Steampunk Hands Around the World is going into its fifth year and this year’s theme is „Road Trip“.
So, I have taken the opportunity to introduce you to a small number of locations which a Steampunk may want to visit in Germany. The road trip map turned out looking like that and even includes automatic locations for sleepovers:
And these are the locations I am talking about in the podcast. Of course, the list is woefully incomplete:
The motto of this year’s Steampunk Hands Around The World is „Steampunk – Making Life better“. Later this week, I will be recording a podcast concerning the topic. In preparation for the podcast, I went through the history of this blog, visited websites I used to visit more frequently when I was newer and/or more active in the Steampunk scene, just collecting positive aspects of the scene.
The one thing I want to talk about today, is just the general sense of lighthearted happiness in the scene. Yes, I know, Steampunk also has its share of (bizarrely) Guardians of Purity™(yes, for a made-up thing), Fashion Junkies, and Scene Nazis (i.e. „I get to decide what Steampunk is).
But, when I look around at the vast majority of people I have had the pleasure to meet, from the scene in Barcelona to the Amt for Ætherangelegenheiten to BB Black Dog and other bands, to just the regular event goers:
Most of them are just genuinely happy people or at least manage to generate a genuinely happy atmosphere at the places they congregate. The quality of that happiness is also in keeping with the (for lack of a better term) gentlemanliness of the scene, i.e. it is a very calm and pleasant happiness that makes Steampunk events nice places to just be at. It is vastly different from the more energetic happiness you get at Rock or Metal concerts.
Also, and this is a very personal thing: Steampunk has brought additional happiness to my life. I will touch on that in more detail in the upcoming podcast, but I have to say that through the people I met, the opportunities I got and where those opportunities have led me, the base-happiness of my live has increased.
Several of my most awesome friends are Steampunks or connected to the scene (Anja Bagus and the Amt, Victor Sierra,Alex Jahnke, Admira Ravensdale, basically everyone from Barcelona, Mr and Mrs Vogt, everybody involved in #SteampunkHands and by extension Steampunk Writers around the World just to name a few) and friends make you happy
The books I wrote/participated in writing and the two awards that came from it
The opportunity to talk about Steampunk at Dortmund University
The Steampunk and cosplay people from Vienna (and what came from there, but I will talk about it, when I have the equipment complete)
And I could go on and on
So, Steampunk is in itself and in the context of my life a source of happiness.
So much for this happy rant. I hope Steampunk has or is making you happy, too.
Steampunk Hands Around the World is returning for another installment in February 2017 and this year, the participants will be tackling the subject:
Steampunk: Making Life Better
This is the Press Release, as released by the head organizer and benelovent dictator, the Airship Ambassador:
Steampunk Hands Around the World returns for it’s fourth year, continuing the celebration of the best that the global steampunk community has to offer.
The 2017 theme of the annual month long blogathon is “Making Life Better”. Each day from Wednesday, February 1st through Tuesday the 28th, contributors will share some of their favorite experiences of how steampunk made a difference.
Everyone, steampunks and non-steampunks alike, will be able to share in the information about who and what inspires us to keep exploring, expanding, and enhancing our community every day.
Tying all of these experiences together are people. People who share their ideas, who teach their skills, who step forward to make a difference in large ways and small. Each and every one of us has probably already made life better for someone and some time, and we may not even know it. Together, we create our community, and we bring steampunk to life, in all of its many variations. WE make a difference.
Steampunk Hands Around the World is just one of many opportunities during the year which brings people together, creating new connections and friendships. It is one of those events where we see into the whole of the community, and bring home those things and people who inspire us to do more and be more.
As many different languages are spoken around the world, it will be helpful to use a translation service to read each post in your own native language, such as Google. Language will not be a barrier in communication among us.
If you would like to participate directly, or would like more information, please contact Kevin Steil at Kevin@AirshipAmbassador.com
So, if you like to join, you are obviously very welcome! The more, the merrier!
It is a tradition now, that the February episode of the Non-Euclidean Æthercast is dedicated to the wonderful initiative Steampunk Hands Around the World. The Airship Ambassador is once again providing a complete list of participants and their entries, so check them out!
