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J. Wilhelm
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« Reply #525 on: June 04, 2018, 09:28:09 am »

   Hello all, my name is Captain Steele Tear. I suppose I have been a lurker, as I've heard it called, having been visiting here for years and never making an account. So I shall present an account, of myself.

   My love affair with Steampunk began quite unexpectedly out of necessity. More than three years ago my wife and I, with our two young daughters, bought a small farm in the hills of Kentucky, seemed a good idea at the time, but winter came and with it the terrible realization that our very old house was incredibly drafty. Drafty is a nice word, more like: "who left the door open!? ... oh, it's still closed". Needless to say I had to find a way to keep my family warm. So, I bought a wood burning stove, not a very good one mind you, it was better than the open fireplace, however it burned wood too quickly being fairly old and drafty itself. It got to the point that I was chopping down trees this morning to burn tonight; it was bad. Naturally I did what anyone would do in that situation; I bought a ton of coal. While I do not suggest anyone attempt burning coal in a wood stove, I made it work and it kept us warm.

   I honestly didn't think my neighbors would get as upset as they did, apparently not everyone loves the smell of burning coal like I do, this is Kentucky, after all, I thought it would be fine, but it did explain why I had to drive an hour away to find someone who still sells coal to the private citizen.

   Steampunk was always that thing I would see here and there and love it but, didn't know what it was called. Once I started researching how to build a steam engine for the farm,  I found it. It was like: "That's it! Steampunk is its name!". And I haven't looked back since.

Welcome to the forum Captain Tear! Nice to have you aboard! Being as warm as it is now, I speculate you may not be using so much coal!

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« Reply #526 on: June 04, 2018, 03:33:19 pm »

Actually, I am going to top up my wood supply with a couple of bags of briquettes (compressed brown coal - would be peat in some other countries!) on Wednesday when I go to town. I have a dual fuel stove and, having grown up with mostly black coal or briquette fires just love the smell!

Welcome aboard, newcomers - there is always a grand welcome for strangers here!  Grin
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« Reply #527 on: June 04, 2018, 09:01:52 pm »

Actually, I am going to top up my wood supply with a couple of bags of briquettes (compressed brown coal - would be peat in some other countries!) on Wednesday when I go to town. I have a dual fuel stove and, having grown up with mostly black coal or briquette fires just love the smell!

Welcome aboard, newcomers - there is always a grand welcome for strangers here!  Grin

The problem with briquets in the United States is that they are full of chemicals, like fuel and other additives. On top of the nomal toxins that come from burning coal, you also get a soup of man made carcinogenics to go with it...


When cooking I use natural lump vegetable charcoal like Mesquite (Texas) and other hardwood charcoal like Applewood, etc.
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« Reply #528 on: June 05, 2018, 08:55:17 pm »

Thanks for the welcomes.

I've been fortunate enough to have to access cherry wood for smoking meat. Reconfigured my gas grill for smoking, worked better than I thought it would. I couldn't get a full 8 hour smoke but a few hours still makes a nice tender roast.
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« Reply #529 on: July 03, 2018, 06:40:02 pm »

Hello,

I'm RT Livingstone, Adventurer. I live in one of the outer boroughs of New York City. I am married with three adult daughters.

I have come to the Steampunk movement slowly over the last few years. I realize now that I liked and was attracted to many things Steampunk, before I knew the word. I am still very ignorant to much of the Steampunk culture, but I look forward to learning and soaking up as much information as I can on this forum and hopefully make a friend or two.

Ray
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« Reply #530 on: July 03, 2018, 07:08:09 pm »

Hello,

I'm RT Livingstone, Adventurer. I live in one of the outer boroughs of New York City. I am married with three adult daughters.

I have come to the Steampunk movement slowly over the last few years. I realize now that I liked and was attracted to many things Steampunk, before I knew the word. I am still very ignorant to much of the Steampunk culture, but I look forward to learning and soaking up as much information as I can on this forum and hopefully make a friend or two.

Ray

A warm welcome to the forum, and I hope you enjoy looking around.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #531 on: August 13, 2018, 11:54:39 am »

Greetings all.

I am often known as The Dragon Prince but you can call me Jordan. I joined this community just minutes ago and I wanted to introduce myself as soon as possible. Steampunk has always been something close to my heart and so I am here to become more involved in it and to discover new things. I don't know if this is a good introduction but hey, I tried

I hope things go well from here
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« Reply #532 on: August 15, 2018, 05:05:04 pm »

Greetings all.

