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Abracabella
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« on: July 03, 2014, 09:25:51 am »

I was thinking this last night, after being asked more about my writing... then I thought, what a great place to ask!

Why are you Steampunk and why does it appeal? What are your Steampunk buzz words?

I'll go first to get you started off!

I was introduced to Steampunk by my ex-boyfriend way back in 2011. It instantly appealed - I could finally embrace my love of the old whilst taking advantage of the new!
I soon started to work on my first outfit and found I loved everything about the aesthetics; I also realised the psychology behind Steampunk was greatly to my liking!

My whole business is based around the 'confidence, imagination, individuality' triad and I teach this to all my pupils. No computers are allowed in my primary school lessons, as I believe people only develop confidence when interacting with other human beings. I'm happy to be myself and I hope my pupils will learn to feel the same - it is amazing how much respect you get from wearing a pocket-watch and goggles.

I'm lucky enough to run my own business, so all my bubbling ideas can become real if I so desire! I think Steampunk is more an ideology than anything else, as I cannot dress neo-Victorian all the time and don't have enough time to finish my Steampunk novel!

Confidence, imagination, individuality - those are my business buzz words; aren't they also Steampunk buzz words?

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 10:08:11 am »

Why are you Steampunk and why does it appeal? What are your Steampunk buzz words?
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Confidence, imagination, individuality - those are my business buzz words; aren't they also Steampunk buzz words?

I wouldn't call those "buzzwords;" I'd call them basic tenets of Steampunk.

As to why, as far as I can tell I've always been like this. In my case I think it may be congenital, given that my father, two uncles, several cousins and one nephew are engineers, my mother, one aunt and several cousins are teachers, and both grandfathers and one uncle are (or were) moderately talented mechanics.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 10:24:14 am »

I'm so glad my words fit the 'basic tenets of Steampunk'...
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2014, 02:47:59 pm »

I don't use buzzwords. Politicians use buzzwords. Televangelists use buzzwords. Door-to-door salesmen use buzzwords.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2014, 05:34:58 am »

I feel rather insulted, lol, although humoroured at the same time. Are buzzwords unethical? - my clients love them! Do I need to stop merging business and hobby?

I may just be crazy. I do tend to challenge norms, obviously even in my 'in' groups! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2014, 08:29:54 am »

There's nothing wrong with buzzwords if you're in marketing, which you are if you're running your own business. The trouble with buzzwords is that they are meant to impress rather than to inform; they tend to be deficient in meaning, or to overshadow accepted technical terminology, and they tend to have a very short lifespan before the marketers replace them with new buzzwords. (Please read The Source of All Truth and Knowledge's article on buzzword bingo.)

Steampunks, on the other hand, generally value substance over spectacle, and so we tend to eschew buzzwords except in a humorous or satirical context. We value durability over disposability, and buzzwords just don't stand up to regular usage.

Really, you needn't feel either insulted or patronized, as your three chosen words quite succinctly capture the general ethos of Steampunk just as well as any others, and far better than most. Our objection is only to your describing them as "buzzwords," and I attribute that solely to a misapprehension of the nuanced meaning of "buzzword."

By the way, I notice you are a new arrival here; please allow me to extend our collective welcome to you. You are (in my opinion) correct in your perception that Steampunk is a state of mind more than anything else, and so is not merely open but completely amenable to personal interpretation. We look forward to seeing and discussing your own take on things.

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2014, 09:32:40 am »

Steampunk buzz words... 

Well keeping within the definition, I suppose they would have to be : Sticka. Cog. Onit... Grin

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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2014, 11:57:58 am »

I blame school - they gave us a different meaning for 'buzzword'... I do not feel patronised, you are a lovely bunch. I am just off to tutor but know I have the correct state of mind - cannot wait to get home to finish my city drawing...
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2014, 06:15:02 pm »

...road not taken?...Wink
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 01:41:14 am »

...road not taken?...Wink

"Heh — that's odd…" Cheesy (Okay, maybe not strictly Steampunk, but definitely Sparky.)
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2014, 09:33:39 am »

Kiss my brass.

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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2014, 10:40:31 am »

Kiss my brass.



Hehe, Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2014, 08:05:22 am »

Ingenium Omnia vincit.

Or in English - tinkering beats all.

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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2014, 10:00:51 am »

My business is based around tinkering and my dad has tinkered all his life. I am tinkering with a story right this minute!
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« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2014, 10:02:43 am »




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« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2014, 12:59:02 pm »

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« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2014, 01:24:25 pm »

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« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2014, 05:58:37 pm »

At university 20 years ago I used to play 'buzz word bingo' you have a piece of paper and write 6 buzzwords on it before a lecture, the first one to have the lecturer say all the words they've written wins a drink from all the other participants in the student bar. Good fun but not a way to get a first!

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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2014, 07:28:07 pm »

This is on a different topic completely, but who finds children love SP machines?

I've captivated a really difficult student with my crazy machine designs - they will even write a page on what it does and how it works.

My three words for today

Steampunk enhances education
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2014, 04:35:14 am »

are there 3 'safe' words for steampunk? 'shut it off'? Don't know what makes me think of that...Wink

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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2014, 05:58:01 am »

Oh my Cog!

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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2014, 06:03:49 am »

are there 3 'safe' words for steampunk? 'shut it off'? Don't know what makes me think of that...Wink



I had the very same idea, there must be something about those words which strikes chords among most...
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To the (escape) ship!
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« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2014, 07:33:28 am »

My own?
Here is a maxim I've used both on my colleagues and, for inspiration in adversity, on myself. A bent variant on Goethe's version of a much earlier proverb and precept of philosophy, as applicable to the engineering sciences:

"Know Thy Stuff."
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« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2014, 11:22:45 am »

We'll be fine!?

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« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2014, 06:29:38 pm »

Let's 'ave it !


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