Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Year's Eve in the Independent State of Caledon

The Caledon Gaiety Company, Prim Perfect Magazine, Radio Riel and Riel Events cordially invite you to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Independent State of Caledon at the:

Gilded Age Masqued Charity Ball
The Gaiety Theatre - Caledon Penzance

Join us for an all-day extravaganza of formal balls, live auctions, silent auctions and "best dressed" contests! Let's celebrate the new year and give to a worthy cause - "Gardens of Hope"!

* 4:00AM - 6:00AM SLT - Sydney/Melbourne New Year's Eve Ball
* 2:00PM - 3:00PM SLT - Live Charity Auction
* 3:00PM - 5:00PM SLT - London New Year's Eve Ball
* 8:00PM - 10:00PM SLT - New York New Year's Eve Ball
* 10:00PM - 11:00PM SLT - Live Charity Auction
* 11:00PM - 1:00AM SLT - San Francisco New Year's Eve Ball

The Silent Auction will run for 24 hrs starting at 1:00AM SLT December 31st. You can view, and bid on, the items for the Silent Auction in the glass pavillion just south of the Theatre.

Attire: Formal gowns and suits from 1850 - 1910 with masques
Or whimsical, yet tasteful, Victorian period costumes with masques

$500 L awarded to both Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman at each event

The event hosts are donating all auction proceeds to "Gardens Of Hope", an organization that builds greenhouses, tree nurseries, and more in Lesotho, Africa. These gardens are then used as a source of food, firewood and income for several communities in this Southern African nation.

For more infromation visit Better World Island in SL at:

Or http://www.solidsaltspring.com/gardens.html on the Internet.

In case of Sim crash or unbearable lag, we will have Coughton Court in Caledon Carntaigh open for the event as well. Guests can enjoy the simulcast of the event, view pictures of the Silent Auction items, and dance free of lag!

Royal Caledon Air Force - Caledon Wiki

Royal Caledon Air Force - Caledon Wiki

I made several updates to the RCAF page

Royal Caledon Air Force - Caledon Wiki

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Visit to Cape Messmer

Two best friends in Caledon are also my Air Chief Marshals. Sin Trenton and Phineas Messmer are two men I rely on to keep an eye on the Airfield and Personnel while I'm offGrid. On Christmas Eve I had the opportunity to visit Professor Messmer at his lab, known as Cape Messmer in Caledon Morgaine. Here we are discussing subjects of interest to the Royal Caledon Air Force and the Caledon Aether-Nautical Society.


The Professor and Miss Laval (who is also Squadron Leader of "The Screamin' Tinies" have done outstanding work creating this new launch facility and I look forward to more from them.

And may I add one more thing about Professor Messmer....Eye Candy!

The New Caledon Train!

Mr Barney Boomslang invited several of us to take part in a test of the new Caledon Train. Unfortunately my difference engine malfunctioned just as we turned the corner at my Aerodrome in Penzance. But I loved the ride and it is a magnificent piece of engineering. My laggy snapshots do not do it justice.



Monday, December 24, 2007

Connolly Aerodrome and Royal Caledon Air Force News


Notice to all pilots, balloonists, etc....

All Balloons, Airships, and Flying Machines not at stationary position are to be grounded this evening whilst Mr Kris Kringle, Rudolph and Team, etc are making their rapid delivery of Toys for good girls and boys.


Mr Kringle.... Caledon skies are yours this evening!

Oh, and Mr Kringle!..... I do hope you received my letter in regards my special request?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Royal Caledon Air Force - Caledon Wiki

Royal Caledon Air Force - Caledon Wiki

I made some changes to the Caledon Wiki RCAF page including this big announcement....

Special Jetpack Squadron

Also known as (name to be determined) formed December 22, 2007. The current officer in command is Squadron Leader Diamanda Gustafson.



Royal Caledon Air Force - Caledon Wiki

Friday, December 21, 2007

Radio Riel: The Desmond Shang Interview

Radio Riel: The Desmond Shang Interview

"....Radio Riel was on hand at Dr Dobb's Island on 18th December to record our Founder and Guvnah Mr Desmond Shang being interviewed by Mr Ziggy Figaro of GridTalk, a production of InformationWeek and CMP.

With kind permission of the participants and copyright holders, we are pleased to make this programme available to our listeners....."

Radio Riel: The Desmond Shang Interview

Supercharged by Veyron » Push to Expand SL Group Limit

Supercharged by Veyron » Push to Expand SL Group Limit

".....Okay, let’s give a try to up the limit on the number of Second Life groups you can have. Everyone knows how annoying it is. Fellow bloggers. Repost a similar blog posting to this. Just how hard can this be to make the number larger? It was made larger a while back and the Earth did continue to revolve around the Sun....."

Supercharged by Veyron » Push to Expand SL Group Limit

Thursday, December 20, 2007

All I want for Christmas are my 2 new Jetpacks!

