Friday, November 23, 2012

Forty Nine Years Ago Today....

I keep forgetting about this blog....anyway.... November 23rd is a very important day in all of the Sci Fi realm. On November 23, 1963, as the world was still dealing with the assasination of President Kennedy the day before, the BBC debut a new show. It began with a blue police box in an old junkyard and little did everyone know the world wide favorite it would become. Happy Birthday, Doctor. Splendid fellow, all of them. For your viewing pleasure, this fanmade trailer that I discovered and very much enjoy. There's a longer version available, but I prefer this one.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Want To See Something Epic?

Here's the new trailer for the upcoming season of Doctor Who. More Daleks than a Friday Night dance in Steelhead

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Steelhead Salmons RFL Campsite

Better late than never, here's a few images from Steelhead's RFL Campsite, a tribute to Caregivers. These are not all the pics I've got of the campsite, but I think the pics show all the contributions from Lunar, Tensai, Zanya, Thad, and Riven

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

Aerial shot of the campsite.

The campsite received third place in Best Themed Decorated campsite. During the weekend, Lunar and myself both recieved IM's from people commenting on our campsite. Not really sure, but I believe that Lunar's was from folks in the Steamlands, mine were from folks outside the Steamlands. One member of the RFL Committee IM'd me while standing on the track looking at our campsite the Sunday of Relay and said, "This is why I don't judge."
Then, on the Monday after Relay Weekend, I received this notecard:
To the builders of the Steelhead campsite:
Oh behalf of my wife and myself I just have to say thank you for your dedication and concept of your campsite build. For the past three years my wife , Amethyst , has championed the cause as part of the design team to make sure that the caregiver was not forgotton during the building process. this year we have had many troubles and have not been as active in RFL of SL as in prior years. As the opening of the event came closer she said to me that she was so sorry she could not make the caregiver garden as we have done in the past years.
Event day comes and something happens. We found your campsite. Both of us were so overwhelmed with emotions we had to stop and pause as the tears cleared from our eyes. The story told and love shown blew us totally away . Over and over again she said .. this is what i kept dreaming of .. this is what i could not put into words . this is amazing. We are both caregivers and our hearts were so loved from the moment we stepped into your campsite.
thank you so much
Nevar and Amethyst Lobo
I think that was better than any trophy the RFL Committee could ever hand out.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Blend Of Martial Arts and Steampunk

Still disappointed with "The Warrior's Way", although the fight scenes were really good. Here we have "Taichi O", with a bit of Steampunk thrown into the mix. Will be released in China in September, to be followed in the US in October, although there is talk of maybe being accepted at the Toronto Film Festival.

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

The Ladies Of My Life

The house now feels complete. It also has furniture.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

T1 Radio And RFLofSL Event:Steelhead 60's Event

Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 PM, I'll be a guest on T1 Radio's weekly talk show, Relay Rap. You can listen in on their website, or enter the stream in your land,

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

This Sounds Pretty Cool

In case you were looking for a a good Brooklyn-based tropical synth pop musical duo. May I present the Tanlines with "All Of Me"

Need to add this to my playlist

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

For Eugenia

Gosh this is a weird feeling, being all cheerful and stuff. And I find songs that make me think of Eugenia, like this one by the late Davy Jones (with photos of The Monkees for the rest of ya)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ok, So The Whole Fuzzball/Eugenia Thing

Once upon a time, in 2006, when I first ventured into the realm of Second Life, an Second Life Relationship was attempted. Not going into details, but it left a bad taste in my mouth, and I vowed never to get involved in a serious relationship, again. Swearing to remain an SL Bachelor For Life.

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

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, Trailer #2

All I have to say is.....This movie had better not suck. Well.....other than vampire's sucking blood, that is. The typist is already disappointed in seeing what Tim Burton has done with his childhood favorite vampire story, Dark Shadows, but he'll probably still go see it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yes, Giving Up The SL Bachelor For Life Motif

More to come, but for now, enjoy the pic of me and Eugenia Burton. We know that Lunar and Tensai are enjoying this.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Frank Reade Jr Returns

Not many people today are familiar with Frank Reade Jr. He made his debut in the story "Frank Reade And His Steamman Of The Plains" in 1876. The story was an imitation of an earlier novel, "The Steamman of the Plains", which was published in 1868 (That story, btw, was the first US Science Fiction dime novel).

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:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Yea, I'm Way Off Topic.....

But we all love to be heroes, and it's a worthy cause, with DC Comics matching your donation: