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The Cog of Acceptance

The COG was founded on the principle that no one has the right to tell you "your style of steampunk is not right." 

Proper manners, respectfulness and a sense of humour ARE required.

Your style is welcome here.

Location: Wherever Steampunks gather
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Latest Activity: Aug 16

Update June 6th, 2011


"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
--Oscar Wilde, 1888


Discussion Forum

Steampunk Domiciles

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Steampunk RPG's and Other Games

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What foods do we indulge in?

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How would you characterize Gypsys in the Realms of Steampunk

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Steampunk influenced

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Downton Abbey Fans...and Umbrellas; oh my!

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How do you put the punk in Steampunk?

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Thomas Willeford: Brute Force Studios as a reality show.

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Comment by Cat; Blacksmith Mstr.Adept. on May 11, 2014 at 9:03am

Then let us keep confident that this slumbering beast is never roused to anger--  And should it be so enraged, let us pray for those who have offended--

But on a lighter note, Mr.Magnificent & being an expressive one in a field far different from mine, how do you stand on issues of song lyrics spoken as prose??  They are two distinctive crafts & I rarely find that one can serve as the other--  The lyrics of so many songs I adore are, when spoken plainly, an abysmal assault upon the sensibilities--  The converse also holds valid most of the time... My writing is purple & lyrical, alsmot akin to music I am told by some...  But I would never consider any of my work as fodder for music.  I am not, by any measure, a musician...

On the subject in its entirety, what say you??  And precisely why??

Comment by Jon Magnificent on May 11, 2014 at 12:23am

An echo here of what the Professor said; welcome!

We're tolerant here of all but intolerance and those deficient in their sense of humour.

This area was founded long ago by the late legend named Thomas "Tommy" Declan Keane. 

Its ideals are still upheld, and it is a sanctuary when needed, and a ferocious beast when called to action. But in recent times, it is mostly a quiet peaceful place. 

Again, welcome!

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on May 10, 2014 at 8:25pm

Welcome to the Cog Cat; Blacksmith, and to the Empire!

Comment by Cat; Blacksmith Mstr.Adept. on May 10, 2014 at 7:35pm

Having just joined the Cog, I can only assume that some great confluence of egos has caused the departure of one well regarded.  Of this news, I am saddened.

But The Cog appears to have been founded on sound principals-- As one who who expresses himself as a Steampunk/Victorian writer more than a item crafter, I find myself in great agreement with such acceptance.  I am always suspicious of those who are tolerant of anything, save for a different opinion...

So I join in chorus with Prof. Bats...  The Cog is dead, Long live the Cog !!


Comment by Colonel John Kenyon-CSA on April 24, 2014 at 8:35am

Working on getting one of my screenplays published on Smashwords. Running into obstacles but I am determined. Let y'all know how it goes.

Comment by Dr Hemmingway (The Botanist) on March 9, 2014 at 3:59pm

To whom it may concern,

I would like to take this opportunity in which to introduce myself. My name is Douglas Trebuchet Hemmingway, a humble botonist and gardener in the services of the Imperial Botanical Society.

With your consent, I would deem it a privilege, nay,  an honour to peruse this fine publication.

I await a response at your leisure. 

Yours with the kindest of regards.

Dr Douglas T. Hemmingway

Comment by Ryan Grimm on February 21, 2014 at 5:05am

In other news...there has been some brou-ha-ha about the Steampunks ejected from a Mall....I have submitted a letter to the Mall on their Facebook page, and signed a petition to have them address the situation.

There has been some reaction, mostly negative, to the Steampunks that were ejected from the WESTFIELD PLAZA CAMINO REAL Mall, and this is the open letter I posted to their Facebook Page:

"To Whom It May Concern,

I have been dismayed to see the reactions to the eviction of a large group of Steampunks from your Mall.
To say that this has gained some negative Press is to make an understatement.

Just yesterday we revisited a consignment store attached to a mall in Hanover MA....they had been closed on a previous trip of discovery, found quite by accident.
This time they were open....
We were greeted QUITE cheerily by the Lady Proprietress, having seen us (SWMBO in her cloche hat, scarf and jacket, myself in tweeds and flat cap). The Lady Owner was so HAPPY to see a few people dressed with some style!
We were more than pleased at her reaction, and I must say we were almost saying "TAKE OUR MONEY!" (we did spend a bit!), I purchased two bow ties and two pair of tabbed suspenders (one of them Brooks Brothers). Between the two of us we spent well over $100.
When I have more dosh to hand, I WILL revisit for more ties, a leather case, and more goodies.

WHY oh WHY cannot the rest of the world act in such a civilized and profitable manner?

We chatted a bit with her, and have determined to invite her and other merchants, both new and used retail, to our 7th Annual New England Steampunk Picnic, to be hosted at Capron Park & Zoo in Attleboro Massachusetts September, final date to be announced.

That your Mall could have been a site for future pleasant and PROFITABLE interactions with fellow Steampunks...tsk tsk....too bad for your timid and shallow responses to this whole event.

Ryan S. Grimm,
Maker, Steampunk, Historical Reenactor, Amateur Historian, Timber Framer and all-around Gadabout

I fully expect this to be erased promptly from your Facebook page, so I am copying and pasting it to every Steampunk site I am attached to, of which there are many."

I strongly urge the many Steampunks I am acquainted with to sign a petition to properly redress the rather crude and offensive behaviour of the Mall and their Staff, and to see if this can be dealt with in a realistic manner, without plastic apologies meaning nothing.

Comment by Jon Magnificent on February 18, 2014 at 3:55pm

Wonderful to hear your news!!

From my own view, the cons and events must handle their miscreants themselves.

As for online, The COG here, will always be the refuge and safe house for artists and creators.

Comment by Ryan Grimm on February 18, 2014 at 10:25am

Oh, our work has yet to be called 'finished'....there is the problem of 'creepers' etc. at cons and other events, and spreading the word and ways to deal with it.

If I get time (which lately has been short and fleeting) I will try to list such miscreants, and how we can keep track of the problem.
After all, I am now 'gainfully employed'.

Comment by Jon Magnificent on February 17, 2014 at 9:26pm

Indeed, it has!

The COG seems to have really done a swell job of smoothing out the friction of the genre. Nary a complaint in eons!

This greatly pleases me.

I suppose we should just say "Carry on!" :-)


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