Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Departure of Dame Ordinal Malaprop and more changes in New Babbage…


A photo of Dame Malaprop’s Ordinal Enterprises, on Caledon I

Hear news of the departure of one of the Steamland’s more beloved founding icons, Madam Ordinal Malaprop, from Second Life.  Unfortunatly, due to reasons which she lists on her blog (link below), she will be departing Second Life.  Not only was she one of the most recognized and respected individuals in Second Life, but her store was a unique gem among the plethora of Steampunk and Neo-Victorian stores in SL.  


The many unique goods on display, when her store was still rezzed.

Not only were her devices well designed, built, and scripted, but the maintained the humor and cleverness which (I personally) believe attracts so many to the genre.  From her Clockwork Blunderbuss and Triple Snowball Cannon, to her Bumblebee Launcher and Galvanic Sword-stick, her works always had a humorous wink towards the lighter side of Steampunk and Neo-Victoriana.  I, as many others are, sad to see her departure (her stores are down, and parcels vacent, at last reporting), and her migration to other corners of the aethernet is a sad passing – I do wish her the best on her future endeavors. 



Miss Malaprop, with her stylish Chapeau Tres Mignon Lobster hat
(From her Flickr stream, located here)

To read her insights, please visit her blog, An Engine Fit for my Proceeding”, at: http://ordinalmalaprop.com/engine/
For reaction, please visit the following…

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A photo of the Gentleman’s Emporium (pre-store expansion, circa late 2007)

Addionally, a steadfast anchor of Port Babbage has pulled up his chain and begun a move elsewhere.  The Gentleman’s Emporium, one of the best men’s attire locales in New Babbage, has been removed, and last heard, Mr. Vincente Shepherd will be moving to a new location, yet to be determined.  His well-priced attire was a welcome respite in New Babbage’s early days, and I was particularly fond of his outstanding canes – for a good while, his Gaslamp cane seemed to be the unofficial accessory of all gentlemen in the City-State!  Hopefully, he will return to SL business very soon.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Steampunk Music: Abney Park’s “Aether Shanties”



A bit tasked with RL issues, so I’m imparting a bit of a musical entry from Abney Park’s latest album, “Aether Shanty” (from the album of the similar name {single v. plural – that differential}).  An excellent piece, so please do enjoy!  To purchase the entire CD, or any of their earlier works, please visit the Abney Park website, at:http://www.abneypark.com/

Friday, January 29, 2010

Brass Goggles and the attribution of Images for Steampunk artwork…


SteamPunk Batman, by ~axigan
(or as Mr. Glen Fernandez, freelance artist)

This past Thursday, the 28th of January, Brass Goggles provided a very insightful analysis of a video which made the rounds of the online Steampunk mediums (including the Heliograph), of the upcoming novel “Steamed”.  It did contain numerous previously seen Steampunk works, but unfortunately, the individual who produced the “fan-vid” failed terribly, by not attributing proper credit to the artists whose work was used in its production.  Kudos to BG for this piece of excellent detective work, and to see the details, please turn to the January 28th entry of BG, at: http://brassgoggles.co.uk/blog/201001/recognize-any-thing

However….

On the 16th of January, BG posted the above picture of SteamPunk Batman, by a Mr. Glen Fernandez (also known as “axigan” on Deviant Art).  Proper attribution was not provided for this piece of art, even after a request in the comments by “artsnark1” requesting said information/attribution (approximately a week ago).  Not to be the pot calling the kettle black, but though I have made similar errors in the past (and the SL Steampunk community is very kind to quickly point out said errors on my part), when called to task, I have endeavored to address the situation as soon as possible, usually as soon as I made aware of it.  I certainly hope the editor(s) of Brass Goggles rectify their own attribution circumstance in short order.

A link to the Brass Goggles article in question is located here: http://brassgoggles.co.uk/blog/201001/steampunk-batman

Mr. Fernandez’s images and additional excellent artwork, is found at his Deviant art site, located at: http://axigan.deviantart.com/

And his own blog with even more art, is located at: http://glenfx.blogspot.com/

With the SteamPunk Batman image entry located here: http://glenfx.blogspot.com/2009/05/steampunk-batman.html

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Steampunk Media: The “other” Sherlock Holmes movie..



