If you're nowhere near San Francisco or New York, you can lose yourself virtually in the City of Ember and play a pipeworks game. I am normally okay at these things, but so far I have flooded the city numerous times. Oops.
For the well-dressed neo-Victorian, Umbrella Todayis a nifty little 2.0 idea -- it tells you if you need to take an umbrella when you go out each day. (Swiped from Geistweg.)
Gizmodo has declared it dead, but Bruce Sterling's "User's Guide to Steampunk" nails what attracts people to this sort of thing: "Steampunk is popular now because people are unconsciously realizing that the way that we live has already died. We are sleepwalking. We are ruled by rapacious, dogmatic, heavily-armed fossil-moguls who rob us and force us to live like corpses. Steampunk is a pretty way of coping with this truth." (Kudos to Jake von Slattfor finding this!)
I was busy being far away, visiting babies and watching trees fall while La Princesse performed in Liverpool, but fortunately there's video footage.
Also, Brass Goggles seems to have broken while I was gone -- luckily, some ingenious refugees have set up Spare Goggles for the interim!
Recent discoveries: Jeremy Mayer creates amazing creatures from discarded typewriters, while Eric Orchardcreates beautiful illustrations and stories on his weblog. Go and explore!
DragonCon took place over the long weekend, and the steampunkers seem to have been out in force. (Also, for non-steampunks, there were some truly awesome costumes, like the Master from Manos and several people dressed like Venture Brothers characters.)
In the future, wind will power the world! Well, hopefully. In the meantime, you can see this neato LEGO windmill, which is sadly available only to Vesta employees. However, they've also provded a handy guide to building your own.