Steampunk Piracy Discussion at the Mary Read Library

As part of the full weekend of Swashbucklers for Life events, you are cordially invited to join the Scoundrel Fleet at the Mary Read Pirate Library in the Blake Sea, on Sunday, June 30th, 2013, from 9:30 to 10:30am SLT.

Steampunk Piracy Discussion
Moving Piracy to the Year 1890

Although piracy was almost wiped out during the age of sail, the newest advances in  technology of the late 1800’s have allowed men of fortune to resume the noble trade of the seas.

Commander Vernden Jervil, formerly of Armada Breakaway and now  shipwrecked retired in the Blake Sea, leads us in an hour of discussion about  advances in steampunk technology that have affected the pirate trade allowing our time honored profession to thrive on the land, sea and air.

Steelhead Fundraiser – Call For Volunteers

Luke Skywalker (maxim.krutschek) is looking for volunteers to help with a fundraising event for Steelhead’s much beloved Tensai Hilra to help pay for her recent hospital experience. In respect of her privacy I won’t go into details but just know that she’s fine now, except that hospital stays are not cheap in the states. So here’s what we want to do:
  • Specifically, we’re looking for creators to make unique items to be put into a silent auction.
  • We’ll also be holding a dates auction! We’re auctioning off volunteers for dates, chores, mad science experiments, or whatever the volunteer is willing to give their time for. Nothing specific is expected of you and it’s all in fun.
  • Creators can also volunteer their existing creations for split-profit vendors that will send a certain percentage of the profit straight to Tensai.
You *do not* actually have to be in attendance to be a volunteer. If you volunteer for the dates auctions we will simply give your name, a little about you, and display a picture of you if you can’t be there.
The somewhat tentative but still pretty solid date and time for the event is Saturday, September 22rd at 5:00pm slt but there is a very, very small chance this could change depending upon volunteer availability.
Please reply to Luke (Maxim Krutschek) with an IM or notecard with how you wish to volunteer and any details (silent auction item, what you want to auction yourself for, vendor items, etc…).

And if you’re unable to volunteer we’d still love to see you at the event in support of the cause!

Thank you all deeply for your consideration. Let’s keep our Lord and Lady happy and healthy!

So, that little sister of mine is up to antics again!

If you didn’t know it already, I have a ‘little sister’ who’s about a year younger than me.  She detests the term ‘alt’, as she’s carved her own niche in Second Life, completely separate from mine. Yes, she’s a bit uppity. 😉

Java has decided to make some changes in her life.  Here’s her final entry in her blog:  A Curious Thing Happened To Me On The Way To My Future.

Go humor her.


The Busiest Two Weeks Of The Year

Today may have been my peak day in the seasonal cycle of Spring, which masqueraded as Summer today, being in the 90’s. As usual, the yard and gardens have turned into a jungle. Michigan likes to dump endless rainstorms, laced between heat waves in the Spring. This is very annoying to gardeners, but the plants sure seem to like it. A little too much if you ask me.

This weekend has been a good one for taming the growing beasts. And of course, since I am lucky enough to have not just a First life, but a Second life too, there’s a huge convergence of activity all across both Terra, and the Grid.

Next weekend brings World Steam Expo. We’ve enjoyed both previous years of this con and are *definitely* looking forward to round three! I am not by nature a con-person. I am not blase about these things, I don’t go to heaps of them, I don’t know con protocol… I’m the happy clueless steampunk who just loves going down to Dearborn and soaking up the fun with people that feel ‘right’ to me. The first year, I threw together random bits of clothing and just bumbled along. It didn’t matter, I wasn’t looking for a best-dressed honor. I got to meet some Second Lifers and I had a great time. Last year my costuming skills grew a bit, I wore an actual Serious Corset (fake alligator skin, brutal boning, loved it anyway), a pith helmet, crafted a skirt and a butterfly net and SteamEarthMomma’d my way through the con.

This year I’m aiming for a ‘casual steamish pirate’ look. I handmade my corset (yep, the entire thing, it’s doubled thick yarn single crocheted to be very firm, thick cord X-lacings up the sides and spine, seven sweet little metal cloak-clasps attempting to tame my belly), acquired shiny accessories, such as my brass compass which I cannot stop playing with and a silly little pirate gun – and of course a battered old tricornered hat. My logic was that I love corsets, but driving 90 miles in one is not very fun, nor is trying to sit for long spells with boning jamming my thighs. So we will see how this goes. Life is an experiment!

Anyway… with Expo coming, and lots of crafting and plans for that – and the Annual Yard Explosion – and a need to be out of town on the coming Tuesday – there’s a lot to do. It’s been one heck of a weekend and it’s nowhere near done yet. I’m just taking a little breather (insert mandatory dwarf joke here) with a cool drink and thought I’d babble a bit.

I noted SEVEN, yes SEVEN events in Second Life I would have loved to attend today. The Home and Garden Expo is underway and you REALLY need to go enjoy that – especially Prim Perfect’s sim, which I’ve been lucky enough to help a bit with from behind the scenes. Go see! It’s lovely, and based on a wonderful conceptual binding theme. I am very proud of everyone involved! We’re hosting a full series of “Meet the Designers” talks all week long. Some of your favorite designers will be there and you know you want a chance to meet them and hear them speak their minds. Follow the Prim Perfect Blog for all the details through this amazing week of the Home and Garden Expo.

