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'Second Life 9th Birthday' presentation - 'Meeting the Community: The Steamlands'

Given Sunday, 24th June at 6 pm at the SL9B grounds. Permission given by the participants to reproduce.

Photographs of the session kindly provided by Herr Victor Mornington to be found in this gallery

[17:53] Stereo Nacht: Good evening Herr Baron, Ms Weatherwax, Miss Widdershins, Mr. Kozlov, Mr. Branagh, Mr. Bean, Zanya, Miss Anansi, Mr. Mornington, Miss Hilra, Miss Rain, and everyone!
[17:53] Miss Serra: I sure hope this presentation isnt all preaching to the choir!
[17:53] Tensai Hilra: heyas The honor is mine
[17:53] Nyree Rain: Greetings everyone!
[17:54] Vic Mornington: ellooooo Stereo, ellooooo Nyree :D
[17:54] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach chuckles
[17:54] Magda Haiku waves to all.
[17:54] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Hee! Welcome folks who are new to the Steamlands :)
[17:54] YuudaiTsuneo: waves
[17:54] Stereo Nacht: And good evening Frau Löwey!
[17:54] Annechen Löwey nods.
[17:54] Saffia Widdershins: I think I will have to talk to Mr Graf about poses
[17:55] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Ah, there you are miss nika
[17:55] Satu Moreau: Surprisingly not super super laggy yet
[17:55] Zanya: ((Do we need voice on for this?))
[17:55] Saffia Widdershins: crossing my legs in a hobble skirt is ... distressing
[17:55] Satu Moreau: XD
[17:55] Miss Serra waves to Addison
[17:55] Saffia Widdershins: to me and to my dressmaker
[17:55] Satu Moreau: Heya, Ms. Saffia!
[17:55] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Nein, I do not do Voice.
[17:55] Cornelia Rothschild: Doing anything in a hobble skirt is distressing.
[17:55] Saffia Widdershins: Hello, Satu!
[17:56] Annechen Löwey: Voice is... distressing.
[17:56] Saffia Widdershins: Indeed
[17:56] Addison Greymyst waves back to Serra
[17:56] Mr. Denny Kozlov suppresses a giggle
[17:56] Vic Mornington: I use voice as much as possible...saves typing :D rofl
[17:56] Annechen Löwey: Especially for those with concert-related hearing loss, as it were.
[17:56] Miss Serra thinks she has never seen Tensai in person before
[17:56] Tensai Hilra: hehe hiyas
[17:57] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Herr Victor, you use Voice because they bribe you constantly.
[17:57] Vic Mornington: :D (: D)
[17:57] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Allo Mr Underwood :)
[17:57] Jimmy Branagh: ((kback))
[17:57] Svengali Merlin: I had to stop using Voice when my cat tried to eat my microphone
[17:57] Litta Nightfire: oh, le sigh, I can't get voice to work in Firestorm
[17:57] Miss Serra: CeeJay! hello there!
[17:57] Zanya: Hey Lynn, hey Sid!
[17:57] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Hallo, Aislinn. Good to see you.
[17:57] Jimmy Branagh: Me neither
[17:57] Satu Moreau: XD
[17:57] Litta Nightfire: Will this be in Voice?
[17:57] Mr. Denny Kozlov is loving this gathering
[17:57] Cee Edman: Hello, Baron!
[17:57] Lynn Mimistrobell: Hello everyone.
[17:57] Mr. Denny Kozlov: no voice, all text :)
[17:57] Jimmy Branagh: Hoy all thet came in.
[17:57] Litta Nightfire: Greetings!
[17:57] Vic Mornington: nope litta....its text chat :)
[17:57] Stereo Nacht: Good evening Miss Lynn!
[17:58] Cee Edman waves at Denny
[17:58] Litta Nightfire: OH YAY
[17:58] Miss Serra waves across the circle to Laird and Lady Aislinn
[17:58] Satu Moreau gets a twitch, restraining the urge to run around and hug everyone he knows, since that's nearly everyone here
[17:58] Mr. Denny Kozlov: it's a steamlands traditiona fter all :D
[17:58] Cee Edman: Hello, Serra!
[17:58] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach grins
[17:58] Mr. Denny Kozlov waves at Cee
[17:58] Nika Thought-werk waves to Miss Lynn and the Captain.
[17:58] Pilipo Underwood: gangs all here, sorta
[17:58] Searra Weatherwax smiles.
[17:58] Litta Nightfire: Greetings Elf-queen of Winterfell!
[17:59] Miss Serra isnt ever "all here"
[17:59] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: We shall give people a few moments to settle or re-settle.
[17:59] Pilipo Underwood: Wow, it's Who's Zoo!
[18:00] Vic Mornington: wb cornelia :D
[18:00] Cornelia Rothschild: ...I crashed all the way back to Winterfell.
[18:00] Lynn Mimistrobell: Hello everyone!!!!
[18:00] Magda Haiku: Oh my.
[18:00] Satu Moreau shouts: Whoever that is on voice looking for the sunken stage, it's over here in Negen, we're having a talk on steampunk
[18:00] Jimmy Branagh waves
[18:00] Mr. Denny Kozlov: this is an impressive cloud of witness as it were :)
[18:00] Lynn Mimistrobell waves wildly to all those she knows and all those she doesn't know!
[18:00] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fraulein Psaltery? Excellent!
[18:00] Saffia Widdershins shouts: Can I ask people to turn off voice please? This is a text session!
[18:00] Svengali Merlin: The movers and shakers of the Steamlands are here...or, at least, the crawlers and wigglers.
[18:00] Vic Mornington: ellooooooooo Garnet!
[18:01] Satu Moreau: XD
[18:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach chuckles
[18:01] Magda Haiku: Good heavens, that notice took a long time.
[18:01] Saffia Widdershins: Yes - if some mad genius dropped a bomb here, the Steamlands would be decimated
[18:01] Mr. Denny Kozlov: miss garnet! hallo!
[18:01] Stereo Nacht: Good evening Miss Psaltery!
[18:01] Magda Haiku sings under her breath, "SLunday, SLunday ..."
[18:01] Satu Moreau: XD I guess this isn't the sunken stage then. I just noticed there's several of these little things
[18:02] Vic Mornington sits back and drinks his coffee
[18:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach hides the meteor control
[18:02] Annechen Löwey: I do apologize, but Voice is not on for me.
[18:02] Christina Gilderoy waves cheerily to everyone!
[18:02] Satu Moreau: Hmm... Coffee, that's something I've neglected lately..
[18:02] Nyree Rain: Hi, Qyn!
[18:02] Vic Mornington: ellooooo Christina!
[18:02] Nyree Rain: Hi, Poppy!
[18:02] Stereo Nacht: Well, I certainly see a wide variety of people... Although few who are not already familiar with Steampunk... (The Baron's appeal, certainly! :-D )
[18:02] Qyndryne: Greetings Nyree :)
[18:02] Patty Poppy: Hi everyone!
[18:02] Jillian Vayandar: wiating to rez..hope I am not standing on anyone!
[18:02] Patty Poppy: Hi Nyree
[18:02] Garnet Psaltery: Good evening, Steampunkers
[18:02] Cornelia Rothschild: Hi Auntie Poppy!
[18:02] Jillian Vayandar: Hi Ya Miss Poppy! (Hi Yes Miss Poppy!)
[18:02] Stereo Nacht: Good evening Miss Poppy!
[18:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: What an excellent group.
[18:02] Patty Poppy: rezzing rezzing
[18:02] Vic Mornington: ellooooo Garnet @D
[18:02] Garnet Psaltery: :o)
[18:02] Qyndryne hugs Poppy
[18:02] Searra Weatherwax waves.
[18:02] Magda Haiku waves to Miss Garnet! "Long time no see! How are you?"
[18:03] Svengali Merlin: My daughter calls us "Steampukes"
[18:03] Nyree Rain: Garnet! It's been a long time since I've seen you! * hugs*
[18:03] Garnet Psaltery: Where are the sooty seats?
[18:03] Saffia Widdershins: This is a splendid turnout
[18:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Good to see you all, guten Abend. I shall start at five-after.
[18:03] Saffia Widdershins: Thank you so much for coming
[18:03] Garnet Psaltery *hugs back*
[18:03] Mr. Denny Kozlov: there's an open seat next to me, miss garnet :)
[18:03] Stereo Nacht: Good evening Miss Vayandar!
[18:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: (If someone can take a few pictures, I would appreciate it.)
[18:03] Garnet Psaltery: *looks*
[18:03] Saffia Widdershins: I think it would be delightful if someone were willing to take notes
[18:03] Renee Caxton passes Garnet a small bag of coal dust so she feels more at home
[18:03] Saffia Widdershins: would anyone be able to do that?
[18:03] Mr. Denny Kozlov waves and gestures to his left
[18:03] Patty Poppy: Miss Garnet! Nice to see you
[18:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fraulein Psaltery, I am glad to see you again.
[18:04] Saffia Widdershins: I'd like a couple of people to do it - in case I crash
[18:04] Magda Haiku is willing to transcribe.
[18:04] Garnet Psaltery *waves as she walks into the scenery*
[18:04] Saffia Widdershins: Thank you Miss Haiku!
[18:04] Jillian Vayandar: Mr. Nacht! Wonderful evening!
[18:05] Patty Poppy: Hi Jillian. goodness what a crowd
[18:05] Saffia Widdershins: I hope, too, that someone might be able to preserve a photographic reord of this event
[18:05] Vic Mornington: ok i'll take the pics i can see folks staring at me
[18:06] Satu Moreau: XD
[18:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: There are an excellent set of photographs supplied by the Consulate staff (with kind assistance) playing behind me of several of the lands I shall mention - it is hardly exhaustive, of course.
[18:06] Stereo Nacht stares at Mr. Mornington!
[18:06] Mr. Denny Kozlov winks at mr mornington :D
[18:06] Stereo Nacht: ;-)
[18:06] Svengali Merlin: Please do not take a picture of my face, Mr Mornington...I am still a wanted man in my native country.
[18:06] Magda Haiku whispers to Mr. Mornington, "It's the legs ..."
[18:06] Vic Mornington: :D (: D)
[18:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Shall we begin?
[18:06] Zanya: Hey Lunar.
[18:07] Stereo Nacht: Good evening Mr. Eclipse!
[18:07] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach nods to the Manager
[18:07] Garnet Psaltery: If we're sitting comfortably
[18:07] Mr. Denny Kozlov: LUNAR!!! :D
[18:07] Zanya: Nice coat. ^^
[18:07] Leondra Larsson: YES, begin
[18:07] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach clears his throat
[18:07] TotalLunar Eclipse: Greetings

