Tuesday, September 29, 2009

RL Media: The Heliograph on G4TV!

On the 23rd of September, G4TV’s “Attack of the Show” had a small piece of Steampunk blogs, and to my surprise, the Heliograph was mentioned on it! Please don’t me mislead – its only about 10 to 15 seconds at the beginning of the piece, but I am quite flattered at the mention. To paraphrase Mr. Warhol, I guess this is my 15 second of fame! Thanks to all who visit this small corner of the internet!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Steampunk Event: “STEAM: The Hunt” Wrap party

For those who were unable to make the first “STEAM: The Hunt” Wrap party on Saturday, there will be a second event on Tuesday, the 29th, starting at 1200 pm (noon) SLT. It will take place at the “One Eyed Jack”, and will be hosted by Avedon Andel.

The attire is “your Steampunkiest outfit… perhaps gleaned from the stunning gifts offered by the merchants of STEAM: The Hunt!” – and dance the night away chatting with your friends! To go directly there, please follow this SLurl…

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Steampunk Poll: Your Steampunk Involvement

Teampunk Ventura Comission 1″, by PapaVicPhotograph, @

I had given the next poll question a bit of thought after a few thoughts on Steampunk involvement. I attempt to provide a view of Steampunk in two worlds, Second Life (SL) and Real Life (RL). Each has its benefits and drawbacks, but when I hunt down articles for the blog, I do wonder which would be more in demand concerning the scribblings of this blog – SL Steamlands topics, or RL topics? Well that is the next question, and here are the following categories:

Steampunk Topper”, by Evelyn Ellenor, @

How do you participate in Steampunk?

Second Life Only: You only involve yourself, as far as Steampunk is concerned, in Second Life. To all appearances, you are a “regular” individual (e.g. no clue to your Steamier affiliation), but upon entering SL, you immerse yourself in all that is Steampunk!

Real Life Only: You are a living example of all that is Steampunk. Your attire, your comportment, down to the smallest details, show your Steampunk affiliation. However, by choice or circumstance, you do not involve yourself with Second Life. For you, Steampunk is your life!

Steampunk Guitar”, by *YukiValetine, @

Second Life and Real Life involvement: You are the embodiment of Steampunk – any opportunity to engage in Steampunk is bound to attract your attention. Not only do you engage in Second Life Steampunk, but in your daily life, you demonstrate your fondness for the genre.

Other Involvement: Though you enjoy Steampunk, your rapport with it is more subtle, perhaps you limit it to movies, books, and small touches of your daily existence. Though it may not be readily apparent, you are partial to Steampunk, nonetheless.

None of the Above: Steampunk is intriguing, but perhaps, your mind isn’t made up as of yet, or you heard of this amazing blog from another location, and are amazed at its high quality ok, we’ll stick to the “fleeting interst” theory. You are still looking and listening, but haven’t made up your mind just yet.

Steampunk Clockwork Squid”, by CatherinetteRings, @

The survey is open as of Sunday, the 27th of September and will run for about a month, so please do take a moment to vote – thank you!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Steampunk Events: 26–27 September

Bit of a quiet weekend in the Steamlands, with the event-du-jour being Miss Capalini’s “Come as you are” event @ Tiny Tin’s, on Saturday the 26th, from 2:30 to 5pm, SLT. I gather she’s playing it “by ear” so to speak, but for more information, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/come-as-you-are

Armada has two events of note this weekend, both on Sunday, the 27th. The first is the Merchant’s Gathering, an impromptu meeting to swap ideas and arrangements will be taking place. In an effort to address the multitude of time zones, it officially starts at 10:30 am, SLT, and will run until 1pm SLT. For more information, please turn to: http://armada.ning.com/events/merchant-gathering

Additionally, Armada’s weekly event, Wanderlust, will be hosting a “Best in Literary Theme”, starting at 12 pm SLT, and running to 2 pm SLT. For more information, please turn to: http://armada.ning.com/events/wanderlust-best-in-literary

