Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Sincere Thanks, Observations, Swell Chaps

Penned upon the 5th of May, 2009

Hello, everyone. Thanks for being patient while FrillyShirt is relatively, well, inert. I’m a Quaker’s indolence from the end of a degree five years in the making, and this final six months is the most difficult scholarly task I’ve ever attempted. My sleep is disrupted, I’m staying awake for whole days then crashing spectacularly, falling ill, having absurd thesis-related nightmares… well, I won’t kvetch, but it’s all a bit weird, you can see. All while planning the wedding, too! (I won’t give too much away, but the wedding party is going to look fantastic.)

I must say, though, that some of the comments on my writing recently have been very sweet. FrillyShirt readers really are lovely… so thank you all.

A momentary return to a favourite subject: punk. Specifically, -punk, as in suffix. There does not need to be a separate title for every era that receives the technopunk treatment – dieselpunk, clockpunk, sundialpunk, cottonginpunk. If it uses exaggerated images of past periods of technologisation to critique the same forces in modern day, it’s steampunk. If it uses potential future ramifications of technologisation to do same, it’s cyberpunk. If it does neither, it isn’t a -punk at all. Yes, not all steampunk involves steam power. Not all cyberpunk involves cybernetics. Very little punk involves smouldering decayed timber or the prison sex trade, so I think we’re able to grasp umbrella terms which don’t literally describe their content by now.

Of course, if you’re after steampunk that does expertly grapple with questions of technologisation across history, you should join the Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers!

As a reward for reading all that, here’s a sneak preview of the Three Swell Chaps’ next album!

1- We’re Bad Ass Hell Raising Motherbotherers (Traditional)
2- Wellington and Winchelsea Both Aimed Wide (crts. van Loenen)
3- Do They Know It’s Christmas? No, Because They Are Heathens (Doing It Missionary Style Megamix)
4- I Demand Satisfaction (crts. van Loenen)
5- Born to be Swinburne

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Commentary upon “Sincere Thanks, Observations, Swell Chaps”

  1. Meaghan was heard to remark,

    Upon the 7th of May, 2009 at 10:54 am,

    You know, the whole -punk or punk- debate is unnecessarily controversial, to my mind. There’s nothing so easy as inventing a new genre, but frankly, genre is getting increasingly superfluous. All it does is align you with people/things you probably hate or feel that you surpass and with teh interwebs, we can all draw inspiration/steal ideas from everything and everyone and interpret things completely differently to what was intended.

    Moving on now. Are you familiar with Rule 34/36 (depending on who you talk to or what webcomic you read)? Basically, it states that any bizarre pairing or random concept has already been made into porn. I think the -punk/punk- debate is like this. Recently, I’ve been wondering how popular cyberpunk porn is as per this rule but I’m too scared to find out!

    Also, I’m so referring to myself as a motherbotherer from now on!

  2. Sir Frederick Chook was heard to remark,

    Upon the 10th of May, 2009 at 6:33 am,

    I’ll bother any mother that moooooooooves!

    I’ve seen a few different Rule 36s, some of which are at odds with each other. The field is in dire need of a Johnson or a Bierce to codify things. As for the punx, it does rather depend how strictly you define these things. How many cogwheels make the difference between porn with a corset and steampunk porn?

  3. Andrew was heard to remark,

    Upon the 14th of May, 2009 at 1:23 am,

    I think this counts as steampunk porn:

  4. Sir Frederick Chook was heard to remark,

    Upon the 15th of May, 2009 at 2:32 am,

    Why, how delightful!

  5. Andrew was heard to remark,

    Upon the 15th of May, 2009 at 4:26 pm,

    I live to educate!

  6. andrew was heard to remark,

    Upon the 16th of May, 2009 at 2:01 am,

    Oh, I’ve been meaning to tell you that I linked to Frilly Shirt on my blog. I hope that’s okay; I’ll remove it if you’d rather not have it there.

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