[18:07] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: There are as many definitions for "Steampunk" as there are authors for the story. Each person who approaches a steampunk (or gaslamp fantasy) aesthetic will have a different view, a different purpose, a different means of expressing it for themselves.

Despite that, one might say that "Steampunk" applies a vintage aesthetic and spirit of exploration to modern lives. There is joy in making, and part of the making is making it beautiful as well as functional; there may be many machines with identical functions, but each one has individual and distinctive decoration and finishing. There is joy in speed, but not in haste; an airship rally draws a crowd to ooh and ahh over the vehicles as much as to see a friend win. There is joy in knowledge for knowledge's sake, not for leverage or power; studies are made for the interest and enlightenment of the student rather than how it will profit him or her.

Second Life has had the good fortune to host many communities which call themselves "Steampunk", "Neo-Victorian" or "Gaslamp Fantasy"; each of the nations represented in Second Life has a distinct cultural identity, comprised as the ideals of their citizens. There is some cohesiveness, as there are citizens that share themes, and there are nations that share citizens. But each nation has a personality, recognizable to the residents. To touch on a few:

[18:09] Annechen Löwey: Caledon, the first substantial and longest-lasting steampunk community, presumes citizens are of gentle birth unless they declare otherwise. It is the land of the gentleman tinkerer, the scions of well-off families spending the inheritance on strange inventions and shiny brass flying machines.

[18:10] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: New Babbage epitomises a gritty, working-class, Steampunk city, where soot is virtuous and building is God.
[18:10] Garnet Psaltery: Hoorah!
[18:10] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: As opposed to Caledon's Victorian-colonial status, New Babbage is still defining its history, which comes after the collapse of a great empire, leaving the city-state with few clues as to its past.

[18:11] Annechen Löwey: Armada Breakaway takes Steampunk to the seas, where the community thrives on boat hulls cobbled together with paths and ropes into a coherent city, and commerce comes through privateering - or piracy, if you're on their bad side. Are its mermaid inhabitants creatures of fantasy, or mad science adapting humans to aquatic form?

[18:11] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Mari'Kesh Mondrago takes Steampunk further away from the Euro-American habits of the older nations by imagining a steam-and-gears approach towards living on an Arabian-influenced island, where the Genies are not magical as much as mechanically brilliant. That dancing girl over there with the light glinting off her skin? She's entirely made of metal and has a furnace in her abdomen.

[18:12] Annechen Löwey: Steelhead moves closer to the "Gaslamp fantasy" aspect of the Steampunk umbrella, as well as bringing in the "Weird West" aspects of American Steampunk. Set in the Pacific Northwest, it is home to werewolves, elves and time-travelling mad scientists fond of creating mechanical children and of blowing up dormant volcanoes.

[18:12] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Hooooooooooooooooo!
[18:12] TotalLunar Eclipse: ^^

[18:13] Annechen Löwey: Although almost anything is possible, it still follows agreed-upon rules, or has been said elsewhere: "Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistiguishable from science."

[18:13] Zanya: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:13] Lelani Carver: Huzzah. And hoo!
[18:13] Lynn Mimistrobell: And a gypsy!
[18:13] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach grins
[18:13] Nika Thought-werk winks at Miss Lynn.

[18:13] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Many of these lands have drawn inspiration or even citizens from what are known - or considered to be - works of fiction.

[18:13] Lynn Mimistrobell wrinkles her nose, grinning, at Nika.
[18:13] Mr. Denny Kozlov: histories :)

[18:13] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: New Babbage is home to Holmes and Watson, and has had Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stroll its streets; Caledon is ruled by Queen Victoria of England, although through her Vicereine Kamilah Hauptmann and her Guvnah Desmond Shang. Armada Breakaway is a direct descendant of Armada of Bas-Lag as documented by China Miéville. I myself have been accused of being a fictional character, although I must say once again that I hardly feel fictional to myself. A partial history of my world is being published in a non-academic form by the Professors Philip and Kaja Foglio. One can hardly blame them for trying to make a little money off their scholarship into the life of Lady Agatha Heterodyne, given how difficult tenure is to get.

[18:14] Cee Edman: One wouldn't, would one?
[18:14] Nika Thought-werk blinks at the Baron.

[18:14] Annechen Löwey: As much as the Steamlands bring in to create unique and vital communities, yet sharing a certain aesthetic and standard of principles, the Steamlands are also sharing back with the wider universe.

[18:15] Dr. Darien Mason: I thought we were all fictional?
[18:15] Mr. Denny Kozlov: some of us are frictional ... :)
[18:15] Svengali Merlin: How odd...I do not feel fictional
[18:15] Lelani Carver pinches herself to verify reality.

[18:15] Annechen Löwey: Caledon has had a colony in Blue Mars and a small First Life convention; Winterfell, which tends more towards Dark Victorian and spooky medieval, is a leader in fundraising for breast cancer charities in specific, and all the Steamlands have raised millions of lindens for Relay For Life - easily equalling the contributions of medium-sized outworld companies' teams.

[18:15] Magda Haiku is as fictional as Ms. Thursday Next!
[18:15] Nika Thought-werk cocks her head at Doctor Mason.
[18:15] CeeJay Tigerpaw: I suspect none of us actually exists, certainly I do not.

[18:15] Annechen Löwey: New Babbage has recently published a print version of stories from that city, and at one time had plans for a fully-interactive aether-site engaging participants in tales and history in various presentations. Citizens are carrying their national pride into other realms, as Steampunk conventions and events become more frequent in the First Lives of many.

[18:15] Renee Caxton looks at her typist and wonders if the typist is fictional
[18:15] Litta Nightfire: Generous of you, Baron, to tolerate the Foglios prying into your past.
[18:16] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach smiles wryly

[18:16] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I should like to sum up by borrowing the slogan of one community, not a "Steamland" per se, but of a similar mindset, as a summation of the overarching concept of Steampunk : "Yesterday's future, today."

Thank you.