Well, there’s a bit of sunlight left and I shouldn’t waste it. But here’s a little view into what sort of gifts Spring gives me, and why I am happy to sweat and ache and burn the calories every spring, out here in some very beautiful countryside – and also why I’m happy the internet reaches out into little cowtowns like mine.

Fresh rocket lettuce to compliment tonight’s crab and pasta salad
A HUGE bundle of fresh spearmint stalks, tied and hanging from my herb-hooks in the kitchen to dry. Smells amazing.
A bundle of catnip stalks up on the hooks. Have I mentioned I grow my own teas?
Chamomile flowers in bloom, which I will go pick as soon as I post this.

Kitchen Therapy:
Crab, Pasta and Veggie salad
Brownie Bites (mini muffin pan FTW)
Fresh strawberries sliced and sweetened to go over brownies
From-scratch lemon-limeaide (did I mention it’s 90 degrees out?)
Lemon Poppyseed muffins
Huge breakfast yesterday of cheesy eggs, sausage, and from-scratch hashbrowns

Second Life:
I have snuck around the Expo under cover of darkness. And I love love love it.
Am very gratified by the success of Armada’s Treasure Hunt. Tis just a handful of stops, maybe a dozen? – you can do that! And you’ll enjoy getting to know our city built on the bones of boats. The hunt runs till the end of the month.
I plan to watch the lanterns for peace be released one night this coming week. You should too. Read this amazing, touching explaination by Alchemy Immortalis to see what it’s all about.

Crafty Therapy:
Finished the pirate corset since my cloak-clasps arrived in the mail yesterday
Experimental crocheted boot-cuffs. May be a Fail. Maybe not. Will see.

And off I go again…. dinner will be late, as  sunlight is precious and must not be squandered.  I’m going to seem very scarce through next weekend, but be assured I’m not really very far away.  And with any luck I smell like mint. 🙂   Or gunpowder, arrrgh.



Mark Your Calendar NOW! Bay City is Turning Four!

Early in 2008, Governor Linden made this statement about the upcoming Bay City project:

“We hope that the Residents of this new city will produce interesting and attractive structures, in styles appropriate to the period 1930 to 1960 when most of our buildings were erected. In any case, the Residents of Bay City will form a unique and bustling community.”

In May, 2008, Bay city came to life. Four years on, those hopes have most definitely been realized! On May 20th, 2012, the city will acknowledge its anniversary with a day of music, parades and even a flyover by the Golden Tigers aerial acrobatic team.  Everyone is welcome to come help the residents celebrate four great years of community fun.

Happy Anniversary, Bay City!

Here’s  rundown of the highlight events planned for May 20th.

The Parade!
It starts from the bandshell in Bay City – Harwich and will travel  down Route 66 and Park Place to the Bay City Fairgrounds at North Channel.  If you aren’t planning to march down the route, there will be viewing areas.  Here’s how to get to a couple of them.  Orleans viewing area, and Falconmoon viewing area.

The parade ends in North Channel and will be followed by music and fun at the Bay City Fairgrounds.

Want to get more involved?  Bay City resident Marianne McCann offers lots of creative choices to spark your imagination. “Festive outfits, unique avatars, costumes, floats, Macy’s parade-style balloons, marching bands, stilt walkers, dancers, kids on bikes, dancers, drill teams — you name it! Come and represent your own special part of Second Life!”

If you’d like to make a float – the best way is to make them a wearable attachment.  Sounds crazy but trust me, it will help the entire parade run MUCH more smoothly.  I have detailed instructions on how to do that on a notecard – if you want to give it a go, just IM or Notecard Ceejay Writer inworld and I’ll pass those instructions over to you.

Marianne McCann also encourages photo taking. She has lots of places to share them. She says, “Send them to your mySL feed, Snapzilla, Flickr, or Koinup!

Here’s the rundown on the music you’ll hear at the Bay City Fairgrounds in North Channel.

GOSPEED RACER (12:30-1:30 P.M. SLT)
“What is KONA Stream? It is my personal station I run from my home. I play mainstream pop and rock music from the 60s, 70s, &80s along with soundtracks, novelty songs, mashups and light sprinkling of country. My current library has 13,000+ tracks in it”

“Hi, I love to sing and play the guitar. I play pop music of all styles from all ages. I play in real life and find playing in SL a lot of fun. I love to play lead guitar too so don’t be surprised if you hear me soloing over myself using a looping device that I use to record myself in the moment and then play over that. I pride myself in all of my playing be live and in the moment versus pre-recorded in any way.”

BLUEMONK RAU (2:30-3:30 p.m. SLT)
“Bluemonk has over 35 years professional performance and recording experience.  He has performed in such large venues as Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic ( 4 times ) and once at Farm Aid.”

ROSEDROP RUST (3:30-4:30 p.m. SLT)
“Sensitive ballads, classic rock and roll, unusual covers, unique songs from personal friends, heartfelt originals. Sometimes I may throw in a poem or two. I have played in excess of 1500 gigs in SL.”

Read more about the 4th Anniversary fun at Marianne McCann’s blog.