Saturday, June 30, 2007

Location Profile: Antiquity 1800's Historic Township



The Rotunda outside the Grand Ballroom


Last Thursday evening, as I was gallivanting about SL, when I stumbled upon a sim of which I had no previous knowledge. I spent a bit exploring the territory, noting the furious construction going about, when I happened upon Mrs. Angel Magellan, co-owner of Antiquity Township, with her partner, Mr. Gregg Barrymore. A double prim establishment on a class five server, when I arrived they were busily working towards the official opening date of July 7th. However, they graciously answered a few of my pedantic questions, as I was unfamiliar with their sim and what they had planned. When I inquired about the origins of Antiquity Township, Mr. Barrymore responded…




Mrs. Angel Magellan & Mr. Gregg Barrymore,
Proprietors of Antiquity Township

"… we had long wanted to be Caledon residents, but as you know, Caledon land is near impossible to acquire. So at one point, we gave up, and started our own Victorian sim, not in competition, but more like complimentary… so far, our residents are all lovely people – Victorian sims seem to attract the best folk."



A view of the Barrymore Pub and the Romantic Waterfall

I wondered how Antiquity Township was to differ from Caledon, and Mr. Barrymore explained that it would have a more like Brighton or Cape Cod, with beach houses along the shore (I did fail to ask about a boardwalk, however). Additionally, Antiquity will not only have the Township sim, but an additional sim, Antiquity Cove, which would be attached due west of Antiquity Township…




Marketplace stalls for independent merchants

"… Antiquity Cove will attach to Rastas’ (a neighboring group of sims) four waterways, with permissions for our residents to sail them", Mr. Barrymore extrapolated.




Public transportation encompasses Antiquity

Thanking them for their time, I continued to explore and take photographs of Antiquity Township, only to discover Miss Tombola already had planted her flag in Antiquity, with a branch of La Bicyclette near the town center. Went in, scratched her watchdog Ladymine behind the ear, and dallied on which of her new horses I should select. I decided to wait until my dear Artesia had the opportunity to acquire hers, and left, after taking a few more parting photos.




Antiquity's branch of La Bicyclette, with faithful Ladymine guarding

Although the official opening ceremonies of Antiquity are not until the 7th of July, anyone is welcome to stop by and see it before it is officially open!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Victorian Medicine: Nurses



Victorian Order of Nurses, 1892

As an SL physician, I realize the role of a nurse is indispensable to the efforts of restoring the health to the infirm and sick. Therefore, I shall annotate a brief synopsis about this honorable profession...



Florence Nightingale, 1866

Many casualties of the 19th century battles were not killed immediately, but suffered wounds the became infected, leading to slow, nasty deaths. Early in the century, no systematic efforts were made to provide supportive care to the wounded.

In 1854, in response to reports of medical conditions in the Crimean War, the British government recruited Florence Nightingale to organize better care for wounded soldiers. Taking three other nurses and 30,000 pounds ($150,000), she travelled to the Black Sea. Despite bitter opposition from Army doctors, she was able to push through such radical ideas as clean clothes and beds. Within a year she was running the hospital. Her reforms created lasting changes in military medicine and hospital care and helped create the profession of nursing. Dorothea Dix played a similar role in the American Civil War, organizing the first nursing corps in 1861.



Unidentified British nurses posing, 1899

In this period, nurses typically had a strong, almost religious sense of vocation and duty. They defined their own role as one of subordination to doctors; nurses followed orders, regardless of their personal feelings, and do not presume to practice medicine or have medical opinions. but an experienced nurse, especially one with administrative powers, always has a way of bringing doctors into line.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 65, SJG:Austin
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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Steampunk Notables: Captain Nemo



Age: Between 40-50 years; 5'11, 160 lbs.; a striking man with a dark complexion, strong features, and straight black hair.

