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Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 271 - SteamPunk

The first time I saw this word or read it, I was a bit confused.  The words don't seem to even fit together. Although we all know what steam is and the force it has and punk is the force that our teenage rebels show.  One was reigned in to create inventions that move such as the steam engine and the other could never be corralled and usually goes on to do evil.  So how do they fit?

On the CBS Sunday Morning Show they showed a tour of SteamPunk which is now gaining...well... steam, pardon the pun, and creating a buzz.  There is even a SteamPunk Bible that will explain what it is that you can order on Amazon.com.  From Wikipedia: Steam­punk — a graft­ing of Vic­to­rian aes­thetic and punk rock atti­tude onto var­i­ous forms of science-fiction cul­ture — is a phe­nom­e­non that has come to influ­ence film, lit­er­a­ture, art, music, fash­ion, and more. The Steam­punk Bible is the first com­pendium about the move­ment, trac­ing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expres­sion in movies such as Sher­lock Holmes. 

So now you know how it is defined?  What IS it? Well lets just show you with pictures first....










Ok, so now you get the idea....so Steve Jobs (Apple) wanted to streamline everything down.  Now that he's gone, we are preparing to "Jazz" everything up...the old fashioned way, the Victorian Way.  Gadgets with Style is what I call it and  no outfit is complete without at least one robo arm or "gadget" and leather.  Skirts with lace and electronics.  It's the new yin and yang...and the weird thing...is I like it.  I love technology and the future and we are literally going Back to the Future with this style.

We have always watched science fiction and love the show Warehouse 13.  I can see this coming back.  In the event of loss of electricity on a global scale, could we some how harness the power of steam to make our widgets and gadgets work?  Probably not.  We need more battery power actually.  But the whole point of "punk" is to do it "their" way, a different way.  I like the rebel in these folks and I think its kind of fun.  I'm just curious how Steve Jobs would feel about what I just saw in the recent gift catalog sent for Christmas???  Hello?  Is anyone out there????  I wonder if it works....




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