With the hoopla surrounding last year’s Sherlock Holmes move, 2010 also has it own offering, albeit with a bit of a deviation from the standard A.C. Doyle fare.  Asylum Movies, who previously brought a standout movie feature last year (well, so it was “Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus“, but it was a standout to some, I’d say), will be releasing “Sherlock Holmes” straight to DTV (that would be “direct to video”), but not exactly certain when the release will be.  I have heard differing release dates (the two most common being this past Tuesday, the 26th, and Friday, the 29th).

Regardless, in this theatrical version, Sherlock Holmes will fight time travelling dinosaurs in Victorian London, along with “Steampunk Armor” donned by the legendary Spring Heeled Jack.  I am *certain* that it will fly off the shelves, so do yourself a favor and reserve a copy of this masterpiece to go along with that Guy Richie production.

For further information, please visit :
http://roberthood.net/blog/index.php/2010/01/22/exclusive-trailer-for-the-asylums-monstrous-holmes/
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/2010/01/not-to-be-outdone-the-asylum-releases-their-own-version-of-sherlock-holmes/
http://www.sherlocknews.com/2009/10/dvd-asylums-cash-in-holmes-movie.html

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

An Humorous Event and a Steampunk Vote due by Friday, the 29th of January…



A “two for one” event for Thursday’s entry!  First, Lord Likley will commence his twenty-four hour event in 24 chapters in … 24 hours!  Yes, one and hour (or so) of Lord Likley’s antics and adventures!  Be sure to catch every one as it happens… at the gentleman’s re-vamped website: http://www.lordlikely.com/





Next, a circumstance that has put me in an odd position.  It appears that the “Shorty Awards” have a category for Steampunk this year, and a good number of participants (and featured individuals on the Heliograph) are on the ballot, including…

Mr. Robert Brown, of Abney Park fame, @ http://www.abneypark.com/
Clockwork Couture, the attire and accessories enterprise, @ http://www.clockworkcouture.com/
The Penny Dreadfuls, a well-known Steampunk Musical entourage, @ http://ssicarus.blogspot.com/
E & K Davenport (the Davenport Sisters), of the Clockwork Cabaret, @ http://www.clockworkcabaret.com/
The League of S.T.E.A.M., Steampunk Adventurers, @ http://www.leagueofsteam.com/
Dr. Steel, Musician Extradoinaire, @ http://worlddominationtoys.com/drsteel/enter.html
Mr. Jake Von Slatt, stunning Steampunk builder and designer, @
Ms. Sidney Padua, outstanding author of 2-D Goggles, @ http://www.2dgoggles.com/
Riese, the Steampunk Web series, @ http://www.riesetheseries.com/

Be sure to place your vote with your favorite – be it one listed here or another fine candidate!  Nominations end on the 29th of January (at Midnight … on this Friday)!  Make your vote count!  For more information, please visit the rules, at: http://shortyawards.com/rules

Visit the Steampunk voting site directly, at: http://shortyawards.com/category/steampunk

… or the main website, at: http://shortyawards.com/

(… and on a final note, I made my own personal thumb-print on the voting, when I saw a graphic I made for the New Babbage Ning was being “borrowed” as a voting icon on the Shorties!  Brings a tear to my eye – sniff!)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Steampunk Entertainment: The Windrow-Ravensworth Deck



(The King of Cogs and the Ace of the Sea are pictured above)

While visiting the New Babbage Ning, a notice was placed by Mr. Blackberry Harvey (a tip-of-the-hat, sir!) regarding a very unique piece of art being designed by one of his RL associates, a Mr. Winneganfake.  The gentleman in question is a artist whose current work lies towards the games of chance, or in this case, designing a very unique set of card – ideal for those of a Steampunk bent.




