Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Your result for The Steampunk Style Test...

The Gadgeteer

32% Elegant, 55% Technological, 43% Historical, 40% Adventurous and 31% Playful!

You are the Gadgeteer, the embodiment of steampunk technology. Ironically, many of the things that most define your style are probably too large to easily carry about, but given the opportunity you would prefer to be seen surrounded by boiler engines, gear-driven calculators, and incredible automata. Of all the steampunk fashion styles, you place the greatest emphasis on technological accessories, and you are the most likely to create elaborate gadgets that are as much a part of your outfit as your clothes. You probably have goggles, but unlike most people you consider them to be for more than decoration. Whereas most people might look odd carrying a satchel of tools around, for you they may well be essential. Above all, you remind everyone that what sets the genre apart from Victoriana is simply the level of technology.

Take The Steampunk Style Test at HelloQuizzy.


Really? Gadgeteer? Well, then. (Actually, going by these results I look like a fairly balanced individual. Ha.)

In more "steampunk meets the mainstream" news, Design Observer gets all grumpy about steampunkish stuff, and Bruce Sterling takes note of it. (I don't really understand the original article's vehemence against those who like steampunk. I mean, I'm not terribly keen on tiki decor, for instance, but if someone wants to build a fullscale tiki bar more power to them, and I won't badger them about authenticity and whatnot.) On the lighter side of snark, McSweeneys' monologue of a young steampunk is frighteningly accurate in places.

Think Geek is also getting in on the act, with this very cool steampunk skeleton t-shirt.

Meanwhile, the Machines de l'Ile workshop is open in Nantes, and I am dying to go. The Marine World Carousel will open in spring 2010, and looks gorgeous.

And then, in 2011, Seattle may be the host for WorldCon, and its bid is steampunk-themed!

The Bibliothèque de Toulouse is the latest to join Flickr; most of the uploaded photographs were taken between 1895 and 1910. There's a set dedicated to transportation, and many shots of everyday life.

You can still travel by cargo ship these days, believe it or not. And if you want a themed adventure, you can search for steampunky material as you sail!

And lastly, for those who are indifferent to steampunk but wouldn't object to a good old-fashioned Western video game, I give you Bang Howdy. Oh, there are steamguns, by the way. And dirigibles. But other than that, pure western!


Bill Herald said...

Ok. You know steampunk is not my scene, but I took the quiz anyway.

Can Gadgeteers and Aristocrats get along? Sure, they can. We do. Let us celebrate our differences Thursday after work!

Anonymous said...

Today's phrase for today: "You are departing on vacation for some exotic locale (India, South America, New York, Blackpool, etc)." It's not often I find myself in Blackpool.

Jinnet said...

Cassandra: I think gadgeteers and aristocrats depend on each other, actually!

Chris Z: I also like how the entire continent of South America gets the exotic label. It's a sliding scale of exoticity!