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Monday, November 3rd, 2008
11:28 pm
Ghostly Steampunk Outing Report!
Last Wednesday, unseeliepixie  and I undertook our Ghostly Steampunk Outing in the Nation's Oldest City.  Dressed in some of our steampunk finery and brandishing my digital camera, we set out not only to catch some ghosties and ghoulies and long-leggity beasties on the Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure tour but also to do some Steamy vogueing amidst the Victorian splendour of St. Augustine.  (Photos of our jaunt have also been posted to the Florida Steam Group pool.)

Our first stop was at one of the local 19th century cemeteries where we struck many a villainous pose amidst the tombs as The Boss and Auntie Social, two members of the notorious London gang, the Shankhill Butchers.  Afterwards, we shifted over to the Hotel Alcazar (now the Lightner Museum) where we used the potted palms, oriental statuary and ornate masonry of that beautiful buidling to evoke a romp through the palaces and jungles of India.

After we dined at the Florida Cracker Cafe on St. George Street, we proceeded to Castle Warden in order to board the sleek, black Ghost Train that would take us to the more haunted areas of the town.  Upon our return to the Castle, we followed our guides into the darkened halls of the former hotel to hear tales of mayhem and murder most foul.  We had a splendid time though we did miss the company of our Steamy brothers and sisters.   

I hope you all had a very Happy Halloween!

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
10:04 am
New and needing help

I'm a newbie...both to this group (so forgive any oopsies) and to Steampunk.  So, I'm looking for any advice about where to start my new and wondrous journey.  Books, websites, blogs, events, etc.  I'm really drawn to Steampunk and want to further this excitment.

I live in Central Florida (Polk County) if anyone cares.

Thanks and looking forward to getting responses.

Monday, October 27th, 2008
7:59 pm
LARP or roleplaying anywhere?
I am looking for a Steampunk LARP to get into.Has anyone head of anything?
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
9:49 pm
Florida Steam Flickr Group
I started a Florida Steam Flickr Group where any and all Steampunk enthusiasts in the Sunshine State may contribute photos of their projects and activities to the group pool. 

Current Mood: excited
2:24 pm
Take a ride on the ghost train...

For all you steampunks out there who are interested in the paranormal (or just a spooky entertainment), check out the Ghost Train at Ripley's Museum in St. Augustine.  A couple of us are going to head down there on Wednesday the 29th, the week of Halloween.  We're going to be going to the 8:30pm tour and would love to see some of you guys there.  The tour is $30 and in addition to a train tour to various 'haunted' places, they give you a disposable camera and an EMP meter, all the better to track spooks with!  When we went last year, there was also a tour of the Ripley museum, which is pretty creepy during the day, much less the night time.  You can purchase tickets here 

The Cast

Current Mood: spooky
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
10:58 pm
Ghostly Steampunk Outing in the Nation's Oldest City!?!
On Wednesday, October 29 at 8:30 PM, unseeliepixie and I will be setting out on the Ripley's Ghost Train Adventure in St. Augustine, FL!  We took a ride on this haunted rail last year and we had a splendid time as we listened to the stories of Victorian-clad hosts and hunted ghosts through the darkened halls of Castle Warden in the dark! 

In discussing our Halloween plans for this year, we decided that we had to embark on another ghost-hunting tour of the Oldest City dressed in our Steampunk finery!  We wish to invite all the esteemed members of this community to join us!

Hope to see you there!

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, October 16th, 2008
11:33 am
Jacksonville Steampunk Meeting


Fair ladies and good gentlemen, I invite you to an organizational meeting for all interested parties for the inauguration of the Cowford Florida Steampunk Society.


I apologize in advance for taking the liberty to set the time and place, but alas too much discussion leads to too much dissention. I fear that it is a universal maxim that you can not accommodate everyone, but please know that I did the best I could to accommodate the most people.  


Mark your calendars and set your mechano-cartographer into action for Saturday, November 8th, 2008 at the Pablo Creek Library, 13295 Beach Blvd Jacksonville (904-992-7101). Time of the room reservation is from Noon ‘til 2:00 pm.


For this event, regalia is not a necessity, personas are not required, and there is no parking for airships. Bring your garb, your props, and your pictures of your work if you desire. Bring your writings, your sketches, but most of all bring your geek and constructive ideas to build upon this foundation.


While not being a fan of tight formats, yet being versed in Roberts Rules of Order I have set a loose agenda for the meeting in order to maximize the time we have.


-Call to Order


-Discussion on the group format.

-Discussion of future events.

-Show and tell, lecture, workshop, what have you.


