Steampunk keyboard from Datamancer


55 Responses to “Steampunk keyboard from Datamancer”

  1. aelfscine says:

    #27: Oh yes, I’m well aware. But the site isn’t quite as free-spirited as you suggest – it’s an edited site for a readership. They get vastly more submissions than they can post, and surely vastly more interesting-to-them submissions than they can post. I can’t imagine that ‘interesting to the readership’ isn’t a further thought for paring down a huge amount of information into Boing-Boing’s daily posts. I’m just pointing out that a portion of the readership doesn’t like steampunk stuff – if I’m overruled, fine.

    Would your opinion be the same, I wonder, if every instance of steampunk on Boing Boing had been a LolCat instead?

  2. Biscuit4 says:

    That’s exactly what I was thinking LB. I’m about to break out the old typwriter and instantly become cool.?

  3. Antinous says:

    it’s an edited site for a readership

    Bzzzzt! Wrong. It’s the personal blog of the Boingers, who post things that are of interest to them. They just happen to share interests with a lot of people. They don’t edit suggestions for the readership. They edit them based on their own interests. Believe me, if nobody showed up, they’d still post the same things.

    Would your opinion be the same, I wonder, if every instance of steampunk on Boing Boing had been a LolCat instead?

    Boy, did you pick the wrong person to ask that question to.

  4. devophill says:

    aelfscine- I’m guessing “interesting to the editors” may often trump “interesting to the readership”.

  5. Teapunk says:

    Pretty. But what does it sound like?

  6. dculberson says:

    Aelfscine, yes, I would still say “don’t worry about it, move on.” There’s maybe one Steampunk post per day. Out of dozens. Cory likes Steampunk. If you don’t, I suggest moving to the next post.


    I can has steampunk now pleaz?

  7. Takuan says:

    so? don’t like something? Go hang around a post you like. We got lots. Leave the Steampunkers to their joys, I’m sure they’ll reciprocate. The issue isn’t Steampunk or any other specific: it’s just about manners. You haven’t said anything that hasn’t been heard a thousand times before.

    Want me to believe you’re credible? Make your next few “critique” posts praising something you find praiseworthy.

  8. arkizzle says:

    I really enjoyed the rocketeer, I saw it in a hotel in Brisbane, with a big bowl of the best classy boot-lace French-fries I’ve even had.. they were about $10 a bowl or some crazy shit (nom nom nom).

    I really like the designs in the Rocketeer, that hindenburg/jetliner look is sweet.

    RocketPunk FTW!

  9. seanpatgallagher says:

    Danger Cory, Danger!

    Steampunk is a slippery slope.

    It starts with cute brass-goggles.

    Then continues with a brass steam-watch.

    Now you’re blogging on a steam-powered keyboard from a hot-air balloon.

    You’re just a one dimensional jump away from becoming an AIRSHIP PIRATE


  10. Takuan says:

    I’m incensed! I can’t find one proper steam punk lolcat! Someone, help us!

  11. moshakirby says:

    There is nothing steam nor punk about this.
    It just looks like an old typewriter, and I’ll be damned if they look good.

  12. arkizzle says:

    Hindenburg.. pre-boom obviously.

    Zepplin would be more accurate :)

  13. arkizzle says:

    Just needs a caption.. anyone?

  14. arkizzle says:

    I can has steampunk?

  15. mellon says:

    Hm. I would have gotten one of those Moog guitars instead…

    Hey, does anybody make steampunk electric guitars with infinite reverb?

  16. Takuan says:

    oooh! Nice! Antinous should do it,he sleeps with a cat on his head.

  17. Takuan says:

    gotta go, someone just put their head in my laps.

  18. Takuan says:

    ach, damned then ye be

  19. aelfscine says:

    Remember when Boing Boing was like 50% mash-ups? Oh sure, we still see them occasionally, but they were just a cute little fad. Making a mash-up isn’t really creating anything, it’s just taking something that already exists and applying a filter to it. Jinglecats+Fifty Cent! The Beastie Beach Boys! It’d be like if there was a movement to paint everything red, and then you went around posting pictures of your ‘Red TV!’ ‘Red Lamp!’ ‘Red Keyboard!’ Even if you painted it really well, people might be a little amazed that you thought you’d made some sort of meaningful creative leap. Even if you did change the world the first time you painted something red, after your 500th message saying ‘Red Cell Phone!’ there might be some… fatigue with the idea. Just sayin’.

  20. arkizzle says:

    And you didn’t reflexively engorge it?

    I think you are losing your touch..

  21. Todd Sieling says:

    Hm. Doesn’t really capture the SP aesthetic for me. It looks like something from the very edge of a SteamPunk era, closer to a plastic age. Still a tidy piece of work.

  22. Takuan says:

    “What’sa matter you, hey, gotta no respect
    Whatta you tink you do, why you looka so sad
    Itsa not so bad, Itsa nice-a place, Ahh shaddupa you face!”

  23. Kieran O'Neill says:

    #17: I really fail to see how finding novel ways to add brass, wood, leather and other period materials to a modern piece of technology, to make it look like it was created over 100 years ago in any way equates to simply painting it red.