I am often known as The Dragon Prince but you can call me Jordan. I joined this community just minutes ago and I wanted to introduce myself as soon as possible. Steampunk has always been something close to my heart and so I am here to become more involved in it and to discover new things. I don't know if this is a good introduction but hey, I tried

I hope things go well from here

Welcome to the forum, Dragon Prince! Don't worry about the type of introduction, its just nice to have a new member participate in this thread to break the ice. While slow at times, this is the right place to discover new things. I've been remiss as of late due to "real world problems" shall we say? Feel free to peruse these halls!
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« Reply #533 on: September 24, 2018, 09:20:19 pm »

Not an introduction since I first came here in 2010... but I've been away for a while. So, hello, cheerio and all that.
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« Reply #534 on: September 25, 2018, 01:16:00 pm »

Hello, and welcome back!
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« Reply #535 on: February 02, 2019, 05:19:47 pm »

Salutations all.

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Professor Snark, scientist, botanist, entomologist, adventurer and tinkerer of all things coggy and wirey.
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« Reply #536 on: February 02, 2019, 06:02:23 pm »

Greetings and felicitations, Professor. Do please share with us some of your tinkerings.
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« Reply #537 on: February 18, 2019, 01:27:49 am »

I have been wanting to share my writing, ideas, suggestions, etc. to the world on a fantasy forum, and this looks like the place.  Hello. Cheesy
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« Reply #538 on: February 18, 2019, 02:50:39 pm »

I have been wanting to share my writing, ideas, suggestions, etc. to the world on a fantasy forum, and this looks like the place.  Hello. Cheesy

Hello, and welcome. We look forward to seeing what you've come up with.
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« Reply #539 on: February 18, 2019, 10:26:27 pm »

Hello everyone.

I've been lurking for some time now, but I felt the whim to make an introductory post.
Contrary to my username I am not really a goldfish. I don't have a set persona or nickname yet, so you can call me what you wish. I don't know specifically where or when I first got into steampunk, but it's been many years since it happened. There are no steampunks near me where I live (that I'm aware of), so I rely on the internet. However I'm shy of people, so I don't post much. But I do enjoy this site and the broad range of topics covered here. Smiley
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« Reply #540 on: February 26, 2019, 02:18:15 am »

Welcome and Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help if You have to. Also,Don't be afraid to Note Anyone of Feel like it,OK?
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« Reply #541 on: March 28, 2019, 02:55:17 pm »

Hello!
My name is Dr. Vir Laetus Dentum (Bruce) I am a Dentist, Magician, Time traveler, and Canine Psychic,
I look forward to sharing my adventures and thought with you all......
Thanks!
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« Reply #542 on: April 17, 2019, 08:05:56 pm »

Hi. Smiley I'm Owl of Nevermore. I don't have any personas or anything yet. I don't mind if you want to call me Nevermore, since my full username is a bit of a mouthful.

I've admired the look of steampunk fashion for sometime. I've drawn a few sketches with a steampunk theme. I had so much fun with those. Mostly I write stories. I feel that steampunk could be add an interesting new layer to my writing, adding much more interesting characters and stories to tell. I hold my hand up and admit that I don't really know much about steampunk. What better way to learn by meeting and talking with people who know much more about it? Cheesy

I'm really excited about all the things I could learn about the subject, and meeting you all.
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« Reply #543 on: April 17, 2019, 09:15:57 pm »

Hi. Smiley I'm Owl of Nevermore. I don't have any personas or anything yet. I don't mind if you want to call me Nevermore, since my full username is a bit of a mouthful.

I've admired the look of steampunk fashion for sometime. I've drawn a few sketches with a steampunk theme. I had so much fun with those. Mostly I write stories. I feel that steampunk could be add an interesting new layer to my writing, adding much more interesting characters and stories to tell. I hold my hand up and admit that I don't really know much about steampunk. What better way to learn by meeting and talking with people who know much more about it? Cheesy

I'm really excited about all the things I could learn about the subject, and meeting you all.

Welcome to the forum Mx. Nevermore! We have a few writers around here. Steampunk is an adventure, and I think you'll find that Steampunk means a different thing to each and everyone.

At it's most basic and pedantic, as a literary genre, it's basically Sci-Fi done in the 19th. C style, a-la Jules Verne, with a focus on the Western Industrial age, and with fans in the English speaking countries initially taking it as some sort of alternate-reality Industrial Revolution folklore (focused on re-writing the Victiorian Era in UK/British Empire or Wild West in America).

But this being a global movement it quickly encompassed other subjects contemporary to (and often directly related to) the Global Industrial Revolution with their respective Geographical locations (eg. British India, Meiji Era in Japan, Russian Revolutionary Period (1910s), Second Mexican Empire/French Intervention in Mexico (1860s) and Mexican and American Civil Wars (1910's, 1860s, respectively), and so on...  I'm writing a story that conflates the French Intervention in Mexico with the American Civil War (both overlap in the 1860s) and the Fraternal War between Austria and Prussia (1870s), for example.