[18:16] Zanya: Well, the professor did help The Baron once. ^^
[18:16] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Hooooooooooooooooo!
[18:16] Dr. Darien Mason: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:16] Cornelia Rothschild applauds.
[18:16] Zanya: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:16] Jillian Vayandar: Hear Hear! *claps*
[18:16] Patty Poppy: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[18:16] Patty Poppy: .;:+*'`'* APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE *'`'*+:;.
[18:16] Patty Poppy: ?~~?~~APPLAUSE~~?~~?
[18:16] Patty Poppy: BRAVO!!!!!! (BRAVO!)
[18:16] Vic Mornington: :D (: D)
[18:17] Nika Thought-werk: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:17] Renee Caxton applauds
[18:17] Litta Nightfire: *-..-*???BRAVO!???*-..-* (*-..-** ???BRAVO! ??? **-...-*)
[18:17] Tensai Hilra: HOOOOOOOO!!!
[18:17] Lelani Carver: let the traditional accolades begin...
[18:17] Jimmy Branagh applauds
[18:17] Cee Edman: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[18:17] Lelani Carver: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:17] Zanya: `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[18:17] Christina Gilderoy applauds heartily!
[18:17] Nyree Rain applauds enthusiastically!
[18:17] Garnet Psaltery: Jolly well spoken, Baron and
[18:17] Nika Thought-werk claps happily.
[18:17] Garnet Psaltery: Madame
[18:17] Stereo Nacht: `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[18:17] CeeJay Tigerpaw: Huz and zah...
[18:17] Jimmy Branagh: A foine presentation!
[18:17] Stereo Nacht: (Sorry - catching up...)
[18:17] Lynn Mimistrobell: Very nice.
[18:17] Dr. Darien Mason: Hear, hear!
[18:18] Garnet Psaltery: Do we get cake now?
[18:18] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fraulein Widdershins will moderate questions, if any.
[18:18] Cee Edman: Pie!
[18:18] Patty Poppy: Waffles, Miss Garnet!
[18:18] Searra Weatherwax applauds.
[18:18] Saffia Widdershins: Thank you, Herr Baron and Frau Lowey
[18:18] Garnet Psaltery: *hehehehehehe*
[18:18] Cornelia Rothschild: Oh, not a repeat of the vicious Cake vs. Pie war...
[18:18] Zanya: I was told there'd be punch and pie. ^^
[18:18] Annechen Löwey: There will be a quiz next lecture.
[18:18] Patty Poppy knew she should have taken notes
[18:18] Jillian Vayandar: Is it over all ready...what an enjoyable talk!
[18:18] Magda Haiku puts her stylus down.
[18:18] Nika Thought-werk searches for a crayon "Quiz, you say?"
[18:18] Samm Florian: Name all the regions of Caledon and their chief exports.
[18:18] Christina Gilderoy: \o/ Samm Florian \ o/)
[18:18] Christina Gilderoy: Yaaaaaaaay.
[18:18] Qyndryne: Poppy i can share my notes if you would like
[18:18] Jimmy Branagh: Yeh, wos too short!
[18:18] Lelani Carver: Pie, you say?
[18:19] Patty Poppy: || Yaaaaaaaay n Stuff!!!!!
[18:19] Patty Poppy: / \
[18:19] Patty Poppy: \o/ Samm Florian:\ o/)
[18:19] Saffia Widdershins: Please - do help yourselves to cake
[18:19] Patty Poppy: too short
[18:19] Magda Haiku: The answer to the second is "catgirls and bewm" ...
[18:19] Nyree Rain: I want to know more about how the Consulates tie into the communities.
[18:19] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I'm making a note of that, Herr Jimmy.
[18:19] Svengali Merlin: I noticed that the Meiville regions were not mentioned
[18:19] Thaddeus Nadeau: argh...stoopid crashing
[18:19] Mr. Denny Kozlov: I want to welcome any newcomers to the Steamlands -- we're glad to have you :)
[18:19] Saffia Widdershins: Yes, let's start with Miss Rain's question
[18:19] Annechen Löwey: We do have a varied number of exports of all the Steamlands, and a number of them explode.
[18:20] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: As were a few others, although with more time it could have been more exhaustive.
[18:20] Jillian Vayandar: My love for steampunk has really grew since being here!
[18:20] Magda Haiku: Including the catgirls.
[18:20] Cee Edman: Always glad to have newcomers to the Steamlands -- we often run out of food.
[18:20] Saffia Widdershins: Can you tell us, Herr Baron, a little about the Consulates and their work?
[18:20] Samm Florian: Don't wanna exhaust the Baron. :)
[18:20] Dr. Darien Mason: Best rephrase that, Cee...
[18:20] Miss Serra: Spoken like a true Winterfallen, Cee
[18:20] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: How the Consulates tie into the communities - it does vary depending on the location.
[18:21] Jillian Vayandar: Ah, I have always wondered that!
[18:21] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: In each one, we try to support local events, provide some of our own, and ensure other lands know what each other might be doing.
[18:21] Saffia Widdershins: How many Consulates are there now?
[18:21] Annechen Löwey: Hmm,
[18:21] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Ahhh... Frau Lowey, nine?
[18:22] Jimmy Branagh: Nine or ten
[18:22] Tensai Hilra: we are quite happy to have you a part of Steelhead Baron
[18:22] Dr. Darien Mason: Nein?
[18:22] Samm Florian giggles.
[18:22] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Unfortunately, Steeltopia and Al-Andalus have been lost recently due to economic disasters.
[18:22] Jimmy Branagh: Zhen
[18:22] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach grimaces at Herr Doktor Mason
[18:22] Nika Thought-werk frowns.
[18:22] Stereo Nacht: Steeltopia being gone, I think it's nine, now.
[18:22] Saffia Widdershins nods sadly
[18:22] Stereo Nacht: Unless I forgot some?
[18:22] Dr. Darien Mason shrugs?
[18:23] Annechen Löwey: Caledon, New Babbage, Steelhead, CDS, New Tououse,
[18:23] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Mondrago
[18:23] Samm Florian: Winterfell
[18:23] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Winterfell, of course.
[18:23] Annechen Löwey: and the smaller offices in Armada and Winterfell.
[18:23] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Mooter.
[18:23] Annechen Löwey: And the table out in Seraph.
[18:23] Miss Serra smiles
[18:23] Annechen Löwey smiles.
[18:23] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach grins
[18:23] Svengali Merlin: CDS?
[18:23] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fraulein Ceejay has supplied us a space in the future.
[18:24] Saffia Widdershins: A step into the future ....
[18:24] Jillian Vayandar: Wow...I did not know that
[18:24] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Confederation of Democratic Sims.
[18:24] Svengali Merlin: Ahhh...thank you.
[18:24] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: It is the oldest representative government on the grid.
[18:24] Jillian Vayandar: I was lost until I found Caledon!
[18:24] Saffia Widdershins: and a fascinating hybrid of Ancient Rome and Germany
[18:24] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Neufreistadt reminds me much of home in some ways, in its looks.
[18:25] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Ja, the highlands are European, the lowlands are Classical.
[18:25] Annechen Löwey smiles, "And in the way they debate."
[18:25] Annechen Löwey: Fewer explosions, perhaps.
[18:25] Jillian Vayandar: lol
[18:26] Nika Thought-werk looks at Miss Tensai and smiles.
[18:26] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Al-Andalus was a social-political experiment originally founded by some from the CDS, but developed into a more educational area instead.
[18:26] Tensai Hilra: it's been at least a week since a structure blew up ;)
[18:26] Jillian Vayandar: Do you have a LM for this place, Sir?
[18:26] Vic Mornington: :D
[18:26] Annechen Löwey: It was an admirable experiment, and very enlightening.
[18:26] Samm Florian: What kinda experiment?
[18:27] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: The original government was sharia law of a sort.
[18:27] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: As I recall.
[18:27] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Allo miss samm :)
[18:27] Nyree Rain: Samm is used to Caledon experiment, which usually end with an explosion of some sort.
[18:27] Zanya: Sharia?
[18:27] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Islamic.
[18:27] Annechen Löwey: And it did represent the Andalucian area in culture and architecture.
[18:27] Zanya: Ahh.
[18:27] Dr. Darien Mason: Fundamentalist Koranic law
[18:27] Saffia Widdershins: There is a sad lack on Umgebindehausen in Neuerfreistadt
[18:27] Saffia Widdershins: but that is true throughout the grid, sadly
[18:28] Vic Mornington: umge what? you been drinkin saffia? o.O :D
[18:28] Annechen Löwey chuckles.
[18:28] Jimmy Branagh chuckles
[18:28] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Brilliant building, although old style prims and the like. Nowadays, Al-Andalus would have to be rebuilt for practical reasons, if the support was there.
[18:28] David Abbot: Probably your coffee, Vic.
[18:28] Vic Mornington: LMAO
[18:28] Samm Florian can pronounce Umge… better'n Neuerfreistadt I reckon
[18:28] Nika Thought-werk blinks.
[18:28] Samm Florian: Yay prims!
[18:28] Saffia Widdershins smiles
[18:28] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I did not mention Antiquity specifically either.
[18:29] Cee Edman: One thing about SL -- we really have to become internationalists quickly.
[18:29] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: They have a different sort of community building, although just as active when ships are involved.
[18:29] Saffia Widdershins: an oold lament of mine that there's not enough of the rich diversity of European architecture on the grid
[18:29] Stereo Nacht: Samm Florian:Argh! Antiquity! I forgot to contact their foreign minister... X-/ )
[18:30] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: One of the benefits of Mari'Kesh Mondrago, Fraulein Widdershins.
[18:30] Annechen Löwey: This is a major theme in the grid - we rebuild as the technology allows, but we also try to recreate the best of our cultures here, every time.
[18:30] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach raises an eyebrow at Fraulein Stereo
