Steampunk Magazine has started an online forum, named the Gaslamp Bazaar, for like-minded individuals. Wow, there are multiple forums and magazines out now concerning steampunk, and there's even a convention in the works. It's almost disconcerting. Speaking of, is the Victorian Adventure Enthusiast ever going to spring into being? I've been checking the site since August!
The Smithsonian has a lovely exhibit titled "Doodles, Drafts and Designs," which features a wealth of industrial drawings, blueprints, and posters. Very cool, inspiring stuff. In more modern exhibitions, artist Brad Hwang's "Time May Change Me, I Can't Change Time" is an interactive sort of creation that looks like a rowing machine encountered a Wimhurst Machine. I'd love to see it firsthand!
Steampunk seems to be getting more and more popular - and, as a result, more expensive. For instance, a "vintage" iPod charger looks very cool, but is $800. Yikes!
Then again, there are tentacled chandeliers out there, which are also wildly expensive but were not created with steampunk specifically in mind. I think they'd look quite lovely in a Nautilus, or a Nautilus-themed room. You could sit in the room and drink espresso made by a stunning, spiky-looking machine, or drink absinthe with the help of these intricate spoons. Again, all very expensive, but perhaps an eccentric type could set up one of Tesla's towers and rake in the money.
Fortunately, for the rest of us, there are still thrift stores, junkyards and fantastic little niches like the Mad Salvager! Also, right after my last post wondering what happened, the Victorian Adventure Enthusiast is up and running - quite enthusiastically, too. KineticWorldhas appeared back on the scene, and there's also the giant Museum of Retro Technology for inspiration. Don't be afraid to put a little DIY punk into steampunk; it's half the name, after all.
Also: a thank you to Kat Bret Photography for the add, and a pointer to her beautiful photos that are now available as limited edition prints! You can contact her through Flickr for additional details. She is also available to do portraits of anyone in the Bay Area. Sigh. San Francisco is a steampunk mecca.