Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Oblonski shop in Armada Breakaway or the Booty Room in 'The Black Barnacle'

By Lord Lisle

For many readers the Armada Breakaway sim is not an unknown area. No one can describe this place better than Loki Elliot in his recent You Tube machina:

In a conversation with Mr Dagger a week or so ago, he told me about the Black Barnacle, his pub and parlor in Armada Breakaway. What is more, I was informed about the existance of a Booty Room in that very pub, the hiding place of a large heap of gold coins.

Becoming interested, and knowing that Yolanda Hirvi had also opened an Oblonski shop in Armada Brealaway, I decided to inspect Yo's shop and have a look in the pub and it's gold....

The Oblonski shop in Armada Breakaway. In the background the Black Barnacle pub

The Black Barnacle pub and parlor is constructed from huge barrels and old drift wood. The Booty Room is located on the first floor

Inside the Booty Room where I discovered rare paintings, treasure chests and a heap of gold Dubloons. Looking at the gold, I felt jumping in it like uncle Scrooge McDuck...

This is a portrait of Yolanda Hirvi, taken and signed by the well known SL photographic artist Mr Skusting Dagger Esq. Do you like his work of art? Why not IM him for a portrait sitting appointment in his studio!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Steam-Punk New Babbage: the new Oblonski shop or meeting Mr Skusting Dagger Esq

By Lord Lisle

Quite recently Yolanda Hirvi reopened her Oblonski shop in New Babbage at Babbage Square(does that woman really never got enough outlets?). As I had not been in the steam punk community for a long time, I took (after inspecting the Oblonski shop) the opportunity to explore this wonderful steam punk city to see whether there might be new additions

The recently opened Oblonski shop in Babbage Square 144, 200, 105 , just opposite the Electric Theatre

Not very far off the Oblonski shop is the Churchill Industrial Plot 2 with a row of Bessemer steel converters

Further down New Babbage, the Dagon's Pleasure Pier in the Vernian Sea 75, 192, 102 with the entrance to the New Babbage undersea channels

Inside of one of the Jules Verne inspired tubes at 100 meters below sea level of the waters in Vernian Sea

The Nautilus in the Vernian Sea 145, 141, 101 In the background Doctor's Obolensky Observatory

Taking a snapshot of the city below me I noticed a person with a familiar face watching my effords in taking a good position for a picture: no less than the great Daguereteer Mr Skusting Dagger Esq, which I had not spoken in a long time

Meeting Skusting Dagger at the entrance of Serenity Steamworks in Port Babbage

Mr Dagger discovered New Babbage in the fall of '07 and felt at home right away. It was only two sims at the time, Babbage Square and Babbage Canals. He loved the brick and the urban industrial feel. The Victorian era sci-fi and horror elements kept it interesting and kept him coming back.'..... The folks that reside and build in New Babbage are indeed creative. And they love industry. There is also some remarkable role playing and story telling that goes on here. (RP is always optional). You never know what mystery you might stumble upon....'
Mr Dagger continues: - '.......... If you want to explore New Babbage and looking for interesting places, lets go sim by sim, in order of their coming into existance....'

Babbage Square.... The first thing that comes to mind is the Olde Imperial Theater. Built by Loki Eliot, it is the secret hideout of the local street urchins, and the scene of horrible crimes and mystery.The Paleozoic Museum, buit by PRofessor Nareth Nishi, and preserved by Elleon Bergamasco, is a must see. And then there is the Karhuvel Steamworks built by Salazar Jack. There are also many fine stores and shops.

Babbage Canals: The home to my own beloved Ruby's Pub, which I have preserved from its original owner Sir ArthurConan Doyle. more here:The Canal District is also home the the RF Burton Memorial library. Built by Canolli Capalini and Elihu Leominster. It houses and extensive selection of books and features rotating exhibitions. Again, more fine shopping can be found here. And you can go fishing in Shay McDowwll's Steampunk Park

Port Babbage.... New Babbage's sector of commerce and trade. Many many shops, and there is a sunken ship below.

The Vernian Sea... underwater residences. Home to Reitsuki Kojima's Nautilus, the Lotus of the Sea underwater house (built by Kandace Commons and preserved by Breezy Carver), the evil Doctor Obolensky's Observatory and laboratory, and Dagon's Island Pleasure Pier buit by Elfod Nemoth.When the Vernian Sea and Port Babbage came online, the sea level for these two sims as well as Babbage Square and Babbage Canals were raised 100 meters, making the Vernian Sea the deepest sea sim in all of Second Life.

Babbage Palisade.... An extension of Babbage Square, leading to the city wall, beyond which is rural country side. The Wall is a must see. Home to Augustus Dayafter's Gangplank, Bela Lubezki's Her Darl Materials Factory, Viv Trafalgar's Aether Salon, and Beq Janu's recreation of the famous Horta House.

Wheatstone Waterways... Created as an extension of the Canal District. Home to Breezy Carver's Piermont Landing and my own recreation of the Mark Twain Study. Many shops here as well. Kiergarten Manufacturing, parks and cafes and tea rooms.Then there is the newly arrived sim of New Babbage (aka#7) there is an extensive underground sewer network built by Trilobite Zanzibar, and houses the New Babbage locale for Radio Riel, Finely Twine's Iron Bay and Greg Merryman's shipworks

In spite of the heavy industrial activities, with the ever apparent steam and coal fumes, this is a beautiful little park in Babbage Canals, just opposite Rubi's Pub

If you are still not convinced about the fascination of New Babbage, JUST watch this wonderful YouTube machinima created by Loki Elliot or visit:

Next time I should like to take you to Armada Breakaway where we try to find the heap of gold, hidden in Mr Dagger's Black Barnacle Pub.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory or a factory in a hat

by Lord Lisle

Possibly you may have read Roald Dahl's novel 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' or more likely seen the classic 1971 film 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' starring Gene Wilder.

Our own Second Life star PatriciaAnne Daviau (yes, she was featured in this Blog not so long ago...) build part of the Wonka Factory in Second Life. What is so special about this you may ask? She build the 230 prims factory in a Willy Wonka hat!

The hat with the highly detailed miniature factory can be admired in the Metaversal Arts sim, close to the Metaveral Arts Office and Theatre or in the IBM6 sim

Ohh, before I forget: click on the hat and listen what will happen! Enjoy!