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April 06, 2007

Gatling gun, corset and spats


I finally got round to watching Steamboy. Arguably, the Japanese trailer makes a bit more sense as an introduction to the piece for Flea-readers who have yet to see it than the dubbed version. Yes, it is English, but Manchester never sounded like this. Still, it was worth the wait; magnificent, a triumph, breath-taking... no wait, that's Magdalene Veen, say, in some sort of deranged fantasy with a Gatling gun, corset and spats.

Where was I again? Ahh, right, Steampunk. The Flea's ongoing personal branding make-over has lead me to the style Bible of the new millennium - and the last century but one - Steampunk Magazine (via Warren Ellis). Throw some coal into the office copier and print yourself some reading for the underground carriageway.

Before the age of homogenization and micro-machinery, before the tyrannous efficiency of internal combustion and the domestication of electricity, lived beautiful, monstrous machines that lived and breathed and exploded unexpectedly at inconvenient moments. It was a time where art and craft were united, where unique wonders were invented and forgotten, and punks roamed the streets, living in squats and fighting against despotic governance through wit, will and wile.

Even if we had to make it all up.

Also loving the look of this Steampunk Keyboard mod. I will commission one for my very own just as soon as I get round to checking my winning lottery tickets investments.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 6, 2007 07:23 AM


All right... I admit it! I really should have gone to DragonCon.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 6, 2007 07:26 AM

sigh.. I miss gamecons... dang, having children turns one into a seething pit of "cripes I am getting old" fast.. I love the steampunk look/music/everything but egad.. I just cannot seriously pull it off as an almost 40 year old professional dad of three.. whimper..

Me thinks my wife is getting annoyed at my constant blog references and emails about Veen.. She said "who IS this Magdalene??!??" I told her, sent links and the email became loudly silent for a while...

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 6, 2007 09:15 AM

And yes. Steamboy was awesome.. Seen Howl's Moving Castle yet? I need to start buying up all the Ghibli flicks..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 6, 2007 09:18 AM

"Howl's Moving Castle" is now on my must see list.

And you are a brave man for confessing the existence of Magdalene Veen... I would claim she is a force of nature or angelic presence or some such (for this would be nothing but the truth) and hence beyond mere quotidean frame of reference.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 6, 2007 04:48 PM

I'm anticipating a future time when, after a cataclysm or two destroys some of the historical record, steampunk becomes official history of the Victorian Age.

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2007 01:19 PM

Given the general triumph of the forces of ignorance I think we can already call that one, "Mission Accomplished".

Small aside: Every time I open this page this weekend I have a small religious experience. Blessed is Our Lady of the Kuiper Belt and all her works.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 8, 2007 09:46 AM

May she forever shine her sacred light down upon we mere mortals and bless us with her very prescence on our planet..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 9, 2007 10:59 AM

Never mind the girl, how much for one of those steampunk keyboards?!

If only they weren't based on the IBM Model M -- those old keyboards are waaaaaaaay too loud in the click department for me.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 9, 2007 05:38 PM