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Steampunk Poll Results to “Your Shade of Steampunk”

“Steampunk”, by Kethaera (@ deviantart.com)

Back on the 18th of August, I had posted a poll on the preference of Steampunk (at least, of the readers of this small blog). The survey had some issues in its descriptive issues, which may have skewed it, and had a few surprises (to my perception of Steampunk, anyways) as well

First, as can be seen, “Classic Steampunk” topped its closest competitors by a two-to-one margin. I must admit, I did expect an outcome of this sort, but my contention was using the term “Classic” when describing the term Steampunk. I was a bit concerned that by using it, it would lead to perhaps a “safer” or “more-familiar” connotation of Steampunk (vice, say “Old Fashion” Steampunk, “Traditional Steampunk”, or simply “Regular” or “Common” Steampunk). Nonetheless, I went with the term “Classic”, as once the description was of it was made, the results would speak for themselves (e.g. it would quite likely be the most popular choice). So the result was not a surprise, in a manner of speaking.

“Steampunk Aesthetic”, by BlackRoseImmortal0 (@ deviantart.com)

I will admit that I was very surprised that “Fantasy Steampunk” did as well as it did, tying “Scientific Romance” for the second spot in the poll. I did believe that “Scientific Romance” would do well, being described as a precursor of what is currently known as Steampunk, but honestly didn’t have an inkling why Fantasy Steampunk did as well? Any suggestions why?

Finally, I did appreciate the inputs in the “Other Steampunk” category. I didn’t really consider a Post-Colonial tangent of Steampunk (or as Rin stated, “Japanese Taisho Futurism”, but it is certainly worth investigating.

“Steampunk”, by Albionia (@ deviantart.com)

To comment on Duke Pearse’s and Miss Jameson’s entries, I would believe that as Steampunk evolves in the coming years, categorization can help provide some coherent boundaries on what is or isn’t Steampunk (e.g. Art Nouveau would certainly fit within Steampunk, whereas Art Deco (and its descendent, Streamline Moderne) wouldn’t be Steampunk – “Dieselpunk” perhaps, but that is an entirely different matter).

Of course, I do entirely concur with the danger of those who dogmatically adhere to their own perception of Steampunk, discounting others who would disagree with their perception of the genre (the “Steamier than Thou” syndrome).

A sincere “thank you” to all who generously took part in the poll, and I shall have a new question up soon!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Steampunk Games: Golemizer

A bit of brief entry… found a Steampunk mini-mmorg called “Golemizer” that can be quite an addictive little beast. I’ve recently started playing it a bit (when I don’t have block of time for SL), and between running through a couple of quests, building golems, and just being a “mad Steampunk scientist” for a bit is actually more entertaining that I had originally thought!

Mind you, the graphics are bare bones, and a don’t expect *too* much, but this little game is worth a visit! Do try it out yourself, please visit its home page, at: http://www.golemizer.com/

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Babbage Cinema: A tour of New Babbage

Mr. V1ctor1st took the opportunity to produce a tour around New Babbage, including some of its newer sights and an emphasis of Clockhaven, the Port and Vernian Sea – Please do enjoy!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Babbage Events – Interview with Miss Obedience MacTavish

A photo of the entries in the Hot Air Balloon contest – all moored beside the Piermont

The Engineer’s Black Formal Soot Ball at the Piermont Landing was another outstanding event, with Miss Elleon Bergmasco winning the “Hot Air Balloon” build contest, and of course plenty of dignitaries from New Babbage and beyond enjoying the evening at the Piermont. However, the news of the evening was the surprise announcement of engagement of Doctor Obolensky and Miss Obedience Mactavish.

The lovely Miss Mactavish at the Engineer’s Ball

I did have the good fortune of imposing upon Miss Mactavish for a bit of background regarding the impending nuptials (scheduled to take place on October 31st). She was gracious enough to answer a few questions…

Rafael Fabre/Heliograph: (to Miss Mactavish, after a brief introduction)… “If I may, could I trouble you for a bit of background on the engagement?”

