Weekly Tweets 2010-12-26

  • RT @malburns ""Virtual Bookstores in Second Life: An Interview with Jackson Street Books" http://bit.ly/hfvI21" #
  • Tenth Utah community Bans anti-gay discrimination, #10in2010 campaign FTW! http://is.gd/jfiZa #
  • RT @m_ethaniel "New from Clover's Kitchen! Peppermint Hot Chocolate: http://wp.me/pPSVr-2m #SL #SecondLife" Cute! Need to get that. #
  • @m_ethaniel Sounds festive! Just in time for double-overtime Plumber's Winter Holiday. Bleh. #
  • Swimming against the stream again, @SenatorKirk votes against START treaty, which passed safely. #headdesk http://is.gd/jfHAj #
  • RT @KyleIM "#LameDuck 2010 should forever be known as #SecondWindDuck (archive THIS, Library of Congress)" Amen, that. #
  • OKAY, thank you, over-helpful Pollyanna. Stop telling us all about the typo I made that hurt no one but me. OK, THANK YOU. Next time, EMAIL #
  • Need a good laugh, will re-read how Kenny Loggins ruined Christmas http://is.gd/jfL9f #
  • RT @m_ethaniel "New from Clover's Kitchen! Peppermint Hot Chocolate: http://wp.me/pPSVr-2m #SL #SecondLife" Cute! Need to get that. #
  • Thinking of dumping most of my mainland holdings and throwing in my lot with Steelhead. @TLEclipse, may be contacting you later. #
  • Okay, I twibboned. Do I get a cookie? On a stick? #SL #
  • New CEO at Linden Labs means change for #SecondLife but good or bad? Wait and see http://is.gd/jjSBl #
  • RT @StNickEpiscopal Christmas Eve TONIGHT at 430pm (Family) and 9pm (Candlelight) in Elk Grove Village IL http://www.stnickepiscopal.com #
  • The typist will be singing at the 9pm service, and will be wiped out immediately after. Have yourselves a merry little Christmas. #
  • .@vicwu Sure, St Nicholas is my RL church. We've probably left food pantry donation bags at their door. Christmas lights are pretty there. #
  • @vicwu It's a cute community. You should have seen the Halloween decorations. #
  • @m_ethaniel hooray for Septic Santa! Did you give him cookies and milk? #
  • Laughing. Good food. More laughing. Improv: Leah velcroed to the ceiling after bungying up to change a light bulb. Good times. #fb #
  • Exhausted typist having a lie-in. No little typists to worry about. Last night's music was glorious, we choristers survived intact. #

Needed my awesome amplified, Torley comes through again

This is so helpful to me in my current “blocked” condition. Most of these entities are in my head, or I fear that I could turn into one of them.

an artist’s job is to make art

So keep creating. Can you relate?

“There will always be trolls, haters, critics, copiers, feedback both good and bad, and the artist must always express themselves in spite of this, to take in what is useful to them, let the rest go, and not get caught up in their own negativity.”

via Torley amplifies your awesome. • So keep creating..

Weekly Tweets 2010-12-05

  • My neighbor has very nice furniture. I can tell because she deleted her house. #SL #NPIRL #BTDT #
  • I now deserve to wear the Flaming Sombrero of Shame; have been AFK for months. Forgot how to rez a box. #SL #
  • Oooowee! Need a nifty case for my new iPad. What shall I get? Something from Zazzle.com? #
  • @socratic Holky shit, we might need that Top Gear game, too. Also you should copyright "holky." #
  • @janakyomoon Thank you for the Gatwick airport snow image. It's useful in my other life. Will try to catch a show soon! #
  • RT @VexStreeter "Free author-signed copies of Scripting Your World, official guide to scripting in Second Life outside 210E @ #iitsec2010 quot; #
  • Oh, duh. Catch up to real time, Miss Carver. #headdesk #
  • @NPRScottSimon as a Duck from the 70's, I'm baffled by this concept of "WIN," but #goducks anyway! #fb #

The Great (Steampunk) Race

Spent an enjoyable few hours inworld for the first time in ages… what finally brought me back was recalling this excellent moving picture. Sadly, I missed its recent replay on the vid-box but perhaps I shall find more clips online.

