Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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
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
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
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
Update: After checking with Hotspur's Tutorial, I noticed that I was getting two different URLs for my "Halloween Ambient" list...and one was missing...just....one...zero. That fixed it.
Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test...
You scored 11% Cardinal, 56% Monk, 62% Lady, and 49% Knight!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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
Your result for The Steampunk Style Test...
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.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
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
..."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/wig...so 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
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
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.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
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
Friday, July 4, 2008
...to 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
Friday, June 20, 2008
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
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
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
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
Here's a note from the little girl herself, thanking all who voted (you know who you are):
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!
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!
Yes, I hang with superheroes.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
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!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
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.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Update: This just in! Kinetoscope newsreel of the above events!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Now it's time to visit my banker to take out the loan for this monumental (pun intended) step...
Monday, February 4, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
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.