Sunday, December 28, 2008

...and then I ran mad!

What's this?! (besides another hilarious vid from Hotspur)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Port Harbor is here!

Rising from the sea just to the East of Steelhead Harborside, it's....Port Harbor! Flying over this brave new land, I had to laugh at the stupendous map just under the surface of the water. If only real life were so convenient and organized!

I noticed that Commodore O'Toole had already made landfall at his new digs: huzzah for the Wrath Exiles!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Guild: Season 2

Season 2 of "The Guild" has started, and it's a hoot! This video is from their site, and it makes me smile as much as the original film it parodies. It's such a great song. I love creativity, even "spoof" creativity if it's done well. I don't play WOW, but I love the gentle spirit of this kind of thing.

Find more videos like this on Watch The Guild

Update 11-26-08: I want to do something like this in SL. Same music, more dancers...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

RL Garage Sale

For anybody living within driving distance of our RL location (Kingston, WA), we're having a garage sale this Friday and Saturday! Lots of costumey things and prop bits for making steampunk gadgets. Victorian items and militaria. I'll have a sort of catalog up on my "Tilbury Surplus" site by Thursday.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Haunted Folly

Come visit! Set your time to "midnight", and turn on your music stream. I don't recommend bathing in the stream...

Friday, October 17, 2008

PJ Party at Lumi's

Just had to mention that Lumina's spontaneous (at least I assume it was spontaneous) pajama party last night was one of the best "events" I've ever attended in SL. Charming, amusing people, comfy attire, gorgeous surroundings, and just about the best DJ I've ever had the pleasure of hearing, Mr. Shalimando Glineux (sp). He's a gargoyle and has a great look. Hope he gets lots of gigs this month. He also has a magnificently ecclectic music library, and was quick to incorporate requests or spontaneous additions inspired by the ongoing chat. Wow.

Oh, there were Teddy Bear Guns, pillow fights, Lemming Launchers, and, er, pole dancers (egads). It was a hoot. I had so much fun I forgot to take pictures!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Music Stream Change: October moodiness

I just tried to change my Mediamaster stream on my parcel, and now it won't play! I put the URL for the collection in the right I have to do something else? I feel doofy...

Update: After checking with Hotspur's Tutorial, I noticed that I was getting two different URLs for my "Halloween Ambient" list...and one was That fixed it.

Now it can be told!

Saw this on Eva's blog and it looked interesting. I'm actually quite pleased with the result, although I'm not sure what some of the questions had to do with the 15th century...

Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test...

The Prioress

You scored 11% Cardinal, 56% Monk, 62% Lady, and 49% Knight!

Take the test yourself...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mr. Peterman goes Wild West

Although I can seldom get the boy to actually log on to SL and play virtual world with me, it's no trouble at all to get him to play let's pretend in RL. Maybe it's because we recently saw the new fab Western "Appaloosa", but Gordon decided he needed some new cowboy photos, since the last good ones we did were about ten years ago. Anyway, here's cowboy Gordo on Woody the wonder horse.

Bonus action shot of him "shooting" my iron-frame Henry. Woody kept falling asleep, so Gordon kept throwing sticks out ahead of him to get the Woody to look alert
(you know, like he was spotting the enemy or something). Making Woody look alert is uphill work.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Steelhead: Port Harbor!

Now booking! Lots of lots available! See Hotspur Otoole's blog for a better pitch!

Steelhead: where the future is now!

* "now" being 1880-something.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ironclads Ahoy!

Had a bit of a shoot-em-up over at Hotspur's plot at Burning Life last night with the goal of shooting a little "how to" for his miniature ironclads battle setup. It's really too bad that Burning Life is only allowing the general public in for one measly week. It seems ready to have visitors at this point, and it's going to be a giant lag-fest when they DO cut the tape.

I hope Hotspur plans to set up the mini ironclads somewhere after BL, because it's a hoot. Culprits were: Hotspur as the DP, Eva B, Diamanda G, and one Ranandor somethingorother as the "Captains". I'm the one in the old Middlesea Fleet Ladies Auxiliary uniform (with goggles), btw.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Steampunk Style Quiz

Nabbed from Gabbi's blog, and the result is utterly un-surprising...

Your result for The Steampunk Style Test...