(The Three of Sea and the Ace of Circles are pictured above)

Currently, Mr. Winneganfake is designing a new card daily, beginning in January of 2010, which approximates a completion date in March.  A more unique set of items would be hard to locate, so if one wishes to test lady-luck in a Steampunk-eque manner, pay a visit to his Deviant Art site to see a collection of complete playing cards, at:  http://winneganfake.deviantart.com/gallery/#The-Windrow-Ravenswood-Deck




(The Ace of Cogs and the Two of Circles are pictured above)

If you happen to take a fancy to the work, an option to pre-order a set, along with hand-sewn bag for their care and storage.  More information on the pre-orders are available at: http://www.tormentedartifacts.com/deck.html



(The Four of Bones and the Knave of Bones are pictured above)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Steampunk Media: Riese, Chapter 2 Trailer



Doing a bit of site maintenance tonight, but I will, at the very least, provide the newest trailer for the next Chapter of Riese, which will make its debut next Monday, the 1st of February, 2010.  For more details (and a viewing of the last episode of Chapter 1, please visit their website, at: http://www.riesetheseries.com/

Also, one can delve a bit more into the background of Riese, by visiting their “alternative reality game”, at: http://www.thesectishere.com/

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A brief update on the new Emma and on the website changes….



A pair of brief updates… First, the new Masterpiece Theater Emma production will be released this evening on PBS, as I’ve been informed by a number of lady readers, and asked why I hadn’t “headlined” this bit of news.  So as it appears I will be watch the (American) football playoffs on the small television tonight, starting at 9pm EST, I would share this bit of information to other interested readers, so I won’t be alone in my misery (watching the small telly, while listening to giggling on the large screen).  For more details, please visit: http://video.pbs.org/video/1390436909/

… and there apparently will be a Jane Austen Twitter party, ect, ect…, so if this catches your fancy, please visit the exceptionally comprehensive Jane Austen Today website, at:



Additionally, the gear are moving ever-so-slowly on the blog changes, but I have gone ahead and posted the link to … the Steampunk Links.  Part borne of a desire of seeing my own set of links in one easily accessible location, partly because I had a lot of links on the Heliograph, this page is a simple compendium of Steampunk links (both Real Life and Second Life), some general Second Life Links, and some Steampunk-esque DIY links.  It is a work in progess, but I do hope it will be a boon in the long term.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it can be accessed on the “green-metal” link on the right (just below the poll), or via:http://steampunk-links.blogspot.com/.  Be seeing you tomorrow!

Steampunk Media: War of the Worlds remake



A quick visit to outstanding Clockworker website (and a tip of the hat to the good gentleman), provided this lead to the new animated remake of the War of the Worlds.  It does lean a bit more towards the Edwardian / Dieselpunk for fictional narrative, but as one commenter on the youtube.com post stated…

Let me break this apart

We have a zeppelin/aircraft carrier the size of a Star Destroyer
Starfighter vs Biplane dogfights
Giant Laser Tanks/Walkers
Martians got fancy new tripods (Now with moar tentacles!)
and Steampunk


The only way this movie can go wrong is if Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t take down a martian tripod with his bare hands.  (comment from McLovin 2169)



I must concur!  I will be keeping an eye out for this work, but to learn more, please turn to: http://www.heavymetal.com/wotw/

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekend Events: 23-24 January, 2010



This weekend is the cumulation of Founder’s Week in New Babbage, with two of its favorite and outstanding events, the Airship Regatta and the Founder’s Day Ball.  In addition to these two event, there is yet more going on in the Steamlands, so lets begin with…



The Second Annual Airship Regatta will take place on the 23rd of January, beginning at 2pm, SLT.  There are two classes of ships competing (Realistic and Racing), but if last year’s success is any indication for this year’s event, it should be outstanding!  For more information, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/second-annual-airship-regatta



The Founder’s Day Black and White Ball is perhaps one of the highlights of the Steamlands social calender, celebrating the establishment of the City-State of New Babbage.  The build contest will encompass both the best aero build and aero-accessory, along with the New Babbage Architectural Photo contest.  As always, Formal dress is encouraged, and for more information, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/the-second-annual-founders-day



