working steampunk

Robot ask meme!
  • Motherboard: Who's your favorite robot character?
  • Mecha: Do you prefer huge robots or tiny ones?
  • Android: Do you think machines can have souls?
  • RAM: What's the first robot character you fell in love with?
  • Modem: Do you have any robot OCs?
  • CPU: Do you listen to any robotic-themed music?
  • Chassis: What's your favorite style or kind of robot?
  • Steampunk: Do you prefer old timey robots, or modern sleeker ones?
  • Cyberpunk: Do you own any robot/tech related things?
  • Circuits: Do you think there will be a robot uprising?
  • Automaton: Would you smooch a robot?

((Hey gang! I’m working on some asks right now but I wanted to announce that me and a couple of friends are in the process of making a new BMC ask blog that is a Peculiar Children Steampunk AU–so based off of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children set in a Steampunk universe. All the kids are “peculiars” and have special powers, and the squip takes care of them all! It’s gonna be really fun °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

Prompt #69

It was the peak of the 19th century. Top hats and full dresses were the norm. But, random gadgets had made their way out of factories and into the hands of the masses.

And one of them, one of them, was not allowed outside.

Not because it hasn’t worked, but that it worked too well.

Brickwork taken to new levels.

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas Performance Piece, Dennis Oppenheim
24’ H x 12’ W x 12’ D
Steel, galvanized steel, epoxy, pigments, cement, bugles, fire brick, foam and fiberglass This piece invites one to consider the fusion of architecture and musical performance. A chimney is turned into a wind instrument, suggesting one could play or perform it. The cavity of a functional object (chimney) is considered for its sound producing qualities. In the same way, one could consider playing or performing a building by walking through it.

Going Off Book

There’s a lot of debate surrounding whether or not you should go “off book” and stop looking up interpretations for your tarot cards and when. There’s almost an expectation that if you’re a professional diviner or a more seasoned diviner that you don’t look up traditional meanings or use the book that comes with the deck. 

Personally, I disagree with that sentiment in part because I know I can have trouble memorizing things, and looking things up can help me get a more nuanced picture of the card pulled in the context of what I read. Not everyone can memorize things quickly, and it’s perfectly fine and natural to want to use the book or any other tarot guides. 

However, there is also something to be said for going off book. Frankly, it works best if you decide to read intuitively or on a deck by deck basis. (I love the book for my Steampunk deck. Works great and fits with the logical and methodical nature of that deck.) 

I own the Chrysalis deck, and I love it. It’s a very peaceful deck, but a lot of the imagery and meaning of the cards vary from the traditional Rider-Waite interpretations and imagery. The suits are different, although they still use the four elements in their imagery. Up until last night, I was very dedicated to using the booklet to understand my cards. Because they aren’t traditional, I wanted to make sure I got the most accurate reading from the intent of the book. 

Only, I lost the booklet. 

For the reading I was going to do I needed that deck. I was nervous. I didn’t know if I could read accurately without the booklet. But my deck reminded me that the reason I bought the deck in the first place was because I had a dream with that deck in it and in that dream I knew I was able to read it intuitively. My deck told me it was able to do the read without the book, and even though I was scared, my deck knew I could do it.

So I read without the booklet.  And you know what? I got a very accurate and poetic read. The cards spoke to me, and I became closer with my deck in a way I’ve never been before. 

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to use the tarot booklet or other resources. I have Biddy Tarot constantly open so I can cross reference my interpretations. But sometimes some decks are read best with intuition. Have faith in your abilities. Don’t be afraid to go off book.