The Citizen

You are the Citizen, the embodiment of steampunk’s everyday side. You realize that there is far more to a rich, living environment than adventurers and lunatic engineers. For every gentleman-scientist or airship fleet admiral there are a dozen or more “ordinary people” who prevent the genre from devolving into a mass of cardboard caricatures, and you take pride in exploring the great diversity of a steampunk world’s population. Your clothing could easily come from any social group or society, and you are equally liable to dress upper, middle, or working class. However, the unifying feature to your fashion sense is that it does not get carried away with “looking steampunk,” instead creating a person who could have just stepped out of the crowd in a novel. Some people may claim that your style is too close to historical accuracy to be steampunk, but fortunately you know better.

Try our other Steampunk test here.

Take The Steampunk Style Test at HelloQuizzy

Monday, September 1, 2008


Spent some time Saturday night visiting with Hotspur, Exrex, and a few others at Polymath Rock, watching the live feed from CaleCon in Stratford, Ontario. Very surreal, watching actual humans. I really want to go next year. Guess I'd better label that coffee can...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

From Darien Mason's blog...

Look at the list and bold those we have read.
Italicize those we intend to read.
Underline the books we LOVE

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (I did read The Brothers Karamozov)
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (Stop looking at me like that! :P)
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (abriged)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mrs. Peterman now appearing in...

..."A Touch of Evil: the supernatural game", the new tabletop game from Flying Frog, LLC. They're calling it "the dawn of the 19th century", but they had us all in mid to late 18th century clothes. I did my own hair/ it looks like my character will be the only one with 18th c hair. Oh well. If accounts of their last game, "Last Night on Earth: the zombie game", are any gauge, this game should do very well. Can't wait to get my copy and try it out!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Now showing: School of the Renaissance Soldier

Finally cut together something new for the Kinescopic Viewer. This time it's the five minute promotional short I just made showing a taste of what the School of the Renaissance Soldier is like. It's a total-immersion 16th century military re-enactment, and I'll be putting together some more shorts on the same subject in the future.

The handsome Rittmaster on the giant draft cross horse is Mr. Peterman, in case you were wondering.

Feel free to stop by the folly (Steelhead Boomtown, SW corner) for a viewing in the barn anytime!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

My Secret Life...apparently

Your result for The Steampunk Archetype Test...

The Roguish Pirate

36 Swashbuckling Engineer, 8 Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer, 33 Charming Noble, 50 Roguish Pirate, 31 Mechanical Fian and 25 Aetherist Bodger!

There is treasure on those airships flying back from the Imperial colonies and you can be found wherever there is treasure. Sometimes you don’t know what you prefer, having the loot or getting the loot. You have your own crew of engineers, bodgers, tinkerers and fians to keep your airship fast and powerful. Those lumbering cargo ships can’t withstand your assault after you fire off the grappling hooks. Oh there is always a fight, but that is part of the fun.

Take The Steampunk Archetype Test at HelloQuizzy

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Force Was With Us

Great dance in Steelhead last night. Star Wars theme. The music was really super...made me want to get up and dance. What I DID was search for the "Journey of the Sorcerer" online until I found an MP3 to download. Why hadn't I done it before? The "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" radio broadcasts are among my favorite radio shows ever. The casting is so perfect as to be sublime. The whole production is just timeless. I still haven't seen the movie version, but I haven't been rushing to since it wasn't received well by diehard fans.

Anyway, last night's shindig was nifty. Lots of great costumes, including a yummy Plavalaguna riding a Bantha, a couple of Slave Leias, several Jedi knights, Tensai as a tiny (natch) Jawa, and Eladrienne Laval as a tiny Amidala complete with exhaustive wardrobe.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reliable video streaming at last!

At least I hope so. Thanks to Hotspur's nifty tutorial, I think anybody visiting Peterman's Folly should be able to watch my video of the Warhorse Guild's shenanigans at the 2007 Port Gamble Medieval (sort of) Faire.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day! all you Second Life Yanks out there!

Update: since I'm so big into mix 'n match fashion (in all my lives), I thought I might start adding fashion magazine-type notes to posts with pictures of "me". So, with that in mind...