After an evening of music and dance, perhaps an Ironclad battle is what one may need for a nightcap!  If so, then do consider visiting Steeltopia for its weekly Battle Storm combat events.  For more information, please turn to: http://steeltopiaempire.ning.com/profiles/blogs/battle-storm-saturdays



“Armada Rises Display”, by Miss Lillian Shippe

Sunday is “Blood and Rum Running” Day at the Armada sim, with not just Ironclad combat, but TCS airship combat.  If you need more competition, do pay a visit, as they start at 3pm SLT!  For more information, please turn to: http://armada.ning.com/events/blood-and-rum-running-in



To finish the Steamland weekend events, The Champagne Rooms will host Josh (from the Vernian Process) for their ongoing Music Appreciation series, starting at 8pm SLT.  To learn more about this unique event, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/music-appreciation-with-joshua

Friday, January 22, 2010

Official opening of the Antiquarian Guild of Inventors and Engineers!



Yesterday afternoon, the Antiquarian Guild of Inventors and Engineers (AGIE) officially launched its website, with the goal of promoting and encouraging Steampunk artists, craftspersons, designers, engineers, and all other shades of creative Steampunk types into one centralized area.  As their websites states….

The AGIE is a completely non-profit organisation with the aim of bringing together Artists, Inventors & Engineers who enjoy creating antiquitarian mechanical items of high quality for personal and commercial use.


Their home page is replete with a solid foundation for future development – a forum, blog access, portfolio for works, a newsletter, and a comprehensive FAQ.  In fact, Mr. Leonardo Wolfe, the head of said organization, has done a yeoman effort in outlining the goals and intellectual issues that will be used towards the next step of spreading Steampunk to a larger audience.  To learn more about the AGIE, please turn to:http://www.theagie.org/

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Steampunk in Mainstream media this week…



Two articles of note from the mainstream media about Steampunk this week… first, the New York Times had an intriguing piece on the intellectual rights of the Sherlock Holmes stories.  Very enlightening to see how the rights have progressed over time, and how some of the works came about (e.g. Young Sherlock Holmes, ect…).  To view this article, please turn here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/books/19sherlock.html



Steampunk Elegence“, by ~DaisyViktoria
(The lady’s main website is located here.)

Of all places to discuss fashion, the Wall Street Journal makes a passing mention about Steampunk, but I shall leave it to the reader to ascertain if it was a compliment, negative statement, or a minor platitude.  To see the article on “What’s Out”, please turn to: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748704320104575015141536429662.html

Until tomorrow – Good day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Steampunk Media: Steamed (a Romantic Novel)



I must admit, when I first saw this promo for Steampunk novel, I didn’t know what to think, as most Steampunk literature releases do not have dedicated video promos.  However, after doing a bit of research, Miss MacAlister has indeed published very well received novels, with previous works debuting quite high on the New York Times Best Seller’s list and on the Publishers’s Weekly list, which is very encouraging for her upcoming book, Steamed.  Additionally, the fact that a well-spoken author has chosen to take a foray into Steampunk can only be a good thing for the genre.



The soon-to-be released novel’s cover artwork

After watching the advert, one receives an idea of it’s premise, but as the book will be released in February, any reviews of it will (obviously) have to wait.  In the mean time, to learn more about the author, her new book (including an excerpt of her writing), her previous releases, and more, please follow the link to her website.  I shall be looking forward to its release next month!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Steampunk Communication: Re-worked Mobile Phones



I was catching up on my Steampunk research, when I stumbled upon a particularly beneficent phrase about the genre… “Steampunk is a sub-culture that is well on its way into hitting the mainstream”.  For the random malignment of some yellow journalists trying to make deadlines for their virtual fish-wrappers, the occasional compliment directed towards the Steampunk community is always a refreshing respite.

On that note, the article in question addressed “Steampunk-ed” mobile phones, both those who simply appear to be dated (or, as explained, aren’t your dedicated mini-computers which many people own).  Instead, Miss Kathryn provides a concise outline for a “Steampunk phone”…
  • Its part of the look. Steampunk is an entire subculture that includes a certain style of dress. A modern mobile phone doesnt look right with this Victorian/Edwardian style. A steampunk mobile phone fits right in. Its a fashion accessory.