Prince Dakkar was the heir to a kingdom in India, but was educated in England and the Continent, mastering the languages and sciences of the West. However, in the Indian Mutiny, he attempted to lead his people in resisting British rule, failed, lost his wife and child, and had to flee. He used his wealth to construct a new vessel, the submarine Nautilus, in which he abandoned the land to take up life in the sea. He restored his personal fortunes with vast quantities of treasure salvaged from wrecked ships. His self-imposed exile made him lonely, and when he discovered that a man he had rescued was the famous French marine biologist, Professor Arronax, he attempted to befriend him, calling himself by the Latin pseudonym Nemo, (meaning "no one" and probably a reference to the famous seafarer Odyessus calling himself "Noman", when he spoke to the Cyclops). Ultimately, he allowed Arraonax and his two companions to escape to the land.


Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 51, SJG:Austin
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Perhaps one of the classic individuals of the Steampunk genre, Captain Nemo and 20,000 Leagues under the sea is one of the dramatic personages of Steampunk. If you wish to learn more about 20,000 Leagues under the sea, by Jules Verne, please follow the associated links...








Apparently he has a bar in Cornwall(lol!)...

Social Calender Update

A brief listing of some upcoming events in Victorian/Steampunk sims this weekend..

30JUN (Sat) - Ellison Antiques Party [Victoria City] - 4:30-8:30 pm, SLT

01JLY (Sun) - Caledon Eyre Sim Opening Party [Caledon Eyre] - 2 - 6 pm, SLT
Early Victorian dress, Dancing/Music/Games/Carriage Rides

01JLY (Sun) - Ladies' Tea Party [Caledon Mayfair] - 3-5 pm, SLT
@ the House of Three Graces, by Baron & Baroness of Bardhaven
Ladies Only!

Futher Afoot, in July...

07JLY (Sat) - Dark Victorian Gathering [Caledon Tanglewood] - 4-6 pm, SLT

14JLY (Sat) - Le Bal-musette de la liberte, l'egalete, et la civilite [Caledon Carntaigh],
5-8 pm, SLT

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Victorian Culture: Cricket - The playing fields of Eton



Eton vs. Haverford, 1896


The Duke of Wellington said "The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton." Whatever the truth there was in this, many of his countrymen believed it. Sports, particularly team sports, cricket and football, were considered essential to a young man's education. A boy at Eton, Harrow, or Rugby faced punishment if he did not participate.




Many British officers, such as Kipling's friend General Dunterville ("Stalky"), believed that they had a special rapport with their men, unknown in other countries

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 53, SJG:Austin
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I have included a few photos of my cricket-playing days..



Walking off the pitch, after suffering an indignity as
Caledon lost yet another test, 239/6!



Photo at Eton, for the scrapbook!

If you wish further information about cricket - mostly for colonials... please go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket
http://www.dangermouse.net/cricket/
http://www.cricinfo.com/

Scientific Fisticuffs

The modern sport of boxing goes back to the 18th century, when Jack Broughton proposed the first formal rules for matches. These were replaced in 1839 by the London Prize Ring rules, which banned kicks, bites, and head butts. The modern forms of the sport emerged in 1867, when John Graham Chambers proposed new rules that banned wrestling moves and required padded gloves; the Marquess of Queesberry allowed their publication under his name, hoping to make boxing respectable. Prizefighter did not accept the new rules until 1892, when John L. Sullivan insisted on the in his championship fight against Gentleman Jim Corbett. Sullivan motives were not entire disinterested, bare knuckles fighting was illegal throughout the United States, and his 1889 championship fight against Jake Kilrain had cost him $18,760 in fines and legal costs.



Boxing was always popular with the working classes, especially in the United States. From the beginning it was open to Irishmen, Jews, and other outsiders - two former slaves from the United States, Bill Richmond and Tom Molineaux, boxed professionally in England before 1815. Boxing offered a man with good physical attributes and a high pain threshold a way to better himself economically.


