Thursday, April 30, 2009

Viv Trafalgar Outfitter's Grand Opening!

if you wanted that gorgeous pocket watch lovelace hat i blogged about last week...
for only $1L today is your day!
here's the SLURL for the NEW! shop!

and check out her stuff on Xstreet! and i swear i thought those hats were on there earlier this week...Hmmm cause she also has a pirate and darwin hat now! Weeeee!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

May Day Country Dance & Party: FREE Gifts!

This Sunday will be the May Day Country Dance & Party at Llewellyn Industries
You can view the event details here or chat about the event here...

but i wanted to give you a sneak peek at the FREE gift designed and donated by the super talented Caledonian jeweler Mr. Alaistair Whybrow for all the Ladies attending the party
a lovely Flower, Ivy, & Pearl Garland with Green and White ribbons!

Mr. Whybrow also generously desinged & donated a special RFL Violet & White Garland for the May Queen and one to be auctioned off for charity.

Also, our own dear Gelving, er Dr. Obolensky has promised to create a fun prank/trick or gadget for FREE for the men (and daring ladies & urchins) attending the event!

Don't forget building prize for the best outlandish, fanciful, fun, or steamiest Topiary or garden ornament over $8000L in prizes to be awarded!!!

...AND the sharp shooting contest! Practice on the already placed shooting gallery for a chance to win $1000L and a trophy! (designed and donated by our own Mr. Wiggy Undertone!)

So come one! come all! Drink the spiked lemonade, ride a ride, silly walk around a maypole, sharpen your shooting skills and pick up FREE stuff at the May Day Country Dance & Party!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The FLYING TOURBILLON...I have a NEW Horological Desire

from The British Horological Institute Limited...a 150th anniversary timepiece to be coveted, lusted after, & desired. And for only £'s a steal!

(photos from the BHI website)

i DO have an RL b-day coming up on the 21st May if anyone is feeling expansive and generous! LOL
Oh to have a piece of BHI history...[swoons]

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of course i also covet those new Tiffany Keys!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Visitor Sees Port Babbage...and Records the Experience

A kind & talented visitor, a Mr. Eddi Haskell, came to New Babbage & created this lovely slide show as an Homage to our city, and the great man Sir Charles Babbage...

My comment to him:
"What a lovely and fitting homage to our town!...but also to the great man Sir Charles Babbage. I also am thrilled that you *got* the idea that New Babbage is the living dream of "what if" and "how a British city might have looked in 1887 if Babbage's dream was realized" just splendid and inspiring! Thank you!"

Jago & Eddi (photo by Mr. Eddi Haskell)

Mr. Haskell is " a well known photographer in Second Life" and the handsome partner to the equally handsome Mr. Jago Constantine who was kind enough to use my Oneiroi Club & Reading Room in Armada Breakaway as a meeting place for his Book Club this past March! (i was honored and thrilled to be asked! and he left a tip! YAY! more Fripperies!)

'Science Fiction Saturday 14 Mar 09 Event Listing'
Discuss science fiction in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Got something to say about the book you're reading? Share your insights with us! You're welcome to come and just listen too!

We'll happily discuss sci fi books, television and movies ... but mostly books!

This week we're going on a field trip to The Oneirist Club & Reading Room in Armada, a sim based on China Mieville's The Scar, so it will be held here:

It's a steampunk-themed sim, so dress in Victorian-era clothes if you have them.

If you think you might come along, bring some thoughts on the last science fiction you read, what you're reading now, and what you want to read next!

(photo by Mr. Eddi Haskell)
I could not resist snagging is such a romantic & beautiful picture! Quite brings to mind Capt. Jack Harkness and how i am sure he would love to meet these two fellows!

Mr. Haskell's Blog can be found HERE

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Worshiping Saint Ada Lovelace & a NEW HAT!

Shamelessly Showing off a Grand New Hat
(and ribbon garters, too!)

Most Steampunk Ladies (and not a few Steampunk Gentlemen) worship or admire the late gracious and brilliant Lady Ada Byron-King, Countess of Lovelace - Analyst, Metaphysician, and Founder of Scientific Computing and known as the "Enchantress of Numbers" so anything i can have or wear shows that regard for her or her accomplishments i jump on it!

So when i saw my dear friend Miss Serafina wearing a very pretty hat...and she said, "click on the pocket watch" and i saw what was inside...i DIED!

Want. Love. Must. Have. Now. PLEASE!