Photographs show me at skybox altitude with the Terra Infinity jetpack and festive red Christmas dress...




I recently read a post from Phineas Messmer and a comment from Diamanda Gustafson, two trusted members of the Royal Caledon Air Force. The post touched on one of my favorite subjects. Jetpacks!

After a briefing at RCAF Penzance Airfield with AirChief Marshal Sin Trenton, I was off to make a shopping spree at Abbott's Aerodrome where I purchased 2 smashing new Jetpacks for my inventory. The Infinity and the Rocketeer. As outlined in Professor Messmer's Post Comments, I was able to achieve a rapid sim cross with the Infinity Jetpack, flying from the Babbage Canals Hub to Dr Rafael Fabre's Quarterdeck in Port Babbage in just a few seconds.

On my return to Penzance, I tested the Infinity Jetpack again, this time flying straight up, beyond 10,000 meters! ACM Trenton contacted me by wireless to report I seemed to be offworld by all his measuring devices. My jetpack and Flight Feather indicated the same altitude...12,017 meters. I then began my descent to the ground and for 6000 meters, I turned off the Jetpack and went into freefall. I Re-started the jetpack once again when the altimeter read below 2000 meters. A most exhilarating morning indeed!

I am now convinced of the value of these devices and will begin the formation of a rapid-deployment Jetpack Squadron for the RCAF.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Breaking News!

My Evil Half-Sister Zabrina to have not one but two land parcels in Caledon Cape Wrath!

What nefarious plans does she have for us!?

And will she stay on her medication!?

This is NOT a "Hoooo!" moment at all!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sunday's SL Bloggers Party and a visit to Podcaster Island

(From Twitter)....visiting Podcaster Island...Of course the big red building is Codie's! Hah! :from Podcaster Island [43,207,23] in SL



Unfortunately the weather (LAG) was not cooperative during my Second Life Bloggers / Royal Caledon Air Force / Christmas 1944 themed Big Band Party. But I shall feature a few of what others posted on The Connolly Telegraph. Special thanks to dinee Ghia and CodeBastard Redgrave for the lovely gifts they gave me, as well as to Radio Riel who provided the music for the occasion and Her Grace Gabrielle Riel (DJ) and Lady Whoop-Ass/Flight LT Diamanda "Cuckoo" Gustafson (Host) for helping me during the evening. It was great fun, indeed!

I have no plans at the moment for the next Second Life Bloggers Party. I'll be taking a break from all that in January. The earliest plans for the next one would be February and I will of course, keep you posted here, Pownce, Twitter, the SLBloggers Google Group, etc, etc.....

Today I made a brief lag-filled visit to Podcaster Island. I didn't get to see very much of it. I'll have to return and explore another time.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Combining Snapshots with my Twitterings

I'm trying something new today. I'm combining my Tweets on Twitter with snapshots from my wanderings...



Investigating UFO sighting over Mayfair :from Caledon Mayfair [185,122,96] in SL.

UFOs Identified....One WhirlyMachine called a helicopter (a Friendly), and one green Dragon (not so friendly)




Checking the Cape Messmer moonscape skybox by Eladrienne Laval :from Caledon Morgaine [253,50,526] in SL






Many new AO HUDs. Yay! :from Kedai [15,211,23] in SL



This worked out very well for me. I was able to piece together my time in SL in a more chronological way than I've done before - using Twitter as a guide for arranging my photographs. The text is already written with just a little editing. Great method of blogging for those of us with very little time. I Twittered inworld using Kos Farina's TwitterHUD, a free extra gadget when you buy his TwitterSCREEN.

Monday, December 10, 2007

December Party for Second Life Bloggers, Royal Caledon Air Force, and all Caledon (UPDATE)

UPDATED: The Party is now less than one week away and I've added one thing to these notes.

My Caledon Mayfair parcel has been converted to an ice-skating park through at least New Year's Day. So your ice-skating talents are indeed welcome!

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The December Second Life Bloggers Party will be held in 2 parcels in 2 sims in Caledon Mayfair/Penzance on Sunday December 16th from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Our theme this time is Christmas 1944 with an emphasis on WW2 Era Aviation in celebration of the new Connolly-Tombola Aerodrome Complex in Penzance.

There will be dancing, ice skating, displays of aircraft, En Garde Fencing, Big Band/Swing music and plenty of company from the SL Bloggers, Royal Caledon Air Force, and Caledonians, some of them overlapping in all 3 groups!

Live DJ Provided by Radio Riel! 1940s era dresses and dashing swoon-able uniforms provided by you!



What....
December Party for Second Life Bloggers, Royal Caledon Air Force, and all Caledon

Where...
Caledon Mayfair and Penzance

When...
Sun, December 16 2007 at 2:00 PM until approx 5:00 PM SL Time

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day: 12-8-7

Koala Wallop :: View topic - Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day: 12-8-7

Oh Bother! I just missed this! Second Life is a perfect spot for "Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day"...We need our own inworld version of this!