The idea of boxing as a science was created by Daniel Mendoza, a 160 pound English Jew, whose quick footwork and left-handed jabs enabled him to take the championship from much stronger opponents.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 54, SJG:Austin
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More information at:

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Victorian Military: Commissions



Colonel Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford
(Later Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis,
London Metropolitan Police

Until the 1850's, commission in the British army were bought and sold. Sir Walter Scott paid 3,500 pounds ($17,500) to buy his son a captaincy and another 1,000 pounds ($5,000) for uniforms and equipment, commented on what a high price this was for a position that only paid 400 pounds ($2,000) annually. Actually, this was an 8.9% return, much higher than government bonds. Becoming an officer was much like buying a franchise. Since there was no military pensions, an officer's ability to sell his position when he left it was also his retirement furn - fear of losing such investments was on the main sources of opposition to abolishing the purchase of commissions. When purchase was finally abolished, a system of retirement pensions was instituted.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 56, SJG:Austin
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Victorian / Steampunk Culture: Professions

It may seem that professions in the Victorian/Steampunk era were either limited or strange (i.e. carriage whip-maker)... or everyone was either in the military, an inventor, or simply "existed". Quite the contrary, as professions ebb and flow (there was a time, in the pre-internet era, where no jobs of the sort existed as they do now - i.e. webmaster, content designer, or companies like Yahoo, Google, or of course, SL). I've cobbled together a list of potential professions, perhaps a more cinematic than realistic - but who wants to be a wage-slave in sl? (That's what rl is for!) Here are a few suggestions...

Aesthete - You are a young man or woman of education and taste and the money to live accordingly. Depending on which decade it is, you may be a dandy, a pre-Raphelite, or a fin de siecle decadent; your role model may be Byron, Baudelaire, Swineburne, or Wilde - or their female counterparts. Sensible people like Gilbert and Sullivan make jokes about you,and respectable people find you scandalous, but you enjoy making life more beautiful.

Demimondaine - Your position in society is awkward. You aren't a respectable woman, but respectable men enjoy your company and seek you out. You don't exactly sell yourself, but you are willing to have your expenses paid for or accept costly gifts. Your personal charm is your greatest asset; your quick wits are nearly as important.

Detective - You may work for a police force or a private agency such as the Pinkertons, or you may be your own boss. In any of these roles, you are a pioneer in systemic investigation. Given the limitations of laboratory methods of the time, you rely on legwork as on forsenic science.

Engineer - Whether on a ship or airship, you're the man who keeps the engines running. The ship's officers may not treat you as an equal, but they depend on your grimy hands. The Scottish accent is optional, though the stereotype was already emerging in the Age of Steam.

Explorer - You spend your life venturing where no one has gone before, or at least no European. You aren't going to settle down; your goal is to make discoveries and return to report them. You may seek ancient ruins, new species of plant or animals, geographic information, or trade routes. Whatever your goal, you measure your success by new knowledge gained - and by whether you live to tell the tail.

Inventor - You are a master of advanced technology and the scientific principals underlying it. You may have already created one or more devices, or you may be starving in an attic while you perfect your invention.

Medium - The practice of spiritualism began in the 19th century and was almost immediately controversial. Believers regarded it as proof of survival after death; skeptics considered it fraudulent.

Reckoner - You belong to one of the newest professions of the Steam Age: the men (and women) who create instructions for analytical engines. Your work requires a sophisticated grasp of mathematical relationships, and willingness to get your hands dirty rearranging gears and circuits.

Scientist - The role of scientist is new; the word wasn't coined until 1840. Scientists are knowledgeable in one or more branches of the study of nature; there is little specialization yet. Scientists are often amateurs supported by inherited wealth or doing research in their spare time; neither government nor industry offers large research budgets in the English-speaking world, though Germany is more generous.

Sportsman - You may be an amateur or a professional; in either case, athletic performance is the focus of your life. You spend considerable effort on keeping fit and practicing the sport(s) you enjoy, which could be anything such as: equestrian acrobatics, hunting, riding, fencing, fist-a-cuffs, boating - anything from the era.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pgs. 31-42, SJG:Austin
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Now, you may ask - "why should I bother?" Well, my view is if some type of background is provided for yourself, it allows others to better grasp who you are, and makes you 'unique', as opposed to the "generic" sl individual. Then again - it is personal preference, so please use the aforementioned information you wish!

