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Icon 1 posted April 21, 2009 02:35      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It is, if you count being featured in Newsweek

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"And I think that the 20th century's love for 19th-century technology is going to be matched by the 21st century's love of corny 20th-century technology. We're going to see Atompunk."

Somehow, though, the idea of a lovingly modified MP3 player made to look like an eight-track player just doesn't have the same appeal.

It's funny they should say that. My biggest lament when getting the Eee: "Why doesn't anyone make computers in beige any more?"

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quote:
Originally posted by fs:
"Why doesn't anyone make computers in beige any more?"

Because Apple doesn't [Razz]

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I find some of the Steampunk stuff fascinating. Though there is a part of me that is an old codger and find it rather silly that the entire movement is nothing more than a brass and wood facade on top of modern tech.

Kinda like fake breasts. Fun to look at and play with. But still not nearly as good as the all natural ones.

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Icon 1 posted April 22, 2009 07:46      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
(...) the entire movement is nothing more than a brass and wood facade on top of modern tech.

Hum. Not the entire movement is about faking it. A lot of people fill their steampunk desire with true working gears, like this steam powered iTune charger. Yes, you got that right: you now can recharge your modern iPod with an old-technology steam engine. Oh, and there's some Lego involved, too.

I prefer to define steampunk as an attitude of "everything is possible" as found at the beginning of the industrial revolution with the stylish appearance and social politeness of the victorian era. Mad science and tea; cogs and gloves; tools and top hats; steam and brass and long dresses and three-pieces costumes. For short: romance and science-fiction in one!

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I have to say, while utterly useless for general purposes, it is still a great piece. I think the legos are a bit much and ruin the aesthetics. It is the use of a steam engine for the power source that fascinates me.

Sadly though, people like this are a minority. The rest place random gears and bits of copper and brass on a chunk of wood and call it a day. The visual effect can be very striking, but the reality is what grinds at me.

It is the general line "I took copper pipe and some trinkets from my grandma's junk box in the attic and made this cover for my ..." that gets me.

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quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
It is the general line "I took copper pipe and some trinkets from my grandma's junk box in the attic and made this cover for my ..." that gets me.

Even if the actual guts aren't clockwork or tubes, I do think that, well done, the aesthetic makes it worth the effort. Sometimes it's okay if the whole point is just to make it look nice. (IMO)

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_________________ When I was a lad __ I had a steam engine much like the one pictured, I also spun a generator, to light small bulbs (they were called grain of wheat bulbs) any way when you figure that any where from three hundred to five hundred watts of power was going into the heating of that boiler the in/out ratio is not very good, however it does make a good mantle piece. One year for Christmas I made all of my nephews Sterling engines that used sterno for the heat source.

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quote:
Originally posted by fs:
Even if the actual guts aren't clockwork or tubes, I do think that, well done, the aesthetic makes it worth the effort. Sometimes it's okay if the whole point is just to make it look nice. (IMO)

I have to say that I see your point. I guess that old gearhead part of me laments when a gear actually did something.

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