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The Difference Engine World Conference

The Difference Engine World Conference was a very nice steampunk convention.  The people there – the con staff, the guests, the attendees – were all amazing and excellent people.  Every one of them made the convention fun and exciting and free of drama.

Our Chief Negotiator (Bev Hale) and the ConChair (as both herself – Noddy – and her steampunk self – Cordelia MoonTea) attended in their official capacity as staff for OctopodiCon and Bev Hale also attended as a merchant (OtherWhen Oddities).  Ms. Hale was pleased with her sales as a merchant and had a great deal of fun during the times she had at her table when not presenting panels.

The Madames Hale and MoonTea presented 7 panels during the Conference.  They were sparsely but intensely attended.  Everyone learned new things and made friends.  The two most attended panels were the one on the Art of Flirting and MoonTea’s Manners.

The panel on Flirting was active – flirting codes for fans, parasols, gloves, and handkerchiefs were presented, and we all learned about finger signals from a delightful gentleman in the audience. We had a great time, and the gentlemen participated without prompting.  Some of the people noticed that there were patterns to the flirting – yes and happy gestures were made to the right side of the body, no and sad or angry gestures were made to the left side, confusion and questioning and teasing and definitive statements were made from the center of the body – in front of the face, usually.

The panel on Manners was well attended.  A lively discussion on the difference between manners and etiquette ensued over cookies and Earl Grey. The conclusion was that manners arose from the heart – civility, gentleness, kindness, thoughtfulness – and etiquette rose from manners.  When etiquette forgot the heart, it became restrictive and cold and unkind.  So we decided to spread the word that steampunk manners had one etuquette rule:  be kind.

Later today or tomorrow, we’ll post up the definitions of the various flirting gestures and links to some flower language dictionaries.


Holidays are always exciting and full of activity.  Just because hte midwinter celebrations are done doesn’t mean the holidays are over yet!  We have the New Year coming up, and OctopodiCon will be celebrating at the Difference Engine World Conference in Ft. Worth, TX.

Come by and see us!  We’ll have prizes, registration forms, and more!

Our own Bev Hale will be there with her Otherwhen Oddities and Cordelia MoonTea will be presenting panels with her on Steampunk Flirting, Enabling Disabled Steampunks, the History of Steampunk, How to Get Started in Steampunk, and more.

It will be a great way to spend a New Year’s weekend!