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2013-01-18 11:53:33 AM
If it makes people dress well, involves more polished brass and wood and less faux stainless steel, I'm all for it. The western world ought to be a classier place.
 
2013-01-18 11:54:54 AM
 
2013-01-18 11:55:30 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: If it makes people dress well, involves more polished brass and wood and less faux stainless steel, I'm all for it. The western world ought to be a classier place.


well said.
 
2013-01-18 11:57:52 AM
www.anime.com

How'd we miss this?

/Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.
//Ooooh, Miss Dorthy...
 
2013-01-18 12:06:05 PM

Paleorific: HindiDiscoMonster: as did i...

upload.wikimedia.org thief II

off-topic but that is one of the great vid games and there is a new patch that makes it extremely playable and quite nice to look at on modern PCs and the mod community is still strong.


how exactly is it off topic? the entire world is Steampunk O.o
 
2013-01-18 12:14:27 PM
No. It's not.
 
2013-01-18 12:16:07 PM

Millennium: Keigh: Millennium: tough to tell what will be next

hopping hippies are certainly coming up in popularity, just sayin.

Are you talking about homebrewers? That's true -I do some myself, though my focus is mead, not beer- but I was thinking more in terms of fashion than of hobbies.


no, i hadnt had my coffee yet and my fingers were apparently being dumb.

Hooping hippies, was where I was going with that. for an activity, and a fashion sense. basically, i mean festival culture. while i'm no expert at trends or figuring out what will hit "mainstream", it is really taking off.

i mean, these just got Disney backing, ffs.
 
2013-01-18 12:27:55 PM

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.


Where is this occuring in the fashion industry or real life military? Would be interesting to see some examples. Or are you just referring to video games/toys/etc.?

Either way:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-18 12:36:02 PM

JonnyBGoode: DarkSoulNoHope: geekbikerskum: Ikam: Steampunks are just goths that discovered the color brown.

Came here to say this.

Came here to hear this and deny it. Based on what I have witnessed, it's a bunch of geeks that read H.G. Wells instead of Edgar Allen Poe.

/brown looks like crap
//purple is awesome!

Also denying it. I am not now nor have I ever been "Goth". Though there are quite a few Goth Steampunks. Actually, a friend of mine does a seminar panel on the subject of steampunk being a "super-culture", accepting and drawing ideas from other subcultures such as Goth, Cyberpunk, etc.

I don't have a lot of brown in my steampunk attire. Unless you count my gold brocade waistcoat. Mostly black, red and grey, with some yellow accents. Steampunk is what you make of it.

/A purple jacket or waistcoat would be a nice addition...


I've been Goth all of my adult life (I'm 31) and I have never felt the urge to wear cogs, goggles, or brown and have never seen any fellow Goths jump into that. I am sure there are a few crossovers, but certainly not enough to justify that meme.
 
2013-01-18 12:50:39 PM
So, I have an underbust corset in black and red. What shirt do I wear underneath it???!
 
2013-01-18 12:51:48 PM
Thread needs for Agatha:

www.scifiwright.com

/hot
 
2013-01-18 12:54:52 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: I've been Goth all of my adult life


These words make no sense...
 
2013-01-18 12:59:01 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Thread needs for Agatha:

[www.scifiwright.com image 688x641]

/hot


Hah, when she finds out about the circus. Gotta love the calming pies.
 
2013-01-18 12:59:11 PM
I like the steampunk motif.....just wish it had a better name.
 
2013-01-18 01:00:27 PM

westpointer: I like the steampunk motif.....just wish it had a better name.


Gaslight fantasy? (As long as we're on GG references.)
 
2013-01-18 01:00:49 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Thread needs for Agatha:

[www.scifiwright.com image 688x641]

/hot


I always liked the ol' emperor in that comic.
 