Victorian Nautical Organization and Rank

Ranks in the British navy for the most part of the 19th century followed those used on sailing ships. The titles are generally similar to those for 20th century ranks:

Admiral

Vice Admiral, Rear Admiral

Post-Captain

Commander

Lieutenant

Warrant Officer

Petty Officer

Seaman

Despite verbal similarity, the meanings of these terms were significantly different. The legal terms of service in the navy varied drastically from rank to rank.



HMS Valiant

The only men on a warship who were "in the navy" in a modern sense - individually sworn to serve the state in whatever duties it might assign - were the commissioned officers (lieutenant and above). Their oaths permitted their re-assignment from ship to ship, and such re-assignment the main way they advanced their careers. A commissioned officer started out as lieutenant serving under another man's command. Ships of the line had from one to six lieutenants. A newly commissioned lieutenant might be the only lieutenant on a small ship or the least senior on a large one; each had advantages and disadvantages for working one's way up to first lieutenant of a large ship. An experienced lieutenant might be appointed to command a very small ship, such as a sloop; this was prestigious, but did not actually increase his rank.




The legandary Admiral Horatio Nelson

The next step was "commander", an officer in charge of a larger ship that was not a ship of the line. Success in this role might bring promotion to post-captain, in command of a ship of the line. (Technically, only a post-captain was properly called a "captain"; other naval ships had commanders, and civilian ships had masters and mates). A captain might command a fleet under the title of "commodore", without actual promotion; if he was promoted, he became an admiral. The senior admiral of a fleet might be assisted by a vice admiral, in operational command of the line of battle, and a rear admiral, in command of the reserve.



Three warrant officers enjoying some scuttlebutt

Warrant officers were authorized to perform specific functions on board a specific ship; their commitment was to those duties and not to the navy as a whole. When a ship went out of service, many warrant officers remained attached to her and responsible for her maintenance.



Petty Officer in Antartica

Below them were the petty officers, who served at the captain's pleasure and could lose their ratings at his will. Somewhat surprisingly, the midshipmen - young men destined to become commissioned officers, counted as petty officers; a midshipman who offended his captain could be "reduced to the ranks", redefined as a common sailor.



Seaman Signalman from the HMS Victory

Below all these different sorts of officers were common seamen, who stood watches, and idlers, such as the sailmaker's and carpenter's crews, who were exempt from watches. This distinction cut across higher ranks also; the sailing master might stand watches on a small ship, but the surgeon would not. Still lower, were servants, mostly boys learning to be sailors, typically 10-15% of the crew.



Crewmen posing topside

When the navy went over from sail to steam, the engineers occupied an anomalous position. on the very first steamships, they might not even be "in the navy" - the firm that built the ship's engines would supply a civilian specialist. When engineers were accepted in to the navy, there was resistance to treating them as commissioned officers. Gradually, engineering came to be accepted as a fourth specialty for officers, along with navigation, gunnery, and torpedoes.




Illustration of an engineer of a steamship

In the same period, the navy adopted new procedures for recruiting, training, and assigning duties to sailors. Civilians were no longer liable to pressing, and sailors no longer moved between the navy and the merchant fleet. Under the old system, any loyalty a sailor felt was probably to his captain; under the new, sailors were expected to have a sense of obligation to the navy itself, just as the officers did.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pgs. 59-60, SJG:Austin
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Now, my questions is, what rank structure would a airship/zepplin follow? Most modern day airforces tend to copy army ground force rankings, as they (as least in the United States), were an offshoot from them. But would an airship follow nautial rank and traditions? (It is an air ship...) Please feel free to comment! [Personally - I say it should follow the nautical ranks - then again, I am an ex-sailor! *smiles*]...

