Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Steampunk Pathfinder

The concept of steampunk may originate from many different things from Jules Verne's writings to the question, "what if computers existed in the early 1800's and ran on steam?" It is best summed up by calling it a past that never was. Steampunk can be shown in many areas now including fashion, music, architecture, design, and as a lifestyle. This guide is inclusive as possible to show where to find steampunk information.

Definition, History, and General Information

Google Custom Search - Steampunk
or try this tinyurl: http://preview.tinyurl.com/steampunk
A custom google search of many of these sites. This search allows searching to be restricted to websites that deal with steampunk.

Wikipedia - Steampunk
Discusses the origins and history of steampunk. It's descriptions are thorough and this article provides plenty of examples of steampunk works and resources.

SteamPunk Magazine
A printable magazine with articles relating to steampunk. There is also a blog. As of this writing there are 4 published issues.

Brass Goggles
The definitive steampunk blog. Brass Goggles links to and annotates what interesting things are going on with steampunk wherever they are going on. Projects and events are featured.

The Clockworkers Guild Journal
A blog that chronicles steampunk events and also announces meet-ups, especially in the Bay Area. The blog is collaborative with contributions from other steampunk blogs.

Honky-Tonk Dragon
A blog with general steampunk information among other things. It has covered steampunk music.

A site and database with steampunk projects, stories, and anecdotes. It also has an archive of The Lemniscate Club.

Gothic Steam Phantastic
This site deals more with the gothic side of steampunk. There is a forum. There is also a detailed section on the sound of steampunk.

DIY and Watch Others Do It Guides

The Steampunk Workshop
A blog of the creations of Hieronymus Isambard "Jake" Von Slatt. He has created custom keyboards, work for burning man (including a beating heart for the man), and he showcases others art such as a steampunk scooter.

Datamancer.net - Technical Art and Steampunk Contraptions

A blog of the creations of Richard R. Nagy. Some of the most known works include computer modifications including a steampunk notebook computer.

Steam punk goggles tutorial
A tutorial on how to make brass goggles from some door lock hardware and leather.

Exploring, Steampunk, goggles DIY and How To Projects
or try this tinyurl: http://preview.tinyurl.com/66v8e5
A number of tutorials on different steampunk goggle projects including ones made from cheap welding goggles and other hardware.

The Steampunk Home
A blog about how to live in a steampunk styled home with modifications and items that would fit a steampunk lifestyle.

Steampunk Pirate Gun Mod
A tutorial on how to turn a toy pirate gun into a steampunk pirate gun.

How To Make A Kick Ass Steampunk Nerf Gun
A simple how-to dealing with Nerf toys and their steampunk possibilities.

wicked anomie: sociology run amok: Novice Steampunk Gun Mod
Another steampunk gun mod, this one involves little pirate toy guns.

Art and Sculpture

Neverwas Haul Times
A web page dedicated the the proposals involved in revaming of the Neverwas Haul, a self-propelled 3-story Victorian house. The moving sculpture has made appearances at Burning Man and the Makers Faire.

The Telectroscope
This was a scultpure that visually connected New York with London through a mysterious steampunk tunnel. It allowed people in these cities to see each other in real time.

Steampunk Treehouse
This site displays information about the Steampunk Treehouse, a large installation that has made appearances at Burning Man and the Coachella festival. There is a media gallery, philosophy section, and construction information.


The Steampunk Style Test
A fun little quiz to give you your steampunk style results.
Originals: Rayguns: Weta Collectibles, Exclusive Polystone Collectibles
Purchase finely crafted ray guns for your steampunk outfit. It's also a great place to get ideas about steampunk crafting possibilities.

Steampunk Fashion
A steampunk fashion blog. Different articles of steampunk and Victorian clothing and other articles are discussed. There are also some event announcements.

Flickr: Steampunk Gear
A forum for posting images and discussions regarding steampunk wear and gadgetry.


The Clockwork Cabaret
The online presence of a steampunk devoted radio show. The episodes can be downloaded or subscribed via a podcast player.

GAMP Musings: Steampunk Music
A evaluative summary of steampunk music with links to the artists and albums.

Abney Park
The website for the popular steampunk group Abney Park. The site has some tracks you can listen to, tour information, and other media.


Tribe.net Steampunk Forum
or try this tinyurl: http://preview.tinyurl.com/5dt7uz
The forum on tribe.net for steampunk discussion. This allows social networking environment with steampunk peers.

Flickr: Steampunk
A forum for the posting of images and discussions relating to steampunk.

Flickr: Second Life®Group - Steampunk
A place to share screnshots and images from the steampunk city in the Second Life, New Babbage, and discuss related topics about the Second Life universe.

Comics, Anime, Film, and Television

The Big Database of Comic Books - Steampunk
A searchable database for the comic Steampunk as well as other DC comics. As of this writing it consists of information about the number, date, and some publication information for each issue but the synopsis and other content is missing.

A webring dedicated to the television show Legend and other steampunk films and television series.

last exile
A site with media and information about the steampunk anime Last Exile.There are character summaries, an episode guide, and galleries.


The Passively Multiplayer Online Game, PMOG
A steampunk themed game that is played while browsing the web via a browser plugin. Players create pathfinders, lay mines, and create and follow hyperlinks to websites. Playing the game is currently free.

Neo Steam
A massively multiplayer online game for Korean and Japanese players. The game has a steampunk theme. If you can read either of those languages you may be able to play or determine more about it.


New Babbage - A Steampunk City in Second Life
A video showing a fly through of the the city called New Babbage in the Second Life universe.

Steampunk Wallpaper
A blog with daily wallpaper images created by the blog author using creative commons licensed works and images along with their own graphics design skills.

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