This years topic is: My Favourite Thing in Steampunk.
It is really intersesting, fascinating and heart-warmimg, what the other participants have to add
I myself launch onto a happy rant about the beauty of the scene, the people, the dynamism, the magic, please enjoy!
For the second year, Steampunk hands around the World is happening near you! Another celebration of the Steampunk community worldwide! As the esteemed mastermind of the operation, Airship Ambassador Kevin Steil puts it:
Image courtesy of Raydeen Graffam
The many expressions of steampunk are firmly rooted in individual creativity and are as boundless as people’s imagination. From every corner and continent on the globe, that vitality has seized attention and appreciation, changing the conventional into the exceptional.
For the second year, Steampunk Hands Around the World shares and celebrates the amazing and the extraordinary as several dozen steampunk creators – bloggers, authors, event organizers, and others – join in a month-long multi format presentation about the international connections and communications in the community, for steampunks and non-steampunks alike.
Image courtesy of Mr. XPK
Beginning Sunday, February 1st, and continuing until Saturday, February 28th, the group will demonstrate this year’s theme of Steampunk: Our Playground, Our Classroom, Our Workshop with how steampunks revel in their fun, their education, and their making of The Future That Never Was.
Steampunks, and everyone, will once again see how much we are connected, how our differences can enhance us all, and how every new opportunity we try gives us the potential to make new friends.
Image courtesy of Mr. XPK
The full and updated-daily list of participating websites, blogs and events will be posted in the kick-off blog on the Airship Ambassador blog site:
So this is it, sadly. Today is the last day of Kevin Steil’s initiative Steampunk Hands around the World; and as we have seen during the month, it has been a tremendous success.
I do not want to talk about the statistics, I have mentioned them before, the numbers of links and the participants at the Facebook event have only grown but you can check the links yourself in the related articles below. Instead, I want to give you my take on the set goals, the ones that have been achieved and the future.
In the original mission statement Kevin Steil said:
There are new friendships to be found in every conversation and event. „Hands“ is presented in multiple formats from blogs to videos to live events. Each person is responsible for organizing their own content and format, but the central theme is that of global connection and friendship.
This worked better than he or any of us could have hoped for. Everybody in the planning group met new people and so did everybody who shared things on the Event Page and elsewhere. What is more, there were collaborations(mostly through interviews and exchange of art) between people who had never met before and now there are already spin-offs in the works. Sorry, I cannot tell you more since the plans are still vague and no one knows where they are going but Steampunk Hands around the World has taken on a life of its own. So many great contributions, so many great collaborations and hopefully a repetition next year, and until then, we will be able to see what became of the spin-offs.
What remains is to thank everybody who participated, put some work in, shared, spread the word, the love and the steam and who lend a hand.
To all of you: May there always be steam in your boiler, diesel in your engines and inspiration in your minds!
This post is unfortunately two days late, but you know, there is this pesky thing called „Real Life“, you have probably heard of it. Anyway, Steampunk Hands around the World is now half way through and just to give a quick comparison of what was initially planned and what has actually happened.
Number of Participants:
The Airship Ambassador had initially estimated to get 60 – 80 active participants. As of now, there are 769 (!) confirmed participants on the Facebook event page and 94 members in the planning group alone!
Number of posts:
Similarly, 1-2 posts a day were initially planned but (if I have not miscounted) there are 67 up already on the official list, and the ones written today are not even on the there, yet.
Additionally, there are several hundred tweets, re-tweets and favorites on Twitter and new people keep joining up. So without any doubt, Steampunk Hands around the World is already tremendous success, and more good things are to come!
And as a friend of mine said:
Now i know, why it is „Steampunk Hands AROUND THE WORLD“: After 14 days, i had visitors from 23 countrys and four continents …
Today, Steampunk Hands around the World has officially launched and already, there are plenty of participants who have posted one thing or another in celebration of the event. If the momentum continues, this is truly going to be one epic world-wide event lasting an entire month!
The following is just a sample of what has been posted, the rest I urge you to seek out yourselves.