Koala Wallop :: View topic - Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day: 12-8-7

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Connolly Aerodrome Expansion

A second Connolly Aerodrome will be built on my property in the upcoming Steelhead Harborside as soon as the new sim is ready for residents.

Ack!....You Frakking Meme-Tag Bastards!

I've been tagged thrice now. I suppose it's time to buckle under the peer pressure.

*shakes fist at Ryker Beck, HawksRock, and Lord Primbroke Edward Pearse*

The rules of tagging are simple, and as follows.
(1) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
(2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
(3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
(4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog

I shall indulge rules 1 and 2, but will not tag others. As is the case with any horrible influenza, this viral meme must run it's course and die at some point in order to save us all in the SL Blogosphere. Any tagging on my part would only add a double or triple tag upon another SL Blogger.

Besides, this brings me to random fact number one....

1) I'm notorious for procrastination. Unless I'm deeply focused on something or other - an item/task may be lost on a backburner for a while. Like responding to dreaded viral tags such as "8 Random Facts" for instance....

2) I have a duel nature of being both Obsessive Compulsive about subjects I love/like and also suffer Attention Deficit Disorder (ooooo shiny).....where was I?

3) I'm as fanatical about lighthouses in RL as I am in SL. SL has offered me a chance to have my own. OMG how cool!....My RL apartment is decorated with the Coastal/Nautical theme and lighthouses are everywhere. Even my shower curtain has a lighthouse motif.

4) Zabrina McMahon is my evil alt! Evil I tell you! Eeeeeeevvvvviiiiiillllllll!

5) I really do love sailing in RL, and would love to fly if I had the funds and time to learn. Yay for SL where I can indulge both!

6) In RL I am 5'2, thin, have dark hair, am hearing impaired, now work as a therapist for persons coping with new disabilities, am happy for Zoe's gravity defying large breasts but glad I don't have them in RL (Can only imagine the back pain I'd have!) and would love to be as tall as she is...

7) I had one SL account prior to Zoe Connolly. I remember her name was Chloe but cannot recall the last name and only signed in a few times. I lost all other info about her. Zoe was created a few weeks later, but did not become active until I was home sick for a week. In Late January/early February 2007 I had nothing to do but nurse myself back to health and play inworld. The rest as they say, is history. I was hooked, and thus a girl's obsession and sleeplessness began.

8) In RL I am very political and spiritual. I do not discuss such things inworld with anyone but a few very very close friends. Besides SL, Politics is my other obsession and in the past I've worked as a paid staffer on a few campaigns.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Running behind....

I spent most of my time reading the Victorian Steampunk blogs, updating The Connolly Telegraph, and taking care of a few things inworld, so I will not have an Aerodrome/RCAF update today.

I should have a post on Tuesday. TC all!

Connolly Airfield and Royal Caledon Air Force News for Monday 03 December

The Latest News from RCAF Command in Caledon Penzance (PenzCom)...

Recruitments/Promotions....


Eladrienne "Skeeter" Laval was promoted on Saturday 01 December to the rank of Squadron Leader in recognition of her many flight hours, promotional efforts, and commitment to The Screamin' Tinies Squadron.

We tip our wings and lift a mug to Skeeter!


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

December Party for Second Life Bloggers, Royal Caledon Air Force, and all Caledon

The December Second Life Bloggers Party will be held in 2 parcels in 2 sims in Caledon Mayfair/Penzance on Sunday December 16th from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Our theme this time is Christmas 1944 with an emphasis on WW2 Era Aviation in celebration of the new Connolly-Tombola Aerodrome Complex in Penzance.

There will be dancing, displays of aircraft, En Garde Fencing, Big Band/Swing music and plenty of company from the SL Bloggers, Royal Caledon Air Force, and Caledonians, some of them overlapping in all 3 groups!

Live DJ Provided by Radio Riel! 1940s era dresses and dashing swoon-able uniforms provided by you!



What....
December Party for Second Life Bloggers, Royal Caledon Air Force, and all Caledon

Where...
Caledon Mayfair and Penzance

When...
Sun, December 16 2007 at 2:00 PM until approx 5:00 PM SL Time

Monday, November 26, 2007

Additions to the Aerodrome

I've added a few interesting items to Connolly Airfield....

9 Targets have been added to the area near the Quonset Hut. In addition, I've added the En Garde Fencing Game System and have created the Team "RCAF SkyBunnehs"

Connolly Airfield and Royal Caledon Air Force News for Monday 26 November

The Latest News from RCAF Command in Caledon Penzance (PenzCom)...

Recruitments/Promotions....

Eladrienne Laval has joined the RCAF with the full rank and privileges of Flight LT (FLT) in recognition of her many flights and promotional efforts.

Diamanda Gustafson has joined the RCAF with the full rank and privileges of Flight LT (FLT) in recognition of her many flights and promotional efforts.