Miss Obedience Mactavish: Of course – My father, Dr. Angus Mactavish, was a teacher of Doctor Obolensky’s many years ago. It was my understanding that my father demand… expected then Mr. Obolensky to fulfill certain obligations, in exchange for his mentoring. One of those conditions was that he take me as a wife – my father wished me to be well wed, you see.

RF/H: Of course.

OM: Father died a few years ago (at age 70 or so), and so I have been looking for Doctor Obolensky since then. I heard the name mentioned, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Doctor has most kindly consented to abide by the contract (and he’ll received {unintelligible over the din of the ball}).

RF/H: Ah, intriguing, madam – so the nuptials are planned for sometime in the near future?

OM: Oh, yes, Saturday, October 31st of this year. I do so love that day – nothing like a lovely wedding.

Doctor Obolensky emphasizing a point to a gathering crowd (something about who will be doing the housework, if I heard correctly).

RF/H: It is outstanding to hear of its quick approach.

OM: Well, the Doctor isn’t a young as he used to be. One mustn’t dawdle when these things come up.

RF/H: Indeed, but he is still quite feisty.

OM: Yes, he seems that way, but a man of his age, well, I didn’t want to take any chances with his delicate health, you know.

RF/H: One last question, if I may… has a location been selected for the occasion?

OM: No, not yet, I’ll have to look around the area and see if there is a suitable cryp… church for the dear Doctor. (as she smiles gently).

RF/H: Of course – thank you for your time, Miss Mactavish. Your wedding will certainly be a sight to be seen.

Miss Mactavish then curtsied and took her leave.

The group photo of the Soot Ball’s attendees

To keep track of the ongoing events regarding the Obolensky-Mactavish engagement, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/forum/topics/obolensky-mactavish

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Breaking News: Dr. Obolensky is engaged!

As overheard at the New Babbage Soot Ball, Dr. O has announced his engagement to the lovely Miss Obedience Mactavish during Saturday’s Engineer’s Formal Black Soot Ball! More details as they are available!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Steampunk Events: 19-20 September, 2009

The Piermont Landing, during July’s Clockwork Ball

This weekend proves to be quite a spectacle in New Babbage, with a trio of events taking place this weekend. However, I would like the mention the continuing competition to produce a bit more grunge and grime for New Babbage’s sewers…

… with the Sewer Trash competition! Continuing until September 26th, it is a worthwhile effort to “better” our dear city with a bit of “authenticity”. For more details, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/sewer-trash-build-contest

On Saturday, the Mecurochrome Opera House will open its doors officially, from 4 to 6 pm, SLT. Not quite sure of the exact event taking place, but one can find more information at: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/mercurochrome-open-house

Of course, the pinnacle of the monthly social events – the Piermont Landing will be holding its monthly event, on Saturday, from 6 to 9 pm, SLT. This month’s theme is “The Engineer’s Formal Black Soot Ball”, and the competition will be focused on a Hot Air Balloon build. Extremely popular, do make it a point of meeting the multitude of New Babbage (and visitors to the City-State)! For more information, please visit: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/new-babbage-engineers-black

September also marks the return of the Aether Salon, presented by Miss Viv Trafalgar. This month’s event will be “Exhibitionism!”, hosted by the lovely Miss Breezy Carver and the equally lovely Mr. Aeolus Cleanslate (I’m just kidding! Ladies, he is quite the cad, I promise)! For more information, please visit: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/aether-salon-exhibitionism

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Babbage Ning: Using SL’s search to boost your business

‘Clockhaven Institute of Aetherical Studies – The Aetherical Vortex Manipulation Device, mk2″, by Mr. Victor1st Mornington

