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They’re devolving into shouting matches where some people just go to agitate and throw stones. Listening/ reading is optional. They’re not discussions or debates, they’re debacles. Approaching this from a Steampunk perspective there was a method of solving disagreements / preserving honour. The duel. Can we bring that approach to online mudslinging?

I think there’s a web application possibility here. Comments/ arguments go on long enough and one party challenges another to a Duel. Duels have Weapons, Rules, a Judge, an Arena and occasionally an Audience.


Two that spring to mind are Words and Combat. Words could be debates or sources. Combat is more visceral and twitchy. It works as long as the Arena is public.


Where the duel takes place depends on weapons. Words can’t just be a continuation of the comment thread slanging match, something more rigid. This I think would benefit from a custom build debate-style application. Combat, well, there’s a tonne of online shooters/ battlefields/ fighters that would work splendidly for this. There would have to be a registration system that links the accounts of the participants from the original comments to the participants in the Arena. The Arena should also allow for an Audience and Judge.


Online games come with their own rules, but they may need to be extended for the Duel (e.g. Specific levels, specific weapons, etc.). Rules of Debate would be useful auto-enforced by the debate-application.


Some Arenas come with their own judges, such as shooters with health bars. Others require more nuance, or if the online arena has a specific Rule then a judge might be required to interpret. The judge needs to be impartial and trusted.


A public disagreement might benefit from a public duel. Or people might just want satisfaction amongst themselves.

I think this could be useful and interesting as a project/ tool for handling unruly comment forums. Thoughts?

My place of work has been a source of constant change for about 10 years now. Restructures, realignments, reorganizing; but we’re just about to hit a change that’s putting all the others to shame. Complete redesign. New reporting lines. External audit. The works. This is putting a strong strain on morale and highlighting our former collaborative culture has been eroded. Over the years we’ve had a few attempts at communities of practice for coders, getting people together from different areas, bouncing ideas off each other, trying to get a community going.

They have never panned out. The few interested people drive it while they’re at the wheel; but once they hand over or burn out it just. Stops. So I’m trying something different now, formalizing a Skunkworks. Over lunch, so it’s very laid-back and voluntary, and just talking to the people I know who are keen on doing _THINGS_ and see opportunities that are _MISSED_ because of budget or priorities or whatever. I’ve got three people interested and we’re doing it the right way – Git, repositories, projects, all the fun stuff. And I’m getting to work with people I wouldn’t normally work with, and it’s fun. Other people have seen our plans and have actually managed to offer some training space over the lunch break to use as work/ demonstration spaces.

This thing is useful for coders, sure, but definitely crafty-types would benefit from this to. So I’m looking for advise/ experience from people who’ve done this sort of thing? Pitfalls? Positives? Let everyone know.

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Steampulp, steampunk

Thinking about Steampunk utopias/ dystopias/ window dressing. Dystopian/ dark future steampunk where the streets and lungs are choked with smoke and coated in ash. Smogpunk? 
I’ve already claimed Steampulp for the utopian adventure theme.

Playing and loving a lot of Project: Zero Dawn; I wouldn’t call that steampunk. Post apocalypse settings strike me as survivalpunk or tribe-punk. Scrounge-punk? The technology source is part of the apocalypse/ survival aspect rather than steampunk style focus? Maybe?

Or thinking further, steampunk strikes me as function and delight combined. Things are built with attention and care to not just their function but their appearance. Modern tech is built to be work, be small, be discrete. Scrounge punk (and maybe kinda solar punk) has its delight in that it works at all and provides what’s needed. Steampunk, in this instance, is more of a window dressing; scrounge punk has delight based in the function and ingenuity of retrofit rather than the invention of function. Hmmm

That’s how much money, over three years, the Steampunk Ghostbusters Charity ball raised for the Cancer Council Queensland. With immeasurable thanks to our guests, to the venue and staff, but most of all due to the amazing efforts of our coordinating committee and the volunteers. Honoured to have been a small part of a wonderful outcome.

Steampunk Ghostbusters Charity Ball 3

Steampunk Ghostbusters Charity Ball 3

This year is the last year the Steampunk Ghostbuseters Charity Ball will be run in its current format, so it’s going out with an apocalypse. Specifically, the end of the world that happens Valentines Day 2016 as stated in Ghostbusters 2. So the floor is being opened to classic steampunk, post apocalyptic steampunk and classic ghostbusters outfits. Tickets are on sale now at the Steampunk Ghostbusters charity ball ticket site.

