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« Reply #50 on: May 24, 2012, 02:31:38 am »

Non-plastic ones aren't very expensive either, and can sometimes look like relics, which may better lend to the mystery of it all than cogs and bobs glued to a plastic one. Acturally I have a blackened clay one shaped like and alligator, so I may just have to try this. Now to go find my Ocarina of Time music sheets...

A lot of steampunk clothes (in all sizes) are made from existing clothes or by hand, drop by the 'How do I get Steampunk Clothes with no Money' thread to get some more ideas on that.
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« Reply #51 on: May 24, 2012, 05:38:51 am »

Steampunk this guy up and you've got something!

P.S. You'll need a sheep.
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« Reply #52 on: May 25, 2012, 09:04:47 pm »

Stand somewhere and watch a blank wall. Occasionally check your pocket watch, like you're waiting for something. See how many other people stop to see what you're looking at.



I actually did this inadvertently at the Texas Renfest this past year; I stood at the edge of the arena looking between my pocket watch and the arena floor, trying to figure out why there was no performance going on. I remember wondering why people were staring at me (I was the guy in a black vest, dark shirt, gray fedora with huge ostritch feather, possibles bag diagonally over one shoulder and across my back, and black "moccasins" on my feet - basically a modification of my texian Runaway Scrape outfit - and black trousers, my sungoggles either worn or hanging around my neck). A whole crowd of people gathered behind and around me, and stared and made whispered comments.
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« Reply #53 on: June 02, 2012, 07:37:56 am »

If you need to find Ocarina of Time songs, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube or on the songbird ocarina online songbook
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« Reply #54 on: June 02, 2012, 08:39:08 am »

How about this one?- Pay for everything in Cash. I did this at a Doctor's office to cover my bill once. Poor souls had no clue what to do.

I'm so borrowing the first one in this thread when I'm on vacation in June.
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« Reply #55 on: June 02, 2012, 01:43:07 pm »

How about this one?- Pay for everything in Cash. I did this at a Doctor's office to cover my bill once. Poor souls had no clue what to do.

I'm so borrowing the first one in this thread when I'm on vacation in June.

I always wanted to do that, but to take it further (if in the US) go to the bank first and change everything into the gold dollar coins. No one here knows what to think of them, and looks of confusion always make me a happy man.
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« Reply #56 on: June 03, 2012, 04:57:21 am »

If you need to find Ocarina of Time songs, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube or on the songbird ocarina online songbook

Yeah, game related music sheets are pretty easy to find. We could take it a step futher, finding some friends with other simple/primitive instruments (hand drums, pan flute, etc) and the people who aren't playing wind instruments can chant ad-lib about summoning Cathulu or Air-Kraken.

I love paying with gold coins, and I've found some clerks really like when you pay with them. They're pretty, space efficient, and easy to count.
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« Reply #57 on: June 03, 2012, 06:56:58 am »

I love paying with gold coins, and I've found some clerks really like when you pay with them. They're pretty, space efficient, and easy to count.

Err… When you say "gold"…? Huh

'Cause our smallest gold coin assays at CA$27.16 (at today's close), but has a face value of 25¢ (which is what a store clerk would accept it as.) That would hardly be cost-effective, and I know the Greenback isn't that much stronger than the Loonie.
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« Reply #58 on: June 03, 2012, 01:04:56 pm »

I love paying with gold coins, and I've found some clerks really like when you pay with them. They're pretty, space efficient, and easy to count.

Err… When you say "gold"…? Huh

'Cause our smallest gold coin assays at CA$27.16 (at today's close), but has a face value of 25¢ (which is what a store clerk would accept it as.) That would hardly be cost-effective, and I know the Greenback isn't that much stronger than the Loonie.

No, they are just gold coloured, to make them more visually distinct from a quarter. Same size as the old Susan B. Anthony dollars and Sackies.

They will never catch on so long as the treasury keeps printing paper dollars.
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« Reply #59 on: June 03, 2012, 02:01:57 pm »

I love paying with gold coins, and I've found some clerks really like when you pay with them. They're pretty, space efficient, and easy to count.

Err… When you say "gold"…? Huh

'Cause our smallest gold coin assays at CA$27.16 (at today's close), but has a face value of 25¢ (which is what a store clerk would accept it as.) That would hardly be cost-effective, and I know the Greenback isn't that much stronger than the Loonie.

As of  now, you guys are ahead of the Dollar. Just another reason to move to Canada: Healthcare and $1.20 for each dollar!
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« Reply #60 on: June 03, 2012, 02:43:25 pm »


I love paying with gold coins, and I've found some clerks really like when you pay with them. They're pretty, space efficient, and easy to count.

Hmm, given the comments here, I wonder what reception I'd get if I tried to pay for something with a Sovereign (the only gold coin still minted in Britain that's accepted as legal tender)?