Elrik Merlin has joined the RCAF with the full rank and privileges of Flight LT (FLT) in recognition of his many flights and promotional efforts.

The RCAF uses callsigns to aid communication over the wireless...Sin Trenton has developed a floating text device for the RCAF that will display our callsigns whilst flying and otherwise socializing at the Connolly Airfield/Aerodrome. Let me know your chosen Callsign as soon as possible, because if you don't create one, believe me - we'll make one up for you.

Here are the Callsigns amongst the group so far...

Air Marshal Zoe Connolly....."Foxy"
Air Chief Marshal Sin Trenton...."Biggles"
Air Chief Marshal Phineas Messmer...."Liftoff"
Group Captain Drake Moyer...."Ginger"
Group Captain Noddeh Slade...."Creaky"
Group Captain Expedition Offcourse ....CALLSIGN PENDING
Flight LT Pamus Bing...."Soapy"
Flight LT Crap Mariner...."Drag"
Flight LT Eladrienne Laval...."Skeeter"
Flight LT Diamanda Gustafson...."Cuckoo"
Flight LT Elrik Merlin...."Rik"

Uniforms are now under development from Miss Emilie Watkins - a designer with a great interest in the portrayal of authentic World War One era pilot uniforms.

General Airfield News....

SkyPirates of Penzance (SkyPoP) is a group for civilian aviation enthusiasts of Caledon as well as fellow flyers in all Victorian Steampunk nations. Our base of operations is The Connolly Airfield/Aerodrome in Caledon Penzance. SkyPirates of Penzance (SkyPoP) is not necessarily a pirates group, but is most definitely a group for flying, socializing, and fun!

Caledon Morgaine has arrived and is now under construction. Please be mindful of - and courteous to - the terraforming crew as they go about the business of developing our next Caledon Region. Do try to avoid flying into them, landing on top of them, or otherwise distracting them too much. And heavens! No Bombing practice or dogfights whilst crews are working!

With the impending opening of Morgaine by Guvnah Desmond Shang, our own Professor Phineas Messmer (RCAF Air Chief Marshal and Aethernautical Society Projects Director) will begin building his launchpad and Lab for Cape Messmer, which will become part of the Connolly-Tombola Aerodrome Complex, and be our first step-stone into Aether-Space.

Additional Notes....

Please be courteous and keep the runway clear of debris during and after use. If you encounter any unresolvable issues, do contact me by Aether-Messenger Device.

Ranks used by The Royal Caledon Air Force are loosely based upon the UK RAF rank system as outlined in the following link to NATO Air Forces on Wikipedia

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Flight Tests of the New RCAF Boojum Bomber

A few select pilots of the Royal Caledon Air Force were given a copy of the new Boojum Bomber for Flight Tests and Evaluations by Caledon Scientist Denver Hax.



I managed a good flight over Penzance, Morgaine, Murdann, and Mayfair. However the landing was not as I planned. I lost altitude too fast ((and ran out of time to stay inworld)) but I managed a reasonable emergency landing at my Park in Mayfair.

All in all a successful flight and I was able to walk away from the landing. Always a plus!



A special thank you to Denver Hax from all of us in The Royal Caledon Air Force! Thanks for keeping our brave pilots in the skies!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Connolly Airfield and Royal Caledon Air Force News

News of Promotions and assorted RCAF decisions...

Promotions....

Sin Trenton to rank of Air Chief Marshal (ACM) in recognition of his flights, innovations, and exemplary leadership.

Phineas Messmer to rank of Air Chief Marshal (ACM) in recognition of his flights, efforts in rocketry, and his upcoming Aether-Space Facility in Caledon Morgaine. I'm told this will be just west of the airfield in Penzance. ACM/Professor Messmer has started a group called the Caledon Aethernautical Society. The Group Charter reads as follows....A special agency of The Royal Caledon Air Force for the purpose of exploring the vast Aether for Caledon. Our Mission: To finish first in the race between Antiquity and New Babbage in the landing of adventurous Victorian ladies and gentleman upon the surface of The Moon.

Drake Moyer to rank of Group Captain (GC) in recognition of his flights and recruiting efforts.

Pamus Bing to rank of Flight LT (FLT) for her flights and devotion to aviation history.

Crap Mariner to rank of Flight LT (FLT) for his flights and continued promotion on his various media outlets.



The RCAF is using callsigns to aid communication over the wireless...

Here are the Callsigns amongst the group so far...

Air Marshal Zoe Connolly....."Foxy"
Air Chief Marshal Sin Trenton...."Biggles"
Group Captain Drake Moyer...."Ginger"
Flight LT Noddeh Slade...."Creaky"
Flight LT Pamus Bing...."Soapy"


Sin Trenton has developed a floating text device for the RCAF that will display our callsigns while flying and otherwise socializing at the Connolly Airfield. Let me know your chosen Callsign as soon as possible, because if you don't create one, believe me - we'll make one up for you.