Victorian Vices: Adultery


Adultery

Another option for the unhappily married was adultery. Both men and women had love affairs, sometimes prolonged ones. In France, it was taken for granted that a man who could afford it would have a mistress, and the upper classes in England made the same assumptions, while married women often had love affairs. The important thing was to avoid scandal. A gentlemen didn't talk about his conquests, or write explicit love letters, or make physical demonstrations before witnesses; a lady didn't openly leave her husband's house or move into her lover's. If these and other rules were followed, it was possible for the affair to go on for years, sometimes without hard feelings on any side. When Edward VII was on his death bead, Queen Alexandra made a point of giving his last mistress a chance to visit him before he died.

Why didn't these couple divorce and remarry as they chose? Apart from the unthinkable scandal that would result, divorce was not easily arranged. In Catholic counties, it required approval from the Church; in Protestant England, an Act of Parliament. The people who could afford this could also afford to keep up the appearance of a marriage while doing as they pleased in their private lives.

Such private arrangements, of course, gave opportunities for blackmail - a useful source for plots, as many mystery writers have demonstrated.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 29, SJG:Austin
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Victorian Vices: Prostitution

Victorian-era lady of the evening posing

Continuing on with the next topic...

Prostitution

The 19th century demanded that women protect their Chasity at almost any cost; phrases such as "a ruined woman" and a "fate worse than death" were meant seriously. But at the same time, prostitution was a thriving industry. In fact, there were several different strata of prostitution, from demimondaine or adventuresses whose informal liaisons with prosperous men might be as stable and exclusive as a marriage, through house girls, down to the streetwalkers among whom Jack the Ripper found his victims.
Many people thought prostitution gave men an outlet for impulses that otherwise would endanger every woman they encountered. Many, possible most men were at least occasional customers of prostitutes; it was a fairly common experience for them to have their first sexual experience this way. In an era when there was no safe treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, this was a significant public health problem.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 28, SJG:Austin
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Victorian Vices: Smoking


Mr. Samuel Longhorn Clemens enjoying a cigar


Victorian culture had intriguing differences as compared to the 21st century, and such I will be outlining some of the notable differences... starting with smoking!

Smoking

There were no laws against tobacco use in the 19th century, not even for schoolchildren. But, at least in the middle and upper classes, there was a strict etiquette for smokers.

It was understood that some people might find smoking offensive. One did not smoke in the presence of one's superiors, unless invited to do so. Ladies outranked gentlemen and often found smoking repulsive, so after dinner, gentlemen went into a separate room for brandy and cigars. The smoking jacket was intended to keep the smell of tobacco off one's regular clothing. The question"shall we join the ladies?" was a signal to leave the smoking room.

Under less formal circumstances, one might ask permission to smoke, especially of one's equals. In environments where ladies were not expected to be present, including bars and many businesses, men might smoke freely (barmaids didn't count as ladies - they were servants).

Women were not suppose to smoke at all, although some did - normally in private, to avoid getting a bad reputation!

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pgs. 27, SJG:Austin
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If a gentleman is interested in a sl smoking jacket, Mr. Pearse (propriator of "Pearce'd and Cut") offers a smart smoking jacket ensamble (Jacket, Belt, & Smoking Cap). Located in Victoria City.

Monday, June 25, 2007

A new arrival... and some more notables

Good news! I was able to acquire a copy of a publication that provided a weath of information about the Steampunk genere before a wider audience became aware of its charm. A copy of Gurps Steampunk landed in to my lap, with a plethora of facts about the genere (and providing a bit more content - lol!) With out further ado, I shall transcribe a brief bio about two of the icons of Steampunk, whose images have been preserved in Babbage... Charles Babbage & Ada Byron


Charles Babbage
Born 1792; Died 1871
Charles Babbage is best remembered for designing the analytical engine, a steam-powered mechanical computer. Trained in mathematics at Cambridge, in 1812 he instituted an Analytical Society to introduce continental mathematics to England, and from 1828 to 1839 he served as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. Dissatisfied with errors in published mathematical tables, he imagined machines that would calculate and typeset such tables automatically. His work on his difference engine sharpened his interest in technology and manufacturing and encouraged his belief in the economic importance of industry, an uncommon view then. He found time to invent limelight for theaters, plan general-purpose machine tools, write numerous books, reform the Royal Society, run for Parliament, and become a popular host in London.
He had a penchant for showing off his partially completed difference engine, and the Silver Lady, a dancing clockwork automaton which he first saw as a boy and later purchased.