If you’re going, drop a hint below of what you’ll be wearing!

I like the Clockwork Cabaret. Great music selection and fun + funny DJs. Their current backstory is Lady Attercop is running for president, so Professor von Explaino is throwing his support behind her campaign.

Threw together a quick “studio” in the lab/office and it worked surprisingly well. The old 3 bulb “operating lamp” from Ikea, relabelling some of the drawers, and just an old camera on a stand. I definitely need more practice talking to camera though.

Quick studio

Quick studio

Steampunk is a many-splendored thing (sorry Ms Suyin), touching many eras and ideaologies; similarly steampunk music is just as varied as the waistcoats on a steampunk model. Maybe you haven’t heard of some of the following and you’d like to try them, or maybe you’ve heard of others you think we should listen to?

Clockwork Cabaret – A podcast rather than a band, this is the premier steampunk radio program, they’re… mostly… kinda on topic a lot of the time. Episodes have a theme that’s loosely observed from afar, and they play a mix of music broader than steampunk, but definitely entertaining. They also host steampunk New Years Eve parties, DJ at Dragon Con’s alternate history track, and Emmet Davenport runs a steampunk themed coffee shop. I’ve found a lot of new music from this podcast.

A Halo Called Fred – Their tag line “the best guitar, bass, violin, and Tupperware band in the universe” may describe why I like them so much. Fun music, from the “step on a butterfly, change the future” logic of ‘In an Alternate Reality’ to the all inclusive nerd anthem of ‘We Love You All’, they’re fun fun fun.

The Cog is Dead – Each song is its own little story or snapshot of a steampunk world. My son and I regularly sing “Danger on the Dancefloor” in the car, and the “Prepare for Adventure” really sets up the whole album.

The Electro Swingers – Reversing the trend of “new music in old styles”, this takes old music and jazzes it up with electro.

Abney Park – Embracing the Steampunk Air Pirate to the nines, they’ve spawned games and books set in their post-apocalyptic universe. I really like “Steampunk Revolution” and I’m staring a “Whole Life Crisis” right in the face.

The Clockwork Dolls – The Dramatis Personae really feels like a collection of interwoven stories in song, with recurring characters, and a great listen from beginning to end. “Clockwork Maid” makes me think, but “No Guns Allowed In My Bar” is particularly rollicking.

Professor Elemental – One of the Chap-Hop greats out of the UK, soaring into the steampunk consciousness with “A Cup of Brown Joy” (I still prefer his original), he’s also in comic form and youtube series form.

Sunday Driver – Asian steampunk, mixing colonial UK with the Asian continent. “Black Spider” is a good starter, and “Mechanical Angel” feels like fairies on the keyboard.

The Decemberists – I’m listening to the Decemberists less lately because they’re definitely on the dark side of the Industrial Revolution. Revenge and horrors of life abound.

Frank Bennet – One of my great losses were his two original albums, because you can’t get them anymore. They were made of Jazz covers of modern music – you could argue they’re more Diesel punk than Steampunk, but bah. I like ’em. The cover of “Creep” sticks in the mind.

The Gregorian Masters of Chant – Flipping time maybe too far the other direction, modern songs performed in Gregorian Chant. I have a particular soft spot for “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”.

The Mouldy Lovers – A local group I first heard at Prometheus Bound (steampunk nightclub). Very Romanian influenced, I like the “Tetris” one especially.

Mr B – One of the Chap-Hop greats out of the UK. Yes I repeated that title, as Professor Elemental and Mr B have had a joking “Rap Battle” that turned into competing complements and then a promise to join forces. I listen to Mr B slightly less now as I feel he embraces some of the less awesome aspects of Rap than the bonkers nature of Professor Elemental. “Straight out of Surrey” is great.

Unwoman – Singer with a wicked cello, saw her live at Steampunk Strides and bought a number of albums immediately. The covers in “Lemniscate” are great, I’m especially fond of “Beauty Over Industry” from another album

8in8 – A temporary band formed by Amanda Palmer, but the first song on the album is “Nikola Tesla” with a number of steampunk tropes. Fun.

Any more steampunk music suggestions?