[18:30] Saffia Widdershins: what would you see as the difference with Antiquities communities as opposed to, say, Caledon?
[18:30] Vic Mornington: building styles, especially EU and UK victorian era styles sometimes is hard to replicate...i had a night mare of a time building Brunel....
[18:30] Erehwon Yoshikawa's ears burn.
[18:30] Stereo Nacht: Sorry Sir. Event planning stuff. The typist has been keeping me away too much.)
[18:31] Garnet Psaltery: Is that why you keep building it, Mr M?
[18:31] Lelani Carver: Well, then.
[18:31] Vic Mornington: :D
[18:31] Garnet Psaltery: :o)
[18:31] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Antiquity's tendency towards different individual island-owners, or islands owned by various courts leads it to be less cohesive than even Caledon's diversity.
[18:31] Annechen Löwey: Antiquity is an earlier era, as well.
[18:31] Annechen Löwey: Though it does share a love of seafaring.
[18:32] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: However, their interests in common... ja.
[18:32] Lynn Mimistrobell: Are there any good Byzantine sims, is anyone aware?
[18:32] Annechen Löwey: and... perhaps more wealth redistribution specialsits per capita.
[18:32] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: The earliest of which I'm aware is Renaissance Island, until one travels back to Imperial Rome.
[18:33] Mr. Denny Kozlov giggles at "wealth redistribution specialists" :)
[18:33] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Between, I have no information.
[18:33] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Well said, Frau Lowey.
[18:33] Saffia Widdershins smiles
[18:33] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: It has made them natural allies with Winterfell.
[18:34] Annechen Löwey: just as there are no mad scientists - only those whose vision exceeds the social limits.
[18:34] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Erm... the sailing, not the wealth distribution.
[18:34] Miss Serra laughs
[18:34] Saffia Widdershins laughs
[18:34] Annechen Löwey snickers.
[18:34] Cee Edman: We can redistribute wealth with the best of 'em, Baron!
[18:34] Dr. Darien Mason coughs.
[18:34] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach chuckles
[18:34] Saffia Widdershins: And there are mer communities, I believe, as there have been - and perhaps still are - in New Babbage
[18:35] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: There has been work on the mer activities recently.
[18:35] Magda Haiku gives Lord Aislinn a drink.
[18:35] Jillian Vayandar: oh, I would like to visit them!
[18:35] Nyree Rain: There is also a group of Mermaids of Caledon.
[18:35] Garnet Psaltery: I think the mer were eaten
[18:35] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Armada Breakaway also has mer.
[18:35] Miss Serra: Winterfell even has a few recluse Merpeople.. I think that is the core of Winterfell... the recluses
[18:35] Cee Edman has had too many already, Mrs. Haiku
[18:35] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: New Babbage has had some dark mer in the deeper waters.
[18:35] Annechen Löwey: There are many interlocking communities throughout the Steamlands,
[18:35] Magda Haiku: Aha ...
[18:35] Nyree Rain: I hope the recluses are not brown.
[18:35] Svengali Merlin: The last time I saw Mer in New babbage, one of them tried to eat me
[18:35] Mr. Denny Kozlov: well for that matter there are some fascinating varieties of sapient beings throughout the steamlands :)
[18:35] Miss Serra: Samm Florian:only a few are brown, watch out for those ones)
[18:36] Magda Haiku stops up her ears.
[18:36] Annechen Löwey: Sometimes one mus tbe very careful about invitations to tea, yes.
[18:36] Cee Edman: Samm Florian:recluses=reclusim=reclusen/reclusenne)
[18:36] Saffia Widdershins: Mr Merlin and I had an encounter with them, actually. As did Mr Mornington.
[18:36] Jillian Vayandar: Yikes....Thank you for the warning
[18:36] Saffia Widdershins: And, of course, Mr Biggins ....
[18:36] Vic Mornington chuckles "good old Biggins"
[18:36] Svengali Merlin: It took me weeks to repair the hole one of them chewed in the hull of my submersible
[18:36] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: One of the most interesting aspects which unites the Steamlands is inclusivity.
[18:37] Litta Nightfire: The mer at the Blue Mermaid are singularly friendly ... but I suppose that's to be expected.
[18:37] Nika Thought-werk: I like to dance with the mer.
[18:37] Miss Serra sighs and quietly steps away for Winterfell business
[18:37] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: This contrasts them to the 'historical sims'.
[18:37] Saffia Widdershins nods
[18:37] Svengali Merlin boos and hisses at "historical sims"
[18:37] Cee Edman: As I said, we welcome NEWCOMERS because we often run out of food. As long a there are newcomers, oltimers have no need to fear.
[18:37] Annechen Löwey: There are many such, and very dedicated to their accuracy.
[18:37] Nyree Rain notes that eating someone could be considered a form of inclusiveness.
[18:37] Garnet Psaltery: *hehehehehehe*
[18:38] TotalLunar Eclipse: Depends on what one considers 'historical' is it the buildings themselves or the community and feel as a whole?
[18:38] Jimmy Branagh groks
[18:38] TotalLunar Eclipse: or RP
[18:38] Litta Nightfire slips Sir Cee a steak sandwich and smiles reassuringly at all and sundry.
[18:38] Thaddeus Nadeau slightly inches away from Cee.
[18:38] Nyree Rain: lol Jimmy
[18:38] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: There are places such as... ah.. Deadwood and Berlin who are pleasant enough in population, but adhere to a strictly human-normal appearance.
[18:38] Cornelia Rothschild: Yes, I remember the time a friend and I toured one of the historical RP sims. They insisted on no clockworks. I took my key out and wore clothes to cover my joints and did my best "100% human" impression.
[18:38] Jimmy Branagh winks
[18:38] Annechen Löwey: The Jaegers have orders to not eat anything that can converse intelligently.
[18:39] Nyree Rain: Which allows them to devour quite a few people, Miss Lowey.
[18:39] Svengali Merlin: That rules out most newbies
[18:39] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Their history, of course; not Europa's. This is why the Furries did not surprise us overmuch.
[18:39] Mr. Denny Kozlov: oh dear, that may leave out my uncle Nebbish then :)
[18:39] CeeJay Tigerpaw perks up his whiskiers and considers switching to Tiger form, but realizes that he has forgotten his jar of hollandaise, and reconsiders.
[18:39] Lynn Mimistrobell need to be quick about appearing intelligent then.
[18:39] Litta Nightfire muses that some Lindens might be in danger from jaegers.
[18:39] Cee Edman: But it is the Jaegers' interpretation of "intelligently', is it not?
[18:39] Annechen Löwey: Politicians are not on the menu for other reasons.
[18:39] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Heh.
[18:39] Samm Florian: Indigestion
[18:40] Stereo Nacht playfully slaps Miss Lynn: "They like your storytelling too much to eat you, silly!"
[18:40] Mr. Denny Kozlov: The jaegers are pretty discerning about shmott guys and gals :)
[18:40] Svengali Merlin: I thought that all of the hot air made them hard to catch
[18:40] Zanya: Also, you have plenty of nice hats for them to respect you. ^^
[18:40] Nyree Rain: I've always found the Jaegers most charming.
[18:40] Lynn Mimistrobell grins at Stereo.
[18:40] Lelani Carver: They do like nize hets. Maybe they wouldn't eat a haberdasher.
[18:40] Cornelia Rothschild: Yes, I find the Jaegers adorable.
[18:40] Annechen Löwey: But this is why the grid can accomodate us all. There are places enough for all.
[18:40] Erehwon Yoshikawa: They are wonderful dancers.
[18:40] Satu Moreau: ^_^ HOoray for Jagers!
[18:41] Stereo Nacht: Hoooo!
[18:41] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach looks wry
[18:41] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Hooooooooooooooooo!
[18:41] Dr. Darien Mason: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:41] Zanya: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:41] Nika Thought-werk smiles.
[18:41] Mr. Denny Kozlov giggles
[18:41] Staphe: hooo
[18:41] Samm Florian: Don't look rye, Herr Baron! That's a good way t'be eaten!
[18:41] Mr. Denny Kozlov snerks
[18:41] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I have found objections to Jaegermonsters here to be entirely NOT based on the fact that they are, or can be, brutal bloodthirsty warriors.
[18:41] Litta Nightfire looks for Miss Samm's "pun off" button
[18:42] Cee Edman: Oh, we would never object to bloodthiorsty warriors, Jarger or otherwise!
[18:42] Zanya breaths a sigh of relief.
[18:42] Annechen Löwey: We also find that the flexibility of the Steamlands allow there to be a place many can be welcomed.
[18:42] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Well. Fraulein Widdershins, what else?
[18:43] Nyree Rain: Wow, that photo us now was taken by someone with a much larger draw distance than I've ever been able to use.
[18:43] Saffia Widdershins: I would like to know whether there are any plans for joint events to foster the connectedness of the Steamlands
[18:43] Stereo Nacht grins wide
[18:44] Annechen Löwey: Ah, something after Relay, for one.
[18:44] Annechen Löwey smiles.
[18:44] Saffia Widdershins: I am remembering, for example, the Grand Tours - which allowed us to see some fascinating parts of the Steamlands
[18:44] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: We have an RFL event we are hosting for the summer and Fraulein Stereo can speak on our Consulate Game Days.
[18:44] Saffia Widdershins: some of which were wholly new to me
[18:44] Cee Edman muses about the Boobiethon.
[18:44] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Ach, the Grand Tour. Frau Lowey is much better at them than I, unfortunately.
[18:44] Patty Poppy: there is a full day Swashbuckler's event June 30th. that encompasses many of the steamlands
[18:44] Nyree Rain: Next weekend the Swashbuckler for Life will be holding such an event
[18:44] Litta Nightfire: Fleet Week!