    And yes, the steampunk stuff takes creativity to make it look convincing and good. No, it doesn’t need to be “meaningful” in any way, or “change the world”, just pretty. Which it is.

  24. Jake von Slatt says:

    #17 @AELFSCINE Re: Mashups – yeah and Unix sys-admining is just stringing a bunch of short commands together, no reason anyone should actually get paid for it. Tell me that this:
    doesn’t take talent.

  25. Kyle Armbruster says:

    …Dammit, Cory…

    I don’t want to like it, but…

    Damn, that’s awesome.

  26. aelfscine says:

    #20: What I was aiming for is the idea that even if it looks cool, it’s not noteworthy. I accept that any possible object could be rendered in steampunk style – anything. So once people have done it a few times, why is it still supposed to be interesting? Telling me a dude made a steampunk keyboard is like saying “Totally predictable course of action happens – again.”

  27. arkizzle says:

    Yeh, leather pilot jacket and rockets!

  28. anthonygobot says:

    Wicked stuff! Im anxious to work on a steampunk sculpture.

  29. anthonygobot says:

    Awesome! Im anxious to make something steampunk.

  30. arkizzle says:

    I had high hopes for “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”, I only got to see about 20 minutes, and haven’t been pushed to see the rest.

    I should go on the hunt for a good copy and see if it does anything for my RocketPunk desires.

  31. Modusoperandi says:

    Twelve hundred-plus dollars for a keyboard? There’s spoiling yourself and then there’s spoiling yourself.

    Think of it this way; that’s a $50 keyboard for you and $1150-plus dollars to your local foodbank.

    I can’t bitch too loudly, however. After all, I do have this gold tooth. It was surprisingly hard to get. The guy just wouldn’t stop squirming!

  32. spazzm says:

    I’m usually not crazy about steampunk stuff, but I have to admit that labelling the space bar “æther” is pretty neat.

    Retro-physics jokes. It’s hard to get any geekier.

  33. EH says:

    No brass == FAIL

  34. Datamancer says:

    Oh cool, you did blog it. I was mostly kidding when I said “maybe you can blog about it from your high-altitude balloon” but thanks! I hope she gives you many years of faithful service.

    This particular keyboard design, The Aviator, is slightly more modern and “less steampunk” than most of them but it’s still among my favorites.


  35. arkizzle says:

    Update to #51

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: muck!

    Beautiful design, awful compositing/execution. Bad characterizatiion, bad script, bad plot development.

    I will never get those one hundred and six minutes back.. ever.

  36. arkizzle says:

    It’s sort of verging on JetPunk

  37. arkizzle says:

    Or RocketPunk..

  38. RJ says:

    I have two of those old IBM keyboards mentioned. So far, they’ve seen at least three or four desktops come and go since 2001. You’re right, Cory. They are indestructible. I have little doubt I could defend myself against a home invader using one of those keyboards, and do so with mortal consequences to the attacker, then could reconnect the keyboard and write a LiveJournal entry about it.

    That said, your new keyboard is gorgeous. But I just can’t see myself dropping that kind of dosh on one myself. Not until my good old IBMs finally die. Or until you can’t get PS/2 to USB adapters anymore.

  39. eustace says:

    It’s gorgeous! Congratulations.

    Steampunk, steampunk, steampunk!

  40. franko says:

    i don’t get why some people don’t get steampunk. that thing is gorgeous.

  41. hedztalez says:

    rocket punk? i could get into that.

  42. Noelegy says:

    That’s very pretty. Love the space bar.

  43. Jake0748 says:

    I think it looks VERY cool, whether you call it steampunk or not.

    But… “the three little crystalline lamps on the top right corner light up for power, caps-lock and numlock”.

    What… no scroll lock? Hey did anyone ever figure out what the heck that key was supposed to be for anyway?

  44. Takuan says:

    actually watched the Rocketeer in theater, think the double bill was Mole Men and Spartans. Two bits for kids.

  45. themagus says:

    it looks good but also looks like a pain in the arse to use.

    i’d take functionality over aesthetics… at least in the area of computing.

  46. Biscuit4 says:

    I don’t get it FRANKO as a fad. Besides the labeling of the space bar, it looks pretty plain to me. But that’s just me.

  47. danegeld says:

    Are those filament bulbs for the caps lock / shift lock / num lock??

  48. Jake von Slatt says:

    Man that would look great with a couple of brass gears glued on it!

  49. Antinous says:


    Believe it or not, BoingBoing is not designed specifically to be interesting to you.

    C’mon. Breathe. Breathe. I know that’s hard to take, but you’re a grown-up. The Boingers post that which is interesting to them and, apparently, a couple million other people. There is no objective standard. But there is a scroll bar.

  50. LB says:

    It’s neat, but it doesn’t really scream “steampunk” to me. Maybe because it looks too much like a typewriter I used to have, which was from the the 60′s or so.


    Drink ‘em if you got ‘em

  52. mlennox says:

    “Aether” eh? The Michelson-Morley society will be around shortly to speak with you about heresy ;)

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