Part of the motivation behind throwing the Fire Ball was to give those of us interested in the so-called "steampunk" aesthetic to dress up accordingly. I've been fascinated by the whole genre for awhile now: I love its combination of history, science, sci-fi, and DIY ethos. And it's catching on around the world.
The second annual Edwardian Weekend in San Francisco (also a de-facto steampunk convention) happened this January, and someone with a camera was there to document the action:
Who doesn't love an excuse to get dressed up and play with mechanical toys? Crazy people, that's who.