[18:45] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Next week already? Danke.
[18:45] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fleet Week, originated by New Babbage, but shared out in turn.
[18:45] Annechen Löwey: The Grand Tours have been some of the most... extensive events we have had.
[18:45] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: There is also the Aether Salon.
[18:45] Jimmy Branagh: ((brb))
[18:45] Annechen Löwey rubs the bridge of her nose.
[18:45] Saffia Widdershins grins
[18:45] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Again, originating in New Babbage, but it has had guests from everywhere.
[18:45] Cee Edman does not meantion the "connectedness" arising from the Steamlands' invasion of mainland.
[18:45] Saffia Widdershins: Indeed
[18:46] Saffia Widdershins: I have danced my way through a couple I think
[18:46] Cornelia Rothschild misses the invasions.
[18:46] Svengali Merlin sighs. "Real life calls...must depart."
[18:46] Saffia Widdershins: one needs a carefully planned wardrobe
[18:46] Cornelia Rothschild: And the traditional mass griefings.
[18:46] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Gute Nacht, Herr Merlin.
[18:46] Annechen Löwey: The Consulate actually has an office on the mainland.
[18:46] Saffia Widdershins: and several pairs of dancing slippers
[18:46] Cornelia Rothschild: Not that I was ever sucked into griefing by our esteemed leaders, heavens no.
[18:46] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Heh.
[18:47] Saffia Widdershins: whereabouts, Frau Lowey?
[18:47] Mr. Denny Kozlov: certainly not, perish forbid :D
[18:47] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I would think the issue would be, other than in Bay City, finding a part of the mainland that would care.
[18:47] Cornelia Rothschild laughs.
[18:47] Annechen Löwey: Mooter, on the Jeogot continent.
[18:47] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach muses over invading Bay City after all.
[18:47] Cornelia Rothschild big eyes. Please include me.
[18:48] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: We also have a small parcel in Europa, for amusement's sake.
[18:48] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Nothing on it but a flag so far.
[18:48] Cee Edman: Caledon invaded Bay City this year.
[18:48] Annechen Löwey chuckles.
[18:48] Stereo Nacht: About the Game Day, we are trying to have events in as many Steamlands as possible. We have already set that there will be a regatta in Armada Breakaway, for example, but if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
[18:48] Magda Haiku smiles at Severus.
[18:48] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: When did Caledon do that? I quite missed the notice.
[18:48] Erehwon Yoshikawa thought about setting up a Mondrago Embassy for slaves wanting to escape from a certain RP theme involving awful novels.
[18:48] Cee Edman: Ah, it was a sneak attack, Baron
[18:48] Mr. Denny Kozlov: I think there was rather more talking than invading :D
[18:48] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Bah.
[18:48] Vic Mornington: rofl!!!!
[18:48] Staphe: Have a Bueno noches all I am exhausted
[18:48] Dr. Darien Mason: An excellent idea Miss Yoshikawa!
[18:49] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I owe Fraulein McCann several visits.
[18:49] Mr. Denny Kozlov: farewell staphe :)
[18:49] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Gute Nacht, those leaving.
[18:49] Cee Edman: They were successful, until discovered, and then they fled, I believe.
[18:49] Nika Thought-werk claps for Miss Yoshikawa ... or she would if she could read minds.
[18:49] Zanya: I love that idea, Erewhon!
[18:49] Lelani Carver: So do I, Erewhon
[18:49] Stereo Nacht: Also, we will soon starting to put invitations for a very special "Dinner with the Baron" for auction, 18 invitations total, 2 in 9 different cities.
[18:49] Garnet Psaltery: Must go as well - too many events in one day! Cheerio all!
[18:49] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Perhaps we can do a better invasion later.
[18:49] Saffia Widdershins: I would have thought Bay City one of the more civilised areas
[18:49] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Gute Nacht, Your Grace.
[18:49] Lelani Carver: Sorry, Ms Erewhon, for the misspell. Samm Florian:glances at her typist, who has the grace to blush)
[18:50] Patty Poppy bids farewell - thank you Herr Baron and Frau Lowey
[18:50] Zanya: <-- swords work in Gorean-meters for those masters who foolishly try to follow.
[18:50] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Bay City seems to be the closest to being a 'Steamland', although nearer in time to Seraph City.
[18:50] Vic Mornington: its is saffia, a whole buncha rp'ing timelords live in it, where theres timelords, its usually a settled environment....
[18:50] Cornelia Rothschild: Goodnight, Auntie Poppy!
[18:50] Saffia Widdershins: There are parts of the mainland that I suspect one could infiltrate and occupy for several months
[18:50] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Gute Nacht, Duchess Patty.
[18:50] Saffia Widdershins: without anyone noticing ...
[18:50] Annechen Löwey: Invasions need either more time to plan, or more alcohol.
[18:50] Mr. Denny Kozlov: farewell miss poppy
[18:50] Stereo Nacht: Good night Those leaving!
[18:50] Zanya: Or both, if possible!
[18:50] Samm Florian: Nini Poppy!
[18:51] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Here is a difference - the Steamlands set out refreshments.
[18:51] Jillian Vayandar: waves
[18:51] Thaddeus Nadeau: like a merry band of squatters :)
[18:51] Cornelia Rothschild has a pith helmet. Let's do this.
[18:51] Vic Mornington: gotta have coffee and tea....and cakes....preferably battenberg cake
[18:51] Lelani Carver: I have a foothold on a rail line. It's amusing watching the tanks and lost ice cream trucks roll by.
[18:51] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I overwork my staff - I can use more planners.
[18:51] Magda Haiku: Mmmm ... battenberg.
[18:52] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Come to us with ideas, you will get support.
[18:52] Samm Florian: Mazes everywhere! :)
[18:52] Nika Thought-werk smiles at the Baron ... she understood everything he said for the last two sentences.
[18:52] Nyree Rain blushes, having missed all recent meetings due to other commitments.
[18:52] Jimmy Branagh: ((kback))
[18:52] Stereo Nacht grimaces a bit, half playful, half annoyed :-P
[18:52] Vic Mornington: ok for all you blogging type folks... tried to get as many pics of individuals as i could but a lot of folks skins just aint loading for me...
[18:53] Saffia Widdershins: There is Battenberg cake on the cake stands, Mr Morningon.
[18:53] Annechen Löwey: One would hope the clothing did rez, at least.
[18:53] Saffia Widdershins: I asked epecially
[18:53] Vic Mornington: ohhhhhhhhhhhh
[18:53] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach chuckles
[18:53] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Any last questions?
[18:54] Saffia Widdershins: I think I should say something very sad
[18:54] Qyndryne: Uhm I think someone earlier asked if Meiville fits anywhere in with the Steamlands or if they are a completely separate group
[18:54] Saffia Widdershins: these are the last questions that will be asked in this auditoria
[18:54] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I must tell you all that for those not familiar with it, the AEther Salon of New Babbage resumes in September, with discussions similar to this on specific topics.
[18:55] Mr. Denny Kozlov: oh dear...
[18:55] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Their community is mysterious to me.
[18:55] Saffia Widdershins: This is the very last talk to be held here at SL9B
[18:55] Cornelia Rothschild: The best for last! :D
[18:55] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Ah, we are the finale!
[18:55] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I am honoured, Fraulein Widdershins.
[18:55] Nika Thought-werk smiles and nods.
[18:55] Samm Florian sighs in relief. There're so many much sadder things ya could've said.
[18:55] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Hooooooooooooooooo!
[18:55] Zanya: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:55] Renee Caxton applauds
[18:55] Vic Mornington: i got a question for ya Baron...
[18:55] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I would like to know more about Mieville, and would appreciate input.
[18:55] Saffia Widdershins: Absolutely
[18:55] Dr. Darien Mason: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[18:55] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Herr Victor?
[18:55] Nika Thought-werk claps happily.
[18:56] Lelani Carver: I hope to attend more Aether Salon events in the future. This season there were scheduling problems for me.
[18:56] Saffia Widdershins: one brings the curtin down on the climax
[18:56] Annechen Löwey: I have not been in New Toulouse as often as I would like, either.
[18:56] Myheartliesin3rings Mint: Ahoy all~
[18:56] Nyree Rain: Perryn Peterson is the person to contact about Mieville.
[18:56] Nyree Rain: He is very nice.
[18:56] Qyndryne nods
[18:56] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fraulein Nyree, I'll expect your report.
[18:56] Saffia Widdershins: Hello Mr Mint
[18:56] Lelani Carver: And he runs the STEAM and other hunts well. Always an enjoyable exploration.
[18:57] Vic Mornington: with steampunk now more "Mainstream" than ever before, what with BioShock: INfinity having a steampunk theme, and the new Bethesda game "Dishonored" have pure steampunk Samm Florian:even walking mechanical tank men) do you see an influx of new steampunk fans coming into SL when these major title games gets released?
[18:57] Annechen Löwey chuckles.
[18:57] Qyndryne: right now they are doing a steampunk fishing contest
[18:57] Satu Moreau: I'm not sure, but I think Mieville considers itself part of the Steamlands, but most people of the rest of the Steamlands always seem to forget it's there.
[18:57] Satu Moreau: But Mr. Peterson is the one to ask for sure
