Wings Of Steam | April 1, 2011
It has come to our attention here at Wings of Steam that Steampunk is no longer “cool.” In order to retain readers, we have been forced to move on to the next big trend. Therefore, as of today, Wings of Steam is now a hipster blog.
We feel this transition will come natural, as hipster and steampunk both share many indie elements. While we cannot make the claim of being a hipster blog “before Hipster was cool,” our current readers will have the advantage of being able to say, “I read Wings of Steam before it was Hipster,” which will be sure to impress their buddies.
- Later this week we will feature a tutorial on how to strip down your goggles and re-mold them into thick rimmed glasses.
- Next week we will have a tutorial on how to motorize your penny farthing.
Hipster links and resources:
Hipster @ Hot Topic
The Hipster Handbook
Hipster | Cracked.com
Look at This Fucking Hipster
Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization
Wings Of Steam | December 3, 2010
I will have time for a full con report and pictures and video later, but for now I want to review one of the highlights of the con, for me at least.
We caught the tail end of their show Friday night in Mr. Bodewell’s Cabaret, and Captain Julian dubbed The Gypsy Nomads “the best steampunk band I’ve never heard of before now” and I cannot fault him that description.
Photo by Frank Siciliano
I purchased the two CDs they had available at the convention, and have listened to little else in the weeks since the con. There are a few samples of their songs on their CD Page, and a few live songs posted to YouTube, though they are of typical amateur-recorded live-show camera-phone sort of quality. I dare you to listen to Make Our or Caravan and not sing along or at least stomp your feet.
Their songs range from melodic drum instrumentals like “Ghost Drum” through the slight political satire in “Yes! I’m French” with detours through gypsy inspired old-west romps in “Sombrero Cabaret.”
From talking a little bit with Samantha and Scott after their show on Saturday, and around their table on Sunday, and watching them on stage, it seemed fairly clear to me they’re having a blast playing their music. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Wings Of Steam | November 18, 2010
This weekend, November 19th, 20th and 21st, is the second SteamCon. I will be there reporting on the happenings from now until the end of the con on Sunday. To receive my live reports, follow our Twitter account: @Wings_of_Steam. We hope to include pictures from the con, and possibly even a brief interview or two.
Wings Of Steam | November 13, 2010
I seem to recall recent talk from steampunks who wanted to create their own steampunk town. One place has actually taken the idea to heart. Oamaru, New Zealand, a town which annually celebrates their Victorian heritage, has recently seen the local interest in steampunk skyrocket.
Through the effort of the League of Victorian Imagineers, the people [...]
Wings Of Steam | July 21, 2010
I first ran across the always weird Veronique Chevalier at last year’s SteamCon, where I was fortunate enough to catch her rather rousing and brilliantly bizarre rendition of “People are Strange”. Now Mademoiselle Veronique is back, this time with an animated music video dedicated to the pursuit of romance within the realm of the aethernet [...]
Wings Of Steam | May 26, 2010
I have observed a curious phenomena in the years I’ve been donning my steampunk accouterments especially regarding the reactions of “normal” people on the street; there is a critical mass of costume participation that needs to be reached before the public at large will comment on the costumes.
I have found the minimum number of costumed [...]
Wings Of Steam | May 4, 2010
New-ish from Airship Entertainment and designed by Cheyenne Wright (colorist for Girl Genius), it’s the ranger badge for the militant scientist in us all: The Tesla Ranger Badge.
Come on, haven’t you always wanted to enforce the laws of Science? (All right, I know, most of you would rather break them, but that’s why we need [...]
Wings Of Steam | May 2, 2010
The Great Steampunk Debate opened yesterday. Hosted by many of the brightest minds of the steampunk subculture, the website serves as a location to discuss steampunk ideology, ranging from politics to fandom to inspirations to 19th century topics.
As steampunk continues to grow as a subculture, it will clash more and more with various issues relating [...]
Wings Of Steam | April 25, 2010
Via The Brothers Brick, flickr user CaptainSmog (Amacher Sylvain) shows us some new creations with a definite steampunk flavor.
I like the giant robot, but I really dig the tank for some reason. Click through to see the whole gallery.
In other news, our good Captain Julian has reminded me that I have blogging ability and [...]
Wings Of Steam | March 17, 2010
Today is International Air Kraken Awareness Day, the day on which steampunks around the world have chosen to inform the public of the menace which awaits in the skies. In order for you to be better informed for this task, we at Wings of Steam have prepared the following informational content for you:
The first recorded [...]
Wings Of Steam | January 31, 2010
Excuse me while I indulge you with a piece of local interest. Recently, the Colorado Steampunks were in attendance at the Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado. On top of a great photo session, this was also a perfect opportunity to share steampunk with the masses, as the local news channel was there as well:
The Colorado [...]
Wings Of Steam | January 19, 2010
This subject is a bit more dieselpunk than the normal content of this blog, but if that bothers you, just pretend it’s being powered by a steam engine.
The Armstead Snow-Motor was developed in the 1920s as a solution to the problem of hauling objects during the winter months. Sitting atop two screw-shaped cylinders which turned [...]