Spare a thought for @rustle, the original @steemtorch

in #steemtorch5 years ago (edited)

In the last week, there has been a steady stream of posts in my feed about @steemtorch. Lit by @geekgirl, and transferred through the Steem blockchain, the overarching objectives are to show twitter, and the world, the strength and "trust" that the Steem Community have in one another.

The idea is that one person transfers STEEM to another, either adding (but never taking) from the total like an old fashioned chain-letter.

It is also an interesting social experiment in seeing how people react to transparency.

At the time of writing, the steem torch burns around various blockchain wallets with the fires of 405.001 STEEM.

The Steem Torch isn't an original idea, and nor is its corporeal counterpart, a little mascot called @rustle.

Photo by @mattclarke

The brainchild of @mattclarke, @rustle is the "meet up mascot". The text below is taken from @rustle's introduction post:

Walking past the Adelaide Zoo, a splash of white caught my eye. I crept up for a better look and realised I was witnessing an actual breakout. This sulfur crested cockatoo was done with their bars and their rules. He was clear of the gates and sat waiting for a bus, so we got to talking.His name's Rustle and he wants to see the world. I told him about steem and he got really enthused, so I took him home and set him up with his own account - @rustle He wanted to throw the authorities off the scent, and express his enthusiasm, so we switched up his crest.

This is what @rustle looks like now:
photo by @mattclarke

@rustle made his first appearance in meat-space at the #mallsballers monthly meet up, in sleepy, Adelaide, South Australia.

Four Steemians made posts about his existence in the days that followed.

@minismallholding spoke of the special visit from not only @rustle, but also of @ratticus

We also heard from @julienghost and @thevillan, locals.

The Visit from @ratticus is probably the most important, here.

He took @rustle from Adelaide, and moved him onward. Helped him evade the authorities in the Adelaide zoo that had detained him. It was off to Melbourne, Australia.

Like an olympic torch, @rustle's grand relay around the Earth had only just begun.

In Melbourne, another meet up occurred. @mazzle (who has now migrated to Adelaide, and is officially becoming a #mallsballer!) spoke about meeting @rustle in a video.

@ratticus continued onward, documenting his continuing journey with @rustle. New South Wales was next.

High Tech Survilieance shows @ratticus and @rustle making a trek

Eventually, he found his way to Sydney. There, @rustle met a huge bunch of steemians, and was being very cheeky indeed.

photo from @bearone

In attendance was @stabilowl, @travelgirl, @quochuy, @ratticus, @phamished, @ohboy and @chrisdavidphoto. That wasn't the end of @rustle's journey.

Thus began @rustle's foster care with @bearone, in the beautiful blue mountains.

After some time, @rustle got a bit restless. It was time to move. @r00sj3 had just gotten into town, and taken custody of @rustle on her road trip around Australia. She thoroughly documented @rustle being a nuisance.

We only learned more about @rustle when he was finally interviewed by @r00sj3.

photo by @r00sj3

Back to the Australia road trip. Did you meet up with a lot of people?

After leaving @bearone's place, I didn't know what to expect. I was given a place on the dashboard in @r00sj3's motorhome and I could look out of the window the whole time. It is clear she has no clue how to drive on the left side of the road, though. People would stare and smile at me, that was nice. But often, when she stopped for a quick snack, she kept forgetting about me and left me all alone in the car. I bet she didn't want people to see us together. She just wanted to keep me all to herself!

Before long - @rustle would find himself in The Netherlands.

He Then found his way to @steemfest where he rubbed shoulders with Steem's most beautiful, and finest people, as superbly documented by @llfarms and her brilliant photography.

For instance, here's @tarazkp with @rustle from @llfarms gallery:


Another photo by @llfarms shows that @rustle wasn't going to embark on his next trip without a fight.


Next, it was time for @rustle to go across the ocean again.

@coruscate managed to sneak @rustle past airport security, continuing his journey toward literal freedom: The United States of America.

Before that, there's evidence that saw @rustle causing even more mischief at Steemfest.

@coruscate pictured with @crimsonclad and @rustle

hitting the booze, by @coruscate

Then @rustle decided to photobomb @aggroed and @yabapmatt

After a long flight he found his way onto the @steemsistershow, where he quickly became executive producer.


@rustle has been busy at work, planning his next journey. @aussieninja is keen and eager to spend some quality time with @rustle, and we, the #mallsballers, and the birthplace of @rustle, can't wait to see where his journey takes him next.

A Transaction on a blockchain is one thing.

A Physical, Steem-Themed Torch, passed from meet up to meet up, person to person, and from place on Earth to another place on Earth is a far greater testament to the power of the Steem blockchain.

The power to bring people together.

Finally, here is me and @rustle


I will admit, I actually ran across the steemfest floor to meet Rustle :3 I can neither confirm nor deny there was a squeal.

If there's no video evidence, it never happened!

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!sneeze cough cough oh that’s what that squeal sound was about

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!sneeze just sharing!

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100% was squeal

I was just thinking about Rustle ❤️ I felt so lame that at the time of meeting him (and publishing those photos) I had no idea who he was. I was excited to hear he traveled back with lea and was curious if he would be meeting us in Austin? I’d love to show him around Cali sometime 😎

I do think it is a great experiment to showcase the most unique thing about our blockchain, the people. Thanks for reminding us of that 🤗

It is the most important part - bringing people together - who wouldn't ordinarily meet. It has made my social circle enormous, and not just that, but incredibly strong, as well!

@rustle is a free agent - he goes where he wants. :)

I'm sure he'd love to see the sunshine in California!

So many (hazy) memories of Steemfest. I remember a lot of beautiful women really excited to see me; but that's pretty much every weekend I'm not jammed away in a suitcase.
@coruscate and @maryjaney have been lovely; but @aussieninja has promised cold beer, bbq shapes and Port Power matches on the big screen. No way I'm turning that down.
Thanks for the shout-out, Uncle Steve. Miss you lots xx

Not to mention inspiring the creation of a @rustle Gold Alpha Steem Monsters card mock up which also had a semi- viral life of it's own.

I remember that now :)

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It's up to how much?
Count me in!
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Cool! I had no idea. :)

Hi @holoz0r, I'm @checky ! While checking the mentions made in this post I noticed that @tarzkp doesn't exist on Steem. Did you mean to write @tarazkp ?

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This is awesome. @rustle is much more interesting than @steemtorch.

Keep an eye out, he might make it to Steem meet near you!

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That guy! I remember that guy. Wonder what he's been up to.

hehe Not sure, but wonder if his feathers will still be white by the time he returns.

-I'm thinking he will at least have some interesting tatt's and need some rehab.

Looks like @ratticus' head has been poorly photoshopped on top of someone else.

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