Miss Viv Trafalgar, the uber talented designer was kind enough to give me an early release and here it is!

a lovely small tophat, that has a WORKING pocketwatch, paired with a splendid striped back ribbon but the delightful surprise when you click on the pocketwatch and it opens, and there is Lady Lovelace! Of course, i plan on wearing it around with it ALWAYS open!...but it's Sooo cute!

Want one? Get one for only $1L at Miss Viv's new store opening this Saturday!...and i'm told there will also be some lovely FREEBIES scattered around for all the Ladies of Babbage to pick up! i'll post an SLURL here soon!

Do you have a shrine to Saint Ada? Get this FREE candle on Xstreet created by the very respected (and fascinating character) Quantummeruit Bing who also made my beloved Prince Owlbert!

He's metal, animated, sparky, shows nearby avatars, tells your SL age and height, and is only 7 prims!

BTW, Miss Viv left this msg. on the New Babbage Ning blog! ((i mirror occasionally...lazy tart that i am! LOL))

"Red - thank you so much for posting this! here's the slurl to the new shop - Viv Trafalgar Outfitters - next to the Brass Needle. I'll put the Lovelace mini-clocktopper out on Saturday for the opening, along with a few more of them - and some new dresses too."

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Lost in Austen and in Love with Mary Crawford - OOC

"You seem to think if you shake me hard enough something serious will drop out," Mary tells Edmund. "But I assure you I am profoundly shallow."

Having quoted that... I must admit that there are aspects to my character Capt. Red that I have shamelessly taken from Jane Austen...both Elizabeth Bennett...and of course the delightfully deceitful Mary Crawford. Unabashedly unrepentant about her vanity, shallowness, and selfishness she has all the best lines in Mansfield Park and you can't help but think she would be great fun to have around a rout, picnic, or house party. Imagine how much fun it would be to play her? Delightfully devoid of regret or that pesky nagging worrisome ethical complication of a moral compass...saying anything you like that stems from your desire to just "do what you want" But to be honest, I don't play Red with 100% Mary Crawford for Red is too impulsive, generous with her friends, and hotheaded....But the things Mary Crawford says in the novel (sadly cut out as mentioned) make me giggle.

Now, how did this all come to force? I watched again Mansfield Park last night after I came home from my Saturday night RL date...(see? i can be a good girl)...said goodnight from my doorstep I did...the prolonged departure was pleasant and seemly, I do assure you!
But , I was left restless...who knows why....and I had within my DVR the Masterpiece Theatre Classic...Mansfield Park...and of course I love/hate the Crawfords

"You know they are going be bad news, his cravat is unnecessarily flouncy and she wears very fancy hats." - Penny for Your Dreams

I've ranted about this production before..I don't care for Billie Piper in this (though i do for Dr. Who and Diary of a Call Girl) this she is too trollpy and toothsome.

On one of the Austen forums I blogged last year
"i thought the L.A. Times article was also quite good reviewing this...but i CANNOT like Billy Piper (formerly of "Doctor Who") as Fanny Price! seem as unrepentantly and "profoundly shallow" as Mary Crawford i could NOT like her mainly because she had such LARGE TEETH! she looked like a horse about to whinny at any moment!!! ...her lips stretching over them at all times with that simpering smile that did not reach her eyes ...again..shallow of ME to point this out but i couldn't get past it!!
....and i agreed with some of the bloggers and commenters out there...40% of the book was cut out to make the scant hour and a half... some of the best speeches were left out and what is left is a bare scratching of the surface of one Austen's most regarded novels...(though i do like others better) i'm still sticking with the series...very ambitious..and i will most likely buy the whole bloody boxed set in DVD when it's released....Persuasion so far being my favourite...but there you's still better than ANYthing on the networks...../rant"
Like Chinese food, I find I was satisfied briefly but now I am hungry for more. More Jane Austen!...So imagine my delight when I stumbled across this new ITV production "Lost in Austen"....

What!? Time travel mixed with Jane Austen? Pass me my salts and loosen my stays!
Being released soon on DVD....Pre-Order from Amazon!? Yes! Yes! Must. Have. NOW! WANT!

"Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled into the scheming 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice while that book's Elizabeth Bennet is hurled into hers. As the book's familiar plot unfolds, Amanda triggers new romantic twists and turns within the Bennet family circle as she clumsily tries to help the sisters nab husbands and even captivates the tantalizing Mr. Darcy herself. But what about Elizabeth...and what will become of one of the world's greatest love stories?"

My favourite rendition of Pride & Prejudice is the Colin Firth BBC-1, A&E version...

