Not Everything is Pozible – But also, IRL Shooter and Patient 0 [ZOMBIES]

So have you heard of Pozible?
No, it’s not an event happening in Melbourne – but it does Zombie event in Melbourne. It’s called Patient 0, and its run by IRL Shooter. Check out their website and Facebook page. This event was also crowd-sourced on Pozible, It’s a crowd-sourcing, fund raising website for all sorts of projects and shenanigans. You may remember a reference to it in my post about Zombies (Dash of the Dead Australia had a Pozible account). It’s tagline is ‘Crowdfunding Creativity’ and its based out of Sydney and Melbourne.

Now if you don’t know what crowdfunding is, it’s basically pitching an idea (for a project, event, product etc) to the online community who can choose to donate to fund your project if they like the sound of it. Where Pozible differs from other crowdfunding sites is that it provides the possibility of offering rewards to potential donators based on how much they give. It’s an excellent tool for broadening the market for ‘investors’ in all sorts of creative projects, as well as a great indicator of market demand for certain projects.

There are tons of success stories, but then there aren’t. For example, Dash of The Dead Australia recently announced on their facebook page that they were officially cancelling the event due to sluggish fund raising and not enough time and resources to effectively market their event. They had a Pozible account and aimed to collect AUD $20,000 in pledges, but they failed to even clear $1000. Now it’s not for a lack of interest in zombie-related events, because another on, Patient 0 (a live-action zombie game by IRL Shooter) was pledged over $200,000!

How were there such starkly contrasting outcomes for two seemingly similar projects? From just observing the Websites, Pozible and Facebook pages of the two events. Patient 0 seems to have been marketed much more aggressively, in addition to that it is run by industry professionals. In other words, they have contacts and know how to use them. Also it was marketed at a specific demographic of ‘gamers’ who have a tendency to manically support something they think is cool (sorry to generalize, but i live with three of them so I’d know).  It seems like the idea was well thought through before the page was launched. Contrastingly, DotD seemed a bit more amateurish – from the language, marketing style and websites. they didn’t have a proper team in place (they were calling out for volunteers on facebook and their website) and no proper details were given. Also, Patient 0 was marketed to all of Australia (even though they would initially start in Melbourne), while DotD could only promise an event in Victoria.

So had DotD Australia been a little more prepared and done some more marketing legwork, they might have been able to pull it off. Instead of just relying on a awesome idea and a Pozible page to pull it together. Hope they work it out in the future, because I would definitely pledge again!

For more information on IRL Shooter’s Patient 0 game, check out their website and Facebook page. |
To scour some projects on Pozible go here, and hopefully find something you could make happen!

Zombies of Melbourne

This is a post about an upcoming event. So get out your fake blood and tear up some old clothes because Melbourne Zombie Shuffle 2012 is happening this [UPDATED] October, on Sunday the 28th.

When zombies take to the streets of Melbourne – for no apparent reason (except perhaps to block city traffic and scare the living population of Melbourne).

I’m excited because I love costumes. I love Zombies. Preparing for events like these are half the fun in my opinion. I’ve already begun to ‘brain’-storm for original zombie costume ideas. But obviously I began by being unoriginal and googled images of some of the greatest zombie costumes I can find on the internet to inspire me, and hopefully you too!

Melbourne Zombie Shuffle has their own facebook page here. Make sure to like it if you want to keep up to date with any changes, also they’ll probably post up details on on where and what time to meet up on the day. From what I can tell, they seem to be planning some kind of Zombie pub crawl (“keep your evening free!”) or at least, I’m hoping they do!

Which brings me to another upcoming event in (the area surrounding) Melbourne – Dash of the Dead Australia 2013.

Yes. You read that correctly – 2013! So it’s quite a long way off, actually they’re still trying to raise funds for it – CROWDSOURCING. But it’s on theme with the zombies and is an awesome idea, so you should know about it.

Scheduled to happen sometime next February, the Dash of the Dead (DotD) is a zombie apocalypse themed obstacle course to take place somewhere in South Eastern Victoria. The basic premise is to run, run and avoid the wave of zombies that will be released 10 minutes after you. Dodge, deceive, and don’t get caught – if you do, you become a Zombie yourself, hellbent of catching the other racers more skillful (or luckier!) than you were.

