Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The archive for “Philosophy”

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Gender, and Some Thoughts upon It – A Guest Post by Melanthios

Posted upon the 6th of September, 2011

This post was authored by Melanthios, a friend and past contributor of FrillyShirt. I am transgendered. I also love my body, and I love everyone else’s body, and I think that part of challenging the gender binary and part of eradicating sexism and genderism is to love your body, and to not assume that teats, […]

Euchronia, and, The Interview In Full

Posted upon the 24th of October, 2010

Heigh ho, all! If you haven’t seen it already, I have some very good news for you! Euchronia – Melbourne’s steampunk ball par excellence, whose success in its 2008 run can only be described as ‘frabjous’ – returns this year, this time transforming The Substation Arts Centre, Newport (a hair’s breadth from Newport station, on […]

Hegel: An Analogy of Hegel

Posted upon the 12th of October, 2010

Georg Hegel is very likely the world’s best-known philosopher of history (though not, if I might be candid, the world’s best philosopher of history.) Of course, in some circles, Hegel is chiefly remembered for influencing Marx… and in others, Marx is chiefly remembered for deriving from Hegel. Academia is nothing if not delightfully inconsistent, no? […]

Dandies in the Underworld and Fops in the Clouds

Posted upon the 26th of September, 2010

Here’s a curious business! A couple of months ago, a writer – Ms Baran-Unland – dropped me a line, explaining that she was working on a novel with a nineteenth-century setting – Bryony, scheduled for publication for the turn of 2011 – and was interested, for research and for the entertainment of the readers of […]

The Public’s Peacocks, Part Two

Posted upon the 23rd of July, 2010

Today’s Public Peacock is the Presidential Model – a fop who rose so high, his rank had to rush to keep up with him. He changed the face of American politics like no head of state since Lincoln, and he did it his way, from his pince-nez to his riding-boots. He was a man of […]

As Above, So Below

Posted upon the 29th of June, 2010

They said he was so evil, he killed his mother in conception, and that he practiced live sacrifice and blood rituals – but it was all puff and abstraction, and those esoteric texts were never meant to be taken literally. They said she had taken a vow of eternal silence, but it was only a […]

Beauty is Life on the Birrarung

Posted upon the 24th of December, 2009

The 20th was our semi-anniversary (our sixmonthniversary, as we’ve taken to calling it,) and, while we did amuse ourselves in the evening by reading of gifting traditions (the wiki claims that the 13th anniversary is the barometer anniversary. Barometers? Really?) our celebrations of the day were directed elsewhere. The star of the day was Katie […]

The Public’s Peacocks, Part One

Posted upon the 17th of October, 2009

Among the fops and dandies of history, there have been more than a few whose philosophy of life was, shall we say, a little conservative. Brummell himself moved in the most elite circles – so select as he felt justified in snubbing the Prince Regent, albeit with provocation – but he was a down-to-earth man […]