-Possibly retreat to an establishment for a meal or tea.


I feel this should cover every thing for our first meeting, and future topics can be fleshed out in subsequent gatherings.


For any comments or queries please contact me at ti_010@yahoo.com


My best,


Vice-Admiral Rudolph Beggley


A.K.A. Buzz Ryan

10:52 am
1890s Festival
This Saturday, McIntosh is holding its 1890s Festival. There's an event notice up on Facebook right now, but I was wondering a) who was going, and b) what time to meet, if any.

My family is coming up that weekend, and we're planning on attending but probably not until late morning-early afternoon.

Just thought I'd check!
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
3:28 pm
Old City Cemetery Photo Shoot

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, October 10th, 2008
2:28 pm
Trick or Treat?
Hello ladies and gentlemen,

I'm not sure if ads are allowed so check out my profile for our upcoming Halloween shoot deals. We will be doing shoots at Old City Cemetery, October 25th (dawn til dusk) We are becoming popular with the goth crowds and thought we'd branch out :)
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
11:25 am
"Steampunk" Craft Class in OP!
A Small Cleverness, a nifty rubber stamp and paper arts store on Blanding Blvd. in OP is offering two classes by the nationally known artist Barbara Maguire.  Here are the class descriptions which I copied from the store's online newsletter:

Introduction to Soldering
with Barbara McGuire
Saturday, October 25
10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Join us for an intensive class on basic soldering or as a refresher class for those who would like to review and/or improve soldering skills. All the basics will be presented for edging slides and wrapped glass as well as attaching rings. (Note: The class fee for students who took Barbara’s summer soldering class is $35.00.) Copper foil, glass, and collage prints will be provided. Bring workbox, soldering iron, stand, flux, flux brush, sponge, sal ammonias, or paste flux and lead-free solder.

Dimensional Soldering
with Barbara McGuire
Saturday, October 25
1:00 to 5:00 P.M.

Learn to build structured dimensional sculpture with soldered components. Useful tips will be presented to help aid a clean and secure joint, as well as a continuous soldered bead (a soldered line). Learn to combine the dimensional effects with bezels, gears, and rings to capture images in a resin glaze for a “steam punk” found object effect.

Donna, the owner of A Small Cleverness, indicated that if the classes scheduled for Saturday becomes overbooked and there is sufficient interest from the steampunk community that it might be possible to schedule a private class on Sunday.

If you do sign up for the class, make sure to bring a workbox.  There is a list of supplies towards the end of the newsletter.

NOTE:  I've been taking classes at this shop for many years. I've learned some very useful techniques for creating altered art there.  The shop has a fun but professional atmosphere.  I have no connection with the store other than that.

Current Mood: creative
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
4:49 pm
The best laid plans of mice and clockwork automata...
I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, so it looks like the Cummer Museum will have to carry on without us tonight. (I did, however, notice on their website that they occasionally have a fixed price brunch at their tea room. Something to keep in mind for the future!)

Would anybody be interested in an excursion on Saturday or Sunday? I have to work on Saturday afternoon, but my evening and night are wide open.
Monday, October 6th, 2008
11:40 pm
Anyone free tomorrow evening?
Sorry for the short notice, but I was wondering if anyone would like to visit the Cummer Museum tomorrow. I'm not going to have a free Tuesday evening until November, so I thought I'd try to make it memorable. ^__^
Saturday, October 4th, 2008
8:50 am
My humble introduction.

Name: Buzz Ryan

Home: Neptune Beach, Florida

Why do you like Steampunk? It is very layered, my love of Steampunk.


Steampunk paints a revisionistic portrait using nostalgia of the past with the promise of the future upon the medium that is our imaginations.


I have had the underpinnings of steampunk for a while and it wasn’t until the last couple of years I have known there was a name for this affliction. As a younger man I was in flight school for hot air balloons, and for a couple of years I was a ships engineer on an aircraft carrier, operating and maintaining its steam engines. I have a passion for all things of the sea and stars.


Now a days, I am a rabid costumer. It is my vehicle to become immersed into the fantasy. What I love, truly love about steampunk is that there is no canon for its creation. As far as fandom goes it is the ultimate in individualistic expression.


Favorite bit of clothing: Right now I have one Neo-Victorian suit, but I have designs for three more. One to include a Vernesque dive suit.

Favorite accessory: At the moment I would have to say my vest.

Do you have a Persona:  In development.

If so who are they and what’s their story: This is a result of the Steampunk Name Generator from the Brass Goggles site. Vice Admiral Rudolph Beggley, and that story is defiantly going to include a submersible of some sort.