DotD is based on an American event, and is currently trying to raise funds to run it in Victoria. If you would like to donate, buy a ticket (Spectator or Runner) or attend the pre-race Zombie Panel on how to survive a zomibe apocalypse then head here now –
or you can like them on facebook or visit their

Slutwalk Melbourne

So today’s post may be deviating a little from my usual format of fun activities to do, or places to go see in Melbourne. This is going to be about a protest march happening in Melbourne that I think may be of some interest to my readers.

Slutwalk Melbourne 2012

History of the movement

Slutwalk is an organized protest marches through the streets of people protesting against the cultures of victim-blaming and slut-shaming, particularly in the context to rape. The movement originally started in 2011 in Toronto after a police officer told female college students to “avoid dressing like sluts” in order to avoid becoming a victim of rape. The statement is problematic to say the least. It suggests that the victims of rape are in some part to blame by not working to prevent their attack better (whether this involves dressing more conservatively or not behaving in a manner that could be deemed ‘slutty’). Slutwalk essentially opposes this view, that the only one who is to blame for the crime of rape is the individual who made the conscious decision to attack another. The sentiment also suggests that rape is primarily about sexual attraction, while it is more about domination and control of another person – which would make the argument of sexually suggestive clothing irrelevant to the equation. The movement has garnered so much attention and spread to all corners of the globe – evidently, as I attended the one in Melbourne on Saturday the 1st of September.

The movement isn’t without its criticisms though. It’s been called out on its lack of ethnic diversity in participants and a movement that relies on white (or Western) women’s privilege to be able to call themselves sluts and walk on the road in skimpy clothing (in many countries, women wouldn’t do that as a matter of choice, rather than being forced to comply to religious or cultural expectations). Others claim the word ‘slut’ shouldn’t be celebrated, as it would only serve to perpetuate misogynist beliefs rather than challenge them. The movement (and its name) is open to individual interpretation and as a result, Slutwalk means different things to different people. Some march to claim back the word ‘slut’, a word that symbolizes feminine sexual promiscuity, as something to be celebrated instead of shameful.

I initially found out about Slutwalk last year, when a friend of mine posted pictures of her attending one in the States. Most of the information I have collected in relation to it has been through blogs, online news coverage and youtube videos. You can check out the website here, follow their tweets here.

Food, for thought – Lentil as Anything

So Melbourne’s got a pretty good reputation for being a foodie’s paradise. And if you’re into that sort of thing,  there’s a fair share of fancy restaurants serving fancy food, using fancy ingredients, inspired by fancy art. Lentils As Anything is a different kind of inspirational. It’s not just about the food you come here to eat, but the concept you become a part of. With branches in Abbotsford, St Kilda and Footscray, it’s safe to say it’s a concept people genuinely want to be a part of. 

When you sit down to eat here, you’ll notice the simplicity of your surroundings, the diversity of the staff and patrons, then you’ll probably notice that there aren’t any prices on the menu. And not because they’re too embarrassingly high to be there. This is one of the integral aspects of the Lentils as Anything concept – you pay as much as you feel your meal and experience was worth. 

DID SOMEONE SAY FREE FOOD? I admit, that was my first reaction. No, I’m not encouraging that you freeload off this generous, not-for-profit company – but, instead of a bill, you pay in donations. Some would argue it’s the same thing, but there is no rule saying how much you owe. That’s not to say there aren’t expectations though. Signs at the counter informed me to take into account rent, electricity, water and various other costs in running the business. 

I found the internal conflict (melodramatic, much?) I faced when forced to pay incredibly eye-opening. I found myself taking all things into consideration, including meal size, taste, quality of service etc. Looking back at it now, I remember all the times I never batted an eyelid at the bill, particularly when I’m faced with a decision that’s already been made for me. I won’t tell you how much I eventually donated -not because I was a cheapo, but because I wouldn’t want to influence the decision that you ultimately make for yourself. Honest!. Don’t let it scare you though, you just put the donation into a box, no one’s standing around judging you!

The menu consists of a mixture of South Asian, African and Australian cuisine. They only serve vegetarian food and have a mixture of a la carte and buffet serving style (depending on the location). 
The regularly updated menus can be found on their Facebook page here. For more information on the company and the people behind it, including a fascinating timeline of how Lentils as Anything was shaped, visit their website here.

Keep a look out for the wonderful projects they run – they’re always looking for volunteers!

Eat happy, Melbourne.