G4 did a pretty decent segment on steampunk, centered on our friends at Abney Park and current MAKE cover spokesgentleman Jake von Slatt. I like Morgan Webb’s description of it as “Goth for engineers.”

[Note to Steampunk Haters: Scroll along, nothing to see here. Same old, same old.]

From MAKE magazine:

Check out MAKE, Volume 17: The Lost Knowledge issue!

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In Volume 17, MAKE goes really old school with the Lost Knowledge issue, featuring projects and articles covering the steampunk scene — makers creating their own alternative Victorian world through modified computers, phones, cars, costumes, and other fantastic creations. Projects include an elegant Wimshurst Influence Machine (an electrostatic generator built entirely from Home Depot parts), a Florence Siphon coffee brewer, and a teacup-powered Stirling engine. This special section also covers watchmaking, letterpress printing, the early multimedia art of William Blake, and other wondrous and lost (or fading) pre-20th-century technologies.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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