Friday, July 31, 2009

Meet Louise Black: RL Steampunk and Project Runway

The Etheral Spirit of Louise Brooks Embodied in Steampnk Designer Miss Louise Black

Getting a tip from dear Viv Trafalgar my friend & Wheatstone neighbor Dr. Rafael Fabre posted the other day on his fabulously popular SL Steampunk blog the Heliograph about how Miss Louise Black, RL Steampunk & vintage ETSY designer is going to be on the new Project Runway - Starting on Lifetime 20 August.

WOW!!....two things close to my heart together!...Steampunk and that addictive show Project Runway. I've been a fan of Tim Gun's since the beginning! a matter of fact one of the first posts on this blog 3 years ago was Tim Gun Sighting at the Happy Harry's drugstore in Bethany Beach!

I've also been a fan of Miss Blacks for a long time and her interweb famous Victorian Anatomical Skeleton Cameo Corset in Rococo and Stripe Fabrics. Though always admiring her style, I've been on an Etsty diet since last October when i fell for the creative whimsy and talent of that Little Brown Sparrow.

So, being the addictive shopper that i am (and it's more expensive RL than SL!)...i went t her Etsy store and ordered the black peacock corset & bisque china doll arm necklace!
Still waiting for the corset...but i got the necklace! Oooooer! Creepy & Fabulous!

with the reasoning that once the show is aired she will sell out...and if she wins (and i REALLY hope she does!) her prices will undoubtedly go up or she won't have time for such work!




Read More about Miss Black:

Vintage The Victorian Ballgown, Flirtatious Flapper, European Textiles

the fabulous fashion blog TLo seems to like her, too! Project Runway Season 6: Meet Louise Black

Etsy superstars: Louise Black Designs
Louise Black Designs.

From Dr. Fabre's blog i will steal share:
The Project Runway site with videos, images, and more on Miss Black

Ignorance of your Culture is not Considered Cool


loves me some Penn Jillette....opinionated, profound, & profane. "Ignorance of your Culture is not Considered Cool" i have always disliked it when people brag about not watching TV, or reading a book, or anything that sounds righteously ignorant.

by the way, dear reader... Melisma: "is the musical art of stretching a syllable over a run of notes. But American Idol contestants (and pop singers) sometimes abuse and overuse it" from

How 'American Idol' Uses (and Abuses) Melisma : NPR Music

i am SO NOT a fan of this practice: please Penn share your thoughts on this. it's eager i am!

From Crackle: American Idol Ignorance

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dancing in Eleanor's Stars

I fell in love with the out of this world atmosphere of space at the RFL display...and my clever & talented friend Eleanor has created a similiar get-away high above her lavish Anderton Estates.

I really think i want to try and recreate this astral wonderland above Llewellyn Industries of New Babbage....Hmmm i wonder how many prims it is....[wanders off to the shops to hunt down dear Eleanor]

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Caledon Library Hud and How it Works

I have a dear talented friend who i have written about before...the beautiful Miss Viv Trafalgar one half of the grid-famous New Babbage Aether Salon (Miss Serafina Puchkina is her partner in culture for that venture) Viv...creator of clothing, transporters, buildings, furniture, scripted items, and more has donated her precious time and talents for the good of all! .....all who loves Libraries! She has created the Caledon Library Hud! As a Gift! That sly JJ Drinkwater can make most anyone do just about ANYthing for the Library! More on that later....Ahem!

Dear reader, you may ask...what is a hud? from the SL Wiki it is a:
"Heads up display (abbreviated HUD) is a control panel for an AO or other devices that appears (only) on the screen of the avatar wearing them"

This HUD is like a directory of Teleporters.... here...please to show you with the willing help of my dear English Sheepdog Sir Shaggy who is trying to get in on the action....silly pup!
(pray click upon the photo to see full size)

Wearing the HUD it becomes a semi-transparent icon at the bottom of your screen. Meanwhile, silly Sir Shaggy is trying to get me to look at him....i am feigning disinterest....