Now post photos so we know what you look like and can hug you when we see you on the street

Friday, October 3rd, 2008
9:43 pm
Please allow me to introduce myself....
Name: Jennifer known as Ysabela or Bela

Green Cove Springs, FL

Why do you like Steampunk?
I love the open-ended creativity of the whole movement.  The DIY aspect is also very appealing.

Favorite bit of clothing:
My pinstripe vest....right now.

Favorite accessory:
My clockwork fish.

Cake or Pie?:
Key Lime, baby!  All the way!

Best music in the world is?:
Currently, Abney Park, The Decembrists, Modest Mouse, etc. etc. etc.

Do you have a Persona?:

If so who are they and what's their story:
Had a "starter" persona for DragonCon:  Auntie Social, part of a gang of London villains known as the Shankhill Butchers.  I'm sure this will only be one of many characters I'll try on until I settle.  Sorta persona du jour.

Now post photos so we know what you look like and can hug you when we see you on the street:  
 Portrait of a villain.Collapse )
Are you a good egg?:
    Hard-boiled and sometimes a bit scrambled but generally a good 'un.     

Pimp your stuff:
I dabble in haberdashery and jewelrymaking.  I've made sales from my weaving and had one piece in a museum exhibition at the Thomas Center in Gainesville.  Recently, I had a few of my hand-painted game boards in another exhibition at the same Gallery. 

Steampunk heroes:
I guess my childhood Steampunk hero was Captain Nemo.  (Verne was one of my favorite authors.)  I liked the way he was portrayed in the League but I liked the re-interpretation of Dorian Gray even better. 
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
6:51 pm
I just joined this group the other week and I am wondering who is close to me...

The wifey (who is also venturing into the steam community) and I live in Jacksonville, Fl

raise hands anyone??
4:23 pm
Something to consider regarding a meetup
Cinemark will be showing live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera over the next several months. Personally, I'm interested in seeing Doctor Atomic. I haven't heard the music from it, but I've heard the music from another opera by John Adams (I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky), and I really liked it-- he's a very accessible composer, and I say that as someone who likes opera but is cursed with a 21st century attention span. ^__^
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
4:06 pm
Steamy Icons
I noticed that the community did not have an icon so I set out to search for some lovely steampunk themed icons. I found this. There are a million steamy icons here you can snag. Just give the creator credit!
Monday, September 29th, 2008
11:50 pm
possible Gainesville events
Here's what I'm pondering. Give me feedback, please?

1.) Trip to Devil's Millhopper: I haven't been since I was a kid, so I'm due another trip, and it seems like a great place for a troupe of intrepid explorers. (http://www.floridastateparks.org/devilsmillhopper/)

2.) Group trip to the Hippodrome State Theatre: Their Halloween show is a Victorian ghost story, and we could probably arrange a tour of the building. Group rates are something like $8 for students and $22 for the rest of us. (www.thehipp.org)

3.) Day of the Dead Seance - this would take a bit of planning, and if I host it at my house, the guest list will have to be limited.

4.) Museum Visits - There's the Natural History Museum (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/) which I love, and the Matheson Historical Center which I've never been to (http://www.mathesonmuseum.org/)

5.) Costuming Workshop - I'm not sure how the logistics on this would work out...

6.) Newberry Cornfield Maze/Haunted Hayride (http://www.myspace.com/newberrycornfieldmaze)

7.) Wait for it... another picnic.
5:33 pm
Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery
Name: Amanda
Home: Gainesville, FL
Why do you like Steampunk? Being a part of the local gothy-type scene I have the tendency to adore everything Victorian and spooky. Always looking for new inspiration for outfits, (sigh, I am afraid I am VERY much a girl) I discovered the genre of Steampunk. I fell in love. I am big into the idea of retro futurism, the melding of the old and new. So Steampunk seemed to be the natural culmination of pretty much everything I was interested in.
Favorite bit of clothing: Either my gray and black striped corset or my black velvet skirt.
Favorite accessory: Custom made top hat.
Cake or Pie?: Cake, no icing.
Best music in the world is?: Apoptygma Berserk, VnV Nation, Wolfsheim, Tori Amos, Edge of Dawn and Covenant. And on occasion I do enjoy the required Abney Park.
Do you have a Persona?: I have a million little story lines drifting through my head, though I have yet to merge them into a complete persona.
If so who are they and what's their story: N/A for the time being.

Now post photos so we know what you look like and can hug you when we see you on the street.

Are you a good egg?: Most of the time.
Pimp your stuff: No thanks.
Steampunk heroes: Mina Murray from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vampire + Beautiful Lady = Perfection.
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