concerts, parties, and the occasional wedding, but don't expect to see folks wearing it to work, or even a night on the town.

Googles down, cannons up. Prepare to grapple!


Walmart steampunk jewelry
 
2013-01-18 09:08:22 AM  
I am in the middle of designing a steam punk cruise ship. I would say that's pretty mainstream.

Steam punk is pretty easy to figure out. Problem it it is really limiting. There are only so many top hats and corsets you can put on waiters.
 
2013-01-18 09:08:45 AM  

KawaiiNot: I like steampunk design but doing a search and seeing how badly most people implement their version of steampunk clothing...yikes!

Ps. Who wants to buy me this? :

[i1353.photobucket.com image 183x276]


I will
 
2013-01-18 09:09:57 AM  

QT_3.14159: /assholes


And yet here ye be. What does that make you?
 
2013-01-18 09:10:19 AM  
i1024.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-18 09:10:29 AM  
While I enjoy the Steampunk aesthetic, it would have been nice if TFA had shown more working gadgets. It seems like most cons, where 95% are just walking around in brass goggles and a leather vest with a set of tanker boots. The one that really got me was the Megabyte toy dog that someone had just glossed with black paint and changed the ears to telephone bells >:(. Thankfully some of the good ones I had seen on hackaday before and have even sold a couple of pieces at bent festivals to folks that would have come home with me if it weren't for the sp look to them. Nice folks, lotsa money (the ones that I met) and like most other cons- a reason for girls to show off their corseted racks. Maybe have to really up my production of sp based NAND synths on tindie in Q2 lol.
 
2013-01-18 09:10:43 AM  

Makh: I thought we moved on to dieselpunk.

http://dieselpunksencyclopedia.wordpress.com/origin-of-dieselpunk/


Ohh, and then maybe can we move on to petropunk? Of course, that would just be an interim until we move on to digitalpunk, where we can we cloths made with digital technologies and modern methodologies just like they do today!
 
2013-01-18 09:11:02 AM  
I'm all for people wearing whatever the hell they choose. I may very well not like it but, I don't have to. Wear whatever you choose. I don't bother to keep up with whatever "fashion" people feel is hip.
My clothing choice is my own and I could care less what it looks like, as I rarely wear anything unless I'm in public.

/freakin' prudes
//hates clothes
 
2013-01-18 09:11:39 AM  
Is there an "Incredibly Unlikely" tag?
 
2013-01-18 09:11:46 AM  
Going mainstream after 40+ years is edgy and new...
l.yimg.com

stagevu.com

2.bp.blogspot.com

mimg.ugo.com

/grandpa says erggggg
//waiting to be told it's not steampunk
 
2013-01-18 09:12:25 AM  
It is cool in video games. Still have not bought Dishonored yet.
 
2013-01-18 09:12:32 AM  

Makh: I thought we moved on to dieselpunk.

http://dieselpunksencyclopedia.wordpress.com/origin-of-dieselpunk/


Ive moved on to sour diesel
i26.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-18 09:12:53 AM  

the_celt: I'm all for people wearing whatever the hell they choose. I may very well not like it but, I don't have to. Wear whatever you choose. I don't bother to keep up with whatever "fashion" people feel is hip.
My clothing choice is my own and I could care less what it looks like, as I rarely wear anything unless I'm in public.

/freakin' prudes
//hates clothes


And I'm all for people being able to express their opinions even if it offends or upsets some people. Get off your high horse. No on is suggesting that mainstream steampunk fashion be outlawed.
 
2013-01-18 09:13:29 AM  

StrangeQ: Makh: I thought we moved on to dieselpunk.

http://dieselpunksencyclopedia.wordpress.com/origin-of-dieselpunk/

Ohh, and then maybe can we move on to petropunk? Of course, that would just be an interim until we move on to digitalpunk, where we can we cloths made with digital technologies and modern methodologies just like they do today!


wear, WEAR goddamnit! I think my keyboard is farking with me, or someone switched the coffee in the breakroom to decaf...
 
2013-01-18 09:14:32 AM  
You'll never get on an airplane in all that junk...
 
2013-01-18 09:14:40 AM  

Ghryswald: Steampunk will never be mainstream fashion. Americans shop at WalMart and Target because you can buy a $3.99 pack of a dozen socks.

It'll be there for cons, faires, concerts, parties, and the occasional wedding, but don't expect to see folks wearing it to work, or even a night on the town.

Googles down, cannons up. Prepare to grapple!


There's a girl at my office who wears the occasional work-appropriate version of steampunk. Long skirts, wide leather belts, Victorian style ankle boots.

Personally the more corsets the merrier. Wore mine under a dress suit to a ball last year.
 
2013-01-18 09:14:42 AM  
Steampunk always makes me think of the Neo-Victorians in Diamond Age, and the alternate history in The Difference Engine.
Kind of a wierd intersection between the two.

Either way, it's William Gibson's fault.
 
2013-01-18 09:16:01 AM  
Just pimping this for a friend. She owns a custom corset company, and makes fantastic customs. She also makes several standard types of corsets that are truly beautiful.

https://www.facebook.com/tiesthatbynde

/pimping
 
2013-01-18 09:16:11 AM  
...and Neal Stephenson's.

preview THEN post
 
2013-01-18 09:16:13 AM  

give me doughnuts: Steampunk always makes me think of the Neo-Victorians in Diamond Age, and the alternate history in The Difference Engine.
Kind of a wierd intersection between the two.

Either way, it's William Gibson's fault.


Really? Steampunk makes you think of two steampunk novels? How bizarre.
 
2013-01-18 09:16:30 AM  
Steampunks are just goths that discovered the color brown.

/I don't care what you wear
 
2013-01-18 09:17:09 AM  
conceptart.org
 
2013-01-18 09:18:13 AM  

WhippingBoy: the_celt: I'm all for people wearing whatever the hell they choose. I may very well not like it but, I don't have to. Wear whatever you choose. I don't bother to keep up with whatever "fashion" people feel is hip.
My clothing choice is my own and I could care less what it looks like, as I rarely wear anything unless I'm in public.

/freakin' prudes
//hates clothes

And I'm all for people being able to express their opinions even if it offends or upsets some people. Get off your high horse. No on is suggesting that mainstream steampunk fashion be outlawed.


I wasn't suggesting it be outlawed. I was merely saying I don't get it. It's a personal choice and I just don't pay much attention.

/moar coffee
 
2013-01-18 09:19:12 AM  
Having a convention where everyone can fit in the same picture is hardly mainstream.
 
2013-01-18 09:19:18 AM  

hervatski: Please God no


Yea this

Steampunk is just goths who discovered the color brown
 
2013-01-18 09:19:33 AM  

WhippingBoy: give me doughnuts: Steampunk always makes me think of the Neo-Victorians in Diamond Age, and the alternate history in The Difference Engine.
Kind of a wierd intersection between the two.

Either way, it's William Gibson's fault.

Really? Steampunk makes you think of two steampunk novels? How bizarre.


Since neither one is steampunk, yeah, it is kind of bizzare.
 
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