[18:57] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: They're rather quiet, Herr Satu.
[18:57] Annechen Löwey: Quite possible Mr Mornington.
[18:57] Satu Moreau: The Mieville school is having a 4th of July presentation this summer though
[18:57] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Herr Victor, anything is possible. Bitte, explain the Babbage term 'Ten-noobs' for us in relation to this.
[18:57] Scripted Haiku: I wonder if we ought not to spend some time defining *exactly* what should and what should not be permitted under the banner of steampunk?
[18:58] Saffia Widdershins: what do you anticipate for the coming year?
[18:58] Thaddeus Nadeau: He does organize the infamous STEAM hunt, I believe?
[18:58] Satu Moreau: Our magic lantern shows are fun
[18:58] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Far too elusive, Herr Haiku.
[18:58] Lelani Carver: Yes, Thaddeus
[18:58] Willow Leafstorm: I explored some of Mieville last week.
[18:58] Jimmy Branagh: Yes, th' Christmas one was very good.
[18:58] Vic Mornington: ohhhhhhh dear...the Tennoobs....
[18:58] Saffia Widdershins: And ... do you think we'll see more steampunk communities on altenative grids
[18:58] Dr. Darien Mason: That's an infamously difficult task, Mrs. Haiku.
[18:58] Thaddeus Nadeau: Thank you, Lelani.
[18:58] Nyree Rain: Some of the Mieville builds are awesome.
[18:58] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Mr Haiku, trying to cause unrest I see :D
[18:58] Scripted Haiku: Perhaps then a manifesto that the SL steamlands can agree upon?
[18:58] Cornelia Rothschild wrinkles up her nose. "I'm not fond of rules, save for the fact that they give me something to rebel against."
[18:59] Tensai Hilra: Defining steampunk is to kill it
[18:59] Willow Leafstorm: The huge theater is nice.
[18:59] Dr. Darien Mason: Guvna Shang has a Caledon outpost in his own Minecraft server now.
[18:59] Litta Nightfire: Mieville is very steampunk. Perhaps they are so busy they don't have energy to engage with the rest of the steamlands?
[18:59] Magda Haiku grins at Mr. Haiku.
[18:59] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Elsewhere? Certainly.
[18:59] Cornelia Rothschild nods at Tensai.
[18:59] Samm Florian: Is there anythin' ya wanna label as NOT steampunk?
[18:59] Zanya: The term is used far too much in marketplace descriptions to draw in searches, but as for quantifying it into definable terms, good luck. ^^;
[18:59] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Lady Aislinn, we shall look into this.
[18:59] Myheartliesin3rings Mint: I agree Tensai
[18:59] Tensai Hilra: it is about stylized innovation. if it is steampunk, it says it itself.
[18:59] Mr. Denny Kozlov: Mieville does a very industrious job with the Steam hunts :)
[18:59] Nika Thought-werk feels it is probably time to depart, as her ghost has writing to do.
[19:00] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Not? People who stick gears on clothing and make no attempt at manners or building appropriate to the concept.
[19:00] CeeJay Tigerpaw has a slight Steampunk theme in Winterfell Borderlands, but visitors will have to hunt some to find it.
[19:00] Annechen Löwey chuckles.
[19:00] Cornelia Rothschild: Be well, Miss Nika!
[19:00] Nika Thought-werk curtsies quickly and departs.
[19:00] Jimmy Branagh: Noight Miss Nika!
[19:00] Mr. Denny Kozlov: farewell miss nika
[19:00] Samm Florian's experience with Steampunk has been t'learn by doin'.
[19:00] Erehwon Yoshikawa: And steampunk doesn't mean Victorian England!
[19:00] Stereo Nacht: Good night Miss Nika!
[19:00] Cornelia Rothschild: Especially in an open, shared environment like SL - imposing a set of definitions will only serve to exclude and introduce a sense of bad feeling, I think.
[19:00] Zanya: Night, Nika!
[19:00] Litta Nightfire nods
[19:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Fraulein Magistrate knows that well, heh.
[19:01] Jimmy Branagh: Oy've got ta run too. Thenk you Herr Baron, Frau Lowey, and Miss Saffia!
[19:01] Annechen Löwey nods.
[19:01] Scripted Haiku: Perhaps, but on the other hand, it could serve to strengthen the core
[19:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Gute Nacht, all those leaving.
[19:01] Jimmy Branagh: Noight all!
[19:01] Mr. Denny Kozlov: to paraphrase a rather stored defintion, I can't define it but I know it when I see it :)
[19:01] Saffia Widdershins: It's been lovely to see you all here!
[19:01] Samm Florian: I jes wonder if, when folks ask fer a definition t'be laid down, they're really askin' fer an anti-definition.
[19:01] Cee Edman: Farewell all -- we must dash.
[19:01] Jimmy Branagh waves and dedifferentiates
[19:01] Annechen Löwey: That could be, Miss Samm.
[19:01] Cornelia Rothschild: Good night, Jimmy!
[19:01] Litta Nightfire: <curtsey>
[19:01] Mr. Denny Kozlov: farewell those departing
[19:01] CeeJay Tigerpaw nods and departs.
[19:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I believe it is one of those 'I know it when I see it' situations.
[19:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach looks wry again
[19:02] Stereo Nacht: Good night those leaving!
[19:02] Mr. Denny Kozlov grins
[19:02] Cornelia Rothschild laughs.</i>
[19:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Not very good for newcomers, but learning by doing.
[19:02] Scripted Haiku: So steampunk is the new pornography??
[19:02] Samm Florian looks pumpernickel
[19:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Hah.
[19:02] Annechen Löwey: oh, sweet lightning...
[19:02] Zanya: Heheh.
[19:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: It is the new 'art', how is that?
[19:02] Vic Mornington: Steampunk is something the big game designers are now latching onto so they can rake money in
[19:02] Stereo Nacht starts humming "put some gears on it..."
[19:02] Lelani Carver: Ooof!! that was a crashy one.
[19:02] Erehwon Yoshikawa: I must blink away too. Sunday night dance in Mondrago. Thank you for organizing this, Ms. Widdershins.
[19:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Danke, Magistrate.
[19:03] Tensai Hilra: heh.. too true Vic
[19:03] Stereo Nacht: Good night Miss Yoshikawa!
[19:03] Annechen Löwey: There are many roads to the end.
[19:03] Erehwon Yoshikawa curtseys to the Barron and vanishes in a puff of steam and smoke.
[19:03] Samm Florian: "Stylized innovation" might describe Apple computers too, btw.
[19:03] Stereo Nacht: And I should be leaving too... The week-end has been short and busy... :-Samm Florian:
[19:03] Zanya: That's a double-edged sword, but ultimately the exposure will be a good thing. ^^
[19:03] Tensai Hilra: very true Samm
[19:03] Mr. Denny Kozlov: farewell miss stereo
[19:03] Zanya: Good night, Stereo. ^^
[19:03] Stereo Nacht: Good night Herr Baron, Frau Löwey, and everyone!
[19:04] Annechen Löwey: Goodnight, Captain Stereo.
[19:04] Samm Florian wonders if someone's written a Guide to Steampunk Design. Reckon so.
[19:04] Cornelia Rothschild: There's The Steampunk Bible.
[19:04] Jillian Vayandar: I too must go....very interesting talk and I thank you
[19:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: There is always room for innovation.
[19:04] Tensai Hilra: the best guide to steampunk is to immerse yourself in what is accepted as steampunk. then derive
[19:04] Annechen Löwey nods to those departing.
[19:05] Zanya: It's true that a lot of people will wander in who don't take it seriously, but along with them many will find a new love in these lands, and stay long after the rabble have left. ^^
[19:05] Jillian Vayandar: I have that here..!
[19:05] Saffia Widdershins: I believe we are coming to the end of our discussion now
[19:05] Jillian Vayandar: Night all...
[19:05] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: We are being shooed away. Take your battenburgs quickly!
[19:05] Cornelia Rothschild: Thank you again for such an interesting one. :D
[19:05] TotalLunar Eclipse: A random question, how old are some of the communities?
[19:05] Saffia Widdershins: and I old like to thank Baon Wulfenbach and Frau Lowey for joining us
[19:05] Annechen Löwey: When the haircut act is on the stage, it's time to wrap it up, Madame Widdershins?
[19:05] Samm Florian: Caledon is 6, I think?
[19:05] Annechen Löwey smiles.
[19:05] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Ja, Winterfell is about the same.
[19:06] Saffia Widdershins smiles
[19:06] Lynn Mimistrobell: I think that a strength of steampunk is a willingness of the community to accept those who are not strcit steampunk, that do not reallt 'get into it' personally, but respect it. If that makes sense.
[19:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Roma, outside of the Steamlands is almost as old.
[19:06] Tensai Hilra: as is steelhead
[19:06] Nyree Rain: I like that, Lynn.
[19:06] Samm Florian: Babbage is newer.
[19:06] TotalLunar Eclipse: Steelhead, at its name change is 6. But the sim is older.
[19:06] Zanya: ^^
[19:06] Qyndryne nods
[19:06] Scripted Haiku: Yes, Desmond landed in what is now Caledon and handed out malware infested prim blankets to the natives there 6 years ago.
[19:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Steelhead has had some changes during its time.
[19:06] Lynn Mimistrobell smiles at Nyree.
[19:06] Magda Haiku coughs.
[19:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: New Babbage was founded after Caledon.
[19:06] Samm Florian: I reckon all of em are at least 2 years old 'cause that's 'bout as old as I am.
[19:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Armada and Mondrago are the youngest.
[19:07] Samm Florian: Oh, ''cept Mondrago I reckon.
[19:07] Scripted Haiku: You don't look a day younger than 10, Miss Samm
[19:07] Samm Florian grins.
[19:07] Magda Haiku: 10 and a half!
[19:07] Samm Florian: Discussions of age in SL are always tough.
[19:08] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: I do believe we are done.
[19:09] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach: Danke for your attendance.
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This is the very attitude of a Spark

