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- Letter from the Editor
- Town Hall Meeting News
- Who Will Win L$10,000? Elevator Contest Ends Soon
- St. Patrick's Day in New Babbage
- Film Review: The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
- Notable Personalities
- Literary Corner
- New Babbage Register
- Events & Announcements
- Classified Advertisements
- New Babbage and Steampunk FAQ
- Contact, Circulation, and other Essential Information for the Reader
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
The New Babbage Cog has been in business for one month! In that time, we've interviewed some residents of New Babbage, have developed new features, and have attempted to cover the major news in the sim. Our circulation has far exceeded expectations, and we're happy to say that many visitors pick up a copy as they explore New Babbage.
In your service,
Mrs. Junie Ginsburg
TOWN HALL MEETING NEWS
On Saturday, March 10th 2007, a town meeting took place in the town hall building. Over 30 residents and non-residents attended. Taking place over the space of one hour and forty-two minutes, the agenda covered several topics of import. The full meeting minutes are attached, but included below is a convenient list of the discussion points for reference:
- The imminent arrival of a new canal district sim
- New Babbage will now have constables
- Instead of maintaining a texture library, new residents will receive a welcome package
- The town hall building will be demolished and reconstructed
- A central telehub will remain, with better placement relative to the town hall
- Questions / Answers
Chair: Mayor Shaunathan Sprocket
Meeting start: SLT
Meeting end: SLT
In attendance: DAK Amat, Rachael Breaker, Nux Chaplin, Natacha Chernov, ArthurConan Doyle, Eggberta Echegaray, Loki Eliot, Elysia Everidge, Kaylee Frye, Sara Galbraith, Intolerable Ginsburg, Junie Ginsburg, Nikmi Hax, Ken Irvine, Salazar Jack, Reitsuki Kojima, Maximillian013 Leonard, Ordinal Malaprop, Quine Mondrian, neccro Peccable, Miguel Pinion, Neo Rebus, Shaunathan Sprocket, Devon Streeter, Chance Takashi, Pumpkin Tripsa, Spencer Upshaw, Moss Weyland, claris Yoshikawa
1. The Mayor announced that
2. The Mayor announced that Mr. Heinrich Albrecht has volunteered to run a New Babbage constabulary, and that the constables will be for role-play purposes only. They will not be sim administrators.
3. Instead of maintaining a texture library, Mayor Sprocket announced that new residents of New Babbage will receive "welcome packages." The packages will contain textures and objects, such as the newly acquired street lamps and man hole covers. Mrs. Junie Ginsburg will be donating her services to the project by branding said objects with the New Babbage name.
4. Mayor Sprocket requested discussion on the current town hall build, and whether residents found it suitable, given its prim count and quality. After some discussion, it was agreed that a new town hall should be constructed. The primary concern of residents was the location of the door relative to the telehub, and that visitors shouldn't teleport into the sim right next to a wall. The new town hall will include the new constabulary.
5. The Mayor opened the floor for discussion of the telehub, namely, whether or not we should have a central hub or use point-to-point teleporting. Positives for keeping a central hub included the maintaining of a sense of community, that visitors would necessarily see more of the sim if entering at a central location. Negatives were primarily that business owners can easily be missed if following a landmark, particularly by new SL users who aren't familiar with beacons. A random telehub point was suggested and rejected. Discussion took place on the benefits of a parcel directory near the telehub, and it was agreed that this would help mitigate the concerns of those objecting to a central hub. Without a formal vote, the consensus was for a stationary telehub at or near the current location, with a parcel directory for visitors. The Mayor mentioned that that directory will have advertising space that will follow the strictest rules.
6. Miss Weyland asked if a sandbox would be built. The Mayor answered that Mr. Salazar Jack and Sir ArthurConan Doyle have acquired property in the
7. Mrs. Junie Ginsburg asked about the rules regarding subletting, such as office or wall space. The Mayor answered that subletting is fine because he can maintain a cap on the economy. He noted also that it is the landholder's responsibility to be sure all tenants abide by New Babbage rules. He also wants to be informed of any subletting that occurs, along with terms.