Ada Byron
Born 1815; Died 1852
Augusta Ada Byron (later the Countess of Lovelace), was Lord Byron's only legitimate child. She was raised by his estranged wife, who had taught her mathematics and music, hoping she would grow up without her father's passionate nature. Ironically, her daughter became passionate about a mathematical idea - Babbage's analytical engine. In 1843, she translated an Italian article on it, adding appendices longer than the original article to set forth new concepts such as the computer program - through it occasioned a brief quarrel with Babbage when he corrected her proofs without informing her! Her later life was difficult, wed to a dull husband who her mother easily dominated. Ada drank and took opium, but was worst afflicted by compulsive gambling, and had an affair with John Crosse, one of her racetrack friends. She died of uterine cancer, nursed by her mother, who took advantage of her weakness to cut her off from all her friends, including Babbage.

Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pgs. 6-7, SJG:Austin
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Events: DJ Sir Red Caliber in Caledon Carntaigh

The dance floor/"magic carpet" in the throes of action...

Last Saturday evening I had the opportunity to enjoy DJ Sir Red Caliber "spinning the disks" at Duchess Gabrielle Riel's abode... unfortunately I was a bit late, as I had another important engagement at the time, but did catch the last hour with my travelling companion, Miss Artesia Beaumont.

Duchess Riel in more... provocative attire (lol)!

As one can see, traditional attire was optional, with Miss Tombola sporting a unique dress from her friend - quite impressive.

Miss Tomobla and Miss Beaumont "get down"...!

A flying carpet was the epicenter of the impromptu gathering, and was a smash with the ladies, but unfortunately, I was unable to mount it (must be my trick knee - an old cricket injury)...

A shot of the carpet making its way around the room!

All-in-all, an exquisite enjoyable evening, and I certainly look forewordto Mr. Caliber's next endeavor!

[Editor's note: I was a bit distracted with photo-taking... I shall annotate individual's names as I acquire them...!]

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Boiler Plate, Robotic Hero!




Boiler Plate with Teddy Roosevelt in the Spanish American War


After displaying Pasquale for the first time (albeit, the fellow still needs a few adjustments…), I re-located a fantastic web-site of a Steampunk legend, Mr. Boilerplate. A steam-powered hero of the Victorian era, his adventures are documented in detail, from his inception as a prototype soldier by Mr. Archibald Campion, his introduction to the public during the Columbian Exposition (the Chicago World’s Fair), his many adventures around the world, to his mysterious disappearance during the "Great War"…






Walking on the Midway of Chicago World's Fair of 1893


Many pictures adorn the location of Boiler Plate, including drawings and links to other sites (for example, numerous Japanese illustrations exists of his visit to the Far East {link included}). It is projected that more interactive media will be available in the future about him (i.e. books, movies), but for now, please enjoy the biographic about Mr. Boiler Plate.






Boiler Plate in Japan


Links at:

http://bigredhair.com/boilerplate/index.html

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/qloshima27/e/9c9b5776d7d019ab2b0a4174d3cb38e6

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Steampunk Culture: More on the genre...



My manservant Pasquale galavanting about Babbage...

Hadn't intended on making a second post today, but after making my daily visit to Brass Goggles, Miss Tinkergirl had located Mr. Mathews' compiled works on the essence of the Steampunk genre. It is fine dissertation, and "focuses the lens" on what is being considered the "next big thing" (hopefully this is a favorable prediction...!)
Additionally, Miss Tinkergirl's astute categorization was quoted for a second time - Kudos, madam!

http://www.eatingmywords.org/2007/06/21/for-ease-of-use/

[Also, I simply added the picture of my ne'er-do-well manservant to add a graphic, but if you see him milling about in Caledon or Babbage, please inform me... I'm still making some adjustments on the fellow!]