  • Its a DIY item. Many people are interested in trying to make their own Steampunk mobile phone just as a fun little DIY project. Its a modern craft thing.


  • Its a reminder of days gone by. Some people really love the Steampunk cultures throwback to the past. They like to be reminded of a time when things werent as easy or simple as they are now because it gets their imaginations going. A Steampunk phone helps with that.


A well written article, and most certainly worth a visit, at: http://www.dialaphone.co.uk/blog/2010/01/19/guide-to-steampunk-mobile-phones/?author=19

Additionally, she provides a link about the potential implementation of mobile phones with a more “Steampunk design and operation” in rural India (and possible growth of Steampunk-esque models of technology to other aspects of rural Indian culture).  Interesting to think that Steampunk might just be able to grow beyond a cultural genre to resolving real issues in real life.  To take a peek at this article (from Adaptive Path), visit the link at the bottom of the page, or here: http://www.adaptivepath.com/blog/2009/05/18/steampunk-a-mobile-device-concept-for-rural-india/

Monday, January 18, 2010

Steampunk Games: Fallen London and Blimp Wars



Screen Shot of Fallen London (c. of Hibernia on the Skids)

Echo Bazzar’s Fallen London

A clever story-based Twitter game first noted on Hibernia on the Skids, this work has one exploring the remnants of a “Fallen London”.  Entirely browser-based (no downloads), it is quite an amusement. I would certainly recommend it as a diversion online alas, I’ve only started on this but am enraptured for the time being!  For more details, or to start playing (yes, its gratis), follow the link to Echo Bazzar’s website.

For a more in depth review of Fallen London, do read Mr. O’Toole’s more extensive review, at: http://hiberniaskids.blogspot.com/2010/01/fallen-london-game-by-echo-bazaar.html

(A “tip of the hat” to the good gentleman for the addictive little vice!)




Screen Shot of Blimp Wars


Machine 22’s Blimp Wars

A brower-based flash game, Blimp Wars is essentially combat based battle with personalized blimps.  Simple enough, but the with multiple combat scenarios, options for personalization, and additional quirks, Blimp Wars is also an entertaining diversion.  One can engage in only ten battles a day, but I suppose that provides one with time to play Fallen London!

Well, do have a good day, and if you see an individual under TheHeliograph, please dont be too draconian!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Postcards from New Babbage – The Babbage Canal’s Tesla Generator



The Babbage Canal’s Tesla Generators provide a unique light-show, 
supplying the City-State its vital energy and illuminating the night sky.

(One project that I have considered  for quite a bit was highlighting the unique builds and constructs of New Babbage.  The City-State has many a novel and unique Steampunk landmarks, but sadly, the go by generally unrecognized or only vaguely noticed by visitors, or even worse by the residency.  I do hope that this series will draw a bit of attention to the gems of the city.)

Formal Title: Mrs. Cessadia Thetan’s Property
Owner: Mrs. Cessadia Thetan
Location: New Babbage Canals, (62, 250, 106)



This small, non-descript entrance by the New Babbage elevated trolley is the gateway to what is often considered to be an impressive sight in the City-State’s skyline.  Once one passes the era-appropriate gateway, one sees its hallmark in a warehouse just behind it….



… which is the impressive “Tesla Generators” located just behind it!  Technically, it is a magnifying transmitter, more along the lines of a Kenneth Strickfaden piece of laboratory design, but soon after the establishment of the Canals, the Tesla Generators have lit its skyline in its unique manner.



Located within the warehouse is its main drive shaft and accompanying Leiden (Leyden) jars, used to store energy for the city.  As one can see below, this unique build is certainly one of the visual archetypes of the New Babbage sklyline.



A southernly view of the Generators, as an archway to the Canals district.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

SL Steampunk Events, 16-17 January, 2010



Anya“, by Lex Machina Photography (for EJP Creations)
(Via the Steampunk Empire!)

The SL events for this (long US) weekend are as follows….




