Friday, November 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sign at the entrance to the campsite
Mission Statement posters
One of the Caregivers (I think everyone's been calling them Caregiver Clanks, Caregiver Robots, Caregiver Angels, I just simply call them Caregivers). Caregiver designed by Zanya, Mesh by Tensai
One of the Steampunk animals at the campsite.
The Evil Trout fishing for it's meal
A couple of Caregivers fixing the clock tower
Fountain at the campsite. Candles are our yearly tradition, letting folks light the candle in honor of a loved one
Thad's top hat and cane protecting a couple of the steampunk birds
One of the Caregivers fixing the clocktower
The Caregiver story, by Riven Homewood
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Here's the plot blurb:
As an uncommonly gifted child, Yang Luchan had a fleshy abnormality that holds tremendous power growing on his forehead. However being teased as the town fool, Yang’s mother spurs him to practice martial arts, and following her wishes, Yang travels the distance to come to Chen Village to learn TAI CHI.
At this legendary village, everyone practices TAI CHI and uses TAI CHI in every aspect of their lives. Nevertheless, it is forbidden for a villager to disclose TAICHI to an outsider, and Yang learned this the hard way.
Upon arriving at the village, locals discourage Yang by challenging him with fights. From the strong men to hold ladies to children, everyone defeats Yang with their TAICHI moves. After facing the toughest battle and being defeated by Master Chen’s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is determined to master the art of TAICHI and he needs to find Master Chen.
Little does Yang know, the poor strange man who he befriended with is in fact Master Chen who then saved him from the duel with Yuniang. Master Chen realizes Yang’s genius and disguises himself to secretly guide Yang to his self realization of TAICHI.
One day, a frightening steam-powered machine came to the village, lead by Fang Zijing, a childhood friend of Yuniang. He has bribed government officials to permit him to build a railway that will run straight through the village. Yang decided to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang Zijing and destroy the machine. This brave act may just win the hearts of the villagers….
Oh, and as for the song.....I've no idea on it's title. Joshua Pfeiffer of Vernian Process was in the dark as to the title as well. A parody of it was used in one of the Muppets parody trailers for their film, supposedly based on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trailer, but the only trailers I saw of that film used a remake of the Led Zeppelin classic "Immigrant Song". I'll keep searching
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Friday, April 27th at 7:00 PM SLT, Steelhead Salmons RFL will host a 60's event, with all lindens going to the Relay For Life of Second Life. Be sure to join us.
RFLofSL Event:Steelhead 60's Event
Monday, April 2, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
In 2007, Eugenia Burton came to Steelhead. Eugenia, for those who didn't know, is a very flirtatious woman....and that, my friends, is a mere understatement. Mostly, she flirted with Herr Baron Wulfenbach, but on occasion, she did try flirting with me. Of course, I wanted no part of it, and even, one time, IM'd Lunar asking him to tell her to stop.
But, Genie is a wonderful person, over flirtatious that she is. Relay For Life weekend in July is not the same without her being there.
It was during the RFL Weekend in 2011 that I found out, from Mindy, that Genie thought I didn't like her, due to my avoiding her all this time. I felt very ashamed of that, as it was not the case, in fact, in 2010, I put myself on the auction block for a dance, knowing that it would be Genie who would be the highest bidder.
This year, at the Steelhead Salmons RFL team meeting, I asked for the challenge for when Steelhead raises a million lindens. After all, I couldn't think of how to top last year's challenge with "The Hair". One was I had to wear a T-shirt that says "The Baron Was Right All Along", as Baron Wulfenbach strongly believes that Steelhead has reached the point that raising a million lindens is very possible. The second was wearing a kilt for a year. Then, Thad and Riven suggested, "Fuzz has to marry Genie".
I realized then that, I didn't have to marry her, but I wanted to. Seriously, truly, without a doubt, wanted to marry Eugenia Burton. As I said, she is a wonderful person. Somehow it made sense, the quiet Lycan Lawman of the Steamlands settling down with the Flirt of Steelhead. There was also that humorous "50's Sitcom" side of it, where, due to Genie's funny nature, I would be the flustered husband dealing with her misadventures, I even developed a catchphrase "Confound it, Woman".
She had thought that it was only a yearly thing, from the Relay this year until the start of Relay weekend next, but I have assured her, I am hers until the Grid is no more and the last Linden crumbles to dust.
So, there you have it. Eugenia Burton becoming Mrs. Ortega, me being cheerful in group chat, and everyone.....I mean EVERYONE, excited about the wedding. It's not just the Steamlands, the Relay For Life group has talked about it, too. And with all the different time periods that's covered by the teams of RFL, this will be the Wedding Of The Centuries.
See you at the wedding in July
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Frank Reade's adventures included his inventions that included airships, both of the dirigible balloon and helicopter type, submersibles, steam-driven and electrical vehicles and steam powered robots.
Now, Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, authors of "Boilerplate", have released "Frank Reade: Adventures In the Age Of Invention".
Here's the book description: Before Jules Verne’s flying machines and H. G. Wells’s spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Frank Reade magazines were the world’s first science fiction periodicals, enthralling millions of readers with tales of fantastic inventions and adventures. Now many of the spectacular images from the vintage dime novel series are being reprinted for the first time in more than a century, along with excerpts from the action-packed stories. In Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, this lost legacy of Americana is interwoven with a biography of the "real" Reade family—inventors and explorers who traveled the world with their helicopter airships, submarines, and robots, and who encountered figures like Geronimo and Houdini. This epic saga is brought to life in the multimedia style of the authors’ previous volume, the critically acclaimed Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. Frank Reade is part–science fiction, part–alternate history, and entirely exciting!
The author's drew inspiration from Philip Jose Farmer's "Tarzan Alive" and "Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life", treating Frank Reade, and his family, as actual historical people.
And, here's the trailer for the book: