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On Steampunk Holiday: The origins of Cogsday

 It’s challenging to create worthwhile new programming ideas, and I can safely tell you that the amount of time we spent on trying to figure out how to develop a new VIP event was approximately 237 years.  If you see Hermione, tell her I’ll get her Time-Turner back to her right after 2020.

I knew I wanted to invent a holiday, something festive, something with traditions, something a little silly, but also something people could take seriously as a chance to essentially thank Steampunk for giving us this vast playground of the imagination.  I batted it around forever, and finally had a conversation with Professor Adam Smasher of The Eternal Frontier, who helped us out by incorporating this Thirsty Squid into our scheme.

Figuring out Cogsday, The Steampunk Holiday took a lot of time and energy.  Let me hand you over to the good professor, to give you his original thought.  It’s a little like what you see in the link above, only this is the Director’s Cut.

History meets Ficstory! By Professor Adam Smasher

What is Cogsday and why do we need to celebrate it? (Why Steampunks MUST celebrate Cogsday):

The Steampunk phenomenon itself, has long been celebrated by magnificent events hosted on Terra firma, occasionally in the aethersphere and upon the water. No matter how truly wondrous all of these celebrations continue to be…
They have all, either only touched upon or completely overlooked one very important Steampunk frontier, THE BRINY DEPTHS OF THE SEAS!!! Sure you will see the obligatory cephalopod displayed here and there at conventions! But, our fellow Steampunks, we must not overlook this important frontier any longer! It is not incidental, it is crucial and here is why!

Chrononauts we are…
But does anyone know where the earliest known example of a gear wheel (A.K.A. Cog), was discovered? If per chance you guessed, the briny depths of the sea, you are 20,000 % correct! 


What is Cogsday and why do we need to celebrate it? (Why Steampunks MUST celebrate Cogsday):

The Steampunk phenomenon itself, has long been celebrated by magnificent events hosted on Terra firma, occasionally in the aethersphere and upon the water. No matter how truly wondrous all of these celebrations continue to be…
They have all, either only touched upon or completely overlooked one very important Steampunk frontier, THE BRINY DEPTHS OF THE SEAS!!! Sure you will see the obligatory cephalopod displayed here and there at conventions! But, our fellow Steampunks, we must not overlook this important frontier any longer! It is not incidental, it is crucial and here is why!

Chrononauts we are…
But does anyone know where the earliest known example of a gear wheel (A.K.A. Cog), was discovered? If per chance you guessed, the briny depths of the sea, you are 20,000 % correct!

The Antikythera mechanism was discovered in the Antikythera shipwreck, near the Greek island of Antikythera. The wreck was found in April 1900 by Greek sponge divers, who retrieved numerous artifacts, inclusive of bronze and marble statues, pottery, unique glassware, jewelry, coins, and THE MECHANISM! Thought to be a mere a lump of corroded bronze and wood at the time,
The Mechanism went unnoticed for two years, while museum staff worked on piecing together more obvious artifacts. Then, on 17 May 1902,
archaeologist Valerios Stais was examining the finds and noticed that one of the pieces of rock, had a GEAR WHEEL embedded in it! The largest gear it contains is approximately 5.5 inches in diameter and originally had 223 teeth. Stais initially believed it was an astronomical clock, but most scholars considered the device to be prochronistic, too complex to have been constructed during the same period as the other pieces discovered. It has since been argued that The Mechanism, dates back to 323 B.C. and it has been called, “The Portable Cosmos!”.
Prochronistic they say? Bolderdash we Chrononauts say! While we may never know the absolute birth date, of the superlative creation known to us as, “The Cog”. We do know it’s earliest known incarnation was discovered at the bottom of the sea and identified between April 1900 and May 1902! So I ask you my fellow Chronoauts, does it not make absolute sense to celebrate, “Cogsday, as the simultaneous birth and/ or discovery of the Cog”???
YES!!!, of course it does!!! That is precisely why Cogsday, THE WORLD’S FIRST EVER STEAMPUNK HOLIDAY, will be celebrated, in force, annually in May, at the world’s largest and most prestigeous Steampunk event, “The Steampunk World’s Fair!”!!!
Accept no substitutes! The very fisrt annual Cogsday begings at 11:00P.M. on Saturday May 6
th. 2017. Attendance will be granted to special ticket holders only, so buy your tickets NOW!!!
In short, Cogsday is THE birthday celebration of the Cog!
Ahhh… But the mystery deepens…
What type of entertainment might one encounter within a Cogsday celebration?
What manner of Cogs-liday traditions will be born from it’s embrace?
To this end we quip, “Welcome to, The Thirsty Squid!”…
Where brine minded Chrononauts can get their flippers wet!
In 1976 the legendary, Jacques Cousteau dove on the wreck of
The Antikythera, and found additional pieces of The Mechanism! The staff at The Steampunk World’s Fair, was also able to substantiate rumors, that Captain Nemo himself, posessed ancient Greek documents, was well aware and in search of, “The Mechanism”! Nemo sought to repair or reverse engineer it, harness it’s power and control the world from his own subaquatic armchair! But alas, he was unable to locate it! So you might ask, how did the the staff at S.P.W.F. gather this important information, about the elusive Captain Nemo’s desires? Would you believe they retrieved it directly from an intoxicated Captain Nemo himself? Well… It’s true!!! The staff were all on hand one night at the only known, aetherial and exclusive watering hole, Captain Nemo himself has ever frequented, “The Thirsty Squid!”.
Nemo was comfortable at The Thirsty Squid and believed himself to be in the company of, like minded evil geniuses (And he was probably accurate!). On that one particular night and after numerous toasts, he outlined to the SPWF staff, in great detail, his meniacal, mechanical desires! So, if The Thirsty Squid seems like a speakeasy that you would like to imbibe at, ticket holders for the Cogsday celebration are in luck! While The Thirsty Squid has been known to emerge erraticly, from the murky depths of the brine. There is but one night it emerges each year, that you can set your chronographs to! At precisely 11:59 P.M. during the Cogsday celebration, Saturday of The Steampunk World’s Fair!
The Thirsty Squid by way of Cogsday, will feature a performance/ serenade by the Steampunk musical duo, “ The Eternal Frontier”, as well as Burlesque and a host of suprise guests!!!