Uniforms are now under development from Miss Emilie Watkins - a designer with a great interest in the portrayal of authentic World War One era pilot uniforms. She has contacted me and I have full confidence in her devotion to the project. All we need do is give her the time to do it right.

General Airfield News....SkyPirates of Penzance (SkyPoP) is a group for civilian aviation enthusiasts of Caledon as well as fellow flyers in all Victorian Steampunk nations. Our base of operations is The Connolly Airfield in Caledon Penzance. SkyPirates of Penzance (SkyPoP) is not necessarily a pirates group, but is most definitely a group for flying, socializing, and fun!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The more I explore.....

I've noticed something over the last few weeks....

The more I explore various places on the grid....The more I settle into Victorian Steampunk.

Oh sure! I still get out there, but I don't stay long. I'm at home in Steampunk.

But I'll still need to venture out on occasion, if only to use my vast modern-day wardrobe.

Expansion of Connolly Empire - (because I love lists)

3 parcels in Caledon, 2 in Steelhead Harborside.

The 2 parcels in Harborside:
I'm considering these adjacent parcels as a possible site for The Connolly Telegraph. Once I see the plots I'll determine their best use.

Connolly Lighthouse in Caledon Regency:
Lately I've been using this as a workshop. I'm considering a living quarters on the second floor. My plans are on hold until the use of Steelhead Harborside plots can be determined...

Connolly Airfield/Aerodrome in Caledon Penzance:
My pride and joy! This is a real labor of love! I'm delighted to see the same faces using it again and again. It would seem the same people who enjoy sailing also like to fly.

Connolly Park in Caledon Mayfair:
The site of my second lighthouse, previously seen at my former land in Antiquity Cove. My park is at the NW corner of Mayfair, adjacent to my Airfield in Penzance. This will be designed as an outdoor venue and in my mind, a virtual tribute to my parents and their favorite interests (Father=Gardens, Mother=Music).

...and finally...unless a Duchy in Caledon becomes available...this is all I can handle....whew!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Royal Caledon Air Force News for November 13th

Recently, I gave RCAF Wing Commander Phineas Messmer authority to build a fleet of rockets for the Air Force. I've also given him permission to create a new organisation dedicated to the exploration of aether-space.

Our first mission will be a Journey to the Moon with a safe return to Caledon.

We intend to open diplomatic and trade relations with the Lunarians of the Moon before Antiquity and New Babbage make their first contact.

Professor Messmer will create a unique program replete with rocket pilot training that will give these special flyers the skills they need for a challenging and
adventurous Moon-Flight.

Below are photographs of my tour and inspection of Professor Messmer's Rocket Production Facility in Caledon Penzance.

No these are not giant pencils!




Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Royal British Legion - Media Centre - Latest News - Remembrance - "Garden of Remembrance" established in virtual world

The Royal British Legion - Media Centre - Latest News - Remembrance - "Garden of Remembrance" established in virtual world

"Cenotaph Rebuilt In Second Life®

For the second time in its history, the Cenotaph has been rebuilt. The first was in 1920, when the plaster-and-wood Cenotaph hastily erected a year earlier was replaced with the existing Portland stone version familiar to millions.

And now, the Cenotaph has been rebuilt in the virtual world of Second Life. An exact replica of the structure designed by Sir Edwin Luytens for ceremonial use in Whitehall, the virtual Cenotaph is surrounded by a field of poppies representing the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces from World War One to the present day....."

The Royal British Legion - Media Centre - Latest News - Remembrance - "Garden of Remembrance" established in virtual world

Friday, November 9, 2007

TheHistoryNet | Women's History | Lores Bonney: Australian Female Pilot

I found this fascinating article while conducting research on female pilots...

TheHistoryNet | Women's History | Lores Bonney: Australian Female Pilot

"Lores Bonney: Australian Female Pilot

Whether circumnavigating Australia, flying from Brisbane to London, or from Brisbane to Cape Town, Lores Bonney heard variations on the same theme: 'This is no place for a woman.' By 1937, she had proved all the naysayers wrong....."

TheHistoryNet | Women's History | Lores Bonney: Australian Female Pilot

Connolly Aerodrome and Royal Caledon Air Force News

News of Promotions and assorted RCAF decisions...

Promotions....

Drake Moyer to rank of Wing Commander in recognition of his flights and recruiting efforts.

Phineas Messmer to rank of Wing Commander in recognition of his flights and efforts in rocketry.

Sin Trenton to rank of Air Vice Marshall in recognition of his flights, innovations, and exemplary leadership.

The RCAF will be using callsigns to aid communication over the wireless...

Here are the Callsigns amongst the group so far...

