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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.

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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

 

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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 Professor Argon Bats on February 18, 2015 at 11:56am

Happy birthday to Mr. Volta - and nicely done, google.

Comment by Leslie Orton on February 14, 2015 at 2:38pm

                Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #23:

Abigail Thompson Reunites With Husband on St. Valentines Day!

New Trend in Romance--Courtship by Post and Marriage by Proxy!

New Book: Steampunk Rules of Courtship!

 

http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/forum/topics/reign-of-giant-octop...

Comment by Leslie Orton on January 23, 2015 at 5:10pm

              Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #22:

BURLESQUE: "Pony-Play!"

Scientific Community Refutes Professor’s Claim of Martian Life!

This Week in The Weekly Steamswaddle: An Unfortunate Invention

http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/profiles/blogs/the-aether-chronic...

Comment by Phineus T. Flubadub on January 2, 2015 at 6:07am

HAPPY NEW YEAR , ALL!

Well this year started  off with a rush of steam. One of my goals was to get representation in a gallery in the Jewelry District in Los Angeles, Ca. Done and Done. Christmas eve started with WW5 with a sister making threats and demands, the evening vastly improved from that point forward. It was all over her take-over of one of my studios..oh well, charges have been filed and we'll see where that goes. Durn Sisti-Uglers.

On a positive note stones are being processed for the upcoming show in Tucson, Arizona. That being the International Gem and Mineral Show. I have gone to this show for over 25 years and it is a highlight way to begin the new year. This is both a buying and selling trip selling finihsed pieces and picking up stones for future works.

Several commissions already taken for works in bronze, looks like a good year beginning to me. New ventures and building in process. Oh, and the usual donations to the disabled Vets in my area....my way of paying it forward.

After the show is a proposal presentation to an new winery out my way for lots of steampunk sculpture and what I call 'ArtScaping' of the grounds and interior of the winery building. Should be a hoot as usual with such projects. Lots of SteamPunk inspired and harmonius 'stuff'.

Best Wishes,

Phineus T.

Comment by Leslie Orton on January 1, 2015 at 10:47am

          Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #21:

 

New Year's Fashions Lead To Arrests & Scandals Involving Live Rodents!
Robbery of The Bank of England Thwarted by Flying Man!

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Comment by Jon Magnificent on January 1, 2015 at 1:15am

Happy New Year!

I worked out the profoundness of the celebration for myself tonight, because in reality, it is just another night and day. But in actuality, it is significant, thus: One ends the old games (win or lose) and ends off on the pain and disappointment, and begins anew with great agreement from others that this should occur.

So, I say CHEERS! to new beginnings and a fresh start; a chance to do-over, and to make things better.

Happy New Year, all!

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on January 1, 2015 at 12:41am

Happy New Year!

Unless you are busy time traveling, of course - in which case there seems to be little point in celebrating such things, really.

Comment by Leslie Orton on December 28, 2014 at 10:50am

The Aether Chronicle is Searching For A New Feature Writer! Contact Leslie Orton, Editor, For Details.

Comment by Phineus T. Flubadub on December 3, 2014 at 7:01am
Excellent points all, Sgt!
While I fully agree with the Stolen Valor Act, I do not believe that most Steampunkers are wearing any bages or commendations for any other than decorative uses. I myself, though raised military, did not serve, as a sole surviving officers son the draft actually turned me away. Nonethe less being raised military left it's marks...all good ones...such as discipline, respect for authority and elders, and a penchant for honesty, integrity and a hell bent desire for honesty in all things.

That said, those who wear any badges or commendations for any other than decorative purposes are ...less than respectful....with an exception. My uncle was a squadron commander for the P51-D's in the European theater WWII. I wear his wings on my hat as a sign of respect for his services. On the other side I wear the pilots' wings for the pilot of the Coral Princess,B-17. I make no representation that these are mine by earning them, simply as a show of respect for my elders and ones I cherish deeply. I may be mistaken but that is my feelings on that. The other medals of my fathers I have a place of respect for beside the flag the Col. had draped over his coffin. All a sign of respect.

As one who has deep feelings about serving our country my umbrage is with leaders that seem to always form a donut like profile when it comes to thinking, and a government that spends way to much time being politically correct rather than applying result producing actions. My way of serving currently for the past many years is to assist the Disabled Vets as best I am able.

I believe most steampunkers fall into the decorative uses category. Good post though! Thanks Sgt.
Comment by Sgt. Ian MacBruiche on December 2, 2014 at 11:14pm

Wow, has it been a while. 

 Greetings fellow steamies. I've finally decided to post a blog concerning a growing issue between re-enactors/larpers/cosplayers versus military/law enforcement personnel. It is an issue that has been brought up a number of times by many of my fellow steampunks concerning the wearing of rank,medals, badges, ribbons and uniforms. Stolen Valor... While I myself have served my country with honor, I decided to forego the often misunderstood though perhaps moral high road of service member tirades and NOT wear any medals or patches that could be misconstrued as actual service issue. Not so with many steampunk personas, but that is their concern. I personally COULD NOT care what anyone brings to the party. It's just a hobby.

     Now to set the record straight for the people who might take umbrage at seeing military type rank,medals, badges, ribbons and uniforms, here is the actual wiki link concerning the Stolen Valor Act of 2013.

http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Valor_Act_of_2013

     To sum it all up in one, definitive statement, the Act makes criminal the wearing of COMBAT related awards/medals for the EXPRESS intent to fraudulently obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit.

     This means that any other NON-COMBAT related rank,medals, badges, ribbons and uniforms, unaltered or not, are perfectly legal if not altogether ethical. Should you decide in your zeal for this fine science fiction genre to build a persona using even current military type rank,medals, badges, ribbons and uniforms, then I would advise you become familiar with the Act in the above link for this new generation of soldiers/sailors do seem to be much thinner-skinned than those who've come before. (Yeah, that was me taking a dig at the 'Red-Card' generation. They know who they are)

 

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