My original piece (a Travelogue) ran afoul of RL circumstances, but as fate would have it, I stumbled upon an outstanding article in the New Babbage Ning. Written by Mr. Victor1st Mornington, it is a treatise titled “Using SL’s search to boost your business”. Well written and informative, it is certainly a “must read” for any merchant (or individual who happens to interested in promoting their locale). To read this piece, please visit the New Babbage Ning, at: http://newbabbage.ning.com/forum/topics/using-sls-search-to-boost-your

“A view of New Babbage at 9000m”, by Mr. Victor1st Mornington

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Steampunk Review – Episode #7

After a small hiatus, Miss Yankee999 has returned with the seventh installment of her reviews, this one on the Disney movie “Atlantis, the Lost Empire”. Please do enjoy!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Gentleman’s Steampunk Fashion: Distinguished Asthetics

I have been on Second Life for just about three years, and during my early days, I was somehow anointed as a fashionably dressed “man-about-town”. Now, I considered this to be quite amusing, with other gentlemen asking where I acquired my Neo-Victorian / Steampunk attire (but I must confess, I never believed I was up to the title). Fortunately, I can justifiably say that there is a new and fashionable “man-about-town”, Mr. Elrick Anataine, the author of “Distinguished Aesthetics”, a blog for SL Steampunk and Neo-Victorian gentlemen’s clothes.

Mr. Elrick Anataine wearing Silent Sparrow’s “Severin

Distinguished Aesthetics is the “Gentleman: A Timeless Fashion” of the SL Steampunk/Neo-Victorian environs – not only does he review a wide variety of men’s attire (Steampunk / Neo-Victorian / EGL, and a few others) in detail, providing kudos and exposing issues of the work in question, but he has excellent tutorials on topics such as fashion photography in SL (so you can try something different from the “straight on/mug shot” photo in your profile and Flickr sets), how to use X-Street (SL Exchange to “older folk”) effectively, and an outstanding primer on animation over-riders for Gentlemen (allowing one to escape the “Linden chicken walk”)!

Gentlemen in formal attire (RL, of course) for “Royal Ascot Day”! (court. BBC)

By all means, if you continually wear the same attire in-world or just put said attire on straight out of the purchase box without a second thought, make your next hyperlink choice the one below, and expand your “suave and debonair” style! (And ladies, if you have to, bend your man’s virtual ear to the site – you won’t be sorry)! To visit Distinguished Aesthetics, please turn to: http://www.sge-sl.com/elric_anatine/

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Abney Park’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

At the latest Dragon*Con 2009, Abney Park ad-libbed the ’60’s classic “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” – and did quite an impressive job, I would say. No word if this piece will be on their next album, but one can hope! For further information regarding Abney Park, please visit their home page, at : http://www.abneypark.com/

or their Myspace page, at: http://www.myspace.com/abneypark

Antiquity Wedding – The Barrymore-Magellan Nuptials

The church before the wedding

This Saturday saw the SL marriage between Grand Duke Gregg Barrymore and Grand Duchess Angel Magellan in Antiquity Township East, to an impressive crowed of well-wishers. (I realize there are empty seats in the pews, but the official count was 77 visitors, perhaps a bit more, considering SL technical issues).

The bride and groom at the altar, exchanging vows

Though I was unable to attend, Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, a member of the wedding party, kindly took the time to photograph the event, in addition to his formal duties. In addition to the main ceremony, the introduction included a Tall Ship salute, and the post ceremony had a visit from a contingent of Woodbury University “well-wishers” (apparently they were dispatched, but nonetheless, it was kind of them to visit as well)!

… followed by the tradition kiss

I certainly wish them (and Antiquity) the best of luck, and look forward to learning of their RL nuptials someday!

(I would hate to be the fellow on the left… I can hear it now…
Lady in Pink – “I can’t believe you were afk during the wedding! How rude! We’ll talk about this later, mister!”
AFK Gentleman – “grumble!”)