Air Marshal Zoe Connolly....."Foxy"
Air Vice Marshal Sin Trenton...."Biggles"
Wing Commander Drake Moyer...."Ginger"
Flying Officer Noddeh Slade...."Creaky"
Sin Trenton has developed a floating text device for the RCAF that will display our callsigns while flying and otherwise socializing at the Connolly Aerodrome.

Also, per the Air Vice Marshal's excellent suggestion, and approved by me several days ago, our unofficial RCAF group name will be "Connolly's Crazies" or "The Connolly Crazies."

Uniforms will be ordered as soon as I find a suitable designer with the time to work on the project.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

November Second Life Bloggers Party

SLBloggers!.....Hosted by Nikk Huet, our November Second Life Bloggers Party will be held at the new Tribute Island sim on Saturday the 10th from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM SL Time.

The theme will be "Come as you are, or come as you want to be"

Radio Riel
will be spinnin' the tracks.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Connolly Aerodrome in Caledon Penzance

Miss Virrginia Tombola and I now own 2 parcels south of the Penzance Mountain that overlook Mayfair. Here we plan to build an aerodrome and pilots lounge area for the enjoyment of aviation enthusiasts throughout Caledon. We also invite our friends in other Victorian Districts such as New Babbage and Antiquity. The Connolly Aerodrome is also headquarters for the new Royal Caledon Air Force (RCAF).




Squadron Leader Moyer lands a little too close for comfort, but is doing extremely well on his first day of flight training aboard his Nieuport 17 biplane.

Inspecting my parcel in Caledon Penzance

These snapshots were taken less than 12 hours prior to the official opening by Guv'nah Desmond Shang....



Decisions, decisions...Part 2

SL News regarding the Second Life Bloggers group: I'll remain your leader. I decided to stay after 7 people consulted with me privately. Special Thanks to those who IMed me in the final hours before I was to transfer power. Second Life BloggerCon 2008 has been shelved indefinitely. I may or may not proceed with BloggerCon. It all depends on venue offers.

Our Next Blogger Party is Saturday November 10th from 2 PM to 5 PM on Tribute Island. Radio Riel of Caledon fame will be spinning the tracks. This is short notice and no time for a vote among different themes, so it will be a "come as you are, come as you wanna be" party.

I'll host the December party at my place in Caledon Penzance known as the Connolly Aerodrome. Sunday December 16th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM SLT. Radio Riel will also be spinning tracks there for a special Christmas 1944 theme.

SL News regarding my new parcel in Caledon Penzance. This time I'm building an Aerodrome and organizing the Royal Caledon Air Force.

Having new land in Caledon is just too much fun! More setup and tweaking later. I still want to add an observation tower if I can. But my goal is to keep the build prim counts low so we have better flights of high-prim aircraft.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Decisions, decisions...

My SL News: My time is so limited....I have to make difficult choices on what I do in SL and what brings me the most joy.

As many of you know, I love Victorian Steampunk sims such as Caledon, New Babbage, Antiquity and Steelhead City. My involvement in Steampunk has grown at a tremendous rate.

I also love the Battlestar Pacifica sim known as BSG47. My involvement there is growing over time as I get to know more of my fellow roleplayers. A few people I met there have given me a position in IPX and the upcoming Babylon 5 sim. I've been offered a few opportunities I have yet to decide on..... like the possibility of a Duchy sim in Antiquity.

I've developed a love for sailing and flying in Caledon and Antiquity.

Well...I've made the decision now. One I've been thinking of for many months. When I woke up this morning I had the answer to my time management issues.....I've decided to leave several great groups I've created, so this is a painful one....like letting go of your child in a way, seeing her off on her first day of school. Painful, scary, and hoping for the very best for your little girl.

I'll be leaving 3 groups....

1) Girls and Guns
2) Second Life Bloggers
3) Second Life BloggerCon

I'll leave as soon as leadership is filled and transfer of powers are completed.

This decision does NOT come easy, but it *is* a necessary one in order for me to preserve my health, sanity, and happiness in SL.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Images from BSG47 aboard Battlestar Pacifica...Part 2





At the BSG47 sim in Second Life you can be a Cylon, a Civilian in the Colonial Fleet, or have a position in the Colonial Military. If you love Battlestar Galactica, you'll love Battlestar Pacifica.

Images from BSG47 aboard Battlestar Pacifica





@ the BSG47 sim in Second Life you can be a Cylon, a Civilian in the Colonial Fleet, or have a position in the Colonial Military. If you love Battlestar Galactica, you'll love Battlestar Pacifica

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Electric Sheep's OnRez viewer - first impressions - Second Life Insider

Electric Sheep's OnRez viewer - first impressions - Second Life Insider


"Well, I lucked out a bit and peeked in on the state of the OnRez viewer about a minute after it went live. It takes about as long to download as the regular viewer (about a minute and a half) being similarly sized (not like LoTRO's 900MB update today).