But for many other people Steampunk is more post-apocalyptic and often set in the future with vestiges of civilisation inspired in the past. Mix and match eras as you will. I've even seen Pirate-inspired Steampunk, which technically is based on Pre-Victorian times (because Pirates had been mostly erradicated by the UK Navy and the US in the 19th. C).. You can push Steampunk well beyond the periods and locations mentioned, and probably push it out of Planet Earth if you want to.

We have a section called "Textual" which focuses on writing. I'll confess to not writing much there, because I keep my writing to myself and I mostly show my DIY Steampunk paraphernalia instead. I'm also a bit of a historian and ramble a lot...  Roll Eyes

Don't worry about personas. Technically you don't need one, and many people do not have one. For the longest time I didn't have one, and then when it suited me, I whipped out the one you see in my avatar, just when attending meetings and for business, and many years later, building a story line on the character, I developed a second one which inspired the literary work I'm doing now.  It's a bit like having multiple personality disorder, but people don't necessarily you are barking mad... They just think you're having fun.

Anyhow, welcome to the forum! At your service,

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« Reply #544 on: May 17, 2019, 02:13:43 am »

Howdy, howdy, howdy punks.

I'm here ATTEMPTING to research a NON-VICTORIAN novel I'd like to write. The premise is an alternate timeline starting around 2000bc in which the burning of the library of alexandria and the following dark ages never happened so technology progresses to a pseudo-steampunk aesthetic. eg. damascus steel will replace brass, there will be no ornate gold guilded victorian era flourishes, and the general aesthetic will be functional engineering (modern minimalism). it will be a commentary on the modern world and how it's being destroyed by greed and corruption. rome will be a corrupt empire and greek democracy will be improved with the input of buddhism & native american respect for nature etc. it will NOT be another eurocentric steampunk story. in fact... i can see purists hating it, but i can also see people like me who prefer modern sci-fi over steampunk enjoying it or more adventurous steampunkers who are open to new genre crossover flavors.

i want the story to be "historically accurate", at least up to the divergent timeline, to give the story a believable base. personally, i hate reading stories where lazy writers wing it about topics they know nothing about... eg. the makers of "the core" who had no understanding of science whatsoever! (can i get a witness?! hahahaha). i attempted to seek help in an historical forum and got NOWHERE, and tired of people trying to steer my story away from my ideas, or incorporate stuff like christianity (the root cause of the dark ages, which i'm trying to bypass) into my story when my timeline starts around 2000ad negating ANY need for jesus.

i see THIS site has a history forum where i might get better responses and more enthusiasm for my story even if i'm totally outside the victorian era bubble. if nothing else, i'm hoping that steampunkers are going to get where i'm coming from better than stuffy historians, possibly most of whom don't like sci-fi.

i'd like to write "the best steampunk (crossover) novel ever", but won't write it without historical context lest i become a lazy hack too. i pretty much have MOST of the story already in my head as i've given it a lot of thought over the years after watching the PBS series carrier gave me ideas for "practical steampunk" along with a brief steampunk dream i had that made me come up with the story. i'm looking to add interesting historical details & figure out how the world's various cultures fit into the story's "democratic UN vs roman empire & territories" conflict.

HOPEFULLY my ideas will be received much better here and that many of you would love to be a part of the creative process. i've TRIED researching before, but can't find books that cover the kind of info i'm looking for as they're too specific (eurocentric) or too general. i did get a few ideas from a world timeline book, but it was too general and more about people and wars etc. than, say, what people were eating GLOBALLY at a given time or the vibe of each of the world's cultures. i don't have a problem reading history books or performing other research as long as i'm not looking for needles in haystacks and need to read 200 books to be able to write one. know what i mean? i'd thought that a history forum would be the ideal place to get to the meat of the kinds of info i'm looking for, or at least points in the right direction, but the only "helpful" suggestion came from someone who mentioned TOTALLY STEAMPUNK Antikythera mechanism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism which i'm already familiar with. you should RUN to watch the PBS (NOVA?) episode on the subject. in fact... i bet THAT was a major influence on my ideas.

if you're jazzed about this and would like to add anything, i'll be creating a thread in the history forum.

many thanks to anyone who has anything to add in the history thread. i'm hoping that the punkers HERE are much more receptive and enthusiastic about this story idea and want to see my take on the genre. i have plenty of other ideas about aliens, space & robots etc., but this one just feels like i have to do this first, and that it would be the most original idea i have vs a reboot of forbidden planet for example. if no-one's interested in participating here either... i'm out of ideas on how to dig through the tedium of useless history for juicy nuggets, short of winning the lottery and hiring historians, and the story is dead here.
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