One cannot blame a boy for being drawn in by the fascination of Science. However, careless procedure and self-exposure without precautions is sloppy methodology.

The facts are this: Herr Loki, one of the Steelhead scamps, performed a experiment on a sample of unknown (at this time) provenance. He not only infected himself, but apparently became a carrier with a dispersal method similar to influenza. Mindy, another Steelhead child, has become obviously infected, and fainted twice during Steelhead's town meeting. Herren Doktors Sonnerstein and Mason were able to attend to her as well as I; given their... special backgrounds, I suspected they may be better suited to treat this than I.

The patient presents in a manner suspiciously similar to that of a 'zombie', to use the New World term. One of the physical characteristics is a black ooze generated internally and expelled, or by separation of body parts (skin, for example) which promptly liquefy. However, the heartbeat and breathing never cease, nor is the patient's mentality apparently affected more than any minor illness might cause. Herr Loki did seem compelled to eat a wooden cot at one point, as an aside. Mindy has a persistent, intermittent cough. Both children are extremely pale; Loki almost appears decayed, and has lost the hair on his head. His eyes have changed appearance. Neither seem to be in pain, merely a little uncomfortable.

Dr Mason treated Mindy with one of his resurrectionist formulas, which had no apparent effects at all. He then produced a staff with a large golden crystal 'spearhead', and attempted to stabilise her using magic. If this were not done in Steelhead, I would dismiss it immediately as unscientific claptrap -- but I cannot dismiss treatments so readily on the grid which would never work here at home. Results were, unfortunately, not immediate; she was sent home to familiar settings to sleep. Dr Sonnerstein was able to test both Herr Lunar and me for any affliction, but he found nothing at this time. The great variety of races may work for us, giving portions of population with natural resistance, but can also work against us, as treatment for, say, a djinni, might not work for a werewolf, elf or mortal human.

The Consulate basement has been set up as an isolated and sterilisable laboratory for we three, and any others who may be able to contribute, to work on a solution to this infection. I have requested Herr Manager Lunar seal Steelhead's borders. I have heard that New Babbage has its own similar problems at the moment, and if this is as infectious as Mindy's illness suggests it might be, the thought of it reaching Caledon or Winterfell horrifies me. It will undoubtedly have unfortunate impact on the annual Harvest Festival, but that cannot be helped unless we produce a quick solution.

Note for later: If Darien's treatment works at all, see if New Toulouse might produce a medico-thaumaturgic collaborator to increase the speed and range of a remedy or at least a resistance.
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Grand Tour VI, St. Valentine's season

My hostesses reminded me by example that I have been remiss in sharing this schedule. For those not familiar with the Grand Tour, Duchess Caer Firnas, Fogwoman Gray Volare, founded this 'progressive party' after changes on the grid which severely affected overall morale, or as she is quoted, 'To bring all nations and groups together to demonstrate why we stay and what is important.' Since then, there have been several successful iterations, two of which also supported Relay For Life. This is the second which has been held around St. Valentine's Day, as most have recovered from the excesses of the winter holiday season but still have a celebratory spirit.

This Grand Tour is organised by and hosted by Lady Breezy Carver (Frau Fabre), and Sultana Rose Springvale.

There will be photographs of the events shared later.


5-7 Al Andalus Alhambra
The beautiful palaces of 13th century Moorish Spain is hosting a music festival featuring Joaquin Gustav’s flamenco guitar and the amazing percussion group DRUM! Also the beginning of the All Aboard Grand Tour Photo contest, sponsored by Al Andalus! Pick up the rules here. Flamenco or Arab dress encouraged!

7-9  Tuliptree
Hobo Haven Jungle Grand Opening sponsored by the Virtual Rail Consortium, with Hobo and train music played by DJ Callipygian Christensen. Come and learn the history of rail at this wonderful build, and see what the Consortium is doing in SL. Hobo costumes… or whatever you have!

9-11 Steam SkyCity
Sparking Gears Ball. Romance among the Robots! Clanks and Automatons are invited to come and greet the day, with dancing and prizes for best avatars.

11-1 Winterfell
Revelry on Reverie. Love and Devotion music, in beautiful Winterfell, with DJ Gabrielle Riel.

1-3 Antiquity
Celebrating the "All Aboard" theme, various sims and factions through Antiquity have donated something that makes them special or unique: food, guards, art, etc to celebrate the diversity Antiquity has to offer.

3-6 Seraph City
A city representing the era “between the world wars, presents music and dance with Edward Pearse, at the Seraph Club, the classiest club in Seraph City.

6-9 New Babbage
Piermont Landing presentsThe NeverMore Midnight Blue Ball Saturday including a Creative Steampunk Cage Building Contest. ( After all, do you think we are going to cage Ravens or they going to Cage YOU ?) Dress is formal, midnight blue of course, and there are prizes!

9-11  Caledon’s Oxbridge Village
Thistle Hill Marketplace, a cozy collection of shops featuring Victorian era Steampunk gadgetry, original artworks, and much more, hosts a dance at Alley Cat Alley, with a theme of cats and other night animals, with DJ Poppy.

11-1 New Toulouse
DJ Gabriel Riel takes the party to crescendo with “Don’t Throw Mama From The Train: Jazz and Blues in late night. Theme is trains and travel and 1920’s dress appropriate!


7-9 Seraph City
Hold the Front Page! The Primgraph Offfice Grand Opening in Seraph City includes dancing and a murder mystery! Journalistic attire will get you in the proper frame of mind!

9-11 New Babbage
Brunel Hall Academy Pop over to the steamlands largest and most luxurious hotel for dancing and general frivolity as Victor1st Mornington takes you through a tour of the chart topping hits from 1950's all the way to the 1980's.Steampunk attire is a New Babbage standard.

11-1 Clos Normand
The Consulate of Europa welcomes the Tour as Duke Otenth Paderborn regales us with tales from the rails, high above the beautiful sims of Côte Fleurie.

1-3 Armada Breakaway
Celebrating the second anniversary during the Grand Tour with a dance! There will be rum and pirates and ladies in their finest gowns. Join us as we ring in another year of mayhem!

3-5 Steelhead Nevermoor
Tea will be served at 3:00, along with a dance, featuring a combination of gothic, Wonderland, and that eclectic mix that makes Steelhead what it is, provided by Fuzzball Ortega, Marshal of Steelhead City!

5-7 Steeltopia
Rounding out the tour in the Pneumatic Revolution Lounge,DJ SteelCobra Calamarihosts the Super Spy vs Super Villain Dance. Come as a Super Spy, Villain or henchman, let's make Mr Bond and Goldfinger proud! A wide variety of spy tunage to be played.

Speaking on diplomacy - its definitions, successes and failures, and applications

A copy of the presentation I and the Vice Consul, Frau Annechen Lowey, gave on January 16, 2011 L.E., at the January Aether Salon, 'Diplomacy!'. I have marked how we shared the speech.

Diplomacy: The art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations (particularly in securing treaties), including the methods and forms usually employed.

Diplomacy is dexterity or skill in securing advantages; tact.

All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

Diplomacy is to do and say

The nastiest things in the nicest way.

Diplomacy is more than saying or doing the right things at the right time, it is avoiding saying or doing the wrong things at any time.

Diplomacy is the art of letting the other party have things your way.
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

As you can see, there's a wide variety of opinions on diplomacy. A more formal definition, from a popular source, is 'The representation and protection of the interests and nationals of the sending state, as well as the promotion of information and friendly relations.'

Let us set out some more definitions from a respected dictionary, as I have found some small confusion in the use of diplomatic terminology:

An Ambassador is: 'an official envoy; especially: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment'.

An Embassy is: 'a body of diplomatic representatives; specifically: one headed by an ambassador' and also, 'the function or position of an ambassador'.

A Consul is: 'an official appointed by a government to reside in a foreign country to represent the commercial interests of citizens of the appointing country' This is descended from an Imperial Roman title, although the function has changed entirely.

A Consulate is: 'the office, term of office, or jurisdiction of a consul' and also 'the... official premises of a consul'. In addition, 'A consulate is similar to (but not the same as) a diplomatic office, but with focus on dealing with individual persons and businesses.'

One might compare the relationship of an Ambassador and a Consul to that of a military ship's captain and his executive officer. The captain deals with external matters – communications of policy and practice with the ruler or his delegates, overall strategies and the unit's part in them. The executive officer looks inward, handling the crew, disseminating the local applications of the policies received from the captain and ensuring all unit resources are properly used and distributed to ensure the highest level of functioning possible.

In that manner, a Ambassador deals with the desires and orders received from his ruler and negotiates on the highest level possible, dealing with the ponderous and far-reaching movements of kingdoms and principalities.

The Consul, however, will ensure that tourists and expatriates have their correct paperwork intact; will start potential new citizens on the right path to their desired country; will maintain resources on business practices, police procedures, and other local matters.

Let us now address some examples of diplomacy. The Vice Consul found this one example of a well-played hand – the aetheric address for the reproduction of the newspaper article is
You may read it at your leisure, of course, but the gist of the matter is that Austria found themselves bound by an unpleasant commercial situation which was causing hardship to its citizenry.

The ambassador, after a dint of hard research, found a trade clause which allowed him to not only remove the hardship, but in effect punish the extortionistic behaviour of France.

An example of diplomatic ties assisting in war: during the French & Indian War: French soldiers, aided by 200 Abenaki, Pennacook, Kanien`kehaka, and Wendat soldiers on snowshoes launched a surprise attack on the village of Deerfield, which was the northwestern frontier of the New England colonies. The French and Indian force quickly retreated to Canada with their captives, many of whom never returned. The English forces did not have snowshoes, and were unable to overtake the invading forces. The attack was a triumph of diplomacy and military strategy for the French. They had forged alliances with the Native nations, and by adopting a Native American technology (i.e. snowshoes), they succeeded in moving large numbers of men 300 miles through the snow.

A reknowned failure of diplomacy in one documentable future is that of the Shōwa imperial reign in Japan. The Emperor and his court, emboldened by their national success in adapting to European influences without losing national identity, moved to impose a 'Co-Prosperity Sphere' uniting the Asian countries 'the eight corners of the world' under the rule of the Japanese Emperor. The failure came in that all the time convincing the Japanese people about the gloriousness of this concept was time not spent in convincing the rest of the 'Sphere' of the same — and as a result, the Japanese participated in wars and atrocities for almost two decades, only stopping on becoming an occupied country for the first time in its history.

