Thursday, 16 December 2010

Old Skool at The Seraph Club

Friday the 17th of December join Edward Pearse at the Seraph Club as he spins some classic tunes.

This is the first of what will be an ongoing monthly event.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Hill Valley 2015

Back in 2008 someone made an excellent go of recreating Back to the Future's Hill Valley from 1955.

Photo by GoSpeed Racer

This time round Latok Neumann has recreated Hill Valley in its 2015 incarnation.
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Main Square

Left of the Square. This area only got a brief glimpse in the movie

Home of Gray's Sports Almanac.

Texaco Station with the 7/11 underneath

Off to the right hand side of the Square

Wilson Hover Conversions

Cafe 80s. I assume the Donkey Kong will eventually become the Wild Gunman arcade game.

Thankfully the Jaws franchise stopped after the fourth movie

Possibly this little gem was found via behind the scenes photos, but I love the name.

It's still being built but the brief chat I had with Miss Neumann said it was just taking forever so she opened it now. Drop by for a look. It's an amazing build.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

SL Podshock party - celebrating 47th Doctor Who Anniversary.

3-6pm SLT Music to be supplied by yours truly. Groove it baby!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Bedlam in Babbage - Christmas Edition

With the shifting of timezone intersections around the world Breakfast in Babbage moves to an afternoon time slot and becomes Bedlam in Babbage.

Join Edward Pearse at the Clarendon for a seasonal take on his musical meanderings with everything from Jasper Carrot and Los Lobos, to Geraldine McQueen and Scruffy the Elf.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Lest We Forget

I still cry like a baby when I hear this version.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Seraph Club Halloween.

By all accounts those who attended had a great time and I certainly enjoyed it as well. I may even have to make a proper version of the Mephistopheles outfit for sale :-)

The Diabolical Duke

Some impressive outfits on the night as seen by this group photo

Full album here:
There are still a couple if photos whose names I can't remember. If you can name them, let me know.

And Miss Jed asked me to post the playlist:

1. Buffy - Hush - Rhyme
2. Deathwatch Beetle Repairman - The Carny Of Mr. Dark
3. Michael Hutchence - The Passenger
4. Sting - Moon Over Bourbon Street
5. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
6. Tito & Tarantula - After Dark
7. Echo & The Bunnymen - People Are Strange
8. Concrete Blond - Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
9. Jace Everett - Bad Things
10. Within Temptation - The Howling
11. Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
12. Abney Park - Stigmata Martyr
13. Jonathan Coulton - Re: Your Brains
14. Michael Jackson - Bad VS Ghostbusters Theme
15. Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London
16. Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl
17. Love Lies Bleeding - Dark Beauty
18. Inkubus Sukkubus - Paint It Black
19. My Chemical Romance - Desolation Row
20. Alice Cooper - Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me
21. Toto Coelo - Dracula's Tango
22. Weird Al Yankovic - Nature Trail to Hell
23. Kylie Minogue vs New Order - Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head
24. Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
25. Robbie Williams - Sin Sin Sin
26. The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
27. Elvis Presley - (You're The) Devil In Disguise
28. John Du Prez - Once Bitten
29. Palast Orchester Mit Max Raabe - Miss California
30. Abney Park - Until the Day You Die
31. Alien Fashion Show - Detroit Swing City
32. The Moon-Rays - You've Got Me Voodoo'd
33. Zombina & The Skeletones - Nobody Likes You (When You're Dead)
34. The Swing Cats - Swing Cat Stomp
35. Christina Aguilera - Candyman
36. Kay Starr - The Headless Horseman
37. The Andrews Sisters - Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means That You're Grand)
38. Flying Neutrinos - Mr. Zoot Suit
39. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Mr. Pinstripe Suit
40. Royal Crown Revue - Hey Pachuco
41. Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
42. Black Cat Zoot - No Swinging In Your Walking
43. Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing
44. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - So Long-Farewell-Goodbye


This is a belated photo from doing shots for the Shirtless Against Breast Cancer calendar.

I've titled it "Seasoning" :-)

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween to all!


