Monday, November 28, 2011

Spooky Story at the Cemetery

This Wednesday night I'll be hosting a story-telling at the cemetery in Academy of Industry.  Since it's cold and snowy in New Babbage now, I spent some time tonight putting out burn barrels and crates for the audience.  Kenna kept me company while I got everything set up.

The posting on the Babbage Aethernet Reader about Wednesday night.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


New Babbage has snow!

(The incongruity of a post about belly dancing in the desert followed by a post about snow in a northern industrial town isn't lost on me.  In fact, I love it.)

So as I was saying, New Babbage has snow!   I spent the evening tonight winterizing my properties in Academy of Industry.  It took some work, but I think I figured it out without going totally overboard.  I hope.  (Maybe I should pull out the igloo. And the zamboni...though Emerson might be able to use that.)

Kenna and Kaylee showed up, we talked winter coats for awhile, and then proceeded outdoors for a snowball fight.  First one of the season for me!  I'm afraid I didn't pose much of a challenge for them, however.

"[23:34] Snowball: Junie Ginsburg has hit Junie Ginsburg with a snowball!"

"Snowball?  What snowball?"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chai Me Up!

On Wednesday nights in Mondrago MariKesh, a DJ event is held at the local teahouse, Chai Me Up.  Apparently it's a rather old Mondrago tradition that I've only recently become aware of.  I can't complain.  When I find myself with nothing else to do, spending time with friends is always a good option.

Afterward I went back to my workshop in New Babbage and spent some time doing some texture and pose work in external applications.  Kaylee came over, and before long Kenna joined us as well.

I mentioned that sitting on these stools we looked like "see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil."  It didn't take long, however, for us to realize that the situation is perhaps the exact opposite.


Thursday, November 17, 2011


It all started with an article someone posted on Plurk, which made me laugh. (The second half is what hooked me.)   Exciting. Different. Right.

Which caused me to read more of the blog:  Wondermark

Which led me to a fun site with absurdly wonderful t-shirts:  Topataco

Which led me to one of the best t-shirts ever.  Yes, I might have to get this.

She Blinded Me With Library Science

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fleet Week Opening Dance

I went.  Of all of the non-New Babbage parties I've been to, this one was the most fun.  There were people from all of the Steamlands, and the Armada Scoundrel Fleet made an amazing entrance.  They arrived on a barge, all wearing noise-making instruments, belting out some insanely loud song.  It was fabulous.  At its busiest, I counted 42 people there - probably the largest event I've been to in the Steamlands so far.  New Babbage had a decent showing - I counted 7 of us at one point, but a couple of them came as part of the Armada fleet.

I'll be buying some New Babbage tartan for the next event.

While I almost always have fun dancing, I had a bit of extra fun this time with a tin cup of warm rum.  I seem to remember yelling something about "destroying everything," but I was really just going along with the crowd.  I believe I also may have saved Nat Lorefield from a washing with a spittle-covered hankie.

Oh.  And then there WAS that thing with the Emperor. 

Later in the evening I decided to begin a new project.  As I mentioned to Emerson earlier, it will involve Arnold, Tenk's cow, a violin, and some naked urchin butts. I'll be sure to post my progress.

I should drink rum more often.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lighthouse Riad

I'm done with my new house.

I purchased a parcel in MariKesh Mondrago, the new Mondrago sim owned by Erehwon (as I've mentioned).  The plot is situated just below the lighthouse, with a western view of the sea.  It's marvelous.

The house I purchased is called a "riad," a specific kind of Moroccan house with an interior courtyard.  Thus, Lighthouse Riad.  I spent quite a bit of time modifying the house to make it fit on the parcel, then spent more time decorating it.  It's finished now though, and it feels warm and comfortable in spite of being very open.

A few exterior pics showing the house and the lighthouse from various angles:

Later tonight, following the Clockhaven Chronicles launch party, Kenna, Jed and I found ourselves with nothing to do.  Naturally, we decided to belly dance.  And now I have a fabulous place for it.

This pic shows just a little bit of the interior of the house.  The hookah-smoking part.  ;-)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Nights in Mondrago

I should have gone to bed earlier.  I'm feeling a bit punchy and knew I should get more rest, but...Erehwon sent out a notification that belly-dancing Mondays were back on in the new Mondrago sim.  I'm trying to be supportive of the new sim, and I love to go to belly-dancing parties, soooo....

Afterward, I went and did some work in a super top-secret location in the sim.

Hint #1:

Hint #2:  It isn't a minaret.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Non-steam Junie

Seems like Kenna and I always find something interesting to do when we're together.  (Well, "interesting" is perhaps relative.)  Tonight we decided to go through all of our non-RP outfits.  She has a lot.  I have one.  Heh.  But here it is.  Casual Junie.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Workshop

Apparently the viewer camera gods were pleased with the urchi...I mean vole that I sacrificed, and I can once again take snapshots.  It occured to me that since I finished the workshop, I've not actually taken any pictures of it. Tonight I remedied that.  I offer you a small tour...

From the street, the workshop is the tall one in the middle. 

A warm sitting area just inside the door.

Back in the workshop proper. I'm currently working on a steam bicycle.

Another view of the workshop area.

And, yet another view of the workshop area. 
(I'm particularly fond of the hanging walkway.)

The second floor fireplace.

This is at the top of the hanging walkway;
you can look down to the main workshop area. 
I have nothing up here yet.

The attic, where I sat out the zombie plague.

My camera is broken.

I love taking pictures, but for the last three days, the SL viewer hasn't allowed me to take any. At first I thought it was a server problem but it has persisted. It is beginning to make me feel a bit cranky.

Pictures are on my mind because the last few days have had some interesting photo opportunities that have flown by undocumented. Some RP around the Dark Aether story that Loki Eliot is running in New Babbage, some random encounters in town, more hanging out on my wall, that sort of thing. 

Last night Sky and Scottie Melnik's bar, 'Cuffs, had a full house and I wish I could have captured a snapshot. I haven't been there with so many others for quite a long time, and it was entertaining. There were enough people there who were friends that we could play off of each other in conversation, without alienating newcomers too much.

I think.

*shrugs*  We'll see if they come back, I suppose. 

But even the Clockwinder stopped in for a few minutes!

Afterward I popped over to the new North Fells sandbox platform for the first time which, to my surprise, is actually sand. It's fabulous! Kenna rezzed a couple new vehicles so we could try them out, and then dragged me over to a sim called Insilico. I think I've mentioned it before, and honestly, Kenna didn't have to drag me. It's an incredible place. I'll definitely be going back to do more exploring.  (Again, no snapshot of my own, but I've borrowed the one below from another site...)

Prim Perfect and Designing Worlds recently did a piece on Insilico.  Technically it's a "cyberpunk roleplay sim," but it's absolutely worth a visit by anyone who appreciates top-notch building and texturing work.