As seen by the recent unauthorized release of diplomatic documents, diplomats are still humans, and subject to the same faults as all other humans. They can have unpopular opinions, and unconsidered moments. The effects of the exposure of these faults range from acute embarrassment to possible damage of international relations.

Thus there will always be diplomatic secrets.

Some more embarrassing than others.

While some of these secrets may become the seed for jovial anecdotes years later, many will be changed by the intervening years.
At home, diplomacy is... not as effective. For those not familiar with the history of my Europa, the local rulers are, more often than not, Sparks. With the Spark comes madness, and those Sparks who survive their first great creation are not necessarily the most rational of rulers. I have, in truth, suppressed border disputes based on 'He looked at me funny,' and 'She insulted my newest creation.' In situations such as those, the best technique has proven to be not calm, rational negotiation, but smothering force until they stop struggling and can be taken away to calm down. Only then, after they return from their 'time-outs', can we begin the rational negotiation phase.


Diplomacy on the grid is yet another matter. The usual resorts of failed negotiation – sanctions, siege, full-out war – are not as functional here as they are in other circumstances. When most punitive or hostile acts can be subverted by sitting or removing oneself entirely from not just the area but the grid itself, diplomacy gains greatly in value for dispute resolution, but even more for benign interaction.

Diplomacy has led to greater exchanges of information, of greater participation at events, and a greater selection of events possible. Consider New Babbage's recent Fleet Week, where the biggest prizes were evenly distributed between the Steamlands. A nation bound by isolationism would not have had such excellent competition and challenge.

Channels opened by even casual diplomacy provide quick exchanges of information, such as reports of griefing to allow for proactive bans to protect as yet unafflicted lands. They allow for less troublesome exchanges, such as clarifications of changes from the Lab, or new devices that make tedious matters less vexing.

Diplomacy has led to the expansion of the Imperial Bank of Steeltopia to cross the waters to Cala Mondrago, where the bank itself faces the Magistrate's tower in the middle of the market district. The system on which it runs was originated in Antiquity, which has a burgeoning internal economy based on a non-linden currency.

On a more intimate scale, diplomacy can be used between a peacekeeper or an experienced citizen to resolve issues of an inexperienced person accidentally littering a common area, using weapons inappropriately, or even merely miscommunicating by means of gestures, actions or phrasings which violate common customs.

In some areas, this might involve the wearing of a health meter (or not), or a matter as simple as inappropriate dress causing an upset. A calm voice and a ready ear can negotiate a peaceful resolution instead of resorting to official reports.
When the Consulate was founded in 2007 (Linden Era), the mission was fairly simple. We endeavored to aid the new residents from home to assimilate to the grid. In doing so, we needed to learn the laws, customs and traditions of the various Steamlands.

However, many things have changed in the years since. The Steamlands have expanded (in some cases explosively), then the Openspace crisis altered the landscape considerably. Old lands have faded into the mists, and been replaced by new lands with brave new views.

Along with the Steamlands, the mission of the Consulate has changed. The job has developed to include many aspects of an embassy, though not specifically for Europa. In some ways the staff have become unofficial ambassadors for inter-simulator relations.

Rather than limiting our actions to aiding the individual emigres to the grid and private concerns of commercial nature, we have endeavoured to increase awareness of the citizens of the broad spectrum of city-states and micronations of Second Life.

To that end, besides the offices we have in several states, we have supported endeavors such as the Aether Chrononauts Calendar project and the Steamlander forums, hoping to encourage intersimulator cooperation and dialogue.

Part of that mission has been the Grand Tours, identifying people who might host stops on the tour, assisting those who have not participated previously, and in one fit of madness, conducting a Tour ourselves.

I never said diplomacy *always* made sense.

To sum up, diplomacy attempts to solve, by means of reasonable discussion and fair compromise, issues of trade, cultural exchange and land use, on a scale from between two individuals to that of several countries.
The goal is to gain the cooperation of all parties involved to the good of all parties.

Thank you for letting us rattle on this afternoon.
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An Nou Ferecit

I should like to wish Professor Foglio, Professora Foglio, their children and minions; all of those devoted followers of the serial presentation of the history of Lady Heterodyne; and most especially, my staff and friends on both sides of the dimensional gates a most happy, peaceful and productive new year. May your experiments stay contained, your clanks remain in perfect running condition and your envelopes always maintain inflation.
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On the occasion of my birthday, I have been given poetry.

Bookworm Hienrichs finishes lubricating her throat with tea, and sets the cup down.
She takes a breath, then grins mischeviously and begins to sing.

Efficient machines and well-oiled turbines
Bright copper boilers and warm steamy engines
Sparks that will create new kinds of bushings
These are a few of his favorite things
Green-colored Jaegers and militant ethos
Sprockets and lockets and order from chaos
Airships that fly without recourse to wings
These are a few of his favorite things
Mathematical problems to solve for unknowns
Oil stains that stay on his nose and high cheekbones
Gigantic clanks made of cogs and springs
These are a few of his favorite things
When the lab blows
Slaver Wasp stings
When he's feeling bad
He'll simply remember his favorite things
And then he won't feel so mad

Stereo Nacht: A little ode I simply called "To Our Beloved Dictator"

Tyrant of all [note: in the original sense, of course.]
A power wall
You seek brawl?
Watch your fall!

His armies walk
Beware the shock
Don't you mock

He rules this land
With iron hand
Ruthless, stand
Ever grand.

He's our guide
Obey with pride
As we stride
By his side

Duty we serve
As he deserves
It preserves
His good nerves

Beware his wrath
Though, clear his path!
Or blood bath
Is the math...

So keep the peace!
(Or waffle piece -
His caprice! -
Risks decrease.)


Eugenia Burton: Happy Birthday, Dear Baron

Don't pinch your nose or say 'Red Fire!'
This message isn't all *that* dire!
Though I may be a little cloud,
I came here to join with the crowd
In wishing you the best of days
With a little, rhyming praise.

Most births, they bring a family joy
And you were such a sturdy boy
That I am sure they felt delight
When you first came into sight
Such happiness was in the house
When they welcomed little Klaus!

That sentiment is echoed here
Within the hearts who hold you dear.
We are here in celebration
Of your parents procreation!
We'll lift a glass in merry honor
Before your old self is a GONER!

Annechen Lowey: I did find something from the Romanian poet, Nicolae Sirius.


What was yesterday like?
Ah, yesterday was yesterday.
I remember the order of stars:
Three were alike, three were alone
One was fostering a bigger star
With a wing flapping over the sea
Distended from another ocean.
It had no knowledge
That another star was spinning
Like a mill-wheel.
But it was beautiful, even when shrouded
In dreams. For other stars
Kept flailing at it in anguish.

What was yesterday, then?
Yesterday was yesterday, and I saw the master's
Hand; it was like the Ark
With room in it for everything.
My bones shivered
And I was crying near the ageing tenements
Where ladies with skirts of summer
Tossed over wintry thighs
Were rocking deaf, bushy cats;
And chaining the hounds
Bouncing from moment to moment
Towards their snouts.
With silken tones caressing the oxen
Horns, so they wouldn't topple the earth.
Yesterday; yes, that was yesterday.

And again, from Fraulein Kapitänin Nacht:

About the Brain

More dangerous than pure uranium
The brain is shielded in the cranium
And three meninges: the dura mater
The arachnoid and the pia mater.

Thirty billion neurons in the cortex
Powers the endless idea vortex
Through its trillion synaptic connections
Propagating through as many axons.

In two hemispheres, they neatly divide
Of the body control the other side...
Then split in four lobes: the occipital,
Frontal, parietal, occipital.

A fabric of cells, many times folded
In gyri and sulci, as clay molded
On the outer side lays the grey matter
Inside, white matter helps the brain chatter

One has to marvel: its plasticity
Helps recover from incapacity
So neural damage is not forever
(As long as it is not all too sever.)

And let’s not forget neurotransmitters
Their action within makes the brain glitters
Through synaptic cleft, excitatory
Or – as you can guess – inhibitory.

GABA and glycine prevent transmission
Over brain, spinal cord, it’s their mission;
While glutamate has opposite action
Synapses adjust as a reaction

Dopamine: motor control, cognition
Noradrenaline: deep excitation
Serotonin: for sleep and satiety
Cholinergic: for learning, memory

Yes, we know a lot about the brain’s work
How it makes us sane – perhaps with a quirk
From all this knowledge remains a question:
Where in there the spark finds its expression?

Tausend dank, damen. I am delighted in your presents and your presence.
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An interesting quote.

One of the staff passed this to me. With only small modification, it can apply on either side of the dimensional gateway:

On firing creative geniuses:

[At Pixar] there is very high tolerance for eccentricity, very creative, and to the point where some are strange… but there are a small number of people who are socially dysfunctional [and] very creative – we get rid of them. If we don’t have a healthy group then it isn’t going to work. There is this illusion that this person is creative and has all this stuff, well the fact is there are literally thousands of ideas involved in putting something like this together. And the notion of ideas as this singular thing is a fundamental flaw. There are so many ideas that what you need is that group behaving creatively. And the person with the vision I think is unique, there are very few people who have that vision.. but if they are not drawing the best out of people then they will fail.

We will support the leader for as long and as hard as we can, but the thing we can not overcome is if they have lost the crew. It’s when the crew says we are not following that person. We say we are director led, which implies they make all the final decisions, [but] what it means to us is the director has to lead.. and the way we can tell when they are not leading is if people say ‘we are not following’.

From Ed Catmull’s talk at The Economist