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Hallowe'en at the Seraph Club

Halloween at the Seraph Club in Seraph City - SL's only Dieselpunk sim

Come and celebrate Halloween Dieselpunk style!

Dress as your favourite gangster, borrow the Rocketeer's jetpack, or snaffle Bertie Wooster's Halloween duds.

Music, dancing, Trick or Treat

6pm - 9pm SLT

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Sucker Punch Teaser

Take all the movie tropes that geeks love: martial arts, war movies, giant robots, mech suits, hot girls, dragons, Zeppelins, and throw in a little burlesque for good measure. Blend.

No idea what the plot is beyond 5 girls being institutionalised by their wicked stepfathers, but holy crap I want to see it!

Who Knows About Your Second Life?

(*Stolen from Zaida, who stole it from SLuniverse*)

Who knows about your avatar?
Only a few friends know my AV specifically, but most family and friends know I'm on SL.

Who doesn't?
Work. Uni. Although my Uni had/has a sim in SL I don't think they ever did much with it.

Are you 'proud' to have a Second Life avatar?
Not proud, but not ashamed.

Are you proud enough to tell your friends?
Have done. A few have even come into SL and met the AV directly. Even discovered one Babbagite was an old RL friend because I recognised her voice on a sound file.

Are you proud enough to tell your family?
I've told them I play SL (though Mum's probably forgotten). My mother has enough trouble working out how to save a picture attachment from email. I'm not about to explain the intricacies of a virtual world.

If you do tell, how do they react?
A few friends have tried it but it didn't grab them. Omega and Grrbrool have been in SL but have moved on.

Do you think their reaction is because something is wrong with having a SL avatar or that they're daft and closed minded about your game life?
No. Most are busy with their specific hobbies, be it Lego, Star Wars, or whatever. I had a couple of friends who came along to the last Doctor Who podshock and have listened to my Breakfasts in Babbage without being in SL but nothing beyond that.

Greg Merryman's passing a few months back has made me think I need to organise a "If I'm dead" file. No-one else has access to my email and I don't have a partner who could pass on that information. And I do my best to encourage the cat to stay off the computer.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Steampunk is not a lifestyle

So many people seem desperate to add things to Steampunk that aren't there or that are parts of other subcultures they like. Steampunk is, at it's most basic, a nostalgia concept. Nostalgia for the Victorian era. This is not a new concept either. Looking back at a time where manners were arguably better, where goods and clothing were made to last (even the ones that came off a production line), where war was something you might read about in the paper but there was little chance of it arriving on your doorstep, is something that people have been doing for decades. "The Good Old Days" always have a heavy rose tint about them and will ignore or gloss over the poverty, vilification and abuse of the time.

Steampunk tries to incorporate the nostalgia of the past with the social conscience of today. Racial slurs are out, exploitation of the poor is a bad thing, and trampling on foreign countries because you have more guns is *bad*. We've added to that the SF elements of a more advanced technology, so we can have our computers but with bevelled edges and lacework, or our rayguns, or we learn how to say thank you.

There's no DIY ethic in Steampunk. Sure some of the people involved love learning how old tech works. But Fred Dibnah was not a steampunk despite being more DIY with steam engines than anyone I know. Most of the DIY is simply practical. If I want my computer to have old typewriter keys then I have to do it myself because the local Radio Shack doesn't sell them that way. Any "anti-corporate" and recycling concepts would vanish under a deluge of credit card purchases if Dell brought out a "pre-steampunked" laptop.

Railing against human rights abuses, globalisation, working conditions and equal opportunity are also not Steampunk. Yes steampunks may have views on those topics but so do most politicians. The current US President is trying to get a healthcare package through so that poor people can get access to basic medical attention. Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize for trying to bring democracy to China. Neither of them are steampunk.

I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call steampunk a fetishism of 19th century technology but it can be close. The high nostalgia element is certainly there as I said. But that doesn't make it punk. Choosing to not eat meat because you dislike animal cruelty makes you a vegetarian, not a punk decrying the Establishment.

