Things I have learned this week:
- I am not holy enough to be Raptured.
- Dethklok is actually a decent death metal parody band.
- I can survive a mild mosh pit. While the bruises were worth the experience, the near head concussion I received from falling onto a concert floor and hitting my head against it was probably not a good thing to risk. I think it would be better to keep my slender self far away from the bigger guys slamming themselves into each other.
- Lawyers rocking on to Danzig are awesome.
Before when I'd run dry on steampunk topics to discuss I'd search those key words into Google News. Sometimes I'd get a hit for a recent steampunk event or article describing a steampunk fashion item. Now I find that the spring and summer of 2011 is chock-full of steampunk events, such as:
- The Steampunk World's Fair in Somerset, NJ this past weekend
- The International Steampunk City Festival in Waltham, MA two weekends ago
- The Gaslight Gathering in San Diego two weekends ago
Even in the miniature tabletop wargaming world is dabbling in the imagined mechanics, technology, and adventures of the 19th century. Origins, a gaming convention in Columbus OH, has recently announced that the theme of their convention this June will be Victoriana! According to their website:
This theme includes everything loved from the Victorian period: Steampunk, Victorian clothing, Corsets, Jules Verne and so much more.
It's certainly taking the "geeky" conventions by storm at the moment. With bands such as Sugarland and Panic! at the Disco incorporating steampunk influences in their stage shows, it certainly seems that steampunk is at least a fad.
Being a biased writer and aficionado for neo-Victorian things, however, I doubt this current trend is more than just a mere fad. I predict more steampunk-inspired mainstream fashions at some point in the future, as well as more steampunk music and steampunk furniture. Maybe I am just dreaming, but this subculture is growing so much so quickly it's hard not to be excited about the possibilities that it will be available to more than just the DIYers or people who live in cities with a greater variety of musically-varied genres than my current place of residence, Pittsburgh, PA.
All I know is that steampunk is becoming more common, and appears to be blowing "full steam ahead" with nothing blocking its racing path.