First impressions? Nothing is where my fingers expect it to be, and my visible view of the world is a bit reduced. Second impressions? I rather like it. The location bar (and embedded browser) can be hidden or revealed at the touch of a button (though the much larger new Linden Dollar balance display remains onscreen at all times)....."

Electric Sheep's OnRez viewer - first impressions - Second Life Insider

The Click Heard Round the World: CSI invades the metaverse today

The Click Heard Round the World: CSI invades the metaverse today

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"As any avatar that has not been totally disconnected from the grid knows, today the CBS television show "Crime Scene Investigators: New York" is launching a full suite of multimedia products aimed at bridging old broadcast media and new internet-based media. Here's the rundown......"

The Click Heard Round the World: CSI invades the metaverse today

Monday, October 22, 2007

Wrath Paine vs. Second Life: Wrath Paine vs. The Office

Wrath Paine vs. Second Life: Wrath Paine vs. The Office:

"One of the things that diminishes my time in SL is watching television. Admittedly, it's mostly crappy reality tv shows that I'm addicted to, but critically acclaimed series, as well. Such as The Office on NBC. I initially got interested in the show from watching the original BBC version and can remember I was none too excited to hear that there was going to be an Americanized version of the programme, but since the show has been on the air here, it's better than nothing, especially since the UK version completed its run long ago..."

Wrath Paine vs. Second Life: Wrath Paine vs. The Office

The Second Life Grid Grind » Blog Archive » Linden Lab to be changing "Search" soon

The Second Life Grid Grind » Blog Archive » Linden Lab to be changing "Search" soon:

"The biggest change will be the ability to now set individual objects to appear in Search. If you have an object set for sale, you can check the “show in search” button and allow that object name to be searchable. As a shop owner, I can see great potential in this option...."

The Second Life Grid Grind » Blog Archive » Linden Lab to be changing "Search" soon

kateamdahl: Maybe you're not cut out for Second Life

kateamdahl: Maybe you're not cut out for Second Life

"If you find yourself having any of these questions or concerns, it may be time to consider another hobby instead of Second Life...."

kateamdahl: Maybe you're not cut out for Second Life

Public Service Announcement: Internet Stalking « Shopping Cart Disco

Public Service Announcement: Internet Stalking « Shopping Cart Disco

"It seems there’s been a rash of people that think it’s funny in Second Life to join public groups you belong in, even if they have no interest. They talk to your friends, check your profile and check out your picks constantly. They might even know what new groups you belong in, inside of a five minute span.

It’s disturbing. It’s extremely creepy. Some of them have even taken it out of world, onto their blogs or Flickr pools where they blather on and on about said stalkee of choice...."

Public Service Announcement: Internet Stalking « Shopping Cart Disco

An Engine Fit For My Proceeding · The Conclusion of Voices?

An Engine Fit For My Proceeding · The Conclusion of Voices?

"I was recently considering the matter of Otherworldly Voices. There was an immense kerfuffle about the introduction of Voices to the Grid - admittedly, there is an immense kerfuffle about any introduction or removal of anything whatsoever, but in this case it was a kerfuffle promulgated by many Leading Thinkers and Commentators, and also myself.
Some predicted that the presence of Voices would lead to the elimination of “Immersionists”, dinosaurs - all New Residents would expect Voices and would relegate the silent to the dusty library corridors to which they properly belong and where they can say “shhh” to each other in private. There was the prediction that Voices would cause awful discrimination between those wishing to use them and those not, and huge social divides would occur. Would shopkeepers be required to have Voices on their lands or face bankruptcy? How would facilities for New Residents cope with the flood of New Residents wishing to send Voices from outside?
Some months have now gone by, a reasonable period of time I feel, the kerfuffle has been de-fluffled and, I must say, the overwhelming attitude that I perceive to the matter is, well, neutrality, if not boredom. I am not a particular fan of the presence of Voices, I consider it an irritating intrusion and furthermore it does not agree with the Hardware of my own Engine, and I was concerned as to possible implications but really - I have not encountered a single person even suggesting that I send Voices, and while I did see a few people keen to experiment (and all power to the experimenters, say I) now it is all old hat.
In short, nothing much appears to have changed...."

An Engine Fit For My Proceeding · The Conclusion of Voices?

Piano 95 - Battlestar Pacifica « Girl meets Second Life

Piano 95 - Battlestar Pacifica « Girl meets Second Life

"I read about Battlestar Pacifica in Natalia’s blog.

Battlestar Pacifica is a fully immersive RP sim and somehow manages to include a good old piano in the 7th Heaven section...."

Piano 95 - Battlestar Pacifica « Girl meets Second Life

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Second Life Blogger’s party October 21th | VintFalken.com

Second Life Blogger’s party October 21th | VintFalken.com

CodeBastardRedgrave.Com » SL Blogger’s party @Code Red 21-10-07

CodeBastardRedgrave.Com » SL Blogger’s party @Code Red 21-10-07

The Insatiable Zoe Connolly

The Insatiable Zoe Connolly

In an effort to consolidate resources as well as considerations of time management, all things related to the Second Life Blogosphere and Second Life BloggerCon 2008 will now be posted to The Insatiable Zoe Connolly.

