We have a well-documented steampunk fetish here at Gizmodo, which is why we totally popped some tents when we saw these amazing steampunk robots by sculptor and animator Stephane Halleux. They're beautiful in their detail, although unfortunately, unlike real robots, these guys don't move. I could see these fetching some pretty high prices as pieces of art, however. Nice work, Stephane. [GadgetLab]
People: Learn to deal with news that won't be your exact cup of tea. If I have to suffer the news about the stupid Japanese novelty gadgets and PS3 articles then you can damn well suffer some steampunk-esque comments from time to time. You go to a place because in average it contains things you like. As long as Gizmodo has stuff I like (on average) I can deal with the odd article I'm not interested in.
On the ads (one "d", it's not that hard and you do look like a moron when you misspell it): Whoever suffers advertising in webpages nowadays is because they like it. I read the Giz through RSS and use adblock. I understand websites need the ads to cover for costs but I also know I've never clicked nor will I ever click on a banner so I don't feel bad filtering them out.
If you choose not to use RSS and not to block the ads on the page then just filter them out visually and/or ignore them. It's not that hard. We do it all the time in newspapers, magazines and bannered TV Shows.
Calaveras: You're on a losing side there. This was argued already a decade ago and didn't hold. The term "Steampunk" was first used tongue-in-cheek and sadly it stuck (probably because it's easy to remember and sounds cool). The name is completely disconnected from any reference to Cyberpunk and doesn't try to justify itself, it's just what it is. You can't change it because it's not supposed to be logical.
So suggest away, but it will be for naught.