For more photos and a synopsis of the wedding (to be upcoming in the immediate future), please turn to the Antiquity Gazette, at: http://antiquitygazette.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 11, 2009

Steampunk & Neo-Victorian Events: 12-13 September, 2009

The official wedding invitation…

This weekend looks to be quite busy, especially with a unique highlight taking place – the SL nuptials of Antiquity’s Grand Duke Barrymore and Grand Duchess Magellan, which will be taking place on Saturday the 12th, officially beginning at 1pm, SLT. Having the distinct pleasure of meeting them since the early days of Antiquity (back in the summer of 2007), I was good to learn of their formal union in SL (as their locales keep them apart in RL by a substantial body of water)!

… and a photo of the couple (dated June of 2007 – afraid I don’t have a more recent one!)

The wedding looks to be an impressive event – from the Tall Ship parade, to the wedding, and following reception, it looks to be a marvelous afternoon in Antiquity. For more details, please visit the Antiquity Gazette, at: http://antiquitygazette.blogspot.com/

Back in New Babbage, a number of other happenings are taking place, starting with the Sewer Trash contest, currently running until the 26th of September. Take the opportunity to add your small bit of debris to the new New Babbage Sewers! For more details, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/sewer-trash-build-contest

The good Duke of Argylle will be hosting “Breakfast in Babbage” earlier on Saturday, from 8 to 10 am, SLT. Do take an opportunity to experience the espionage side of Steampunk with a visit – for more information, please visit the New Babbage Ning, at: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/breakfast-in-babbage-1

Image from the New Babbage Schoolhouse, where the “Conflict and Cooperation” event will take place

Finally, also on Saturday (from 11am to 1245 pm, SLT), there will be a “Conflict and Cooperation – Story Based RP Talk”, a discussion focused on RP in New Babbage. Led by Dr. Obolensky, it will be the first official forum to address RP in New Babbage. To learn more regarding the event, please turn (again) to the New Babbage Ning, at: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/conflict-and-cooperation

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Steampunk Music: Mr. Vernian Process’ new album, “Cries of the Planet”

Discovered the new album in which Mr. Process (a noted Steampunk musician, who has been a visitor to New Babbage), has re-worked the musical soundtrack of Final Fantasy VII into an orchestral endeavor (as per the advert). Still listening to the download (which was generously provided gratis), and so far it is is quite good! To obtain a copy of “The Cries of the Planet”, please turn to:

And do visit his main site, at: http://www.myspace.com/vernianprocess

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Steampunk Music: “Tonight, Tonight”, by the Smashing Pumpkins

I had meant to publish this video a bit earlier (say, during the anniversary of the “Voyage to the Moon earlier this month – the inspiration to this video)! Nonetheless, please do enjoy this classic homage to the original work.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Steampunk Travelogue: Mieville Doyle

A picturesque view of Mieville Doyle’s central park.

I do like to go out and about a bit in an attempt to locate new and different Steampunk/Neo-Victorian lands, and about a while back I stumbled upon the Mieville lands. Over the months, I’ve seen it evolve, and kept in touch with the sim owner, Mr. Perryn Peterson, who has been diligently working towards its completion.

The main shopping venue, with a good number of stores by well-known merchants.

One arrives at in a Gazebo, and begin the STEAM hunt by entering the main shopping district. Aside from the event’s origin, the number of Steampunk and Neo-Victorian stores easily accessible in on central point is impressive. Aside from a laundry list of merchants, I would encourage at least a visit for the express purpose of crass commercialism.

View exiting the Arrival Gazebo, heading towards Mieville Poe.

At the current moment, the residency consists mostly of commercial interests, but an expansion towards a broader community is plainly in the works.

A secondary view of Mieville Doyle’s park – a relaxing locale.

The north-east corner of Mieville contains the residential district, with a good number of Victorian abodes gracing its presence.