But then, again it probably still wouldn't be cost effective, as they've only got a face value of 20s.
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« Reply #61 on: June 04, 2012, 02:44:18 am »

Have some kind of instrument in your hands that has gauges and lights on it, and walk around in a crowded place with a friend in full steampunk regalia, approch a random person and look at your friend and then act like you are examining the device in your hand. Then proceed to tell the random person that they must come with you to be decontaminated.

Actually my father did this one in a non-steampunk fashion at an anime convention once. He wished to come with me to see what all the hub-bub was about, and decided that he must also cosplay (the day of the convention mind you, so I had no opportunity to make him anything in advance) - of course his choice of 'cosplay' was to dress up in a full hazmat suit, complete with functioning geiger counter. I'll admit, the guy can come up with some amazing things on the fly. The various zombies of the convention thought he was terrific, and he shortly amassed a crowd of the staggering undead following him about as he wandered about the convention, waving his geiger counter at any passer-by who caught his eye.

The real game began when the geiger counter actually did pick up something, and he began tracking it through the crowd. Imagine a fellow in a hazmat suit pursued by at least fifteen creatures of the less-than-living persuasion following the click and buzz of a geiger counter as they narrowed in on the contact - a young fellow whose bullet-casing belt ended up being the offender. It certainly got the attention of everyone in the surrounding crowd.

...bet it wouldn't be too hard to steampunk a geiger counter.
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« Reply #62 on: June 04, 2012, 03:31:57 am »


I love paying with gold coins, and I've found some clerks really like when you pay with them. They're pretty, space efficient, and easy to count.

Hmm, given the comments here, I wonder what reception I'd get if I tried to pay for something with a Sovereign (the only gold coin still minted in Britain that's accepted as legal tender)?

But then, again it probably still wouldn't be cost effective, as they've only got a face value of 20s.

A friend of mine somehow acquired a jar of Victorian era pennies. He uses them to somewhat ostentatiously tip people who aren't expecting a tip, or who have already been paid with modern currency. He's had some excellent reactions from people who've caught on and played along.
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« Reply #63 on: June 04, 2012, 04:53:25 am »

Great story Coyote, it must have been like a scene from horror movie.

Tipping with old coins... I suppose period clothing helps people catch on.

Come to think of it, I've heard tell of people who've had security called on them for trying to pay with two dollar bills. It's legal tender, they're just no longer being printed. Of course eBay would have probably been a better deal for the customer, but apparently far too few people know about them.
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« Reply #64 on: June 04, 2012, 07:44:08 am »

How about this one?- Pay for everything in Cash. I did this at a Doctor's office to cover my bill once. Poor souls had no clue what to do.

I'm so borrowing the first one in this thread when I'm on vacation in June.

I always wanted to do that, but to take it further (if in the US) go to the bank first and change everything into the gold dollar coins. No one here knows what to think of them, and looks of confusion always make me a happy man.
When I go to my credit Union to get some currency I usually get about twenty dollars in $1 coins and as many half dollars as I can get. They really don't carry that much of them because most folks don't even know there is such a thing. One time I was lucky enough to get a 1972 dollar coin. About the same diameter as a pocket watch. I'm keeping that one.

There is just something about carrying around five pounds of coins in your pocket that makes you aware of your spending. You start to feel a little lighter if you are not careful, and you are conscious of every coin you hand over being a dollar or a half dollar. If I'm paying for anything with more than five, I start to wonder if I'm wasting money. It used to be that I'd just hand over a twenty dollar bill, and get my change and not think about it until the end of the month when I'm stretching the fives and tens as far as I can.

I guess coins just feel more real.
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« Reply #65 on: June 04, 2012, 06:06:39 pm »

As we seem to have moved onto the subject of coinage, I shall relate the following anecdote from my misspent youth.

There was once a model and craft shop on the high street, and most weekends my brother and I would push our greasy noses against the glass and excitedly point out the plethora of possibilities that adorned the shelves - Airfix models, Hornby trains, real working steam engines etc. Heaven for a 13 year old kid with a little egg money* and a love for filling his room with the head-lightening scent of polystyrene cement.

One day, whilst browsing this haven of delights, we found a 12' balsawood glider kit, all pre-cut ribs and tissue paper covering that promised endless evenings of frustration and tears before we eventually finished it. It was £27. Between us we had the grand total of £24. We were crestfallen, until we remembered we hadn't touched our spare change jar for an awful long time...

The following day saw us turn up with a plastic carrier bag full of coppers (1 pence and 2 pence coins) making up the required £3. I don't know if you've ever had to sit through two excited young boys tipping out a flood of change on your counter before laboriously counting out a few hundred pennies and fifty tuppence, but the bemused bearded fellow accepted his tribulation with good grace. We became the proud owners of some soon to be plane-shaped balsa wood and were kindly informed that, for future reference, shop keepers were only obliged to accept coppers as legal tender up to the value of 25 pence. There goes my hopes of paying off the student loan with the spare change jar...