People who claim steampunk is a lifestyle are mistaken. Steampunk has no political agenda. There is no "steampunk world view". Choosing to wear waistcoats or button-up boots 7 days a week hardly qualifies for a "lifestyle". It's like being a sports fan. You have your chosen sport and often a specific club that you may be passionate about but there's no "Red Socks Lifestyle" or "Manchester United Lifestyle". It's just called being a fan.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Breakfast in Babbage - Spooky Edition 2


October is the time for all the ghouls and ghosts to come out of the woodwork. It's also a couple of days shy of my 4th RezDay! So dust off the fake angel wings, pull out a clean sheet to cut eyeholes in or cut off your very own head and join us for the spooky edition of Breakfast in Babbage!

Join us at The Clarendon in New Babbage.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Hurricane Adolphe ravages New Toulouse

Widespread flooding, rain, lightning strikes and even zombie sightings have all plagued New Toulouse in recent days. The residents however seem to have shrugged it off and got on with things. Sandbags were the order of the day and storm shutters were given a good workout.

Even the animals seemed to take it in their stride.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Edward's arm in RL

If Edward's mechanical arm were in RL rather than in SL it might look something like this.

Full details over on Boing Boing

Friday, 10 September 2010

Breakfast in Babbage - Food Glorious Food!

Waffles, Hot Dogs, Pie and cake! Breakfast foods and vegetables.

Lettuce all join in for music that can't be beet. Assuming there is no leek, it will be a plum show. Music from some Swedes too possibly.

Join me at The Clarendon in New Babbage

**This will be the last Breakfast in Babbage before Daylight Savings throws things into a spin yet again**

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Doctor Who Podshock Party August 2010

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Join us in the Katrina sim this Saturday for the double celebration: 5 years of the Podshock podcast, and 25 years of the Gallyfreyan Embassy.

Tardis Tours run from 1-3pm SLT

Music and party, with choons provided by Edward Pearse, from 3-6pm SLT

Come along, meet other fans, talk nerdy stuff and listen to fantabulous music.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Breakfast in Babbage - Cold Hard Cash

Money (That's what I want)! You don't get Money for Nothing, and often Money's Too Tight To Mention. Why Don't You Get A Job? because then you'd be a Corporate Slave.

Join Edward Pearse at The Clarendon for a cash themed Breakfast. Dijon Ketchup supplied.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

A TARDIS mishap: conclusion

That last thing I remember was a feeling of pins and needles running through every part of my body. And then I blacked out.

I awoke some time later in a strange bed. It appears Mr. Gears had recovered from the blast, pulled himself up and taken me to the nearest medical facility. Dr. Kaligawa's Clinic proved to be closest.

Mr. Gears has ensured I've been watched at all times. Physically there is nothing wrong with me, no broken bones, no burnt skin, no detectable diseases. I think perhaps I'll need to speak with Sputters and see if he can shed any light on the matter.

What is odd though is my appearance. It's almost the same but it's different in various subtleties. I have gained weight being of stockier build than I was. My jaw is squarer yet I still have the same facial hair.

I feel fine but already Christine has remarked on the difference. Not as bad as she feared, I think were her words.

It will take some getting used to but it could have been far worse. At least I don't have cravings for fish custard.


A little background I feel is necessary to explain this post and the first instalment. Almost four years ago (has it been that long?) when I came to Second Life, I arrived to be part of a steampunk sim called Caledon. To my knowledge I was the first person in SL to have heard of Caledon before going there. At the time Caledon was 7 sims, there was no New Babbage, no Antiquity or Winterfell. Steelhead existed, though it was still heavily influenced by it's Western Gold Rush roots.

When scrolling through the list of available surnames in the SL registration page, I saw "Pearse" and inspiration struck. As I mentioned in my first blog post I was a fan of The Great Train Robbery and confirmed that "Edward Pearse" was available as a name. Edward in SL was based on a mixture of Connery from TGTR but with Sgt. Dravot's whiskers from The Man Who Would Be King.

At first he was all slider hair and noob skin but as time progressed he got prim hair and finally a commissioned skin. The shape however got some tweeks here and there but was still very similar to the initial shape I had made when I first landed on Orientation Island. For a long time I searched the celebrity shape makers looking for a Connery shape. Surprisingly it wasn't until a couple of months ago when I finally found one.