Beginning with the New Babbage Founder’s Week celebrations, which among its multitude of events, as the ongoing Airship time trials for the Airship Regatta, taking place on January 23rd, 2010.  For further details about the Time Trials, the Regatta itself, the Founder’s Day Ball (also on the 23rd), and more, please visit: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/founders-week-celebrations




Steeltopia will be hosting its weekly “Battle Storm” Ironclad combat encounters at the Obsidian Sea.  If you wish to eliminate any frustrations (on your friends, of course), make it a point of visiting Saturday’s Battle Storm – with more information at: http://steeltopiaempire.ning.com/profiles/blogs/battle-storm-saturdays



The fourteenth Aether Salon will return to New Babbage on Sunday, with the topic of Children (or Urchins) in Steampunk.  For more details on this unique topic, please visit the New Babbage Ning and the Aether Salon locations, at:…
http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/children-january-aether-salon
and…
http://aethersalon.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Steampunk Media: Quirk Classics – “Android Karenina” and “Dawn of the Dreadfuls”



To those who are fans of what has become known as the literary niche of “Quirk Classics”, a new “mash up” novel will be released this summer.  Following in the footsteps of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies“, and “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters“, the new release of Tolstoy’s classic “Anna Karenina” will be redone as “Android Karenina“.  To quote a bit from the home site’s narrative…

“As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: The tragic adulterous love affair of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the more hopeful marriage of Nikolai Levin and Princess Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robotic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices. But when these copper-plated machines begin to revolt against their human masters, our characters must fight back using state-of-the-art 19th-century technologyand a sleek new model of ultra-human cyborgs like nothing the world has ever seen.”


Looks to be an outstanding work and certain to be a “must read” for the Steampunk summer of 2010!  For more pre-reviews and information, please visit the following links…







An additional release, a prequel to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” will be released in mid-to-late March.  It will follow the “early days” of Elizabeth Bennet, as she learns how to fight zombies (oh, and a “romance” of some sort, but really, its all about fighting the “Dreadfuls”, isn’t it?  For more information, please follow the links below

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Steampunk Reviews – Episode # 13



The every diligent Miss Yankee999 provides her unique take on the new Sherlock Holmes movie – please do enjoy!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Exhibition Hall, Issue #5 has been released!



Well, a tad tardy on this bit of news, but the newest edition of Exhibition Hall (issue 5) has been released!  Again proving itself as a unique source of Steampunk insight and information, issue 5 includes book reviews and music opinions, and up-to-date goings-on in the real Steampunk world (including the cancellation of April’ls Steampunk Expo in Philadelphia).  Want to know more, then turn to…
http://efanzines.com/ExhibHall/ExhibHall-05.pdf

To read the earlier goodness of Exhibition Hall, please visit their main page, at:
http://efanzines.com/ExhibHall/

Monday, January 11, 2010

Steampunk Cinema: The First Men in the Moon… in 3-D!



Though Avatar is the first science fiction movie in modern 3-D, it appears that it will not be the only one!  Praxinoscope LLC productions are in the process of  re-making the H.G. Well’s classic “The First Men in the Moon”, and will be coding it in 3-D as well.  I had my doubts about tinkering with a such a classic and answering some of the basic science questions which were not known at the turn of the century (e.g. “Was there an atmosphere on the moon?”), but the in-depth interview with director belayed my concerns, providing a unique perspective into the crafting of the endeavor.  Do take a moment and watch the 2-D version, and follow along at the main page for more movie details, clips, background, and historical facts, at… http://www.thefirstmeninthemoon.com/
… with the full movie projected to be released in the first half of 2010!

The interview by Films in Review with the director is also linked below…
http://www.filmsinreview.com/2009/12/13/h-g-wells-gets-the-3d-treatment/

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Captain Robert (of Abney Park notoriety), shares design secrets!



The renown Captain Robert, of the HMS Ophelia, details his methods of producing a pair of men’s Steampunk pants (for the New Year’s event at the Edison).  Quite illustrative, with providing even the most inept fellow simple guidence on how to reach a newer vanguard of style!  Do enjoy!