But to be lost in the novel? And really, Ladies? Who does not want to see Darcy again in a wet shirt?

So, whether tis good or tripe....I shall order this and with the eager delight of a guilty pleasure watch a modern girl enter the pages of a beloved novel..and yes, kisses ....ardently so...with Mr. Darcy!

and to satisfy me until then....I shall continue with Little Dorrit

UPDATE~!! i got the DVD today! gosh i love Amazon! I shall try and watch it in between the many RL things i have going this weekend and report back to say whether it's a netflix queue item or a good buy!

Jane Austen Today Blog
How Colin Firth Did NOT Really Jump in the Lake
Mr. Darcy Portrait Sells For Double the Estimate!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Armada Breakaway: a Loki Eliot Cinema

The Armada Breakaway as seen through the brilliant eyes of one small virtual boy: Loki Eliot - God of Mischief
my youtube comment:
For fear of sounding less than erudite i must exclaim: OMG!!! OMG!!! this is effing brilliant! and you got my club's fireplace! Oh Loki dear you are just AMAZING!! thank you thank you for preserving this in history! i am so proud to be a part of this new (ad)Venture!
~Capt. Red Llewellyn
Proprietor, Oneiroi Club & Reading Room - Armada Breakaway

Capt. Red with One of Four - Viv Trafalgar

Shopping on the High Street near the club

The Mer world below....the Dark Mer....has a strange hypnotic draw...there are diving bells to rent that a mer could live in.....reasonably priced and lavishly set. join us...

Whilst there, follow the siren's song and dance with us....
you know it pulls at you...deep, dark, water....beautiful and rare....if you dare!

With the One of Four... talented Albus Weka...who build so much of this floating city

With DreddPirate Bob high, high above the breakaway in a quiet moment sans explosives

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

May Day Country Dance & Party - Urchins (and high jinks) Will Rule!

Please join us at Llewellyn Industries (SLURL) for dancing amid the spring flowers, cavorting around the maypole (complete with silly walks), and the sipping of rum-spiked lemonade. Best of all, the esteemed Mister Wiggy Undertone is providing his carnivale games! This event will feature a dunk tank for hilarious humiliation, and a big hammer strength test to show off those muscles - play along, win a prize! Take aim at the shooting gallery, and laugh at the Punch & Judy show. You'll enjoy all this and more at our May Day Country Dance & Party!
Leading the festivities will be Miss Addie Tharnaby as our May Day Queen and Master Finley Twine as our our Robin Goodfellor & Lord of Misrule. All New Babbage urchins & citizens are urged to embrace the spirit of the day - hooliganism is encouraged! No remonstrations or recriminations will be made for any prank or high-jinks!

Early Event for our European friends.

Cash prizes will be given to the creators of the most outlandish & fanciful steampunk topiaries or garden ornaments under 25 prims

First Prize: $3000L
Second Prize: $2000L
Third Prize: $1000L

The winning builder must be willing to allow a copy of the winning topiary to be auctioned off to benefit RFL

The Shooting Gallery has been put out early so come on by, sharpen your skills, and enjoy the challenge of shooting at bunnies and ducks!
Sharp Shooting Prize: High Score of the Event - $2000L & Engraved Trophy

that's right urchins and public this event calls for bad behavior! any questions about the contests can be asked any smack talk amongst our sharp shooting citizens....

Ladies! so let's talk, we have a few options....of course you can wear your best spring gown! but also you could wear a spring medieval gown, white gown, faerie wings, play anters, horns,

and of course a flower hair garland. the ones above can be bought for only $1 or even $0 at Uncle Wiggily's Main store - second floor - here's the SLURL to Uncle Wiggily's

i'm also trying to commission one as an event gift!!!...

this is one i had from a May Day party last year, sadly the gent doesn't come in world any longer.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Steelhead Library: Steampunk Discussion Series: Charles Babbage, His Work and Influences.

"The analytical engine weaves algebraic patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves."
A. A. L. ( Ada Lovelace)

Mr. Bartleby Kidd continues his popular steampunk discussions by considering Babbage and his calculating engines. We will discuss his precursors (going back at least to Leibniz and Pascal, possibly to Schickard, and maybe even to the Antikythera mechanism), what spurred him to invent these things, his success (or lack thereof), the role of Ada Lovelace, and how his work has influenced steampunk.

Mr. & Mrs. Decosta - who were very kind and made me welcome

The darling revered Ada

for all the illustrations, dear reader...pray go HERE