- SL Relay for Life photogram album
- July Town Hall Meeting Minutes
- The Show Must Go On!
- Literary Corner
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- New Babbage and Steampunk FAQ
- Contact, Circulation, and other Essential Information for the Reader
This issue of the Cog consists of July 14th's Town Hall Meeting Minutes, coverage and the press release for "The Show Must Go On!" and 2007's Relay for Life New Babbage Campsite photgram Album. Also continuing Mr.Doyle's story "The Sign of Four". The Next Issue of the New Babbage Cog, will be out in August.
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NEW BABBAGE'S 2007 RELAY FOR LIFE
CAMPSITE PHOTOGRAM ALBUM
On the weekend of July 21-22nd, 2007, New Babbage participated with setting up a campsite in this year's Relay for Life. The theme for this year's event was "Hope." The Steampunk city campsite build contributors were Charlene Trudeau, Jessica Ortiz, Salazar Jack, Loki Eliot, Reitsuki Kojima, Pizzini Mayo, and of course, our Mayor, Shaunathan Sprocket. A warm heartfelt thank you goes out to the builders who participated in this year's campsite construction, to those who walked the track, and lastly, to those who donated funds to help raise money for the cause, through the kiosks placed out in and around New Babbage. Hazzah to you all!
The link above, is the photogram journal of New Babbage's build contributions for this year's walk a thon, and the link below, is my photogram journey with walking the track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
NEW BABBAGE TOWN HALL MEETING
14th of July 2007 - 13:10 SL
Reitsuki Kojima, Jeremy Ondricek, Nefu3 Klaar, Neo Rebus, Elda Luna, Elysia Everidge, Rod Zeddmore, Gabriel Canning, Salazar Jack, Loki Eliot, Uladzimir Kupferberg, Cyn Peccable, Phineas Rang, Nareth Nishi, Noble Ebbage, Tinsel Silvera, Rod Zeddmore, StackerLee Beaumont, Vincente Shepherd, Artemisia Paine, Snicket Barthelmess, Artemisia Paine, StackerLee Beaumont, Autom Ballinger, Neo Rebus, Holman Tibbett, Gabriel Canning, Eggberta Echegaray, Shaunathan Sprocket, Zoe Connelly.
This month’s meeting had the best turn out of all the Town Hall meetings in the past 7 months. Over 30 Attendants! Mayor Sprocket started the meeting off at 13:10 SL time, by announcing that the Relay for Life Teams will be getting sims delivered, as early as Sunday July 15th. New Babbage’s RFL design team, has chosen to model an ocean sim, where the RFL walking path will run through. The New Babbage design team consists of our Mayor Shaunathan Sprocket, Reitsuki Kojima, Salazar Jack, Jessica Ornitz and Loki Eliot. The team is currently working on underwater scenery, which will also serve as the testing prototype for the up and coming New Babbage underwater sim.
The New Babbage RFL community team has also been given a campsite, which will be a rest stop for the walkers along side the walking path. Ms Jessica Ornitz, co-owner of the Silent Sparrow sim, has volunteered to assist with the building of the campsite, as well as Mr.Reitsuki Kojima. Mr.Reitsuki Kojima brought up an idea for the campsite, which would combine an airship dock/steampunk diner rest stop for the walkers. Below the rest stop, there could be an info-kiosk/ tower-like structure. Mr.Salazar Jack suggested having a copy of a portion of New Babagge's urban area, which could be re-created for the campsite, have a square where folks can rest, relax and grab a pint, before they continue on with their walk. Mr.Rod Zeddmore asked the question, “woill dere bee a plas fer de urchins?” Mayor Sprocket replied, that yes, there will indeed be space for Urchins at New Babbage’s RFL rest stop. Mr.Reitsuki Kojima mentioned, that the RFL design team may want to set up a design team meeting, in the next couple of days to hash out more ideas. The agreed date and time for the RFL design team meeting, will be held next Saturday July 21st at 12pm SL time, and will be open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Mayor Sprocket reminded everyone at the meeting, that as soon as the RFL organization gets the sims, he will have access to New Babbage’s RFL underwater sim. He also mentioned, that the underwater sim is pretty much done, so the New Babbage design team, will mainly be focusing on the campsite build, which can be accessed in 5 days. Mayor Sprocket announced that the total money donated for the RFL cause to date, is over $15,000 Lindens. The RFL kiosk can be found on the first floor in New Babbage’s Town Hall. The Relay for Life Cancer Cure Walk will be held on Saturday July 28th.
