Steampunk Convention October 18, 2008 5:32 PM   Subscribe

Anyone want to meet at The California Steampunk Convention in Sunnyvale over the Halloween weekend?
posted by The Ardship of Cambry to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:32 PM (35 comments total)

(dons bronze helmet in anticipation of anti-steampunk comments)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:34 PM on October 18, 2008 [4 favorites]


Can of worms: open.
posted by baphomet at 5:37 PM on October 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


Uh-oh
posted by puke & cry at 5:41 PM on October 18, 2008


Now I wish I hated steampunk with the righteous fervor of many other MeFites, because a Hellmouth joke would go down pretty smooth here.
posted by DU at 6:09 PM on October 18, 2008


You must have some brass ones.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:14 PM on October 18, 2008


Dons goggles, canvas duster, waits patiently...
posted by fixedgear at 6:16 PM on October 18, 2008


Say "hi" to my nephew, Magpie Killjoy.
posted by mmahaffie at 6:59 PM on October 18, 2008


$60 for tickets? Really? $75 will get you into four days of ComicCon featuring a much richer palette of dorkage and you can still dress up like Captain Nemo there too.*

*though if I see you, I'll be forced to beat you with a rolled up Hellboy poster.

posted by jamaro at 7:04 PM on October 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


Yes, I do, actually. Unfortunately I won't be there as my dirigible is in the shop.
posted by hattifattener at 7:06 PM on October 18, 2008


You can't miss me. I'll be the one wearing brass-lined goggles.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:31 PM on October 18, 2008


Stand tall, Ardship. There will be no shortage of piss-taking in here. I am with you for moral support.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:33 PM on October 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Do post photos.
posted by Artw at 8:15 PM on October 18, 2008 [3 favorites]


>You can't miss me. I'll be the one wearing brass-lined goggles.

Reminds me of the time I was up near the stage at a Grateful Dead concert, and the guy behind me was waving his arms and shouting, "Hey you! YOU! In the tie-dye!"
posted by ottereroticist at 9:08 PM on October 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


See, I like steampunk in theory, but I'm waiting for the higher skill level end of the trend to expand. But hey, if someone wants to wrap themselves in an old leather jacket covered in tinfoil going "Felicitations! I am Dr. Julius Ethel Rosenberg III", more power to them.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 9:58 PM on October 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Anyone want to meet at the farthest possible location from Sunnyvale on that date?

(caveat: I'm about to eat some delicious steamed hams)
posted by Joseph Gurl at 11:11 PM on October 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Damn, I wish I could go, but I probably won't be in town. Please take some pics, and/or post some band links.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:48 PM on October 18, 2008


yes, and you call them steamed hams, despite the fact that they are obviously grilled.
posted by sergeant sandwich at 1:11 AM on October 19, 2008


With a Riddley Walker reference for a user name, Ardship, you can do no wrong in my eyes, but you are a brave, brave person for posting this here.
posted by Abiezer at 1:17 AM on October 19, 2008


It's a small photo, but the guy in the Babbage Engine picture here appears to be the very definition of neckbeard.
posted by pracowity at 2:37 AM on October 19, 2008


With a Riddley Walker reference for a user name, Ardship, you can do no wrong in my eyes

I was just about to say the same. Could loving that book make me... a little bit steampunk? Crikey. I hope there's not a one drop rule when they start putting the steampunkers in camps.
posted by jack_mo at 3:38 AM on October 19, 2008


"Felicitations! I am Dr. Julius Ethel Rosenberg III", more power to them.
Hardly surprising that someone with that name would fantasise about a world without electricity...
posted by atrazine at 4:21 AM on October 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's been fictionalized as the Difference Engine

Um, what? That's what babbage called the thing.
posted by Artw at 9:37 AM on October 19, 2008


Stand tall, Ardship. There will be no shortage of piss-taking in here. I am with you for moral support.

S'alright M.C.T.--I find the "your favorite fandom sux"-isms more amusing than anything.

With a Riddley Walker reference for a user name, Ardship, you can do no wrong in my eyes

*blushes*

though if I see you, I'll be forced to beat you with a rolled up Hellboy poster.

*parries the blow with an autographed copy of Girl Genius*
posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 10:13 AM on October 19, 2008


I think I know the reason this thread got as little snark as it did. When a friend of mine was in middle school a Korean student transferred in. A student by the name of Phuk. Phuk never got any shit from anyone because there was nothing anybody could do to twist around to be funny or rude, it already was.

Similarly: Anyone want to meet at The California Steampunk Convention in Sunnyvale over the Halloween weekend?

There's nothing to do or say. It's already funny.

Disclaimer: Liked The Difference Engine a lot when I read it, same with A Nomad of the Time Streams.
posted by Kattullus at 8:00 PM on October 19, 2008


a Hellmouth joke would go down pretty smooth here

Sunnydale: There's another Hellmouth in Cleveland.

A lot of people get that wrong.
posted by cgc373 at 9:52 PM on October 19, 2008


Do the groups of people who go to steampunk conventions and those who (used to?) go to Renaissance fairs overlap much?
posted by pracowity at 12:15 AM on October 20, 2008


Korean student transferred in. A student by the name of Phuk.

That's pretty weird--there's no Korean "F" (or "ph") sound, and I can't even really think of any Korean name that could be Romanized this way. Sure he wasn't from somewhere in SE Asia? Thailand? Cambodia?
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:24 AM on October 20, 2008


This was a story told to me many, many years ago, I probably have misremembered the nationality. PhĂșc is a Vietnamese name.
posted by Kattullus at 4:22 AM on October 20, 2008


Do the groups of people who go to steampunk conventions and those who (used to?) go to Renaissance fairs overlap much?

The PA ren fair is still pretty popular. Turkey legs and all. They have a microbrewery, too. Not that I've ever been.
posted by fixedgear at 5:21 AM on October 20, 2008


Do the groups of people who go to steampunk conventions and those who (used to?) go to Renaissance fairs overlap much?

I'm guessing it's more closely aligned with the anime/cosplay crowd.

There's room for a Venn diagram of ultimate horror here.
posted by Artw at 7:55 AM on October 20, 2008


There's room for a Venn diagram of ultimate horror here.

Now I'm imagining Furry Steampunks. Cheers for that.
posted by jack_mo at 4:06 PM on October 20, 2008


They also cross over with my ultimate hate, people who randomly use the term "Lovecraftian" for things that are barely or not all Lovecraft like.
posted by Artw at 4:08 PM on October 20, 2008


In Rhode Island that's not a problem, Artw, because goddamn everything here is Lovecraftian. Sometimes I think H. P. didn't so much write his stories as just talk to his neighbors about their day and transcribe that. Weird fucking state (which is very much part of why I love it here).
posted by Kattullus at 4:52 PM on October 20, 2008


I wonder if it's too late to come up with a Furry Lovecratian Steampunk Cosplayer costume for Hallowe'en... Captain Nemo visits Innsmouth...
posted by hattifattener at 8:45 PM on October 21, 2008


Would that involve going as that guy wearing a panther head mask while being eaten* by a giant squid?


* which I mean in the sexual sense.
posted by Kattullus at 4:53 AM on October 22, 2008


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