Steampunk Culture: A Gentleman's Duel Trailer



Due to RL demands, I am making a brief post about an Oscar-winning CGI movie, A "Gentleman's Duel". Made by Blur Studios, it involves two battleing steam-mech in the duel, which are shown briefly at the end of the trailer. Additionally, the below links are related the aformentioned production. The first is Blur studio's website, which contains a longer general clip for commercial use, but has a longer scene of the mech battling, and one to CGSociety, containing background on the movie. Finally, another version of the clip, albeit no fighting. Unfortuantly, there is no release date yet.

http://www.blur.com/#

http://features.cgsociety.org/story_custom.php?story_id=3829

http://www.ifilm.com/video/2822911

Friday, June 22, 2007

Steampunk Culture: Steampunk Forum



Mr. Chow's "1st Lt. Bastian Wolfe"

After dredging through my links, I found an artistic site that has amazing renditions relating to Steampunk characterizations, specifically Airship personnel & Mechanical individuals. The link to Concept Art.org's Airship images is at:

http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?p=1136461

Also had the opportunity to join the "Steampunk Forum", part of the Brass Goggles website. Still reading the vast swath of material there, so beware... you really can be lost for hours! And then.. after seeing the projects, you'll make a bee-line to the local hardware store... buy some copper tubing, a torch....

http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/bg-forum/index.php



Freya Horn's "Steampunk Girl"

More detail on her image is at:
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=93497


**Don't forget**
Today is the "Steampunk South Pacific" RFL fund raiser, from 1-5, SLT, and the Whttlesea Commons Opening, from 6-9 SLT!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Updates & a picture...



An artist's rendition of a horseless carriage in the upcoming film "The Golden Compass" (Located it this after further research - simply had to add it!)

I would like to take a moment to mention two additions to my list of links...

First, I must mention Miss Zoe Connolly's blog, one that I have read for quite a while, and enjoy thoroughly. Although it hasn't necessary been focused towards the genre, as a new resident of Caledon, I felt it appropriate to add her work to the listings.

http://zoeconnolly.blogspot.com/

Secondly, an extremely good site, The Victorian Peeper, was brought to my attention. Miss Tetens, the author, is a rl historian specializing in nineteenth century Britain, provides amazing depth into Victorian England, and in a manner which lends itself to hours of reading (yes - I will admit to that - lol!). Additionally, she has numerous articles on Steampunk-related topics of interest to anyone involved in the genre. A "must-visit" site for any Caledonian, Steampunk, or Victoriana-phile!

http://www.victorianpeeper.blogspot.com/

Location Profile: Caledon Erye Carriage House



Outside photo of La Bicyclette in the Morning

Yesterday I had the good fortune to drop in and explore Caledon's newest addition, Caledon Eyre. A double prim sim, it has a great number of well concieved works, and seems to be a growing center of SL equine activity. Speaking of which, I happened upon the re-designed build of Miss Virrgina Tombola, La Bicyclette's Carriage House. As she explained in her own very good blog, La Bicyclette (located at http://labicyclette.blogspot.com/ - or on the sidebar)...

"...what I truly want is a place for people to gather in Eyre. In the day, carriage houses were places that travellers and locals alike of both sexes would gather for an evening meal, or perhaps just a quick pint over a happy game of cards."



Miss Paravane looking particularly stunning!



Miss Tombola demonstrating her new card deck for the gathering
(l-r, myself, Miss Paravane, Miss Seisenbach [seated] , Miss Tombola, Miss Gustafson)


As such, I "popped in" for a quick visit, and to take a few photos, and before I realized it, we had an improptu engagement! Discussions, beverages, and Miss Tombola even demonstrated her new card deck, and a clever game of "52 pickup" (lol)!