I must admit that I’m not quite knowledgeable of the housing criteria (e.g. how to obtain a parcel, to answer that question), but I’m confident that a quick IM to Mr. Peterson would clear up any issues regarding said information.

The entrance to the Steamy Rust Bucket – quite easy to find!

All successful sims may attract individuals with their initial build, but it is the quality (and civility) of the community that convinces people to return. This in mind, Mieville has its own venture, the Steamy Rust Bucket, which looks to be a central location for events in the sim.

An aero-view of the Steamy Rust-bucket.

I wasn’t able to locate a listing for the events at the Steamy Rust Bucket, but I will keep a close ear to the ground regarding future events.

This little fellow apparently became lost from his flock! I think he’s still wandering around the Steamy Rustbucket, looking for his mother!

To pay a visit to Mieville Doyle, enjoy the surroundings, and take your trip in the STEAM event!

To visit Mieville Doyle, please head towards: http://slurl.com/secondlife/mieville%20doyle/182/77/25/

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Steampunk Media: German Techno Steampunk

In a not-so-subtle salute to our new Teutonic residents, Mr. Amadeus Hammerer and Miss Obscura Benoir, who have recently opened the Brewery, I’ve added Blumchen’sIch bin weider hier“. The piece involves a skyship, flying whales, whirlpools, and other Steampunkesque items (and an illustrative lesson on the importance of secure safety lines topside), so it seemed apropos – please enjoy!

(A “ty” to the good ladies and gents at Steampunk Empire for the direction to this entry!)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Steampunk Media: The Vernian Deep

New Babbage’s own Renaissance woman, Miss Viv Trafalgar, produced her first feature piece on New Babbage’s Vernian Deep. An excellent work and certainly looking forward to more of her cinematic efforts! Enjoy!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Steampunk Events: 04-07 September, 2009

Good day! This weekend has two notable events (in addition to the STEAM event, of course). Saturday the fourth, starting at two pm SLT, the Brewery Grand Opening will be taking place in New Babbage. Music, Beer, and good company just before Octoberfest! What more can one ask for? To head directly there, please follow this Slurl to Clockhaven…

Sunday, the 6th of September, sees entertainment landing at the New Champagne Rooms of New Babbage, in the form of Miss Ahnyanka Delphin (as your hostess)! Providing a wide variety of musical stylings, the evening looks to be an excellent highlight to the long weekend (for those in the States, at least). To learn more, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/music-appreciation-night-with-4

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Steampunk Media: Le Voyage dans la Lune

My apologies for being a bit late on the 107th anniversary of the earliest piece of cinematographic science fiction, but the “Voyage dans la Lune” (by two days)! Cutting edge for its time, it used innovative special effects, including the classic “rocket ship in the moon’s eye”. With a nod to the older view of traveling through space (or the “ether”, as some considered it at the time), this eight minute gem shows how speculative fiction (or what many might term now as “Steampunk”) was views during an earlier time. I have included links to longer narratives of the movie (for those who do not happen to speak French), along with a video of the original – do enjoy!

and the aforementioned movie…

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Steampunk Literature: Leviathan

Located this trailer for a youth’s book to be released on October 22nd. Though *technically* slipping into the Edwardian age, it has a good number of Steampunk characteristics. Not sure about the plot, as it sounds like common ground, but I do maintain optimism for the book. To read more about Leviathan, the author, and the first two chapters, please turn to:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Steampunk Events: STEAM

As first reported back in June , STEAM officially begins today! A grid-wide, Steampunk themed treasure hunt, with unique gifts hidden throughout the extensive number of participating merchants in the Steamlands. As mentioned in the Primgraph, one can either be on the lookout for STEAM posters or join the in-world group Steam Hunt Punks. Regardless of the choice, one can begin the search at the Mieville Doyle sim, at:

Be sure to look for boxes with the STEAM logo, along with the outstanding goods offered by the participating merchants! Additionally, on e can keep track of STEAM at their blog, located at:

Good luck and good hunting!