One would click upon that icon and get a blue menu ....Sir Shaggy begs for my attention and i am still giving him the playful cold shoulder.

The Blue Menu appears and you can see ALL the Libraries in the Caledon Library System! Clicking on one...of course the Steampunk button and you'll get a Teleporting Map. Sir Shaggy takes a break and just sits. Good boy!

The Teleporting Map comes up and you can see the destination highlighted in RED and you can click either Teleport or if you're just searching for the SLURL you can click on Copy Location to Clipboard. Click Teleport and Voila! You're, if you're in a Hubbed area of Caledon then you'll have a bit of a walk to get to the location....hint: follow the Red Beam from the sky.

Thank you SO much Viv for creating this for ALL! This HUD will be available (tomorrow) in all my libraries..look for a picture of a library and click upon it to get yours!

If you would like a created Hud for your businesses, town, or group you can Hire Miss Trafalgar for a mere $4500L her for details!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

RFL: Daring Babbage Ladies in Space

Three very daring New Babbage ladies yours truly, Capt. Red joined by her dear friends Miss Serafina Puchkina and Miss Viv Trafalgar...explore an RFL display that is out of this world!
Here's the SLURL to the Display

Touch the Rotating Globe to Transport to Space

Dodging asteroids, walking over rotating boulder bridges and dancing in a space was an amazing adventure.
Later joined by Mr. PJ Trenton the famous Primgraph & Prim Perfect photographer...the ladies twirl and dance in the rarefied atmosphere!

For all the photos from this Adventure please go to the Flickr Set.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Port Christopher: The New Babbage Exhibition for Relay For Life!

New Babbage Universal Exhibition display for Relay for Life (click all images below for full size or go view the full Flikr collection)

The New Babbage Designer Sim Mars (( Right on the Track))
The New Babbage Camp site 32 .... The Universial Expo

[Capt. Red steps up to the podium and raises the Barker's cone to her lips and calls out in a true Carnivale voice....]

Step Right up Ladies & Gent's! Don't be afraid to Step Right Up! FREE to the Public and only here for a Short Time! Blink and you'll miss it! A GORGEOUS Mini Second Life build! Visit the New Babbage Relay for Life Universal Exhibition to get an idea of what the BEST builders in our Victorian Steampunk Sim can create! Take a Ride on the Merryman Ferris Wheel! Enjoy the Cleanslate & Co. Galerie de Machines! Dock your airship above the Great Obolensky Airship Deck & Observation Tower! Visit the Petit Palais for shopping and dance a daring Burlesque Hurdy Gurdy! So much to see and do and ALL FOR CHARITY! This weekend ONLY take a LAP and walk for Relay for Life! More information can be found on our Ning! Don't miss it!

Visit this Exhibition and you'll never know who you'll run into!

This is our Beloved Babbage urchin Jimmy OOC!!! A rare sighting!

Does he not look grand in his Captain's Uniform! Very Spiff i say!

Ride the Merryman Ferris Wheel! Look at the lovely views! Be careful and hold onto your hat! and your gown's skirt!....the wind in such a modern ride is fearsomely splendid!


Eeep! My Lauging Academy hat! Noooo! Must to save!

Visit the Petit Palais Shopping Arcade and view the Shocking Clockwinder's Bane! Buy gorgeous gowns & handsome garb! See The Modern Burlesque Stage!....AND hunt for the hidden Airlock!

Clockwiners Bane....sour milk is a potent brew....climb the ladder & feel the effects ...but be careful, tis a heady brew!


Buy Lovely Gowns, Dr Obolensky Gags & More!
Whilst at the Palais Buy the Lovely Velut Aurum Suite by my talented dear friend Viv Trafalgar!....Visit her shop in New Babbage or buy her winsome wares on Xstreet!!!