Originally considered a critical flop, The Great Race was a specular box office hit, along with another Steampunk-esque race move of the time, “Those Magnificent Men and their Flying Machines”. It was nominated for five academy award, and won one Oscar. To this day, it still retains a “75% Freshness” rating at Rotten Tomatos (per Wikipedia).

via The Steampunk Tribune: The Great Race (1965), Saturday the 27th of November, on TCM

For the most part I merely sorted textures and oddments, but on a whim I attended a class in “role-play” at Caledon Oxbridge, as I’ve never had formal training. It was quite fun, and afterwards I stumbled onto a wonderful gift in my inventory that allowed me to make a rather stylish Western-style gent’s necklace or “bolo-tie” such as is worn on the American frontier. I shall have to work with it a bit more before revealing it. It was enough to actually make something again, and think seriously about improving my existing stock. I’ve been quite stuck, creatively, and have finally dipped a toe or two back in the water.



A Longer Update Soon

I am still here. Still here! And getting ready to leap back inworld. At least there are plenty of Second Life blogs to read in the meantime… and here is a secret code for the Technorati dwarven who insist on validating my ownership of this blog. 8WD6AGM3CEUY take that!

Soulless, Changeless: A Steampunk Fantasy Heroine For The Ages

I have read the first novel in this series, and found it highly engaging. Although not strictly a Steampunk genre novel, there are elements that make it a satisfying read for any resident of the Steamlands, especially those having an interest in the vampiric and lycanthropic clans in Second Life.

I should like to construct a battle umbrella like the one mentioned in the early chapters of the first book! There is a riveting battle between Miss Carriger’s heroine and a rather ill-mannered vampire of questionable antecedents, which sets up the story for the rest of the novel. The next novel in the series has eluded me thus far but I hope to obtain it on my next visit to my local independent bookseller.

IO9 posted a very good interview today with Ms. Gail Carriger, the author of Soulless and Changeless. They do a pretty much straightforward interview, but do allow her to extrapolate on the methodology she uses on the background for the Parasol Protectorate series. Do pay a visit to IO9’s piece with Ms. Carriger, at: http://io9.com/5654387/gail-carriger-explains-why-her-heroine-has-no-soul

Via The Steampunk Tribune: IO9 Interview with Ms. Gail Carriger, author of Soulless and Changeless

Additionally, I should like to apologize for my appalling absence inworld of late. There have just been many enjoyable events taking place in my so-called “real” life lately; a visit from a dear old friend, for example. Also there have been a number of entertainments on the aetheric channels lately. However, a block of time is opening up for me this week, and I shall be celebrating my third rezzday next week, so I hope to re-connect with friends soon.

Weekly Tweets 2010-09-19

A-STEAM-Hunting We Will Go, Plus: BOOKS

Yes, it’s that time again – the third annual STEAM hunt (which actually happens a bit more frequently than that, but time does odd things inworld).

I’ve been easing back into things, trying to get some time to get inworld. Problem is, I’m completely out of the habit, there’s much too much good stuff to watch on the teevee, and I’m behind on a lot of projects. However, with a new STEAM hunt, I think I’ll get motivated again to build stuff soon. Real soon.

Just to prove to Betsy that I’m really truly talking up her book over at SL:

That’s Cafe Wellstone tonight (it was Eklipetic night, so dancing to interesting obscurities). That’s me in the foreground, not losing my religion. The chat window shows how BookemJackson Streeter and I were talking about authors – usually I have my photos set up to not show all the chat stuff, buttons, and tools.

Turns out Mrs Books had run across Betsy’s blog before and was interested to hear about her new book coming out, A City of Ghosts. I was telling Mrs Books about how fun it would be to have some actual ghost stories read by the author at the virtual bookstore next month, and we could all come in costume. Scary! Boo! Yay! So we’ll see if that might happen or not, depending on everyone’s schedules and how weird Second Life can be for new people, especially authors of actual books.

Speaking of which, I ordered the book a couple of days ago, to be delivered by slow loris apparently. So I expect it this week sometime.