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« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2012, 06:43:41 am »

I've never heard of Bradford, UK before, but there are a lot of cities in the UK that escape me.  Is it really a Mecca for Steampunk?  or did the reporter just make this up?

Local newspaper, local slant. Pretty much wishful thinking and over-exaggeration by the reporter.

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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2012, 10:16:11 am »

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I've never heard of Bradford, UK before, but there are a lot of cities in the UK that escape me.  Is it really a Mecca for Steampunk?


Well..Bradford is a bit like Mecca....


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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2012, 11:37:17 pm »

I've never heard of Bradford, UK before, but there are a lot of cities in the UK that escape me.  Is it really a Mecca for Steampunk?  or did the reporter just make this up?

Local newspaper, local slant. Pretty much wishful thinking and over-exaggeration by the reporter.
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« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2012, 10:25:25 pm »

Heres a link to an artical on the alternative jubilee held in the london museum.
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vice.com%2Fen_uk%2Fread%2Fsteampunk-party-in-a-museum&h=KAQHsQ4Ir
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« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2012, 11:06:13 pm »

I've still never been, but I was actually quite surprised when perusing WGW photo archives, just how long (what appears to be) Steampunks have been appearing there. Like this one from 2007, but I've definitely seen far older ones still.





Well i wasn't Steampunk then but waaay back 1995 when I was known as Kurtz i was Whitby Goth Fest #2

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« Reply #30 on: July 11, 2012, 05:01:56 pm »



A work colleague told me he saw my picture at Whitby in The Guardian. I said it couldn't have been me as I wasn't there.He said "Well it looked like you..your height, same moustache..Victorian frock coat and top hat" I had to laugh and say that description could fit  dozens of steampunks. It's like saying you thought you saw a Goth friend you knew because he had long black hair an ankle length black leather coat, skull t-shirt and New Rocks...it's practically a uniform!



Just read through the thread and found this simply too funny to not comment on. So do we really all look a like to the mundane folks?
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« Reply #31 on: July 12, 2012, 05:10:29 pm »



A work colleague told me he saw my picture at Whitby in The Guardian. I said it couldn't have been me as I wasn't there.He said "Well it looked like you..your height, same moustache..Victorian frock coat and top hat" I had to laugh and say that description could fit  dozens of steampunks. It's like saying you thought you saw a Goth friend you knew because he had long black hair an ankle length black leather coat, skull t-shirt and New Rocks...it's practically a uniform!



Just read through the thread and found this simply too funny to not comment on. So do we really all look a like to the mundane folks?
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« Reply #32 on: July 16, 2012, 12:01:01 am »

Where did the use of 'mundane' for the rest of society, come from.  Is it an offensive term?  Will someone please explain it to me.  Thanks.
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« Reply #33 on: July 16, 2012, 12:05:47 am »

Calling others mundane helps make people feel special.
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« Reply #34 on: July 16, 2012, 03:53:56 am »

'Mundane'  in this context is used in SF Convention terminology to represent the locals who point and stare at the fans. 'Muggle' is also starting to be used. There is a clique in SF fandom who really do not want wider acceptance of what they do by society. Fortunately they are not representative of the majority.
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« Reply #35 on: July 16, 2012, 04:06:40 am »

I began using it after hanging out with medieval folks (Society for Creative Anachronisms) and them calling anyone who was not them mundane. I use it mainly for the purpose of brevity, and mean no disrespect to anyone by my use of this term.

There are times when the mundane world seems attractive to me, but the rigors of time travel and air kraken hunting leave me little time for such thoughts.
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« Reply #36 on: July 16, 2012, 04:27:05 am »

I have even used the term to refer to the non-Steampunk aspects of my own daily life, and to those parts of my self who are not Prof. von Corax. Wink
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« Reply #37 on: July 16, 2012, 07:29:02 pm »

Where did the use of 'mundane' for the rest of society, come from.  Is it an offensive term?  Will someone please explain it to me.  Thanks.

It was current in the Society for Creative Anachronism in the 1970s, which is the earliest subculture usage of it I know of.  They used the word to refer to people and things outside the society with an admixture of pity, contempt, and superiority.

So yes, within subcultures it is used as an offensive term, if only a mild one.

Even outside of those subcultures it has overtones of the bland and boring.  It is not a neutral term.
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« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2012, 06:40:44 am »

It was current in the Society for Creative Anachronism in the 1970s, which is the earliest subculture usage of it I know of.  They used the word to refer to people and things outside the society with an admixture of pity, contempt, and superiority.

So yes, within subcultures the Society for Creative Anachronism it is used as an offensive term, if only a mild one.

I have always used it inoffensively (see my previous post), to imply "ordinary," something which Steampunk is definitely not; I also infer this meaning in most other usage of the term, at least around here.

To express pity, contempt and/or superiority, I have a collection of much spicier labels! Cool
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« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2012, 02:57:23 pm »

It was current in the Society for Creative Anachronism in the 1970s, which is the earliest subculture usage of it I know of.  They used the word to refer to people and things outside the society with an admixture of pity, contempt, and superiority.

So yes, within subcultures the Society for Creative Anachronism it is used as an offensive term, if only a mild one.

I have always used it inoffensively (see my previous post), to imply "ordinary," something which Steampunk is definitely not; I also infer this meaning in most other usage of the term, at least around here.