2013-01-18 01:04:37 PM
I don't know how I got on this store's catalog mailing list, but they sell renaissance, mythical, and steampunk gear for what I can only figure are 40+-somethings.... and the clothes comes in "goddess" sizes: www.pyramidcollection.com

That's what kinda made me think steampunk was pretty mainstream already. Geeky maybe, but mainstream nonetheless.
 
2013-01-18 01:09:51 PM

b0rscht: 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.


No longer
 
2013-01-18 01:12:49 PM
It's like anything in life: unless you're attractive, don't draw attention to yourself by wearing unique clothing.
 
2013-01-18 01:15:41 PM
 
2013-01-18 01:17:56 PM

WhippingBoy: It's like anything in life: unless you're attractive, don't draw attention to yourself by wearing unique clothing.


Not sure if serious.
 
2013-01-18 01:25:13 PM
If steampunk is your thing then enjoy it.That statement applies to star trek,star wars Pokemon et all...............just dont lose your footing on whats really important.
Pizza and boobies
 
2013-01-18 01:38:57 PM

give me doughnuts: WhippingBoy: give me doughnuts: 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.

Do you have some definition of steampunk that I'm not aware of????

http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/non-fiction/articles/top-10-literary -s teampunk-works/
http://www.rantingdragon.com/top-20-steampunk-books-an-introduction- to -the-genre/
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6720180.html
http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/fantasy-sub-genres/steampunk.php

Let me guess. Those are only considered steampunk novels by the ignorant and stupid. "Real" steampunk fans (like yourself) know better.

Difference Engine: I will grant you that, even though there is lack of steam-powered flying machines, submarines, and the more fantastical elements in a lot of the genre.
Diamond Age: No steam. Electronics and nanotechnology.


Not sure if you are serious, but a wood-paneled laptop isn't steam-powered either. The "steam" in steampunk is a metaphor.
 
2013-01-18 01:49:27 PM

FlashHarry: amquelbettamin: $25,000. Seriously. This watch costs $25,000.

[cdn.ablogtowatch.com image 300x350]

[harrywinston.watchprosite.com image 850x637]
meh. the harry winston opus 11 costs ten times that.


storage.harrywinston.com
12 > 11.
 
2013-01-18 02:04:41 PM

keypusher: Not sure if you are serious, but a wood-paneled laptop isn't steam-powered either. The "steam" in steampunk is a metaphor.


Only in steampunk fashion. In literary or other forms, it's supposed to be taken seriously.
 
2013-01-18 02:19:10 PM
I was wearing blinged-out safety goggles when blinged-out safety goggles weren't cool.

/and they still aren't cool
 
2013-01-18 02:19:56 PM

Millennium: keypusher: Not sure if you are serious, but a wood-paneled laptop isn't steam-powered either. The "steam" in steampunk is a metaphor.

Only in steampunk fashion. In literary or other forms, it's supposed to be taken seriously.


According to who? Is there some "steampunk" governing body that we don't know about? Or are you just talking out of your ass again?
 
2013-01-18 02:23:56 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: I've been Goth all of my adult life (I'm 31) and I have never felt the urge to wear cogs, goggles, or brown and have never seen any fellow Goths jump into that. I am sure there are a few crossovers, but certainly not enough to justify that meme.


Really? I'm in an industrial metal band, and I'm a sci-fi author. So I know a buttload of goths and steampunks, and I'd say the crossover is around 90%. Maybe it's a regional thing.
 
2013-01-18 02:28:14 PM

StrangeQ: 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.


Eh, a lot of steampunk isn't very attractive, but some of it actually IS art.
You may be one of those people who think art is 'idiotic', but I'm not...there's more to life than pure function, if you're not starving like the poor people in your Boobies.

Now, steampunk going mainstream? debatable.
 
2013-01-18 02:29:39 PM

GratuityIncluded: Too much work to ever be mainstream.


Eh, I could see cheap steampunk crap showing up at Kohl's.
 
2013-01-18 02:30:27 PM

CarnySaur: I doubt it. Mainstream people are too skinny.


