Vol I / Issue XII ~ 24th of December, 2007
- Final Letter from the Editor
- “Twas The Night Before Christmas…” Steampunk Style!
- New Babbage Has Trains!
- Christmas in New Babbage
- Events & Announcements
- Classified Advertisements
- New Babbage and Steampunk FAQ
- Contact and other Essential Information for the Reader
In your service,
Former Editor in Chief: Miss Eggberta Echegaray
“TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS..." STEAMPUNK STYLE!
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the factory,
Not a creature was sleeping, not even a peep of any cacophony;
The stockings were hung by the Boiler with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The gears were nestled all snug in their box,
Their visions of usefulness, dancing in clocks;
And mamma in her boots, and I in my belt,
Had just settled down for a long winter's smelt,
When out in the yard there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the slag to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the soot-stained snow ,
Gave the luster of industry to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a bright-copper sleigh, and eight mechanical reindeer,
With a little old tinker, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than airships his coursers they came,
And he hole punched, and carded, and programed them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the smokestack! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As hot embers that before the wild furnace fly,
When they meet with a crucible, mount to the sky,
So up to the sky-light the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of inventions, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each metal hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the smoke stack St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in frock, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of tools he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his whiskers how grizzled!
His cheeks were like boilers, his nose like a Whistle!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a rivet,
And the beard of his chin was starting to fidget;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a cog at the ready.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old spirit,
I emptied my glass of absinthe, as it has courage in it;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon he gave me the know, I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And milled thousands of cogs;
used all of my pig-iron, the jerk!
And with a bag full of cogs, he stole my last hose,
And giving a shout, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, blew the brass belching whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
"Industry marches on, and to all a good-night."
Parody Poem by Eggberta Echegaray
NEW BABBAGE HAS TRAINS!
Just in time for Christmas, our train lines are 90 percent open!
Last night I did a test run on the line, and I can recommend the Babbage square to canals route, as it is the most complete. Currently the route from the port to the square is not quite up to par as the other line, as it is a little buggy around the turn, but I am told, this will be fixed soon.
As you cross over the sim borders, you may see some jerkiness, and possible ghosting of the train, but this appears to be a linden lab issue and Mayor Sprocket insists, this he and the train crew will be working on this to minimize the glitches.
CHRISTMAS TIME IN NEW BABBAGE
What's Christmas without candies! Ms.Ordinal Malaprops Humbugs are quite popular amongst our residents, as they give off quite a bang!
Some of New Babbage's residents have really "decked the halls" this year, as the exterior decorations are quite lovely. Just goes to show that our community is in fine holiday cheer with their Christmas creations.
On behalf of The New Babbage Cog, Merry Christmas Everyone!
CONTACT, CIRCULATION, AND OTHER ESSENTIAL
INFORMATION FOR THE READER
Since this is the last issue of The New Babbage Cog, all back issues will still be available free of charge and can be found in the Willow Tea Room on the first floor.
[There are no errors known to be in need of correction at this time. The New Babbage Cog is obliged to anyone who sends notification of a mistake, so that rectifications might be swiftly published.]
This issue of The New Babbage Cog, and it's intellectual property, are owned by the contributors to the newspaper and is also publicly owned by the City-State of New Babbage, which at the time of it's printing, was under the care of Mayor Shaunathan Sprocket.
Copyright 2007 of the Common Era
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