The Insatiable Zoe Connolly

Battlestar Pacifica Viper Pilot in the BSG47 sim, Chief Marketing Officer for IPX, Second Life Bloggers Group and SLBloggercon 2008 Group Owner/Director, Publisher of The Connolly Telegraph... Zoe Connolly is a Steampunk Girl who Explores the Virtual World of Second Life. She wanders the 19th Century Victorian sims of Caledon, New Babbage, Antiquity, and Steelhead City. Zoe keeps the Grid safe from her megalomaniac half-sister Zabrina.

The Journaide « Sin Trenton

The Journaide « Sin Trenton

"Long ago, I started storing notecards I was often referring to, and textures like sailing race courses, in a prim that I textured like a notebook. Next step was to make a prim-version of the notebook, with proper leather and paper textures.
Then came the open version, which I also added some textures to the pages.. and some functions.. animation of the open notebook, while holding it, then some more functions.

However, as you well know, not all places allow you to rezz things, so where to keep those notes handy? The answer was obvious, of course, on the HUD.
So the HUD version of the notebook was born as well...."

The Journaide « Sin Trenton

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Monday, October 15, 2007

RL is kicking my ass!

I'll be back for longer periods of time ((other than responding to messages)) as soon as I can.

Right now I need to concentrate on sleep and work....and sleep.

Did I mention sleep?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Zabrina McMahon......Cylon!

Is she a Cylon or a human sympathizer? I really cannot say...

I've come to realize...I don't know my sister at all. I fear there is no turning back for her....and one day I shall face her in battle where I must destroy her, or she will surely destroy the world!




((@ the BSG47 sim in Second Life you can be a Cylon, a Civilian in the Colonial Fleet, or have a position in the Colonial Military. If you love Battlestar Galactica, you'll love Battlestar Pacifica))

Friday, October 5, 2007

A warning to all in regards my half-sister Zabrina

I was hoping to avoid this announcement, but alas...it is now unavoidable.

My younger half-sister Zabrina McMahon has taken a decidedly dark-hearted view of humanity and seems bent on World Domination.

Several weeks ago whilst conducting laboratory experiments to create a doorway between universes, Zabrina was injured in an explosion. I rushed to her aid and took her to the best doctors in Caledon.

Very recently she has emerged from her convalescence and is back amongst the living. Although her body is healed, her mind has been tainted somehow....The good girl I knew is gone.

Zabrina is now....quite evil....

In my Caledon Regency lighthouse I've discovered scribblings of notes and diagrams for various schemes and nefarious plans hidden behind a bookcase. They all involve the overthrow of several governments...Most notably Antiquity, Caledon, and New Babbage. All are penned in her handwriting.

At times she will mumble or sometimes loudly declare...

"I'll show them, I'll show them all"
"The grid is mine! All mine!"
"The spirit of Valedon lives within me!"

I'm not quite sure why she mispronounced Caledon - calling it Valedon - Zabrina was in a drug-induced sleep when she made that last reference.

In light of her recent behaviour and with the Caledon Courts behind my decision, I've severely restricted her allowance from the Connolly-McMahon family fortune. I'm sure this restriction will cause her to mount some other tirade of bile against me personally, but I am convinced that it is absolutely necessary for the long-term security of our homeland.






(Surveillance photographs of Zabrina McMahon after the purchase and testing of a directed-energy device)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Connolly Telegraph

The Connolly Telegraph

A busy RL day today, so no more blogging or SLing until I get back home from work.

The Connolly Telegraph has 3 new posts today. In addition, there's a post from my first Telegraph correspondent Tinsel Silvera. Mr Silvera will cover people and events in New Babbage.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Lessons learned from watching Law & Order SVU Episode AVATAR




This episode brought up the ageplay issue again...It was presented in usual creepy L&O:SVU fashion.

So here are the lessons I've learned from watching the episode titled "Avatar"

1) All you virtual worlders are perverts! Perverts!....The word "Perverts" repeated several times in the episode. Ya got that, pervert?

2) OMG! Wait!... According to the episode...I'm a nerdy, geeky, anti-social, pervert too!

3) Virtual World owners have British Accents.....Ooooooo!

4) Never visit secluded cabins (that probably eliminates half of SL), BDSM dungeons were not mentioned....huh, so dungeons must be okay, then.

5) Beware of obsessive old men with pig-tail fetishes.

6) And here's the big one....what happens in virtual worlds should stay in virtual worlds. I'm not clear on how creepy old guy obtained RL info on pig-tail avatar girl named "Vixy Something-or-other" (scratches head), maybe I was getting coffee when that was shown/explained.

And so begins my very first TV/DVD Commentary. More to come I'm sure!