vilakins: (steampunk raygun)
Re the post's title: it's from our well known "world famous in New Zealand" which I see the owners of L&P have trademarked despite it being in common joking use.

Anyway, the photo the Otago Daily Times took of me has indeed shown up, but in the ODT-owned Oamaru Mail. It's on page 6 of this week's paper (digital edition - it takes a couple of seconds to load full size) along with others of steampunkers. Unusually, it's not a bad one; I usually loathe photos of me.
vilakins: (steampunk me)
Behold: just in time for the last steampunk post, an icon showing me in wig, leather helmet, obligatory steampunk goggles, and raygun. The raygun also has its own icon.

On Saturday night I attended the League of Victorian Imagineers Mess Dinner, a huge function full of adults having fun cosplaying and just plain playing. There were hobbyhorse and teacup races* and a bizarre and illogical murder mystery with about 12 corpses.

* Teacup races? See this Victorian picture for the idea. Contestants were selected ladies wearing corsets, but they only had to balance one (empty) cup and saucer.


Lady with blinged-up Dalek handbag. Yes, it did say, "EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!"

Two more of the dinner )

Yesterday it was the Moments in Time fashion parade at the Opera House in which contestants also have to have a story about their persona. I didn't take photos as I knew they wouldn't come out well, but the overall winner was a chap in top hat and goggles - and a wonderfully retro spacesuit. The fire angel with wings he could ratchet out to be HUGE was also wonderful; hey, they all were!

Afterwards I had coffee with Katelin from Budapest (now living here).

Two photos of Katelin and her magnificent hat )

Links to the Otago Daily Times reporting (I didn't make the cut, I'm relieved to say):
That's it for this year, but it's board games night tonight so that's good.
vilakins: (tea)
My photos of the Fire and Steam event last night didn't come out well. Here are two anyway.


It was pretty cool, with various groups performing including Cook Island and Taiko drummers. I do love Taiko.

Steampunk market and probably more than you ever wanted to know about tea duelling )
vilakins: (attolian me)
At last I live somewhere here that has a winter festival - Steampunk Festival Weekend! It starts tonight with Fire and Steam.

Fire and Steam

I haven't been able to find my leather helmet*, but I have the rest of the gear I need: goggles, wig (see icon), leather cap and jacket, army jacket, pocket watch, flask with compass, and raygun. I realised I also needed a persona, like the other steampunkers here, so I'm Lucinda Augusta Throgmorton. I toyed with Henrietta Buckleton which was the magnificent name a school friend rejoiced in (she wanted to be a truck driver when she left school) but decided I'd create my own.

Other things I'm going to:
  • Tea Duelling tomorrow morning, as a competitor
  • League of Victorian Imagineers Mess Dinner, Murder Mystery and Airship Racing tomorrow night
  • Steampunk NZ Moments In Time: a series of tiny theatre pieces at the Opera House on Sunday
  • Assorted markets and demos

* Found the helmet which is good because my leather flat cap didn't fit over my wig.
vilakins: (sepia)
And now for some more retro. Weight Watchers recipe cards from 1974: both terrifying and funny. I can only assume they were trying to put people right off food.

And some steampunk!

My steampunk style )
vilakins: (sepia)
And now for some more retro. Weight Watchers recipe cards from 1974: both terrifying and funny. I can only assume they were trying to put people right off food.

And some steampunk!

My steampunk style )
vilakins: (cool stuff)

Link via [livejournal.com profile] jacteest: a wonderfully animated and very funny steampunk duel.

Gentlemen's Duel

vilakins: (cool stuff)

Link via [livejournal.com profile] jacteest: a wonderfully animated and very funny steampunk duel.

Gentlemen's Duel

vilakins: (cool stuff)

This is the best steampunk mod I've seen so far: a steampunk laptop. He has a video of starting it up with the clockwork key and powering down with the quill pen. He's even planning to do a Wacom tablet for it later using the quill. Awesome.

vilakins: (cool stuff)

This is the best steampunk mod I've seen so far: a steampunk laptop. He has a video of starting it up with the clockwork key and powering down with the quill pen. He's even planning to do a Wacom tablet for it later using the quill. Awesome.

vilakins: (avon silver anorak)

I've had a tough week and I seem to have injured my eye (the other one this time) but never mind. Have some cool links (no, not the ones on Terminal).

First up, the steampunk keyboard mod.

And now for the Top Gear guys launching a space shuttle replica Robin Reliant (little three-wheeled car) with wings. 9 minutes of geeky wonderfulness that even the Mythbusters (as far as I know) haven't equalled - and what's more, it works amazingly well but for a problem with separation. I love those guys.

vilakins: (avon silver anorak)

I've had a tough week and I seem to have injured my eye (the other one this time) but never mind. Have some cool links (no, not the ones on Terminal).

First up, the steampunk keyboard mod.

And now for the Top Gear guys launching a space shuttle replica Robin Reliant (little three-wheeled car) with wings. 9 minutes of geeky wonderfulness that even the Mythbusters (as far as I know) haven't equalled - and what's more, it works amazingly well but for a problem with separation. I love those guys.

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