Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Not me. Nope. I did it to solve a problem. Ever since I started using Mars Edit to upload entries, the pictures have been huge. I'm guessing that Blogger itself has some magic to shrink pictures to some predefined sizes, whereas Mars Edit just sends 'em the way they are. I'll eventually track down an easy way to resize the things before inserting them, I suppose.
What this has meant is that the pictures kept getting cut off by Blogger. As Mrs. Volare thoughtfully pointed out, the picture of the Vicereine a few posts back originally cut the poor lady in two. (I fixed that by deleting the original picture from the site and manually inserting it again in Blogger, which made it fit.) Interestingly, the "Preview" mode of Blogger doesn't use the template of the actual site, so the pictures showed up just fine, as they also do in Mars Edit.
I played with the HTML code in the original template and widened the text area, which made the entire picture appear. Unfortunately, the background (a yellowed parchment look) was a .jpg stored on some other server and not something I could edit, so the edge of the "parchment" went right through the text. Very distracting.
I thought about removing the background, but seemed easier to change templates. (One day, I've promised myself, I will know enough about this stuff to do it from scratch.) This one has the text on the left and seems to allow the pictures to stretch themselves across the canvas as far as they are inclined - even if it means encroaching on other elements of the page, such as the blogroll, which is why I moved that to the bottom. (Just in case you still want to see who hasn't updated her site in over six months. Heh.) The pictures are big, which may increase page load times. Then again, they show more detail. I waffle about how quickly I want to deal with this issue. In the meanwhile, problem solved.
Anyway, a long post about a small issue.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I continue my stalking of my new neighbors.
Continuing south down Aether Isle, past the Labyrinth, Miss Glorf Bulmer has The (insert function) Resource Centre, certainly a versatile name.
The Centre comes complete with a plant that seems...vaguely threatening. "Down, boy!"
Sir Zen Wormser has his long-standing FreeFlow Academy of Code Poetry across the way. Should you venture inside, and should you see a box that says "Do not touch," I urge you to heed the warning.
In the foreground below is Miss Magdalena Kamenev's soothing spot, Magda's Lea. Behind it is the Volares' L'Engle Tesseract Generator.
Inside the domed building are a set of mysterious controls...
...and some heavy-duty equipment. If you have not experienced the sensation of the generator, I quite recommend it.
On the other side of the city is Dreadnought Isle, home to Miss Elixia Writer:
Dreadnought Isle also contains Mr. Burton Newell's Pumping Station, which helps ensure a clean water supply to the city, despite any stray body parts that might otherwise be in the system.
Next, I venture into the city!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Never mind the absurd numbers at home: the set below is what I have on hand to choose among.
The top row, from top to bottom: OMAS 360 fountain pen, Conway Stewart Duro, Sailor 1911. Bottom row, left to right: Levenger True Writer in Sea Glass, Parker 51 converted to a cap-activated ballpoint, Parker Sonnet rollerball, and Parker Duofold rollerball.
Yes, I have a problem.
Still, these things occasionally provide comic relief. Earlier today, a friend was fiddling with the OMAS and twisted the bottom knob, which controls the piston-filling mechanism. Ink went everywhere (the blots on the top right of the picture are from that episode).
Sunday, July 24, 2011
One picture that didn't make it into the previous posts on RFL (and then I promise not to mention those three initials for many months): Kami paid a visit to the Team Caledon camp site.
I presume the gossamer wings helped on the track (though it's unclear if anything truly helps slice through the lag)... the lady surely just borrowed the halo, however. :)
Friday, July 22, 2011
A little under two weeks ago, the Deans of Oxbridge announced a challenge for Caledon's visitors and residents: the Caledon Quest.
The quest starts at the Hall of Caledon, in Oxbridge.