To express pity, contempt and/or superiority, I have a collection of much spicier labels! Cool



I'm with cousin Corax. I mean no disrespect or insult when using this descriptor. While those who I learned it from might, I do not agree with everything that they did or do and try to distance myself from them.  I present my most sincere apologies to those who take any offense to my usage of the term. But, we have gone waaay off topic now and sadly I have not found much recently to add to the original topic of the thread.

 Someone do something steampunky in the full view of the public!
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« Reply #40 on: July 18, 2012, 01:08:37 am »

I'm with cousin Corax. I mean no disrespect or insult when using this descriptor. While those who I learned it from might, I do not agree with everything that they did or do and try to distance myself from them.  I present my most sincere apologies to those who take any offense to my usage of the term. But, we have gone waaay off topic now and sadly I have not found much recently to add to the original topic of the thread.

 Someone do something steampunky in the full view of the public!


Then let us get back on topic.  Here is a photo gallery of a recent steampunk event near Sacramento, California:

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« Reply #41 on: July 18, 2012, 01:16:46 am »

More news stories from the last few days:

USAToday on the steampunk movement:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-08/rising-steampunk-movement/56067174/1

An article on steampunk at the San Diego Comic Con:
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/the-scene/fashion/comic-con-steampunkc-mainstream-162267715.html

A steampunk "Hamlet" in Idaho:
http://www.idahopress.com/community/steampunk-hamlet-gives-bard-a-new-look/article_0c4f0276-cef2-11e1-9460-001a4bcf887a.html

A review of a steampunk exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jul/17/steampunkgadgets-gizmos-conveyances/
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« Reply #42 on: August 01, 2012, 10:20:31 pm »

I've never heard of Bradford, UK before, but there are a lot of cities in the UK that escape me.  Is it really a Mecca for Steampunk?  or did the reporter just make this up?
I live in Leeds, which is slowly joining with Bradford as they grow, and this is the first I've heard of it. But it wouldn't be surprising as the whole area grew massively in Victorian times, and was later too poor to fully modernise, so there is a lot of wonderfully steamy architecture and industry around. It also means that there is a large number of steampunks living within easy traveling distance who coordinate meetings (on this very board sometimes) whenever there is a suitable event/exhibition on, thus becoming more visible.

In conclusion - mostly wishful thinking, I suspect.
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« Reply #43 on: August 01, 2012, 11:23:00 pm »

Well Tim Powers was Guest of Honour at Eastercon 2009 in Bradford.
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« Reply #44 on: August 02, 2012, 06:03:48 pm »

So... do I pray facing Bradford or not? I'm confused. Tongue
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« Reply #45 on: August 02, 2012, 08:51:59 pm »

So... do I pray facing Bradford or not? I'm confused. Tongue

I'd say pray to the closest Steampunk Holy site near you. Waltham, MA is one over in the US (or so I've heard). Though I know most of the folks in Tactile do their obligations to the "faith" at fleamarkets and jumble sales.
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« Reply #46 on: August 14, 2012, 01:41:44 am »

Yum

Denver Post did a blurb on the Denver County Fair.  Pie eating and Steampunk.  I love both!

Link to the County Fair website Geek Pavillion
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« Reply #47 on: December 09, 2012, 01:20:54 am »

A sadness:

http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2012/12/05/chelseas-steampunk-loft-loses-the-steampunk-house-of-the-day/

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NYC's Steampunk Loft Loses The Steampunk (House of the Day)



We loved the infamous "steampunk loft" in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood so much that we even filmed a video on it back in June (see below)! It was like nothing we'd ever seen: a little Jules Verne, a little nautical-chic, and wonderfully, excessively retro-futuristic and otherworldly.

Sadly, however, all good things come to an end, and we recently got word that our favorite steampunk pad was no longer, well, steampunk. It has been stripped of all its multicolored, quirky decor (including zeppelins, whirligigs and antique welding tools, among many other steampunk-genre artifacts and collectibles), and it has been re-listed after going through a make-under.


It's all gone!!!

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« Reply #48 on: December 10, 2012, 11:02:54 am »

Not really news, but a steampunk mention in popular culture that made me smile...
I can't find the clip, but in The Simpsons, the episode 'The Book Job' some of the main cast write a fantasy book, and at one point homer says "I just hope we put in enough steampunk...what ever that is" Cheesy
It is at about 11.40
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« Reply #49 on: January 20, 2013, 09:19:39 am »

The independent has picked up on the IBM prediction that Steampunk will be the next big thing.
Perhaps unremarkably, the photograph accompanying the article harks back to the start of this topic.

Here's the Indie's tips for 'Steampunk chic':

It isn't cheap but if you want to get the look, here's our guide:

Headgear Toppers, bowlers, veils, and even ball masks
Coats Military trenches and greatcoats
Jackets Double-breasted, pin-stripe suits with waistcoats
Shirts For her, the chiffon blouse; for him, collarless
Underwear Bustles, corsets and petticoats
Dresses Mix and match velour, velvet and lace
Trousers Jeans make the look less severe
Shoes Spats, platform lace-up boots from cut-price fashion chains
Accessories Goggles are a must, as are opulent brooches and pocket watches. Mobile phones can be "Victorianised"


No mention of of frock- or tail coats?

Double-breasted pin-stripe suits? Steampunk? Oh my! It seems that they have yet to discover Dieselpunk.  Grin




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