When we run out of oil can we revert to prior technologies and do this? Because that would be BAMF!
This reminds me of the Tesla on Warehouse 13. So awesome!
Fortune Teller - Early 1870’s
I’m making a steampunk fortune teller outfit seeing that I’ve been reading tarot cards for years. This is a great inspiration outfit.
Add a little holly to your steam this year!
Goggles by AirshipIsabella.
Christmas Goggles! Gotta reblog.
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According to CBC News:
A Manitoba-built airship that could someday transport goods to remote northern communities, which now rely on sometimes impassable winter roads, has been unveiled.
University of Manitoba Prof. Barry Prentice, who is leading the project, said the prototype is not meant to carry cargo. But if all goes well, much larger versions of the airship could transport tonnes of supplies, he added.
"If we had enough money, we would go ahead right now, but we don’t even have a hangar big enough for a big airship," Prentice told reporters. "Without a hangar, you can’t build an airship."
Airships have often been seen as slower than planes, but could they be a cheaper alternative to plans for things like cargo transportation?
I really like articles like this because they feed the Steampunker in me. I think, maybe someday I’ll see airships in regular use! (although I truly doubt such a day will come) But as well there is a very practical and pragmatic use for an Airship. The same way that a helicopter can land in much more difficult places than Planes, an Airship can be more nimble while landing. Airships could probably reduce the amount of necessary gas and oil used for Planes and Helicopters. I’m going to try and be on the lookout for more articles like this.
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I’ve seen criticisms of Justin Bieber’s Steampunky “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” music video and I’ve seen some praise (little, not a ton) of Panic at the Disco’s music video for “The Ballad of Mona Lisa.” I think that the difference between these two videos is an excellent demonstration of what, I think, is lacking in some of the Steampunk ideas today.
Steampunk is not just brass, goggles, and Victorian/NeoVictorian aesthetics. Steampunk is also about a Capitalist market that exploits people. Steampunk is seen as this AMAZING Victorian period of great dress, fun times, and often times heralded as a better time.
But there is a dark aspect that seems to be lost and forgotten sometimes. People have to remember that during this Victorian period land was being disputed for Nationalistic reasons, Africa was being taken over like there as if the people living there didn’t matter, poverty was as common place as a cobble stone road, and the general workforce was being exploited to work in factories for little to no wages. Also, let’s not forget about the rampant racism that encompassed the thinking of most men.
Steampunk isn’t just about the beautiful aesthetic, but a dystopic time period where the intellect and steam powered invention reigns king.
There is also the idealizing of airship pirates. Airship pirates are another one of these dystopic figments of the Steampunk canon. Airship pirates are heralded as these masters of the air that go where they want, when they want, and do as they wish. But pirates must also make a living. So, as most pirates, they take over ships, raid transports for their materials to sell on the black market, smuggle illegal goods for bad people, and are overall lacking in a moral fiber.
Bringing this back to the Bieber vs. Panic Steampunk videos, the reason that the Justin Bieber video is sorely lacking for me is because it lacks that grungy, harsh look that I think is so important for the punk of Steampunk. The Panic video has that Punky feel to me. It’s by no means perfect, but it gives the feeling of something sorely wrong, the harsh feeling, and the look of a darker time.
This is super cool! Love it.
(apparently the photo reblog doesn’t like me and the picture isn’t showing up, so I edited it into the caption here)
I really like the simplicity of this. Sometimes I feel people get so wrapped up in the doo dads and whatchamakallits that they forget that something can be simple, elegant, and fit Steampunk perfectly.
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