Cure for Lumbago ;-)

Step right up folks. That’s right, Professa Uncle Festa’s patented “Snake Oil Replacement” cures lumbago, toothache, warts, back-pain and gammy leg. Made from the highest quality Di-Hydrogen Oxide, this formula is twice as effective as Dr. Bill William’s Snake Oil. So why settle for second best? Ahem, I advertised these while winning a costume award at the Firefly/Serenity fund-raising event on the weekend. A jolly good time.

All good Steampunks need this product. Just 2 gold coins. Gold-pressed latinum not accepted.

Prof. Uncle festa's snakeoil

Prof. Uncle festa's snakeoil

Prof Uncle Festa Snake Oil Label

Prof Uncle Festa Snake Oil Label

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The anti-mindless-plastic-consumer Punk ethic in Steampunk

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how mindlessly plastic consumerist Western society has become, and how human relationships and creativity are suffering because of this. Every generation seems to have its cultural form of people-oriented creative outlet. The 60s had hippies, the 80s had Punk, the 90s Goth, and now there’s Steampunk. Some counter-cultures are more angry and some are more happy. I like Steampunk because it emphasises positive inclusive community, creativity and the DIY ethos that rejects becoming just another plastic cog in the global corporatist marketplace. A great short vid on this theme is by Douglas Rushkoff- on this page:

http://www.steampunkworkshop.com/life-inc-douglas-rushkoff

A steampunk personality- GD Falksen, wearing the automotivator-1

A steampunk personality- GD Falksen, wearing the automotivator-1

We need healthy rejection of the worst elements of modern mass-consumption sameness- This image says it all really 🙂

Manifest Fashion Panel

Well it was a fun day out at Manifest (the Melbourne anime/manga convention).  A group of us well-mannered and well-costumed Lolitas and Steampunks were interviewed on a fashion panel about our clothing choices, colours etc. Fun :-). Here’s yours truly and Connie, the other Steampunk on the panel with me, having our photos taken by the admiring hordes :-)! I mean, how many Gothic Lolita pics can people take! We certainly spiced things up a little.

New Steampunk friend Connie and yours truly

New Steampunk friend Connie and yours truly