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2013-01-18 08:47:10 AM
10 votes:

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

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What it will actually be like

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2013-01-18 11:00:29 AM
5 votes:
This really may not be a bad thing. Check out these from Prada:
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more here:
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It may take a while for it to go mainstream, but it's a decent looking fashion trend (far better than many I could name.).
2013-01-18 09:11:46 AM
4 votes:
Going mainstream after 40+ years is edgy and new...
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/grandpa says erggggg
//waiting to be told it's not steampunk
2013-01-18 08:58:38 AM
4 votes:

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 08:40:21 AM
4 votes:
Honestly, seeing a little less plastic and a little more classy wood and metalwork wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
2013-01-18 01:27:39 AM
4 votes:
cons - steampunk is stupid
2013-01-18 01:16:47 AM
4 votes:
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....
2013-01-18 08:39:12 AM
3 votes:

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.
2013-01-18 06:34:08 PM
2 votes:

OtherLittleGuy: Thread needs for Agatha:

[www.scifiwright.com image 688x641]

/hot


Not enough Agatha

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2013-01-18 11:05:13 AM
2 votes:
Soon to be exploited/ruined by Hot Topics everywhere... if it hasn't already.

Commence eyerolling
2013-01-18 10:14:06 AM
2 votes:
I think I liked it better before I saw some people tearing about valuable antiques for gears and other crud they could've just got off the shelf for less money, and without destroying an antique.

The ball above looks interesting, but in Victorian and Eduardian times wasn't it uncouth for a man to wear his hat indoors?
2013-01-18 10:03:37 AM
2 votes:

Burr: [upload.wikimedia.org image 248x300]

What happens when you cross Steampunk with Tolkien.

Granted, it was a buggy game(taken care of by patches later), but it was still fun.


I'll see you and raise

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pc
2013-01-18 09:29:24 AM
2 votes:
This is as ridiculous as furries and juggalos
2013-01-18 09:16:30 AM
2 votes:
Steampunks are just goths that discovered the color brown.

/I don't care what you wear
2013-01-18 09:12:32 AM
2 votes:

Makh: I thought we moved on to dieselpunk.

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


Ive moved on to sour diesel
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2013-01-18 09:10:29 AM
2 votes:
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 09:10:19 AM
2 votes:
i1024.photobucket.com
2013-01-18 08:59:25 AM
2 votes:
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 08:55:28 AM
2 votes:
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

Real world problems:
I wonder if I can eat wood? Could it be food?
www.rescue.org
2013-01-18 08:52:45 AM
2 votes:
So... its a bunch of non functional shiat with Victorian era clothing.... got it.


If all that crap doesnt actually DO something, whats the point?
2013-01-18 08:51:58 AM
2 votes:
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.
2013-01-18 08:46:07 AM
2 votes:
Steampunk, even the name, is completely retarded.
2013-01-18 08:43:55 AM
2 votes:
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now. It's just an inkling of the mainstream.
2013-01-18 08:42:43 AM
2 votes:
Oh, another quasi-Victorian fetish thread. Great.
2013-01-18 08:41:19 AM
2 votes:

Weaver95: cons - mainstream consumer culture looting ideas from geek subculture, corrupting them into common, debased mass produced junk


Already there. Steampunk had some neat ideas originally but some time about ten years ago gave up on being anything but the theme park version of 19th century fashion with a bunch of gears glued to it.
2013-01-18 08:40:44 AM
2 votes:
There's no way I'm unblocking all those scripts.
2013-01-18 12:32:04 AM
2 votes:
25.media.tumblr.com

I think I could live with this becoming mainstream.
2013-01-18 02:04:41 PM
1 votes:

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 01:00:27 PM
1 votes:

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 12:51:48 PM
1 votes:
Thread needs for Agatha:

www.scifiwright.com

/hot
2013-01-18 12:36:02 PM
1 votes:

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 11:53:33 AM
1 votes:
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 11:50:12 AM
1 votes:
Then it's already over.
2013-01-18 11:48:38 AM
1 votes:
If one is a fan of both, do not miss the 'Steam Lantern' episode of Green Lantern Animated:

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2013-01-18 11:39:28 AM
1 votes:
SlothB77:
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i don't really see myself wearing this in public.


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Disagrees.
2013-01-18 11:01:15 AM
1 votes:

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


Came here to say this.
2013-01-18 10:41:34 AM
1 votes:

mytdawg: I like the steampunk toys and some of the art. Fashion? eh, okay... Much like goth I can see someone having to be pretty damn weird to pull it off.


