It was a lot of fun listening to Krypton Radio tonight, in spite of some technical glitches. They’re going to get to do an interview with Bruce Boxleitner (yes, yes, Captain Sheridan and Tron and all). He has a new project coming out sometime, a Steampunk one at that, and fan friendly as well: Lantern City.
Well, this looks like exactly the kind of thing I’d like to watch:
The new Steampunk show Lantern City, from executive producer Bruce Boxleitner, is an exciting foray into fan-inspired and fan-created television. It combines first-rate storytelling, innovative production design, and a rich world that fans will fall in love with. Even though it will blend great science fiction with dynamic storylines, at its heart the show asks two questions: how far would you go to be with the person you love and what lengths would you go to in order to survive?
Lantern City highlights the steampunk genre to create a one-of-a-kind television experience. Other properties have had Steampunk elements, but this is the first mainstream television show to proudly wear the label of Steampunk. Current fans of the subgenre will not be disappointed and it will attract a much wider audience to the long neglected world of Steampunk. The show is unique in that it allows viewers to be involved in the process â€“ a first for any television show.
So I’ve signed up to the forum and will check back for updates, it looks intriguing. I’ve been aware of the project for a while, and I even twittered back and forth with whoever is behind @LanternCity. They’ve been going to a lot of cons and making a lot of new fan friends.
In other totally unrelated news, I got 3 more scripted folding screens made (yes, from a kit, but hey) and fixed perms on the first one. Curse you, perms issues! The thing I have to remember is to set everything globally to “modify and copy” and then tweak the folding script to “no modify, no transfer” since there’s no reason for a customer to mess with it.
Here they are:
Folding Mesh Room Screen – “Sakura Sunset”
And after all that, and after laughing at the silly stuff Krypton’s Gary Da Baum and Steelhead’s Willow Leafstorm were playing on the music stream, I threw on some pixel duds and went to the Friday night dance.
It got a little weird, but what else is new?
At this week’s Friday Night Dance, the theme was supposed to be “Monty Python” because Krypton Radio was going to do set on that, hosted by our own Marshal Fuzzball Ortega (Gary Da Baum). I was listening via aetheric connection at the time because I was working on my screens. But the Fuzz had technical issues, so another of our Steelhead DJs (also a Krypton staffer) took over for a while with an equally demented set. It was fun hearing the shout-outs to Steelhead, though. Finally, I finished up and put on something Victorian so I could enter the ball saying “Shot off? Completely?!?” but the music was already on to another theme by then. Still, it wasn’t too late for more dead parrot jokes.
Our benevolent despot, TotalLunar Eclipse, hosted the ball in a brand new castle currently sitting in the newly emerged Steelhead City sim. Some of the old stores have come back with brand new makeovers; this castle is for public events and general mayhem.
For example, Lunar put out the ceremonial Steelhead trout cannon, which anyone could fire. The trout were about a meter and a half long and were temporary objects that persisted for about 3 minutes, so they built up pretty fast. I didn’t get any good shots of those, but there are some visible here:
After that, I went off taking pictures under a rather moody Windlight setting – Misty Day? at sunset.
There are more pictures on my profile feed, you’d have to sign in to SecondLife.com to see them.
In EVEN MORE unrelated news, Mr. B’s latest Chap-hop video (actually a remake) hit 100,000 views (I helped) and Professor Elemental has his own delightful comic book – issue #2 is coming in 2013, apparently. Follow developments and see teasers (the Dandy T-Rex looks intriguing) on the comic’s Facebook page!
It all looks like much fun to be had – but it’s also something that can be experienced in Second Life. 2-gramophone decks? We has them.
Rideable dinosaurs? Check. This is just my 2-seater pterodactyl, nothing special. I saw some wearable tyrannosaurus avatars the other day where your lifeless AV body hangs from the gaping jaws of a hungry T-rex, no biggie.
Oh, goodie!! The fish-flinger cannons are still rezzed out at the castle ballroom, I can demonstrate!
So like I said, it got a little weird at the end, but was a lot of fun.