???

Mainstream in the US?

Skinny ain't the problem...

Or am I missing your subtle sarcasm?
 
2013-01-18 02:45:04 PM

WhippingBoy: Millennium: keypusher: Not sure if you are serious, but a wood-paneled laptop isn't steam-powered either. The "steam" in steampunk is a metaphor.

Only in steampunk fashion. In literary or other forms, it's supposed to be taken seriously.

According to who? Is there some "steampunk" governing body that we don't know about? Or are you just talking out of your ass again?


... but ... isn't 'steampunk' supposed to be re-imagining the world as if steam power ruled the day and all technological progress that followed? wouldn't taking the 'steam' out of steampunk literature be like taking the 'atomic' out of retro-50s atomic age punk? steampunk is great when it makes both the viewer and the creator think. slapping gears and valves all over something is not thinking. but coming up with a plausible reason why a particular gadget or article of gear would exist in this alternative reality... that's awesome. that's what should make steampunk cool.

so, no, there isn't a steampunk governing body; yet Millenium is right. steampunk lifts itself up when it reaches beyond rule of cool. at least, to me.


/even fairies and orcs and elementals have to make sense in-universe
//could most bad sci-fi and fantasy become good sci-fi and fantasy by adhering to in-universe plausibility?
 
2013-01-18 03:02:50 PM
WhippingBoy, I generally like you as a farker/poster. But today you seem to have a huge stick jammed up your ass. I don't get it. Or maybe you just have some bone to pick with steampunk in general?
 
2013-01-18 03:55:11 PM

reillan: StoPPeRmobile: Going mainstream after 40+ years is edgy and new...
[mimg.ugo.com image 480x360]

/grandpa says erggggg
//waiting to be told it's not steampunk

Glad someone referenced Brisco County.


I say that's when it started getting momentum.
 
2013-01-18 04:06:43 PM
SuddenlySamhain
2013-01-18 01:25:13 PM
If steampunk is your thing then enjoy it.That statement applies to star trek,star wars Pokemon et all...............just dont lose your footing on whats really important.

Pizza and boobies


I think if you are into the above things, you probably have plenty of access to pizza, but zero access to the boobies.
 
2013-01-18 04:11:16 PM

CtrlAltDestroy: WhippingBoy, I generally like you as a farker/poster. But today you seem to have a huge stick jammed up your ass. I don't get it. Or maybe you just have some bone to pick with steampunk in general?


In this thread? I thought I was being civil and at least somewhat intelligent... (other threads... not so much...)

I think the problem is that I quite like steampunk (at least in small doses), and had hoped that other steampunk fans wouldn't have the same tired "I liked steampunk before it was cool" and "THAT'S not steampunk. THIS is steampunk" attitudes.

/I know, welcome to Fark
 
2013-01-18 04:53:53 PM
Just another excuse to get hot chicks to dress up in revealing clothing.

And I have no problem with that.
 
2013-01-18 04:53:56 PM
 
2013-01-18 05:32:07 PM
So...more fatties overflowing out of their corsets.

Um...yay?
 
2013-01-18 06:10:08 PM
I've always preferred wearing suits and dressing up to dressing down and being a slouch, so I enjoy dressing steampunk. The only problem is it takes a bit longer to dress steampunk than to put on a normal suit-and-tie.
 
2013-01-18 06:34:08 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Thread needs for Agatha:

[www.scifiwright.com image 688x641]

/hot


Not enough Agatha

images.cryhavok.org
 
2013-01-18 06:53:14 PM
Adding to the Prada steampunk line above, here's Dolce & Gabbana's take on what "mainstream" steampunk fashion might look like.

s3-ec.buzzfed.com
 
2013-01-18 07:52:07 PM
I love steampunk, although I am too old/fat to wear the fashions. Got into it via Deadlands and then Briscoe County Jr (which I see has already been posted, thank you farkers, I love you guys) and of course Wild, Wild West reruns when I was a kid but I don't think it was called steampunk back then, not sure. Tons of great books out there too written in the genre. The Windup Girl by Paulo B is on my list to read here soon. But, like most trends/fads, many of us grow out of them after a while. Except for Star Trek, of course. No, I wouldn't dress up for that one either, I just like the shows.
 