The Antikythera mechanism was discovered in the Antikythera shipwreck, near the Greek island of Antikythera. The wreck was found in April 1900 by Greek sponge divers, who retrieved numerous artifacts, inclusive of bronze and marble statues, pottery, unique glassware, jewelry, coins, and THE MECHANISM! Thought to be a mere a lump of corroded bronze and wood at the time,
The Mechanism went unnoticed for two years, while museum staff worked on piecing together more obvious artifacts. Then, on 17 May 1902,
archaeologist Valerios Stais was examining the finds and noticed that one of the pieces of rock, had a GEAR WHEEL embedded in it! The largest gear it contains is approximately 5.5 inches in diameter and originally had 223 teeth. Stais initially believed it was an astronomical clock, but most scholars considered the device to be prochronistic, too complex to have been constructed during the same period as the other pieces discovered. It has since been argued that The Mechanism, dates back to 323 B.C. and it has been called, “The Portable Cosmos!”.
Prochronistic they say? Bolderdash we Chrononauts say! While we may never know the absolute birth date, of the superlative creation known to us as, “The Cog”. We do know it’s earliest known incarnation was discovered at the bottom of the sea and identified between April 1900 and May 1902! So I ask you my fellow Chronoauts, does it not make absolute sense to celebrate, “Cogsday, as the simultaneous birth and/ or discovery of the Cog”???
YES!!!, of course it does!!! That is precisely why Cogsday, THE WORLD’S FIRST EVER STEAMPUNK HOLIDAY, will be celebrated, in force, annually in May, at the world’s largest and most prestigeous Steampunk event, “The Steampunk World’s Fair!”!!!
Accept no substitutes! The very fisrt annual Cogsday begings at 11:00P.M. on Saturday May 6
th. 2017. Attendance will be granted to special ticket holders only, so buy your tickets NOW!!!
In short, Cogsday is THE birthday celebration of the Cog!
Ahhh… But the mystery deepens…
What type of entertainment might one encounter within a Cogsday celebration?
What manner of Cogs-liday traditions will be born from it’s embrace?
To this end we quip, “Welcome to, The Thirsty Squid!”…
Where brine minded Chrononauts can get their flippers wet!
In 1976 the legendary, Jacques Cousteau dove on the wreck of
The Antikythera, and found additional pieces of The Mechanism! The staff at The Steampunk World’s Fair, was also able to substantiate rumors, that Captain Nemo himself, posessed ancient Greek documents, was well aware and in search of, “The Mechanism”! Nemo sought to repair or reverse engineer it, harness it’s power and control the world from his own subaquatic armchair! But alas, he was unable to locate it! So you might ask, how did the the staff at S.P.W.F. gather this important information, about the elusive Captain Nemo’s desires? Would you believe they retrieved it directly from an intoxicated Captain Nemo himself? Well… It’s true!!! The staff were all on hand one night at the only known, aetherial and exclusive watering hole, Captain Nemo himself has ever frequented, “The Thirsty Squid!”.
Nemo was comfortable at The Thirsty Squid and believed himself to be in the company of, like minded evil geniuses (And he was probably accurate!). On that one particular night and after numerous toasts, he outlined to the SPWF staff, in great detail, his meniacal, mechanical desires! So, if The Thirsty Squid seems like a speakeasy that you would like to imbibe at, ticket holders for the Cogsday celebration are in luck! While The Thirsty Squid has been known to emerge erraticly, from the murky depths of the brine. There is but one night it emerges each year, that you can set your chronographs to! At precisely 11:59 P.M. during the Cogsday celebration, Saturday of The Steampunk World’s Fair!
The Thirsty Squid by way of Cogsday, will feature a performance/ serenade by the Steampunk musical duo, “ The Eternal Frontier”, as well as Burlesque and a host of suprise guests!!!

~as told to Jeff Mach

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Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.




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