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Star Wars Victorian

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Star Wars fan and talented artist Terry Fan combined his two passions in a new series called "Victorian Wars". This is exactly as it sounds, famous characters from the franchise, such as R2-D2, Chewbacca, wearing outfits from the Victorian / Steampunk era. For those who have never heard of Steampunk, it's basically a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. This genre features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Click here to view some awesome Star Wars cosplay. Continue reading for more Star Wars characters in Victorian times.

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Steampunk Bar

Alexandru Tohotan and Zoltan Zelenyak of "The 6th Sense Interiors" have opened Enigma Cafe, the world's first steampunk-themed bar, in Cluj, Romania. In addition to the numerous kinetic sculptures - artworks in constant motion from light and ceiling fixtures, customers will also find gigantic wall clocks, rotating wheels, metallic flowers opening up on the ceiling, a live moving bird as well as a Giger-inspired robot on a bike. Continue reading for more pictures and a few animated GIFs.

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Steampunk Monitors

When is a display, not just something used to play games, surf the web, work, etc.? When they're transformed into things that look to be straight from the Victorian-era. This computer geek transformed not one, but two, of his displays, and they look classy to say the least. Now if only there were a matching keyboard and mouse...Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery Continue reading for a viral video of Petr Spatina being played in a glass harp.

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Functional Steampunk Computer

Photo credit: Steampunk Artwork

If modern computers existed in the 1800s, this is probably what they'd look like. Though it may look like a vintage typewriter, this functional computer actually is comprised of iron, steel, wood, brass, glass and leather. According to its creators, this computer is "perfect for time-travelers' office. It [has] a 150 years old base frame, a keyboard, a monitor, a mouse, together with a separate, free-standing mouse pad, webcam, plasma tubes, lighting, a Nixie clock and various gadgets. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Steampunk Gatling Gun

Just about everyone on the internet has seen or at least heard of the steampunk movement, and for those who haven't, it's basically a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Now if handheld gatling guns existed during the 1800s, this is probably what they would look like. The example you see above is a completely revamped Ruger 10/22 - the gun's action is concealed nside the copper container. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Scrap Metal Animals

Iran-based sculpor Hasan Novrozi uses scrap metal, automotive parts and even random hand tools to create a magnificent series of steampunk animals sculptures that are seemingly full of life and emotion. Aside from the epic Pegasus statue you see above, he's also created other sculptures in a variety of styles, some of which are made from clay. Continue reading to see more of his amazing creations.

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Steam Powered Motrcycle

Photo credit: Marc Quinlivan via Laughing Squid

While it looks to be something straight from a museum, Netherlands-based Revatu Customs' Black Pearl is a real motorcycle with a steamy secret. That's right, it's powered by fully-functional steam engine. Unfortunately, it only tops out at about 5mph, but Black Pearl is a conversation piece nonetheless. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including the best way to drink coffee, or at least in the summer.

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Steam-Powered Game Console

Behold, Steam Machine, the world's first steam-powered game console. Priced at a reasonable $199.99, a stationary steam engine produces all the electricity you need to play your games, using a patent-pending miniature boiler mechanism. The coolest part? The Steam-Powered Gaming Cabinet will keep you gaming even if the electricity goes out. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the product page.

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Steampunk Gadgets

Sure, everyone knows that smartphones, water guns, computers, LED-lit heels, and even pocket watches didn't exist back during the Victorian-era, but there are plenty of Steampunk artists out there willing to give these modern inventions a complete makeover. Steampunk may resemble retrofuturism in a sense, as both sensibilities recall "the older but still modern eras in which technological change seemed to anticipate a better world, one remembered as relatively innocent of industrial decline." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today.

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Steampunk Gadgets

Geeks probably already know that the Victorian Era is the period in which the majority of the Steampunk subculture is focused on. Since the 1990s, the application of the steampunk label has expanded beyond works set in recognisable historical periods, to works set in fantasy worlds that rely heavily on steam- or spring-powered technology. These gadgets (and the custom Iron Man suit) fall under the modern steampunk period. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Aug(de)mented Reality 2, where the real and hand-drawn worlds collide.

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