2013-01-18 10:33:22 PM

WhippingBoy: DarkSoulNoHope: I've been Goth all of my adult life

These words make no sense...


I was 18 when I first learned about and got into the Goth scene. It wasn't a childhood phase. I like Goth, it fitted how I've always been and I haven't been any other way since.
 
2013-01-18 11:21:34 PM

specialkae: I love steampunk, although I am too old/fat to wear the fashions. Got into it via Deadlands and then Briscoe County Jr (which I see has already been posted, thank you farkers, I love you guys) and of course Wild, Wild West reruns when I was a kid but I don't think it was called steampunk back then, not sure. Tons of great books out there too written in the genre. The Windup Girl by Paulo B is on my list to read here soon. But, like most trends/fads, many of us grow out of them after a while. Except for Star Trek, of course. No, I wouldn't dress up for that one either, I just like the shows.


Thats the thing about steampunk though. You don't have to be Slim McHardbody to look good in steam wear. There were plenty of Victorian gentlemen who weren't in the best of shape but still looked good in a nice suit, waistcoat, and hat. I'm a bit heavy too and I've gotten a fair number of compliments on my outfit.
 
2013-01-18 11:46:51 PM

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]


fark those Africans. Stupid farkers have been starving to death for the last 30 years, you would think they would farking die all ready.
 
2013-01-19 12:07:45 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.


Charles Babbage had plans for a working computer in the 1850s. Ada Lovelace had designs for a programming language that would work on such a machine. Babbage could never get funding to complete his designs, but steampunk asks "what if?" If Babbage had developed his computer and got it working, the digital age would have started a hundred years earlier, and have been based on racks and pinions instead of microchips. Sure, the machines would have been enormous at first. But if technology increased as it has in the modern computer age, with an analog of Moore's Law in place, what might the world have looked like a hundred years hence?
 
2013-01-19 12:21:41 AM
Not one mention of BioShock?

/fail
 
2013-01-19 12:25:21 AM

JonnyBGoode: 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.

Charles Babbage had plans for a working computer in the 1850s. Ada Lovelace had designs for a programming language that would work on such a machine. Babbage could never get funding to complete his designs, but steampunk asks "what if?" If Babbage had developed his computer and got it working, the digital age would have started a hundred years earlier, and have been based on racks and pinions instead of microchips. Sure, the machines would have been enormous at first. But if technology increased as it has in the modern computer age, with an analog of Moore's Law in place, what might the world have looked like a hundred years hence?


To continue, if I may (I hit Add instead of Preview, oops): Practical steampunk, however, is not the same as science-fiction steampunk. By practical I mean steampunk as practiced/dressed/lived by the subculture. That form of steampunk has little to do with the sci-fi aspect; it is more of a rebellion against the cookie-cutter, plastic, throw-away society that commercialism spawned, a society where attire has also become sloppy and cheap and human interaction crass and vulgar. Regardless of whether Victorians would have semiconductors, why can't computers (or other household items for that matter) be built with care, by craftsmen, or at least look like they were? Why do they all have to be beige plastic? Why can't people dress well and behave politely in society, instead of wearing their belts around their knees and using a four letter word for every other noun, verb, adjective, adverb and interjection in a sentence? That's what modern steampunk is really all about.
 
2013-01-19 12:28:52 AM

GielZwerg: Not one mention of BioShock?

/fail


Bioshock is technically Dieselpunk, not Steampunk. Specifically, the subset of Dieselpunk known as Decopunk. Although the third installment of the Bioshock series is very steampunk.
 
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