Next order of business was about Loki Elliot’s little dock build. Mayor Sprocket pointed out, residents who live along side the canals, are permitted to take a free copy. The Mayor reminded residents who take a free copy of the dock, to anchor it to your parcel, so it's on your property.
Mayor Sprocket thanked all the attendants who came, and adjourned the meeting at 13:50 SL time. In closing, the Mayor reminded everyone of the New Babbage Square Premiere of “The Show Must Go On” stage production, which was starting in 10 minutes over in the stockyard. Thank you all who attended.
Meeting Minutes complied by Miss Eggberta Echegaray
"The Show Must Go On," a whimsical and eclectic compilation of vaudeville and variety show style acts, made it's Babbage Square debut, at the New Babbage Community Stockyard in the city of New Babbage on Saturday, July 14th, at 2:00pm.
The Show Must Go On delivers a (mostly) live creative and inspired performance that harkens back to the days of the variety hour as well as old vaudeville entertainment. The show is 1/2 hour to an hour long and is made up of various short acts that run the gamut from dance and acrobatics to trained animals, comedy routines and sketch narratives. The lineup is ever-changing as new acts get introduced and older ones get put away to play again after a suitable period of rest.
Many different talents and skills are combined to produce a rich and immersive theatrical experience such as; original writing, costume, prop and set design, streaming audio & text chat and carefully selected choreography. The next show is set for Saturday, July 14th, 2007, at the New Babbage Community Stockyard in Babbage Square, New Babbage. The starting time is 2:00pm SL TIme. Audiences have found the energetic and, sometimes, chaotic performances refreshing and a lot of fun, "a wonderful way to spend some time in SL."
The cast currently includes; Theodore Polonsky, Ida Keen, Vlad Bjornson, Lucy Tornado, Enjah Mysterio, Maxie Schneider, Salazar Jack, Osprey Therian, Young Geoffrion, Salamander Maroon, Hotspur Otoole, Autopilotpatty Poppy and Caitlin McLaglen. The Show Must Go On is scheduled through to the end of August and will go on hiatus sometime in September, 2007. Please visit the Show Office in world at - Cowell Village Amphitheatre - Cowell 159, 135, 43 (PG). Contact Producer/Direcotor, Osprey Therian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stage Manager, Salazar Jack (email@example.com), for more information, or visit their website at: http://googoogoggles.dreamhosters.com/TSMGO/
THE SIGN OF FOUR
by Sir ArthurConan Doyle
THE GREAT ARGA TREASURE
Our captive sat in the cabin opposite to the iron box which he had done so much and waited so long to gain. He was a sunburned, reckless-eyed fellow, with a net-work of lines and wrinkles all over his mahogany features, which told of a hard, open-air life. There was a singular prominence about his bearded chin which marked a man who was not to be easily turned from his purpose. His age may have been fifty or thereabouts, for his black, curly hair was thickly shot with gray. His face in repose was not an unpleasing one, though his heavy brows and aggressive chin gave him, as I had lately seen, a terrible expression when moved to anger. He sat now with his handcuffed hands upon his lap, and his head sunk upon his breast, while he looked with his keen, twinkling eyes at the box which had been the cause of his ill- doings. It seemed to me that there was more sorrow than anger in his rigid and contained countenance. Once he looked up at me with a gleam of something like humor in his eyes. "Well, Jonathan Small," said Holmes, lighting a cigar, "I am sorry that it has come to this." "And so am I, sir," he answered, frankly. "I don't believe that I can swing over the job. I give you my word on the book that I never raised hand against Mr. Sholto. It was that little hell- hound