Fashion notes: This special ID4 outfit consists of the 1879 RedWhite Revue ensemble from Eladrienne Laval, with the "Rue - Sprocket" shirt and cravat as an undershirt layer "chemisette" by Silent Sparrow. The hat is by Elegance Hats, and it's their '08 Valentine's Day freebie....modified by me to reflect a different holiday, and with a riding band/scarf attached.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Annual Civil War Dance Pic

It's that time of year again! The Civil War came to town, and we went to the Saturday night dance again. This photo was taken by Gordon's jousting partner, in our back yard, right before we left. We only danced a couple of times, and ended up visiting with the British Observer for the Confederate Army, Col. Marshall, and his wife, over port and shortbread. Turns out they live on Lopez Island, not to far north of us. Just like Second Life, you never know when you're going to make new friends! They came by this morning after breaking camp, and we fed them breakfast (always lots of eggs on hand!) and visited for several more hours. Turns out Mr. Marshal runs a foundry, and is building a bronze Gattling gun in his spare time. That made "Mr. Peterman" very happy!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Now Playing: The Warhorse Guild

Pull up a hay bale and catch the newest craze in entertainment: kinescopes! I made this little kinescope a year ago this month, and it shows us doing our best "Medieval/Renaissance Jouster" bit. We've come a long way in a year, and as soon as I have time I'll cut some more footage together. In the meanwhile, take a gander at what the Petermans do in rl. Well, Mr. Peterman, anyway....I'm behind the camera as usual.

Just enable your "media" button and press the "play" arrow.

Also: not that it's hard to make your own, but I'll package up the "viewer" in a modifiable form and put it in a sell/give box in the stable sometime soon, with instructions and web links.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Folly Photo

Prof. Sputnik's machinima shoot in Caledon on Sea was "rained out" (SL bugginess) just now, so I took the time to shoot some pics of the Folly.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Radio Neb!

Following Hotspur's lead, as usual, I'm trying out this newfangled "MediaMaster" thingumy. I have a radio button right here on the blog (left), and I'm streaming onto Peterman's Folly in SW Boomtown. I have a pretty staid if eclectic taste in music. I've tried to keep vaguely with the feeling of Steelhead, so it's going to be classical, ambient (Enya-ish), Gilbert & Sullivan, and classical-sounding movie scores.

Happy listening!

Monday, June 9, 2008

What would YOU do for a Klondike Bar?

How about voting on this little "commercial" that we worked on last week? Starring Mr. Peterman as "the miner"! All you have to do is sign up at the Klondike site, then vote for our "Klondike Express" entry in the contest.
I'm totally biased, but I think it's one of the best entries so far, so I have no qualms about begging for votes. I believe you can vote once a day, so help us pay down our mortgage win!

PS The VO at the end is NOT Mr. Peterman, although it's cute. My husband does not sound like Gabby Hayes.

PPS I promise that this is the last thing I will be begging votes for....unless I decide to run for President now that Hillary is out. Oh, wait, I'm Libertarian, which means I don't stand a Klondike Bar's chance in hell. Fooey.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Chickens Rule!

...or, to be more exact, videos promoting books for kids instructing them in the fine art of raising chickens rule! Go here and scroll down to see evidence of this fact.

Here's a note from the little girl herself, thanking all who voted (you know who you are):

Fri Jun 6, 2008 9:23 am (PDT)

I wanted to thank all of you who supported me in the video book review voting. I just found out that the chickens were victorious!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! It is so neat how everyone got together and helped from all over the world! I think the results should be on the web site soon at
Thank you again!
Special thanks to the many denizens of Steelhead, Caledon, Middle Earth (well, there were elves from somewhere involved) and other lands who answered my blatant plea to thwart the forces of evil which were threatening to sway the voting using Tammany Hall-style tactics. Take THAT, forces of evil!

Yes, I hang with superheroes.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Getting better...

Finally got the tower/folly erected. Now, If I can just slow down and quit messing it up, accidentally deleting it, etc. in my haste to fine-tune my home-sweet-home, all will be good. My "horse boarder" Ms. Tripsa is probably getting tired of me accidentally disappearing her barn (and horse). I need to listen to Treebeard and slow down...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My own slice of heaven

Well, it's not completely "developed", but it's presentable. My first land! Peterman's Folly is in the very SW corner of Steelhead Boomtown. A hotspring bisects the parcel and tumbles down into the Columbia Gorge. I hereby dub it "Bridle Vale Falls" (not to be confused with "Bridal Veil Falls" on the real gorge. I'll do it better, later, but it's good for now. There are opportunities for soaking in the hot springs, so be sure to try it out! Barn will be up soon, with hay storage and shelter for livestock. Eventually I'll build the "folly", which will be my house, but until then I'm roughing it.

I'm trying to keep in the "Columbia Gorge ca. 1880s" theme. So glad it's the 19th century (no sailboarders!). Anybody looking for inspiration can find a wealth of images on the web. Look up "Maryhill Museum", "Multnomah Falls" (pictured left), and "Vista House" for starters. There's a fabulous turn of the century building at the Multnomah Falls park that houses a nice restaurant. The last time I ate there I felt like I was in 1920: gorgeous Craftsman detailing and lots of river rock. Needless to say, I love this area of the PNW, and am glad it's in easy driving distance of where I live a few hours north.