[looking both ways quickly she lowers the barkers cone and says to the fasionably dressed ladies in the front row before her in a consipratorial hush]
Now...when i was shopping at the Palais recently i found myself wanting to change into Miss Kembri's gown i looked around frantically for a seemly place to change ....and i spied this strange door tucked into an alcove....
upon touching the door it opened into this most beautiful airlock...i rushed in just before the door closed behind me...and voila! a perfect place to secretly change into my gown....pesky things those small windows were, but in a pinch....i made do!

[she winks saucily and raises the cone again and goes on with her barking]

Marvel at the science at the back of the lock..what makes it do that?
Find the secret Cleanslate Airlock! touch it just right and you can walk in...door closes and you can spy on visitors and jump out and scare them for fun!....not that Capt. Red would do that!


More Shopping! Buy a lovely Babbage Tartan Gown....this one is from Miss Kembri Tomson! Visit her store in New Babbage or buy her delightful wares on Xstreet! Dance the Hurdy Gurdy on the Burlesque Stage! Shocking! Modern! Created by New by the gorgeous and delightful Miss Ahnyanka Delphin of The New Champagne Rooms at New Babbage!
[says as an aside to her Ladies down front]
Capt. Red is wearing the Miss Kembri Victorian Day Gown with Feathered Hat, Bow bedecked Bustle, stockings and revealing the modern shocking bloomers!


An Aerial View of the Lovely Universal Exhibit!

Visit the Cleanslate & Co. Galerie de Machines featuring builds & Modern Machines from some of the best of our Victorian builders & Scientists!

The lovely Valhalla Tartan & Lace gown by BlakOpal designs! My talented & gorgeous friend has a huge shop in New Babbage and you can also buy her wonderous wares on Xstreet!!!

Hat by Miss Reghan Straaf of Hatpins!

Gallerie de Machines view from the Steampunk Duck Factory -


For a lovely time, visit the Exhibition at night!

See the Obolensky Airship & Viewing Dock!

See the Commons Steam Powered Globe! As Mr. Roland Zepp said in his journal "The globe tickled me because every good steampunker knows that the world is powered by steam and this was the perfect metaphor for that. " He also was very complimentary about our Build and he purchased a Red Luminaria and dedicated it to his father, an "RL Steam man who would have loved to see this" [as an aside to her audience she says] his blog has some beautiful pictures ....and great articles about fashion!

So Ladies & Gents, Visit the Exhibition! Shop! Walk! And Let's light up these luminaria! Donations are being taken and you can dedicate them to loved ones or friends or just to show your support! GO...GO NOW!...Go This weekend! Don't be the last one to see the Exhibition!

And dear New Babbagers?.....Industry Marches On! That's Why we Relay for Life! Go! Walk a Lap & Proudly Carry the Babbage Flag!
Please note send YOUR note cards or contact the lovely and charming Miss Serafina Puchkina or Visit our NING! For more information!

and when you come back?....Please take a moment to thank the lovely, tan, hard working, & generous Miss Breezy Carver for ALL her hard work making this our most successful RFL New Babbage EVER! Why not leave a comment on her page or visit her lovely Blog, too!

The Waves of a Seabreeze

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Steampunk Factory: Llewellyn Industries of New Babbage

Llewellyn Industries at Night

and in the Sunset just charms me New Babbage....
almost as much as this Aquamarine Hat...from the Laughing Academy

it's almost as charming as the whole ensemble....which comes with the hat!

But nothing beats the charming & beautiful large stopwatch by Miss Viv Trafalgar which stands in the front yard of The Great Obolensky Metal Steampunk Tree House of New Babbage. Rumours of a hidden pirate rum-smuggling cave & urchin hide-out under the tree house are quite spurious!

All part of the Llewellyn Industries Holdings in Wheatstone Waterways, New Babbage
Open to the public year round, visitors welcome!...please take the welcoming note card when offered and enjoy the complimentary tea, rum & cookies and a few hidden gifts for the observant & curious.
here's the SLURL to Llewellyn Industires main factory, & look for the Teleporter to the Treehouse on the main floor.
~Capt. Red