8. Mr. Intolerable Ginsburg asked about the ETA on the new canal district sim. The Mayor answered that it is being fast-tracked due to interest, that the map would be done by Monday, March 12th, and that reservations might be taken as early as Tuesday, March 13th. Mr. Nux Chaplin asked how the new sim would be zoned. The Mayor answered that it would be residential and commercial.
9. Master Neo Rebus asked if there was a way for homeless children to be considered residents. The Mayor advised Master Loki Eliot to provide a list of those who are officially in the SteamKids group, and that they would be made full residents. He said that they would be considered sub-renters on Master Eliot's property.
10. Mr. Miguel Pinion suggested that the canals should be built sufficiently large to allow submergibles to traverse them. The Mayor answered that the canals will be of a depth suitable for small submersibles. He said also that the next project after the canal sim will be a port and four void sims.
11. The Mayor asked if there was any interest in a combat system since Mr. Fizz is selling the rights to his with the demise of our sister sim, Sigil. After some general discussion, most of which was favorable, Mayor Sprocket tabled the topic until next month.
12. Miss Moss Weyland and Mr. Reitsuki Kojima asked if our sim would be enabled for voice chat. After a great deal of open discussion, Mayor Sprocket put the subject to a vote. The results were 3 for, 13 against, and 2 abstaining. The motion to enable voice support was therefore not carried. Mayor Sprocket decided to cite role-play ing reasons for the lack of voice support in New Babbage if asked by voice-supporters.
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Compiled by Mrs. Junie Ginsburg.
WHO WILL WIN L$10,000?
ELEVATOR CONTEST ENDS SOON
As of Saturday, March 10, Mayor Sprocket had received no requests for contest entry judging. Elevator inventors have until Thursday, March 15th 2007 to request judging for their elevator, and the winner will be announced the same day. The contest prize of L$10,000 will go forfeit if no entries are received by the 15th.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN NEW BABBAGE!
This tale, although not Victorian in nature, is relative to the up and coming St.Patrick’s day festivities to be held this Saturday March 17th.
This real life tale, was told to me by my father and two aunts, minus one now, who still swear to this day of its truth. They year is 1941 in
The pendulum clock was placed on the fireplace mantle in my Father and two Aunt’s shared room. One night, when the moon was at its fullest, the three of them witnessed something magical. After my Grandmother tucked them into bed, their small room would fill up with the moon’s light, and they would rise up out of bed to watch three little leprechauns come out of the Pendulum clock and dance around in the moonlight. They witnessed this many times throughout their childhood, and have told their tale over and over to others, including me. A lot of people think they are just full of the
Do you believe them? I do! Come to “The
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!
FILM REVIEW: THE MYSTERIOUS GEOGRAPHIC
EXPLORATIONS OF JASPER MORELLO
In the universe of cinematic animation, there is the ordinary, the exceptional, and Jasper Morello. Created in a "silohette" style, much of the story is told by black shadow figures enhanced by the textures of found objects and CGI. All of this is baked into an extraordinary vision of a mechanical paradise beset by the tragedy of plague and the heartbreak of failure.
Nominated for an Academy Award, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
was created in association with the Australian Film Commission in 2005, and is the first episode in a series of stories revolving around the main character. Jasper Morello himself is a royal navigator of steam-powered airships, ubiquitous in the steampunk world that the developers of the film have created. In this episode, "Jasper Morello and the Lost Airship," Mr.Morello is still grieving a death caused by an error in his calculations on a voyage past, and is begrudgingly recruited for another mission. Leaving his wife at home in a city sinking into disease, he promises himself that this will be his last excursion away from her.