It's for a younger "Bond" style Connery that his later whiskered self but it was a close match. Despite having been four years with the other shape I thought an update was due. He hasn't completely changed. The original SL's grey eyes and auburn hair have stayed. Finding good male hair that doesn't look like you just got out of bed took ages to find, so I wasn't about to ditch that. The prim facial hair I found ages ago but it didn't really work with the previous shape. I think it works with this one.

Anyway, that's the reason for the change. We'll see what happens from here.

Monday, 2 August 2010

A TARDIS mishap pt. 1

The other evening, I was hard at work attempting to upgrade some of the control circuits on the TARDIS. Mr. Gears was providing assistance.

We were installing a new piece of the linking circuits to the Time Vector Generator when...


The explosion threw both of us across the floor and the released energy seems to have reacted with the small core of bernalium powering my arm.

The results were unexpected to say the least...

Continued here

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Grand opening of the Seraph Club

For those of you wondering what I've been doing with my spare time: I've been busy building a Dieselpunk nightclub. "Dieselpunk?" you say. That what kids today are calling Pulp/Noir stuff with a bit of Science Fiction thrown in.

There'll be old music from the 20s, 30s & 40s, som swing revival, and a few cinema pieces.

But on your best evening wear and head on over.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Builds of the 2010 RFL

As most people know I have reservations on how RFL is conducted in SL, so I don't Relay. I do however try and get around the track to have a look at some of the magnificent builds that people put up to celebrate their communities in SL.

Last year's attempt at referencing the worldwide nature of RFL, rather than focussing solely on the American Cancer Society link seemed to have been dropped. There was very little in the way of international stuff. The build levels seemed down this year. Or perhaps it was the presence of a few outstanding builds that just made the rest look average by comparison. I disagreed with most of the judging finals but that's another story.

Here's some of the ones I thought were worth looking at this year.

The starting point for the track. High above the cliffs of a rainforest.

The rainforest.

The JLU campsite showing just how paint-dryingly-slow the texture loading was this year.

The entrance to the New Babbage camp.

New Babbage's wishing well drill platform. Signed off on by BP!

The memorial to Greg Merryman who passed away on the 15th, the day before the builds opened to the general public.

Across the road from Babbage was one of the Star Trek sims.

Alix Stoanes' impressive build the Glasshouse.

An nice build inspired by Bioshock

Inside Rapture

Sort a Crystal Palace thing. Not really sure what was going on with this build.

An impressive Cathedral build. This was being Auctioned as part of the RFL weekend.

The Central Aisle

Closeup of one of the stained glass windows.

The cake is real!

Lunar and Tensai's stunning build with a theme of "Alice"

The interior of the Hydro-Teslatron, based on the real thing in Fairview Casino at Niagra Falls.

Mechanical caterpillar

Lunar's tower


The Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Really the photos don't do the build justice. I think they got jibbed with the three-way tie for third place. I certainly think it was waaaaay more impressive that the designer sim that won first.

One of several sims that used Neverland as the inspiration for its build

An interesting Oz theme that showed Kansas in black and white...

... and Oz in colour.

Armada Breakaway's build with walking ships.

Another cathedral but this time of a more Gothic style

Caledon's build, which received a placing in the awards

All the pink flamingos you could ever need.

A lovely build featuring the Aurora Borealis

High degree landscaping.

I found this one very impressive. It's a simple build but it had just the right elements to give it a great look.

One of the Gorean shipping builds.

Green Lantern HQ

A giant bedroom from the Purple Dream Team (I think?). A group of them stopped and patted me while I was in polar bear form. Fun.

Scary Egyptian build with a giant toy sphynx.

Extinction land, with a dinosaur ride that reminded me of the opening of Land of the Lost.

The Epic Toy Factory build, sort of Willie Wonka-esque.

Bear on a train

An impressively built fantasy forest sim. Complete with elves and unicorns. It reminded me of the forest out of Legend.

Possibly the best waterfall I've seen in SL.

It's a worry when the hallucinations start before you eat the giant purple mushies.