Merlin Mann on Steampunk Masturbatory Devices

Merlin Mann is a journalist, doctor programmer and the guy behind among other things, but today he adds another bullet point to the list by offering some in-depth advice on how to keep it real, Steam-style. You think your gear is genuine? This video might make you re-consider. Without further ado I give you Merlin Mann in Steampunk DIY. Thanks for making me spill my coffee, Molly!

15 Responses to “Merlin Mann on Steampunk Masturbatory Devices”

  1. David Forbes Says:


    Heh. That made my morning. For some reason the way he said “artis-anal” was just the icing on the cake.

  2. hyuju Says:


    Oh god, imagine if some e-idiot actually made one, and the glass broke.

  3. Miss Katonic Says:


    Ohhhhh lordy. “Peaked cap from a union soldier” killed me. Thumbs up to you, sir. You are more legit than all of us combined.

  4. Saturn Says:

    HG Wells’ masturbatory sketch book… ha ha ha!!

  5. Nemo Bion Says:


    You really can’t make good Steampunk lube without a Peaked cap from a Union Soldier.

  6. Nadya Says:

    “I’ll be dressed as a submarine.” HAAA

  7. Jerem Morrow Says:


    p.s. Wine through nose = DO NOT WANT

  8. Tess Says:

    God damn that was hilarious. I am still dying over the glasses made from Jules Verne’s desk. Killer.

  9. Alice Says:

    Holy fucktits! It would seem I suddenly have a new idol….

    “The Leonardo da Vinci of masturbation”….

  10. Adrian Says:

    hahaha. Oh god… Finally someone showing the UBOR STEAMPUNX! that they are basically a joke…

  11. Jon Munger Says:

    Jake Von Slatt did a response:

    It’s still funny.

  12. Nick Says:

    If you’re going to do satire, please get it right. This was not funny at all. I agree with his premise but, jeez, his execution was execrable.

  13. Mer Says:

    Actually, I thought Merlin’s cheerful deadpan approach was hilarious. I’m relieved to know I’m not the only who finds the combination of the word “steampunk” with “masturbatory” a tad redundant at this point in time.

    However, Jake Von Slatt’s earnest response and strained attempts at humor made me wince a bit. I think he’s an endearing and highly intelligent fellow, but his rebuttal only proves the point Merlin was trying to make. From the BB comment thread:

    Original video: You have no sense of humor
    Retort: Yes I do. Here’s a 32 slide PowerPoint presentation proving I do.

    Ouch, but true.

    Wanna build a better jetpack? Hot glue cogs to your toaster/cat/ipod dock/bouzouki? Dance around in goggles, toppers and spats to tracks off the Definitive Cleopatra Compilation? Go for it! But why the outrage when folks start to poke fun? Surely, on some level, even the most solemn queefernaut must realize that endless semantics arguments and breathless declarations of steampunk as a “lifestyle choice” are giggle-inducing. Lighten up, sweetings!

  14. Nadya Says:

    “Definitive Cleopatra Compilation” :D

    You crack me up, Mer. We’ve missed you!

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