Along their journey, the crew of the airship *Resolution* encounter a grave storm which knocks them off-course. They commandeer a ghost ship into which they crash during the storm, and steer it back on-course. Mr. Morello's expertise and dead reckoning brings them to their destination: a mysterious island floating high in the air. Here they discover a creature that holds a cure for the plague back home, but returning with it on board becomes a dangerous and maddening proposition.
This animated film, although only a short 20 minutes, is heavy with plot, character, and atmosphere. Highly recommended - not to be missed by anyone involved in steampunk culture!
PROMINENT MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE DAY
The pugilist, Jack Burke, who has picked up the American gauntlet thrown to him by some of our national and naturalized pugilistic countrymen, is a very popular personage among the sporting fraternity, having figured in numerous prize-fights with more or less success since his debut in the ring, and has acquired a celebrity that is world-wide.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In this issue, The New Babbage Cog presents Chapter 4 of Sir ArthurConan Doyle's "The Sign of The Four."
THE SIGN OF FOUR
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
THE STORY OF THE BALD-HEADED MAN
WE FOLLOWED the Indian down a sordid and common passage, ill-lit and worse furnished, until he came to a door upon the right, which he threw open. A blaze of yellow light streamed out upon us, and in the centre of the glare there stood a small man with a very high head, a bristle of red hair all round the fringe of it, and a bald, shining scalp which shot out from among it like a mountain-peak from fir-trees. He writhed his hands together as he stood, and his features were in a perpetual jerk--now smiling, now scowling, but never for an instant in repose. Nature had given him a pendulous lip, and a too visible line of yellow and irregular teeth, which he strove feebly to conceal by constantly passing his hand over the lower part of his face. In spite of his obtrusive baldness he gave the impression of youth. In point of fact, he had just turned his thirtieth year.
I listened to his heart, as requested, but was unable to find anything amiss, save, indeed, that he was in an ecstasy of fear, for he shivered from head to foot.
"That is well! That is well!" said he. "May I offer you a glass of Chianti, Miss Morstan? Or of Tokay? I keep no other wines. Shall I open a flask? No? Well, then, I trust that you have no objection to tobacco-smoke, to the balsamic odour of the Eastern tobacco. I am a little nervous, and I find my hookah an invaluable sedative."
"You will excuse me, Mr. Sholto," said Miss Morstan, "but I am here at your request to learn something which you desire to tell me. It is very late, and I should desire the interview to be as short as possible."
"My father was, as you may have guessed, Major John Sholto, once of the Indian Army. He retired some eleven years ago and came to live at Pondicherry Lodge in
"Early in 1882 my father received a letter from
"'I will tell you how Morstan died,' he continued. 'He had suffered for years from a weak heart, but he concealed it from every one. I alone knew it. When in
"At this instant a horrible change came over his expression; his eyes stared wildly, his jaw dropped, and he yelled in a voice which I can never forget, 'Keep him out! For Christ's sake keep him out!' We both stared round at the window behind us upon which his gaze was fixed. A face was looking in at us out of the darkness. We could see the whitening of the nose where it was pressed against the glass. It was a bearded, hairy face, with wild cruel eyes and an expression of concentrated malevolence. My brother and I rushed towards the window, but the man was gone. When we returned to my father his head had dropped and his pulse had ceased to beat.
The little man stopped to relight his hookah and puffed thoughtfully for a few moments. We had all sat absorbed, listening to his extraordinary narrative. At the short account of her father's death Miss Morstan had turned deadly white, and for a moment I feared that she was about to faint. She rallied, however, on drinking a glass of water which I quietly poured out for her from a Venetian carafe upon the side-table. Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair with an abstracted expression and the lids drawn low over his glittering eyes. As I glanced at him I could not but think how on that very day he had complained bitterly of the commonplaceness of life. Here at least was a problem which would tax his sagacity to the utmost. Mr. Thaddeus Sholto looked from one to the other of us with an obvious pride at the effect which his story had produced and then continued between the puffs of his overgrown pipe.