For the druid-ly inclined, Sam Hill (a concrete magnate from Portland, late 19th c) built a WW1 memorial in the shape of Stonehenge: full scale. It overlooks the river just East of Maryhill Museum (the former Hill mansion), and is a sort of "Stonehenge pre-erosion/weathering". If somebody wants to put something like that on the north side of the river, I'd be all agog!

Monday, March 24, 2008

What I did last weekend

While Hotspur and Exrex were facing off at the En Garde tourney, I was getting run over by 16th century cavalry. Yes, I'm a couple hundred years out of date with my clothes, but it's my back yard and I can dress comfy if I want to! So there.

International Assn. of Time Travelers: forum excerpts

A must-read for time travel enthusiasts...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A New Life Awaits You in the Western Territories!

(Apologies to "Blade Runner") Seriously, if you're a Second Life denizen, a proponent of 19th century aesthetics, and looking to settle down somewhere, I highly recommend taking a look at Steelhead. There are still some plots left in the upcoming sim of Boomtown. All are double prims and the rates are very competitive.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Trials of Text Chat

This just in from the ever-creative (blast him) Hotspur Otoole:

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Invasion of Artificial Isle

Brevet Gunner Hotspur Otoole's report here. He covers the action so completely that I'll just defer to him! I was far too busy sailing and relaying commands to do much else. Other than completely losing the wind right before we encountered the mines, I think the assault went well.

Update: This just in! Kinetoscope newsreel of the above events!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Journey to the Core of the Earth

I've been slow varnishing the plates I exposed during the expedition, but here is the first batch:

The Digging Ship cradled in its supporting tower.

The Professor at the helm

The descent...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Attended a charming poetry salon at the home of June Wozniak in Caledon Wellsian. Most of the poetry was typed, but a few of us braved the perils of "voice" to actually read our selections. John Donne, WH Auden, and other standbys were represented, including a selection from Rainer Maria Rilke presented by Col. Somme. Several individuals presented original works, which were well-received. I was pleased to see the ladies and gentlemen properly accoutered, for the most part, with visiting costumes (for the ladies) many with hats, and jackets without hats (for the gentlemen). The gentleman pictured above is an exception. I think he's rather new to the 19th century, but I'm sure he'll get up to speed.

A place to call home

Well, last night I bit the proverbial bullet and reserved a spot in the upcoming new Steelhead sim, "Boomtown". How appropriate! It's going to be loosely based on the Columbia River Gorge, and I've secured a plot between the crags and the river, in the extreme SW corner. Perfect little spot to erect my "folly".

Now it's time to visit my banker to take out the loan for this monumental (pun intended) step...

Monday, February 4, 2008

Just the Facts

First Life is taking precedence lately. I find that I'm in one of those periods where I must take care of business and get going with responsibilities or I will be heading for serious mental illness. I've been darting in-world to look at new things, play the occasional game of En Garde, and poke around looking for a likely place to buy/rent/lease and otherwise stake a claim. Caledon is really my only choice, as I can't imagine setting down anywhere else in SL. Since the structure I want to set up is definitely a venerable old pile of stones, gothic and pretty much pre-18th c (see above photo of "The Manse of the Undying Marquis" with "Baelnorn's Belfry" in the background, both by artist/architect Tarsis Strangelove) , I'm thinking Moors, Stormhold, etc.. I don't need a big plot, so if anybody hears of something I'm all ears.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Absinthe making a comeback!

I read it on the web so it must be true! Apparently absinthe is no longer some countries. Anybody know if the US of A is one of the lucky ones? I'm not much of an imbiber, but I so want to try it. Sounds a bit like Ouzo, taste-wise, or Arack. makes the heart grow fonder!

Update: here's a great link from V. Tombola, which reveals the shocking truth about currently produced so called "absinthe" in the US of A! Turns out it's all a travesty, due to the fraidy-pants FDA's bias against little ole' thujone (the "active ingredient" in wormwood). Turns out any "absinthe" product you buy in this country has, supposedly, been scrubbed of the offending essential oil. Why a little thujone is any worse than the actual super-concentrated alcohol alone is beyond me. If somebody wants to chug this stuff and then, say, get behind the wheel, the herbal content is the least of their worries, in my opinion. Oh, well. C'est la guerre.