Aerial shot of Eyre, with the impressive Deadlite Estate towering above the residences


After our gathering, I continued with my photographic endevors, taking a few shots of Eyre, the Carriage House, and one of myself (lol)!



Evening photo of the Carriage House, near the tp center


Later that evening, I had the good fortune of meeting one of my fellow bloggers, Miss Zoe Connolly, and amazingly enough, another multi-polar discussion erupted, including blogging, Caledonian expansion, to, um... past histories. However, I failed to impose on beautiful Miss Connolly for a photo - next time I shall have to impose on her (lol)!



Yours truly, photographer-at-large (lol!)

Steampunk Media: Golden Compass trailer

The movie appears to be projected for the latter half of the year (about Christmas time), but looks quite good in theme. I have reposted the short via YouTube - the movie's website's feed tended to either start on its own, or would crash browsers - my apologies!]

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Putting a finger on a definition...

I had a bit of an existential dilemma whist I was taking a break from the tyranny of my current rl existence... What exactly is Steampunk, Victoriana, ect... and how does one define it? Well, after searching, I resorted to one of my favorite sites, Brass Goggles, which had an efficient answer to my inquiry...

"What is Steampunk!?
Very good question, and there are different (but similar) answers out there. Here’s mine: Steampunk is a genre of fiction set somewhere in the 1800’s during the Victorian Era. The fictional part comes in that technology has gone a bit skewed - though the exact methods vary, generally steam-powered devices that would have been impossible or unfeasible at the time are found to exist. Examples include steam-robots, flying castles, under-water bases, moon rockets, time machines etc.
But I know that as…
Yes, Steampunk has many names and very close relations -

Victorian Science Fiction - Steampunk by any other name, though possibly leaning more towards fiction actually written in Victorian era, as opposed to fiction retroactively set in Victorian times. Abbreviated as VSF.

Gaslamp Fantasy - The Girl Genius equivalent of Steampunk, with more leeway for very tight bodices, slapstick comedy and non-humans. Not set in any real Victorian historical location, Girl Genius has its own time and place.

Steampulp - Perhaps if I had the opportunity to rename Steampunk, it would be to Steampulp - the -punk suffix causes a lot of confusion amongst those who imagine it means strife and rebellion.

Fireside Science Fiction - A warm and cozy alternative name where decent Victorian gentlefolk may begin their adventure around a fireplace with a small brandy, but could end up on the moon or beyond!

Neo-Victoriania - A Japanese originated alternative where the aim is to recreate certain Victorian aspects of life using modern tools and ways. Elegant Gothic Lolita is a variety of Neo-Victoriania, and were this some kind of many limbed diagram, we’d be at our closest point to Gothic in Neo-Victoriania.

Wild/Weird West - Specifically focused on the American West in the 19th Century, and you’ll find cowboys and scientists alongside saloon girls and giant mechanical spiders.

Voyages Extraordinaire - The title of the series of works of Jules Verne, when he decided to explore the wonders and potential of science and exploration in his tales of adventure. Now almost synonymous with Victorian adventures with a larger than life twist.

Scientific Romance - An early, mostly British, name for science fiction, that fell out of fashion, but was also used to describe Verne’s works. Now being used more for nostalgic Victorian based science fiction - just how I like my Steampunk!"

Giving credit where credit is due, the reference page is by Miss Tinkergirl, with the specific reference at http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggles/?page_id=18
and is listed under the "Steampunk FAQ". Needless to say, this article does not address the more, shall we say, lady-esque Victoriana, with writing from Jane Austen and others writers of similar vein, but there are probably other individuals who could illuminate the shades of grey of that genre.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Random photographs, part II

Having dug around for a few spare part to recalibrate Pasquale, I found a few random photos to post...


Enjoying a quiet moment in Victoria City's reading room...





followed by a bit of fun with my new Tesla-influenced backpack!


Artesia and her sister shopping (I'm certain that regardless

of what they are arguing about, I will be the loser (lol))!


Finally, a placard from the 1900 Paris Exposition -

I couldn't resist the images of the architecture.