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Well, it's kind of silly for me to keep this community (and not just because I haven't posted to it in YEARS).

I'm no longer in South Florida. I'm no longer in Florida at all as a matter of fact. So, if you're watching this community, and would like to take it over, please feel free. If not, I'll go the way of the dodo.

Upcoming SoFL Events

Well, I missed another SoFL Steampunk Social that past this Wednesday. It's been a busy and heady week with the Presidential Inauguration, some family stuff, and unseasonably cool weather that's made me want to don my duster and top hat and head outdoors in search of a hot cup of tea, and the rescheduled date snuck up on me (and passed me) before I knew it.

In an effort to keep those of us in the sweatiest part of the Sunshine State from missing more fun stuff, I'll be posting events, concerts and other crap as I stumble upon it. Feel free to post any other steam-tacular events you know about. If we keep posting, and attending, and generally involving ourselves with local events, before you know it, we might have an actual community down here! (le gasp!)

So what do I have for you today?

If traditional Irish ballads are your bag, down in Miami, mecha music 'fest Langerado will feature the original Celtic punk rockers The Pogues! Also on the bill are their brothers in ballads Flogging Molly. And in a study of post-iPod eclecticism, headlining are Death Cab for Cutie and Snoop Dog. (No, that's not a typo.)

If you're further north, and spent your formative years moping around your high school corridors listening to the Smiths on loop (and who didn't?) Moz himself, Morrissey, is going to be performing at Mizner Theater in Boca Feb 28. What better way to indulge those post-Valentine suicidal fantasies than with a little "Life Is a Pigsty" live?

I believe both these shows should be all ages, so you youngsters out there should be able to enjoy.

Oh, and as an added FYI, 3rd generation feminist rag BUST magazine apparently has a steampunk fashion spread in this month's issue. I haven't picked it up yet, but I'll let you know what I think of it when I see it.

Introduction post. (:

Well, hello all!

I guess I should post an introduction as the (so far) only other member of this community, as per ladyattercop's suggestion. ;) So, here goes.

My name's Emily (or Kai/Kailani if you prefer), and I reside in the mid-Palm Beach County area, in about Lake Worth area. I'd heard of steampunk by way of various anime conventions, but developed a specific interest pretty recently, perhaps half a year ago or so. As such, I don't have any real experience with it, but I am slowly trying to collect steamy or steam-able items, and/or craft my own, as my hope is to be able to have a steampunk costume done by the end of May this year. I also have two other close friends who are interested in steampunk, but neither of them have LiveJournals, so I suppose I'm representing all of us. ;) Hmm.. other than that, I'm 17 (soon to be 18), and a senior in highschool. I'd love for there to be some kind of all-ages steampunk meetup sometime, when there are enough people to constitute one. :3

So, other than that, I can't really think of much else. I hope many more members join this community, and I look forward to meeting many more steamy South Floridians!

<3 Emily/Kailani
Hola, my imperceptible cohorts!

Tragically, I didn't spot it earlier (you know, before Christmas), but Girl Genius has a wall paper posted fashioned from a great 1907 circa illustration depicting jolly Ol' St. Nick delivering gifts via dirigible.

Did Santa drop your presents off in an airship this year, kids?

~ LadyA

X-posted to gears_and_steam

'Twas a Steam-Powered Christmas

Hello again invisible cohorts!

We managed to scrape together enough time, here at Chez Attercop to put together a tiny steampunk-themed tree this year. I didn't have a chance to adorn it with cardboard cutouts of gears, as was the initial plan, but it turned out adorable all the same. You can't really tell from the photos, but the clear glass lightbulbs as ornaments paired with huge colored glob lights are awesome.

If any of you lot are fans of The Clockwork Cabaret (clockwrkcabaret), you should be if you're not, then you've already seen this poem smattered about. If not, click on those links to educate yourself, and enjoy.

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Have yourself a steamy little Christmas.

Hola invisible cohorts,

(Yes, I like to pretend this community has members other than myself.)

If you celebrate the holidays by dragging trees into your living room (a practice that came into prominence with the Victorians, I'd like to add), then Target has some glass bulbs, and brown, Victorian print ribbons for sale that (along with some gears, light bulbs and maybe a steam pipe or two) would look smashing on a steam-powered Christmas tree. When I was in the House of Target this weekend, they still had plenty.

If you're more frugal-minded (read: cheap) like myself, for $5 Wal-Mart has boxes of 25 ball ornaments made of plastic in gold and copper.

I know it's a little late in the year for getting holiday decorations, but I thought some of the more adventurous may be willing to don their safari gear, grab a blunderbuss and brave the post X-mas sales.