I can't see Goth going mainstream and I am one! It will probably be the same it was with "Goth going mainstream", where a few female actresses wore a long black flowing dress on the red carpet to the Oscars/Emmys and wore NOTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE CONSTRUED AS GOTH! For Steampunk to "go mainstream", it will probably be a brown dress and maybe a waist chain held on the dress by a cog shaped pin, for the actresses.
2013-01-18 10:36:20 AM
1 votes:

not5am: he was playing it wrong. that game allowed almost any combination as long as you put in the time. it also kept track of reputations, which is probably why he couldn't ride trains anymore.


While it allowed for any combination, a mixture of magic/tech usually resulted in failure (which the documentation went into great detail explaining why, but basically tech worked with nature and magic worked against nature). Spells would fail, guns would jam, etc..

Also, it wasn't his reputation that wouldn't let him on the train as much as his magical aptitude I was assuming. I was a good magic user one build and they wouldn't let me on the train because I was too powerful (too high of a magic aptitude score)

I still have the game, and the documentation for it. Its a good read, lots of background information about the different races, the nature of magic vs tech, etc...

JDJoeE: Ah the game where one of the plots was of human women being kidnapped and raped by ogres to make hybrid babies


That was a wonderful conspiracy. The gnome aristocrats needed loyal bodyguards, and half-ogres were rare in the wild. So, they bred them (by kidnapping prostitutes and homeless women of course). Of course, by the time you get to the "factory" there is nothing there but a cigarette smoking gnome telling you to stop looking for answers.

/also, a large orgy in celebration for returning the Goddess of Beauty's statue back to the temple.
2013-01-18 10:25:13 AM
1 votes:

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

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


Amateur. It's what's on the inside that counts.

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2013-01-18 10:22:25 AM
1 votes:

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.


WhippingBoy: Steampunk, and steampunk fashion, is a condiment, not a main course.

It's fine in small doses if it's used to augment (rather than define) your appearance, but going overboard is just ridiculous.

You wouldn't eat a bowl of ketchup, would you? Then put down the goggles...


omg, these.

When I first learned about steampunk, i followed a group on facebook because, awesome!

Then it got to the point that these people were talking as if they actually lived in victorian times. Come on. You're on your woodpaneled laptop, posting comments about how hard life is when you're steampunk? um, no. Unlike.

Theory Of Null: I'm still waiting for Lazypunk to take hold. It's where you just wear whatever is comfortable and doesn't smell too bad.


this was hilarious

Farce-Side: This thread started out very promising, then promptly devolved into pure, utter, unadulterated, uninteresting shiat. Kind of like steampunk.


qft.

and since we're all just a little hipster here, i'll point out that I liked steampunk waaay before it was popular.

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2013-01-18 10:15:37 AM
1 votes:

pc: This is as ridiculous as furries and juggalos


NOTHING is more ridiculous than juggalos.
2013-01-18 10:14:04 AM
1 votes:
Protip: Just because you can glue a gauge, some copper pipe, and some gear wheels onto something doesn't mean you should.
2013-01-18 10:04:36 AM
1 votes:

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.


Because all that involves killing things and blowing shiat up. You know, being as manly as possible so that people never question whether or not you're macho. Steampunk is, supposed to, involve intelligence with a touch of grace and class. That shiat is for pussies. So they need to be made fun of to remind people how manly you are because you refuse to allow such a non-manly thing to exist.
2013-01-18 10:03:55 AM
1 votes:

SavageWombat: So if Steampunk is so "over", what's the new up-and-coming fad? Surely the real cutting-edge trendies are all doing something Hollywood hasn't noticed yet.


The hipsters haven't fled steampunk yet, so it's tough to tell what will be next. My guess, though, is a more generalized form of anachronism. Dieselpunk will be part of that, though it won't be as all-consuming as steampunk was. Steampunk will remain in a reduced role (and considered a "newbie thing"), and cyberpunk and rennie-Goth will also enjoy something of a comeback, but no one time period will dominate among these four. Other time periods like sandalpunk will be tried, but they won't catch on. Regardless, the fashions will remain generally European in nature, and this will cause some grumbling, but the people who try to buck that trend will cause even more grumbling.

Doctor Who cosplayers will also be welcomed and celebrated as an important part of the trend.
2013-01-18 09:53:04 AM
1 votes:

RangerTaylor: How does cyberpunk (Diamond Age, Snow Crash, etc) equate to steampunk? I mean, they both share letters. . .