Inside, a poster gives some information about the Quest, while the Caledon coin depicted below the poster shows the item for which one is looking. The poster:
One receives a HUD at the start, which records the coins found and objects received. The coin also provides a clue to the next location. The Quest takes one across 24 Caledon sims. Some clues are very specific; others require a broader search. Some knowledge of Caledon will make the search go faster. As with most hunts in Second Life, sometimes the object is easy to find while at other times more patience is required.
After each of the coins is in one's possession, one receives a Steampunk flying chair, which one must fly into the kraken-infested air of Middlesea to complete the last mission and receive one's prize: a special topi.
The entire Quest took me several hours and reacquainted me with parts of Caledon I rarely see. Great fun to be had!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
As we denizens of the Steamlands know, this is not an easy process. (Each reader may have his or her own definition of "know" in the previous sentence. We don't judge.)
Some people who haunt historical RP sims in Second Life, such as the witty and talented Miz Dio Kuhr, strive for complete historical accuracy. While I admire that greatly, I also find it exhausting. With Steampunk, I can just wing it, making things up as I go along without fear of nitpicking from the reenactor's peanut gallery, which makes things ever so much nicer.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Next to the C.A.T. station is one of Miss Glorf Bulmer's properties. I took a peek in the window.
Monday, July 18, 2011
This was my fourth RFL, and I enjoyed chatting with friends as we cheered on the runners. I had various obligations both Saturday and Sunday, so I wasn't on much and didn't try to run a lap through the lag, but I did take several pictures of the activities at Caledon's Hope Beach:
Miss Renee Caxton, Col. CronoCloud Creeggan, and Miss Yenta Bernheim
Miss Solace Fairlady, RFL Team Caledon Co-Captain Miss Patty Poppy, and Mr. Lucien Brentano on the boardwalk as I lurk in the background.
On the boardwalk, Miss Dream Wexan and Miss Random Wezzog.
A motley crew of Caledonians dances while supporting the runners.
Caledon was again well-represented among the top runners: Mr. Viderian Vollmar was in second place, with 40.69 laps;* Miss Darlingmonster Ember was fourth with 38.23; in seventh place was Miss Solace Fairlady, with 34.29 laps; Miss Kiralette Kelley came in 13th with 27.63; Miss Random Wezzog was 15th, at 26.57; and Frau Annechen Lowey was 19th, at 25.37 laps. Well done! (Data from http://slrfl.maintree.com)
* I'm told Mr. Vollmar was officially third, and that the additional laps came later. Either way, very impressive.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The night before the Relay, I snuck onto the track to look for the Steamlands' builds, and found a number of good ones.
I started in the Team Caledon camp, Hope Beach, a Victorian seashore resort, complete with bath houses, a carnival stage, and airships galore.
Down the road a bit was the properly piratical Armada build:
After that I found the marvelous New Babbage build:
There was even a hope factory! Who knew that's how hope is made?
A little further down the road, I saw a build that looked ever so much like New Babbage in the winter:
And indeed it was! A miniature New Babbage, just because.
Nearby was the Steelhead camp:
The two ghostly dancers waltzed on and on...
Another marvelous set of builds!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Continuing the trend toward more specialized Steampunk locales is Titus Groan, which focuses on a gay clientele.
Above, Reignbeau's Gay Male Strip Club
The town square
This structure turns out to be the home of Energy Menswear
Titus Groan is the name of a novel by Mervyn Peake. Not clear what the novel has to do with the sim, but everyone needs a name.
An view of the town from the hilltop
A house in the residential neighborhood
Another view of the town square, with the chapel in the foreground
The Engine Steampunk Gay Club
Interior of the Engine Club
Dr. Fabre had reviewed Titus Groan in the Steampunk Tribune some weeks ago. Parts of it looked oddly familiar, and, indeed, I had seen an earlier incarnation of the Engine Club a few months back:
Interestingly, while the build itself incorporates a number of Steampunk designs, the inhabitants that I saw when I visited did not seem to embrace any form of Steampunk attire.