"Have a cigar," said Holmes; "and you had best take a pull out of my flask, for you are very wet. How could you expect so small and weak a man as this black fellow to overpower Mr. Sholto and hold him while you were climbing the rope?" "You seem to know as much about it as if you were there, sir. The truth is that I hoped to find the room clear. I knew the habits of the house pretty well, and it was the time when Mr. Sholto usually went down to his supper. I shall make no secret of the business. The best defence that I can make is just the simple truth. Now, if it had been the old major I would have swung for him with a light heart. I would have thought no more of knifing him than of smoking this cigar. But it's cursed hard that I should be lagged over this young Sholto, with whom I had no quarrel whatever." "You are under the charge of Mr. Athelney Jones, of Scotland Yard. He is going to bring you up to my rooms, and I shall ask you for a true account of the matter. You must make a clean breast of it, for if you do I hope that I may be of use to you. I think I can prove that the poison acts so quickly that the man was dead before ever you reached the room." "That he was, sir. I never got such a turn in my life as when I saw him grinning at me with his head on his shoulder as I climbed through the window. It fairly shook me, sir. I'd have half killed
At this moment Athelney Jones thrust his broad face and heavy shoulders into the tiny cabin. "Quite a family party," he remarked. "I think I shall have a pull at that flask, Holmes. Well, I think we may all congratulate each other. Pity we didn't take the other alive; but there was no choice. I say, Holmes, you must confess that you cut it rather fine. It was all we could do to overhaul her." "All is well that ends well," said Holmes. "But I certainly did not know that the
The servant seemed surprised at so late a visitor. Mrs. Cecil Forrester was out for the evening, she explained, and likely to be very late. Miss Morstan, however, was in the drawing-room: so to the drawing- room I went, box in hand, leaving the obliging inspector in the cab. She was seated by the open window, dressed in some sort of white diaphanous material, with a little touch of scarlet at the neck and waist. The soft light of a shaded lamp fell upon her as she leaned back in the basket chair, playing over her sweet, grave face, and tinting with a dull, metallic sparkle the rich coils of her luxuriant hair. One white arm and hand drooped over the side of the chair, and her whole pose and figure spoke of an absorbing melancholy. At the sound of my foot-fall she sprang to her feet, however, and a bright flush of surprise and of pleasure colored her pale cheeks. "I heard a cab drive up," she said. "I thought that Mrs. Forrester had come back very early, but I never dreamed that it might be you. What news have you brought me?" "I have brought something better than news," said I, putting down the box upon the table and speaking jovially and boisterously, though my heart was heavy within me. "I have brought you something which is worth all the news in the world. I have brought you a fortune." She glanced at iron box. "Is that the treasure, then?" she asked, coolly enough. "Yes, this is the great
As it was, we very nearly lost it at the last moment." "Pray sit down and tell me all about it, Dr. Watson," said she. I narrated briefly what had occurred since I had seen her last,--Holmes's new method of search, the discovery of the
There was in the front a thick and broad hasp, wrought in the image of a sitting Buddha. Under this I thrust the end of the poker and twisted it outward as a lever. The hasp sprang open with a loud snap. With trembling fingers I flung back the lid. We both stood gazing in astonishment. The box was empty! No wonder that it was heavy. The iron-work was two-thirds of an inch thick all round. It was massive, well made, and solid, like a chest constructed to carry things of great price, but not one shred or crumb of metal or jewelry lay within it. It was absolutely and completely empty. "The treasure is lost," said Miss Morstan, calmly. As I listened to the words and realized what they meant, a great shadow seemed to pass from my soul. I did not know how this
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