For more linkage to the good skipper of Abney Park, please turn to the following aether-net locales…

Capt. Robert’s homepage: http://robert-from-ap.livejournal.com/

Abney Park’s homepage: http://www.abneypark.com/

…. and Abney Park’s Myspace page, with selections from their new album, Aether Shanties, at:
http://www.myspace.com/abneypark


The Captain enjoying a good smoke – straight from his own wiki! (Located at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Brown_(musician))

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Weekend Events: 09-10 January, 2010



For the Love of Steampunk“, by *DesignsByEve

In addition to the traditional SL events, I happened up on the above graphic, and associated link to the Angry Crayon, an enclave of online artists who are engaging in a Steampunk art exchange and character development event.  I would certainly recommend it, as it looks quite impressive – for more information, please visit the “Angry Crayon“, specifically: http://www.theangrycrayon.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=25 .   Now, onto the weekend’s SL events….

Saturday, 9th of January, 2010



Academy of Industry – Algebra of Alignment 

What: The Algebra of Alignment: Texturing
When: 11 to 1 pm, SLT
Where: New Babbage Academy of Industry

How do you get textures to line up? If you graduated from high school, you already know. Learn how to get your prims seamlessly textured without the guesswork. Time remaining will be used for review of math topics as questions arise. Sample textures provided.  For more information, please visit: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/the-algebra-of-alignment




Bedlam in Babbage – The Clarendon

What: The Underwater Special
When: 2 to 4 pm, SLT
Where: The Clarendon, New Babbage

Join Edward Pearseand Radio Riel at The Clarendon for some Deep music. The sort of think you can Sink into. We’ll have a Whale of a time.  For more information, please visit: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/bedlam-in-babbage-underwater




What: Ironclad Battle Storm
When: 7:30 pm, SLT
Where: Obsidian Sea, Steeltopia

Get your ironclad and visit the Obsidian Sea for an evening of nautical combat!  A vast ocean battleground awaits your expertise!
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Sunday, 10th of January, 2010



What: Music Appreciation with Miss Ahnyanka Delphin
When: 8 to 10 pm, SLT
Where: The New Champagne Rooms in New Babbage

Music Appreciation will take place every other Sunday at the New Champagne Rooms in Babbage Square at 8pm SLT. This week, Miss Ahnyanka Delphin takes over as DJ! Come on down, pull up a cushion or put on your dancing shoes and let’s share and enjoy some fantastic music as we wind up a busy weekend.  For more information, please visit: http://newbabbage.ning.com/events/music-appreciation-with-miss

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Babbage’s RP Mystery – Shadow of the Thirteen



Once again, Master Loki has not only produced an outstanding production of New Babbage, but it is only the introduction to the RP that shall be taking place in New Babbage – the “Shadow of the Thirteen“.  As mentioned in New World Notes, he had hoped to start work on it earlier, but had other SL projects active at the time.  However, the project is now unwrapped, and the mystery will soon begin!

For further information about the “Shadow of the Thirteen“, please visit the official webpage, at: http://www.shadowofthe13.co.uk/

…. and to follow the New Babbage Ning’s Thread, please turn to: http://newbabbage.ning.com/forum/topics/so-it-begins-shadow-of-the-13

… and more details at Miss Carver’s “Waves of a Seabreeze“, at: http://seabreezegal.blogspot.com/2010/01/shadow-of-13-on-now-in-babbage.html

(To quote Mr. W. Undertone {and Mr. S. Holmes} – “The game is afoot“!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Classic Map of New Babbage



Classic Map of New Babbage

A few days ago, Mr. Elika Sieyes took upon himeself the laborious endeavor of designing an oustanding map of New Babbage, in excruciating detail.  Using a varied number of sources and software, (e.g. CCANSA 3.0, very nice fonts, and a good bit of elbow grease {in action, as one can see below}, this gem of cartography is available at Hudson’s Illumination and any donations will be used to support the new Perdido Street Turkish Baths.



The good gentleman hard at work!

For more detail regarding the process or a much larger version of the map are both available a the following thread: http://newbabbage.ning.com/profiles/blogs/map-of-new-babbage-completed .  Kudos on your labors, sir!