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March 29, 2010 4:53 PM   Subscribe

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posted by By The Grace of God (24 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
It doesn't have the right vibe. It ought to be covered in leather, for one thing. And it needs more brass, less wood.

True, it's a modification of a period rocking chair, but the real Victorian era in this timeline wasn't steampunk.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:08 PM on March 29, 2010


I'm trying to figure out the justification for Vodka and Cranberry juice tap system. Because that was the liquid refresher of the victorian era, not absinthe or gin.
posted by mrzarquon at 5:13 PM on March 29, 2010


NO MORE STEAMPUNK
posted by p3on at 5:25 PM on March 29, 2010 [6 favorites]


I bet all you haters didn't make it to this picture.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 5:30 PM on March 29, 2010 [6 favorites]


PLEASE STOP
posted by basicchannel at 5:36 PM on March 29, 2010 [3 favorites]


Cory is no longer worried about growing old...
posted by HuronBob at 5:41 PM on March 29, 2010


Stephen Hawking should wear this for Halloween.
posted by quadog at 5:44 PM on March 29, 2010


I think it's pretty neat looking.
posted by brundlefly at 5:45 PM on March 29, 2010


I already saw Wild, Wild West.
posted by thescientificmethhead at 5:47 PM on March 29, 2010


Steampunk Rogue = Joanie Stubbs.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 5:55 PM on March 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


I thought it was cute.
posted by Mister_A at 6:02 PM on March 29, 2010


Mine is better
posted by wheelieman at 6:08 PM on March 29, 2010


I bet all you haters didn't make it to this picture.

I thought you were going to say this picture.
posted by jimmythefish at 6:12 PM on March 29, 2010


I'm torn, on the one hand I think individual effort and craftsmanship are good things, and it's clear this is a very detailed well built piece.

On the other hand I hate how steampunk has become "Slap alot of brass and wood onto something" where the interest for me is in the fact that technology from that era is usually very functional, but by virtue of the limitations in materials and necessary complexity of the design to do the job, often attains a kind of baroque elegance.

It's a wonderful interesting project that's everything I hate about a particular aesthetic style.

Also: This.
posted by Grimgrin at 6:26 PM on March 29, 2010


I agree that steampunk is an old, tired topic.

But, this is a functional item. Not only functional, but functional for disabled people.

This isn't a re-imagining of of a submarine, or the characters from The Matrix, or even a case mod. Wheelchairs, even electric ones, are dreary, stigmatic things. I support anything that makes them cooler.

I'm sure that sitting in the wheelchair made this kid's day. Maybe even his week. You have no idea just how cool this wheelchair is.
posted by jabberjaw at 6:42 PM on March 29, 2010 [6 favorites]


But, this is a functional item. Not only functional, but functional for disabled people.

More importantly, it's full of booze.

I'm sure that sitting in the wheelchair made this kid's day.

DON'T TELL HIM ABOUT THE BOOZE!
posted by Artw at 6:55 PM on March 29, 2010


I saw this in action at dragon con last year, on first glance it looked non-functional, and then I saw it move. Steampunk was very much "in" at this particular dragon con, and it was nice to see someone really go with the theme.
posted by hellojed at 6:57 PM on March 29, 2010


You have no idea just how cool this wheelchair is.

Maybe someone should make the crotchety get-off-my-lawners a steampunk cane.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:59 PM on March 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Jabberjaw: 'functional' probably wasn't the best word. Utilitarian would have been better. Essentially I mean that the main components are all necessary for the device to function.
posted by Grimgrin at 7:30 PM on March 29, 2010


NAP MUSKET
MEAT SPUNK
MA KENT PUS
TEAM PUNKS
SPANK MUTE
posted by Ratio at 8:00 PM on March 29, 2010


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posted by jessamyn at 8:04 PM on March 29, 2010


The best Steampunk device ever built was, ironically, officially rejected by the year 1891.
posted by dgaicun at 10:21 PM on March 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


It would be steampunk if it were actually powered by steam. But it's not.
posted by delmoi at 11:05 PM on March 29, 2010


The upholstery needs more tacks. I'm serious. It looks sloppy and unfinished.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:39 AM on March 30, 2010


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