The Diamond age blends Victorian style and mannerisms with technology. If you wanted to be pedantic, you could argue that nanotechnology is not the same as steam-powered technology, the Diamond Age is nonetheless regarded as a "steampunk" novel.

No one said anything about Snow Crash.
2013-01-18 09:49:01 AM
1 votes:

Tat'dGreaser: hervatski: Please God no

Yea this

Steampunk is just goths who discovered the color brown


Emo doesn't have much to recommend it, and plenty of arguments against. But in comparison to the Goths who came before (anachronistic or Mansonite, take your pick) or the steampunk crowd that seems to be following after, it does have one thing: it is not nearly as stuff-heavy or materialistic. No one gets out of emo because they don't have the money to keep up.
2013-01-18 09:34:43 AM
1 votes:
fark the haters. I'm too old for anime, or gaming fandom, and I'm not that into sci-fi anymore. Steampunk, otoh seems to appeal to a broad spectrum of people. From teens, to old fogies like me. We can dress up, and build little crafty gadget, all in the name of fun. I've actually gotten quite into crafting, combining my fondness for Victorian adventure, and the Lovecraft mythos. Even made a bit of money selling stuff.

The sorts of thing I make.

Not sure about it going mainstream though. It might be nice to be able to wear my outfit outside of our one steampunk convention here in town. But at the same time, I'm not that keen on the mass-produced plastic nonsense its bound to lead to.
2013-01-18 09:26:38 AM
1 votes:

bmwericus: Sure, keep telling yourself that cospay is gonna go mainstream...from your parents basement...to yours!

Sure it is.


All of these boats and a few hundred thousand people turn out every year in Tampa to watch adults in a cosplay parade.  It's been going on for over 100 years.

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2013-01-18 09:24:29 AM
1 votes:
Bleh. I am very happy for these upper middle class folks who have time and money to kill, but I imagine Messr's Verne and Clarke are rolling in their graves with the lack of space/time travel or death rays.

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2013-01-18 09:20:18 AM
1 votes:

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.


fark you!

Burn the heretic. Kill the mutant. Purge the unclean.
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2013-01-18 09:19:18 AM
1 votes:

hervatski: Please God no


Yea this

Steampunk is just goths who discovered the color brown
2013-01-18 09:14:42 AM
1 votes:
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 09:04:00 AM
1 votes:
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 09:03:19 AM
1 votes:

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 09:02:21 AM
1 votes:

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 08:59:41 AM
1 votes:

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 08:53:10 AM
1 votes:
Steampunk, and steampunk fashion, is a condiment, not a main course.

It's fine in small doses if it's used to augment (rather than define) your appearance, but going overboard is just ridiculous.

You wouldn't eat a bowl of ketchup, would you? Then put down the goggles...
2013-01-18 08:50:55 AM
1 votes:
I'm not sure about "mainstream".
Maybe in sense of "doesn't raise eyebrows on Halloween anymore" and/or "gets their own faires/conventions".

But you're not going to see electronics double and triple their weight (and price) to add actual wood and metalwork.
Clothes... eh, maybe something that looks about as "steampunk" as the last "retro 70s" fad looked "70s".
2013-01-18 08:48:16 AM
1 votes:
I embrace steam punk, in that it lets me know who to avoid talking to. IT SAVES TIME.
2013-01-18 08:47:13 AM
1 votes:
Yea, like someone really wants to use a steampunk dildo.
2013-01-18 08:44:26 AM
1 votes:
Yiff in hell, steampunk!
2013-01-18 08:42:31 AM
1 votes:
It's been mainstream since the industrial revolution -duh
2013-01-18 08:42:00 AM
1 votes:
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.
2013-01-18 08:41:39 AM
1 votes:
Sure, keep telling yourself that cospay is gonna go mainstream...from your parents basement...to yours!

Sure it is.
2013-01-18 08:40:48 AM
1 votes:
I hated steampunk before it was cool to hate steampunk. Now, I ironically like it.
2013-01-18 03:32:22 AM
1 votes:
Hahahahahaha... No.
2013-01-18 03:18:29 AM
1 votes:
Pro - Ladies in corsets.
Con - ...

I'm okay with this. It's one of the major reasons I enjoy Renaissance Faires, too.
2013-01-18 02:23:02 AM
1 votes:
Please God no
 
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