Sunday, August 10, 2008

Odds & Ends, Steampunk Version

In the off-chance you hadn't heard, Steampunk has emerged from its Victorian closet and hit the streets...uh...the fog-ridden, cobblestoned, gaslighted avenues of popular imagination, kinda, sorta, what with such things as a New York Times Fashion & Style article ("Steampunk Moves Between 2 Worlds") and a humorous piece in McSweeney's ("Mom, Dad, I'm Into Steampunk").

Okaaaay, then.

Nothing against Steampunk as genre; I like that part of it, but its recent incarnation as a lifestyle/fashion statement/subculture throws me a little off-balance. Lolita Fashion? Neo-Victorianism? WTF?

Still, there are some decidedly cool aspects to (forgive the oxymoron) Modern Steampunk, such as this War of the Worlds Martian tripod sculpture in Woking, England:

(see more fantabulous pics here)

And the case modders are having a field day:

(The Steampunk Laptop)

But for me, Steampunk means STEAM and the place to go for steam is Crabfu Steamworks!


Wayne Allen Sallee said...

One of the bigger fuck ups of my life, and there are many, was not beating an artist friend with a hose to continue a summer project of ours in the halcyon days of 1982. Steamrock Johnny and The Edge of Seventeen stories. It was steampunk, dammit. And I had no clue.

Capcom said...

Those are some very fine mechanical contraptions. :-)