Steampunk Blows My Mind
Often, when people are in a group partly about dressing up strangely and meeting each other, it’s easy to be skeptical. But, recently, one group, the steampunks, have got my intention. It’s kind of hard to describe, and maybe I don’t completely understand it yet, but Steampunk is a literary genre involved in fantasy and science fiction that imagines a future, or past, where modern technology mixes with Victorian and Edwardian flourishes. This isn’t just for people who like to wear goggles; there are glimpses of this in the Wild Wild West music video or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
But what really impresses me are the steampunk mods that people make. Usually, someone is taking a current piece of technology and outfitting it to be steampunk, or they are creating something that works in the realm of steampunk, like this machine that determines if you are a werewolf and attempts to cure you. But it’s the first group that is really impressive. Sometimes the creations are simple, like this flatbed scanner that looks like a book, and sometimes they are superfluous, like this telegraph sounder rigged to report from an RSS feed in morse code. But there are times when they mods just wring your imagination out to dry, like Datamancer’s Steampunk Laptop. Holy shit.
And there’s a whole community based around this. People sell their works, or individual parts, to each other. And of course, there are blogs, like Brass Goggles, a British site. I mean, I don’t have the technical ability to go and make these things, but their a part of me that all this really appeals to. Except the dressing up part.