Sunday, June 29, 2008

Aether Needs A New Look

While out on a little shopping trip last evening I happened across a pair of boots I had to have. As is often my case I was a few centavos short. What to do, what to do?

Looking at my map I noticed a LARGE group of people gathered near by and figured it had to be one of two things. Camping or some sort of
sex sim. I suppose one could make a few extra coins either way but as luck would have it, it was a camping area. So I grabbed a spot and started looking for someone interesting to talk to.

A the next table was this young lady.(pictured to the left) I thought she looked rather familiar and then realized. Wait, how can I be here and there? And then realized I had a doupleganger. Finding this somewhat disturbing I looked at the next table and saw this lovely young miss (pictured to the right). About this time is when the conspiracy theories started spinning in my head, and I felt like I was in a X-files episode. I fully expected to look at the next table and see me there. Thank goodness there were only three of us.

Just for a little comparison note this picture of myself, before I changed my hair. Is it just me or or am I on to something and its time for a new look? Lets say there is a horrific act of piracy or someone crashes a aircraft into a school full of children . Witnesses say the suspect was a female, tall with red hair. And they bring the three of us in for a line up, its a crap shoot. Hey, wait a second! Never mind the new look. (Insert evil genius, maniacal laughter here.)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Exploreing Laputa - The Sky City

Happened across the Treasured Isle area today and while looking about in my airship found the sky city of Laputa. This may sound familiar to you and if so its because in the book Gulliver's Travels Laputa is island that can be moved by its inhabitants using magnetic levitation. In the book the population of Lapunta consists mainly of educated people who are fond of math, astronomical notation and technology. Sounds rather Steampunkish don't you think?

Being a sky city, Laputa is perfect for a fly in on a airship. Once docked I began my exploration
of the sky island. My My first stop was the library a very impressive building where I was informed they often have book readings. Very worth landmarking.

While strolling the streets I cam across a one Mr. Soosh Benoir. A very kind gentleman who was kind enough to give me a tour of his airship, time machine factory which doubles as his home.
The main feature of Mr Benoir's factory was the impressive tower.

After touring his home and work site Mr. Benoir gave me a quick tour of the rest of the island. Complete with balloon tour. The clock tower. Observation deck complete with telescope and a drink at the Ten Bells pub.

A very interesting afternoon indeed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Ok, at first I really didn't get it. The whole Second Life thing that is. I didn't really see the point of it. But since opening my account a few weeks ago I'm afraid Second Life may be my new drug of choice.

So much so that I upgraded my account to premium. What this allows you to do is two things really. One, own land and two, you get 300 Lindens, Second Life's unit of money a week. To be quite honest I'm not sure how I feel about trading real dollars for virtual Lindens. Actually thats not true. I'm pretty sure how I feel about it, but hey, its only money. Right?

Airship Ventures

Found this on my explorations on the aethernet. And being a complete airship geek had to take a look. Airship Ventures is a fairly new company that is offering Zeppelin airships to the US for air tours, media and advertising, scientific research and "special missions".

Special Missions, wonder what that is all about. Obviously this is a cover for a group of airship pirates. Airship Ventures, give them a look.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Optica Two Seater Test Flight

Last evening the lovely and talented pilot Miss Tiziana Corleone took her newly acquired Optica two seater out for a quick test flight.

From the builders Notecard:

The Optica is a concept aircraft designed for good forward visibility.
She's fitted with a location beacon for those sticky SL moments so you can find it later.
Also fitted with the now standard "eject" command that deletes the aircraft, say "eject" in chat and poof! Very useful for those hanging around in mid air sim crossing failures.

I believe the designer to be Denver Hax

After our test flight Miss Corleone being the renown tinkerer and builder that she is was already plotting upgrades for her new aircraft. I believe those mentioned were a bit of paint and a Lewis Gun on top of the wing.

We capped off the evening with a bit more flying. Her in aircraft and me looking for planes I'd left hanging about over Celedon. Miss Corleone was kind enough to act as spotter.

Tiziana Corleone, shes good people!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ten Days

It's been a busy ten days since I first signed up for my Second Life account.

At first its a bit overwhelming but I had the good fortune through creative use of the in-game search engine to stumble upon some very kind people who have shortened my learning curve to a great degree.

So what have I done in my first 10 days in second life? I've joined a few groups. Most importantly the Royal Caledon Air Force (RCAF) . It's a group ran by the infamous Zoe Connolly The group, located in the Caledon, Penzance region caters to those who love all things aviation related. With a tilt to early aircraft both real and imagined. Some wonderful Steampunk aircraft flying the skys of Caledon.

Miss Connolly was kind enough to offer me a part time job watching after her airfield. Not that it really needs watching after that I can tell. Through her kindness its allowed me to do other things besides camp for in game money. And plus its cool saying I work for the amazing Zoe Connolly.

While not attending to my duties at RCAF Connolly Aerodrome I've spent most of my time exploring many of the Victorian and Steampunk regions of Second Life. And developing a few new hobbies. Namely sky diving, base jumping, collecting firearms, airships, and submarines. Oh! And shopping for all of the above.

So far I'm having a hoot! More later-AI