"We were your trustees," he said; "that was the view which I took of it, though Brother Bartholomew could not altogether see it in that light. We had plenty of money ourselves. I desired no more. Besides, it would have been such bad taste to have treated a young lady in so scurvy a fashion. 'Le mauvais gout mene au crime.' The French have a very neat way of putting these things. Our difference of opinion on this subject went so far that I thought it best to set up rooms for myself; so I left Pondicherry Lodge, taking the old khitmutgar and Williams with me. Yesterday, however, I learned that an event of extreme importance has occurred. The treasure has been discovered. I instantly communicated with Miss Morstan, and it only remains for us to drive out to
"Bartholomew is a clever fellow," said he. "How do you think he found out where the treasure was? He had come to the conclusion that it was somewhere indoors, so he worked out all the cubic space of the house and made measurements everywhere so that not one inch should be unaccounted for. Among other things, he found that the height of the building was seventy-four feet, but on adding together the heights of all the separate rooms and making every allowance for the space between, which he ascertained by borings, he could not bring the total to more than seventy feet. There were four feet unaccounted for. These could only be at the top of the building. He knocked a hole, therefore, in the lath and plaster ceiling of the highest room, and there, sure enough, he came upon another little garret above it, which had been sealed up and was known to no one. In the centre stood the treasure-chest resting upon two rafters. He lowered it through the hole, and there it lies. He computes the value of the jewels at not less than half a million sterling."
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oolon is going to be 400 (RL 40) on March the 15th.
Please IM Oolon, Terry Lightfoot, Fuschia Begonia or Emilly Ladybird should you wish to know more.
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INVENTORS! As executive director of the New Babbage Conservatoire,
I am in search of musical instruments that are at once fantastical, musical and functional. Mechanical harps, steam-powered horn sections, elaborate orchestrions with brass pipes and fittings... whatever your fevered coal-driven imagination can devise. Please contact me either in world or by aetheric-mail at email@example.com to discuss commissions and terms.
SMALL OBSERVATORY TELESCOPE now available at
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New Babbager Aethernet Journals :
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Master Loki Eliot:
Mr. and Mrs. Intolerable Ginsburg:
Mr. Salazar Jack:
Miss Ordinal Malaprop:
NEW BABBAGE AND STEAMPUNK FAQ
Q. What is New Babbage?
A. New Babbage is a planned group of themed sims designed to promote a steampunk aesthetic.------------------------
Q. What is
A. The first, and to date the only, of the planned New Babbage sims is
Q. What is "steampunk?"
A. Steampunk is a genre of speculative fiction, usually science fiction, that explores the question of how past eras, particularly the Victorian period, would have looked if more modern technology had existed usingonly the tools at theirdisposal. Thus the steampunk aesthetic often makes use of wood, brass, iron, and steam-powered engines to construct fantastic machines that never were.
Please see the steampunk Wikipedia entry:
Q. Is New Babbage for role-players?
A. New Babbage is for anyone interested in steampunk ideas. Although many residents dress and role-play the part, all are welcome to participate in the activities here (period attire not required), and are encouraged to explore the technology made available to us in SL New Babbagers are builders, scripters, and texture artists, curious and experimental by nature, come together to invent, create, and commune.
CONTACT, CIRCULATION, AND OTHER ESSENTIAL
INFORMATION FOR THE READER
All reporters for The New Babbage Cog are obligated to inform potential interviewees when they are gathering data for a report on our behalf, or clearly identify themselves as a TNBC journalist. This is a community paper, not a vehicle for expose; all investigative reporting must be above-the-board. Deception is against the intended spirit of community embraced by this paper and will not be tolerated. If a citizen encounters an aggressive reporter claiming to work on behalf of The New Babbage Cog, they are urged to report same to the Editor.
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Advertising is L$50 to New Babbage citizens and L$100 for out-of-towners, per listing, per issue. For both residents and non-residents, space is limited to 500 characters per listing. Each ad may include one embedded texture and one landmark. File attachments must be delivered at the time of ad reservation. Please see our contact information above to inquire.
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