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« Reply #66 on: June 11, 2012, 01:05:02 am »

Dress in a three piece suit with a cane and nicely waxed mustache and beard. Acost random people if you're the Holmes to my Moriarity." Then have a second person in a deerstalker and inverse cape. Run out and start arguing with you.

This reminds me of a Steampunk/Neo-victorian Chat up line a mate of mine came up with;

'Excuse me my dear, you seem to be displaying signs of hysteria. If you would permit me to escort you to my clinic then I'm sure I could dispense some treatment.'  Wink

Although in order to work, she would have to know what the 19th Century treatment for Hysteria was.

Brilliant.   Wink
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« Reply #67 on: June 15, 2012, 06:11:11 am »



While dressed in steampunk or Victorian attire, run in to a store and ask:
"What year is it?". When someone answers, run out the door yelling "It worked!!!, It worked!!!".
 

Please contribute to the fun!


I have actually tried this with mixed results. Once on a Mars Shuttle, about 15 years from now, and once next month
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« Reply #68 on: June 15, 2012, 10:36:58 pm »

Come to think of it, I've heard tell of people who've had security called on them for trying to pay with two dollar bills. It's legal tender, they're just no longer being printed. Of course eBay would have probably been a better deal for the customer, but apparently far too few people know about them.
My son has a couple of five pound coins. They are legal tender, but no shopkeeper will accept them. Even banks are barely aware of their existence, but they look and feel marvelously Victorian, being huge.
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« Reply #69 on: June 15, 2012, 11:15:50 pm »

In th eUK there are limits on what quantity of coins counts as legal tender. There was something in the paper recently about this but I cant remember the limits: I think it may pretty low, like 50p worth of 'coppers', £10 worth of 'silver' etc.

Going off on a different tack, many of the steampunks in Glasgow wear their kit for everyday usage. I myself have noticed that the neds (bams, chavs, yobs, according to locality) are ostentatiously gentlemanly when encountering me, say on the bus or wherever. They in fact fall out of their 'character' and into mine, if you see what I mean.

I of course complement them lavishly in return - "thank you sir, you are a gentleman" - even to the spotty sallow youth in the knee-slung trouser style. I think it is possible to get them to think differently, even for a few seconds.

Does this count as mischief?
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« Reply #70 on: June 16, 2012, 03:31:35 am »

Going off on a different tack, many of the steampunks in Glasgow wear their kit for everyday usage. I myself have noticed that the neds (bams, chavs, yobs, according to locality) are ostentatiously gentlemanly when encountering me, say on the bus or wherever. They in fact fall out of their 'character' and into mine, if you see what I mean.

I of course complement them lavishly in return - "thank you sir, you are a gentleman" - even to the spotty sallow youth in the knee-slung trouser style. I think it is possible to get them to think differently, even for a few seconds.

Does this count as mischief?

Even better — I think it counts as "subversion." Cool
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« Reply #71 on: June 16, 2012, 03:18:09 pm »

Great story Coyote, it must have been like a scene from horror movie.

Tipping with old coins... I suppose period clothing helps people catch on.

Come to think of it, I've heard tell of people who've had security called on them for trying to pay with two dollar bills. It's legal tender, they're just no longer being printed. Of course eBay would have probably been a better deal for the customer, but apparently far too few people know about them.

The demise of the $2 bill has been  greatly exaggerated and can be obtained from most banks. Most of these rumors come from it actually being discontinued for a short time.
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« Reply #72 on: June 16, 2012, 04:25:03 pm »

Going off on a different tack, many of the steampunks in Glasgow wear their kit for everyday usage. I myself have noticed that the neds (bams, chavs, yobs, according to locality) are ostentatiously gentlemanly when encountering me, say on the bus or wherever. They in fact fall out of their 'character' and into mine, if you see what I mean.

I of course complement them lavishly in return - "thank you sir, you are a gentleman" - even to the spotty sallow youth in the knee-slung trouser style. I think it is possible to get them to think differently, even for a few seconds.

Does this count as mischief?

Even better — I think it counts as "subversion." Cool

It certainly does. I've even had some people ask to wear my top hat for a while and take photos of themselves wearing it with their portable telephonic devices.
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« Reply #73 on: June 21, 2012, 02:43:30 pm »

Okay, here's a fun one. Set-up a job interview with a company that you would NEVER even CONSIDER working for, and wear your steampunk clothes to the interview. Then when (if) they start asking you the standard interview questions, answer as your persona would answer. Fun!!!
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« Reply #74 on: June 21, 2012, 03:20:21 pm »

Okay, here's a fun one. Set-up a job interview with a company that you would NEVER even CONSIDER working for, and wear your steampunk clothes to the interview. Then when (if) they start asking you the standard interview questions, answer as your persona would answer. Fun!!!
Or when they say "So..anything you'd like to ask us?"

"Would I get a designated parking space for my time machine?"
"Do you supply a luncheon for my manservant or would he have to supply his own?"
"Does your  staff medical insurance cover me for rickets, dyptheria, tuberculosis and smallpox?"


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