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Welcome, Edward Pearse

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Primarily a virtual steampunk I spend a great deal of time in Second Life in the sims of New Babbage. My full biographical entry is here.

The typist behind the keyboard also ventures out into the steampunk realms and is very much a history nerd (and currently studying to become a teacher of history).

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Mar 18
Prof. Sebastian Fate left a comment for The Duke
" Best of birthday wishes . What say you make it an annual event ? "
Dec 4, 2013
The Duke replied to Jeremy Brint's discussion Netflix instant steam
"Nope, steampunk does not require steam (or punk for that matter but that's another discussion). Steampunk is "Gonzo-historical" Victorian Fantasy. Interpret as you will. Not that Bicentennial Man is anything but science fiction. And…"
May 6, 2013
The Duke replied to Prof. Sebastian Fate's discussion What are Antipodeans Reading - part two in the group The Antipodean Assembly
"I've read both Montague Summers book (which I own) and Varney (which I don't). I forced myself through Varney after getting a library copy some time back in the late 80s. It's not something I'd reread but it was an interesting…"
Mar 13, 2013
The Duke replied to Prof. Sebastian Fate's discussion What are Antipodeans Reading - part two in the group The Antipodean Assembly
"Finished reading two off the steampunk lists recently. The first was Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost. Very much the Space Opera feel with a steampunk makeover with lots of off the cuff pop-culture references. There's also a nod to the…"
Mar 13, 2013
The Duke replied to Prof. Sebastian Fate's discussion What are Antipodeans Reading - part two in the group The Antipodean Assembly
"Worldshaker, and the sequel Liberator, are both written by Australian author Richard Harland. Young Adult steampunk fiction and I would recommend both. Fair disclaimer, Richard is also a friend of mine but you should still read his books :-) "
Mar 13, 2013
Prof. Sebastian Fate replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"The Conan Doyle Estate has commissioned a pastiche . Anthony Horowitz wrote the Estate authorized ' House of Silk ' . It was assumed to be a shot across the bows of those who were attempting to copyright the characters . In my view the…"
Feb 20, 2013
CoastConFan replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"I'll freely admit that not only am I not an attorney, I never played one on TV either.  For that matter, UK copyright law is not my forte.  However the courts have set up guidelines and cutoff dates for establishing public domain and…"
Feb 20, 2013
The Duke replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"As Klinger mentioned, there are still 10 stories under copyright, which he's not disputing. What he's clarifying is the Public Domain of the characters themselves. That would mean if I write a new story with Holmes and Watson, I…"
Feb 19, 2013
Prof. Sebastian Fate replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"It seems that I have mixed up the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate with the group struggling to save ' Undershaw ' . They are the Undershaw Preservation Trust ( www.saveundershaw.com/ ) and would appreciate your support . I still think there is…"
Feb 19, 2013
Prof. Sebastian Fate replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"" the Conan Doyle Estate contacted our publisher and IMPLIED ( my emphasis ) that if the Estate wasn't paid a license fee they'd convince the major distributors not to sell the book . " Sounds like Mr. Klinger has taken a…"
Feb 19, 2013
CoastConFan replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"Agreed, but attempting a end-run around copyright lapsing by trying to copyright a persona is just how some corporations are tying up public domain works.  If the persona is deemed copyrighted retroactively, then it locks up all of the works…"
Feb 19, 2013
CoastConFan replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"There is a reason why patent law runs out eventually and equally so for copyright.  Locking up key works and ideas forever simply leads to stagnation.  Of course ideas need to be protected and work has to be kept safe from unlawful…"
Feb 19, 2013
The Duke replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"I'm rather harsh on my views on copyright and don't believe it should exist to provide income for my Great Grandchildren. I would rather copyright existed for a flat period the way movies do, rather than adding 75 years after the death of…"
Feb 19, 2013
CoastConFan replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"In the past few years there has been an ugly and concerted grab via copyrights on lapsed and copyright free works by large corporations to lock up public domain items by hook or crook.  This grab is massive and all-inclusive.  The so…"
Feb 19, 2013
Valerie Purcell replied to The Duke's discussion Sherlock Holmes copyright to be tested in Court in the group The Bookshelf in the Parlor
"I will be eagerly awaiting the results of this.  As an artist and history lover - I am always very careful about things that are licensed and copyrighted - and I thought for sure that Sherlock was in the public domain. "
Feb 19, 2013

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At 4:08pm on December 4, 2013, Prof. Sebastian Fate said…

Best of birthday wishes .

What say you make it an annual event ?

At 10:20pm on December 4, 2012, Dr. Alice Wolfenden said…

I hope you are having a wonderful birthday, dear Duke.

At 4:33am on December 4, 2012, Prof. Sebastian Fate said…

Another year , another Birthday greeting . Best wishes and many more of them .

At 3:35am on December 4, 2012, James R. Murray said…

Happy day of your birth good sir duke. Hope you get many a steamy gift basket. Me, best I can do is this paltry cake.

At 11:47pm on October 4, 2012, James R. Murray said…

Thank you for the request, good Duke. How does one refer to a Duke? Sir? Sire? Your Grace? Grand Old?

It is nice to see other History buffs out there! And an Oztralian too!

At 3:56pm on December 4, 2011, Prof. Sebastian Fate said…

Best wishes for your birthday .

At 3:41pm on May 1, 2011, Lady Nelly Nightshade said…

Thankyou for leaving you calling card I am delighted to accept

 

LNN

At 8:26pm on April 23, 2011, Roy Williams, Antiquaire said…
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Hi! The first Antique & Art Dealers Association of Australia Antique Show in Melbourne for years and years is on May 5 to 8 at the Royal Exhibition Building. I have some free double tickets for the opening gala night 6.p.m. to 9. May 5th for anyone who might come dressed up, in any era, and swan about with a glass of champagne. I am exhibiting. You can collect tickets at my shop in Clifton Hill or I can post them. (Google Roy’s Antiques)

Regards, Roy: a really, truly antiquaire, as you can see.

At 6:15am on April 11, 2011, Prof. Sebastian Fate said…

Thank you for the ' Steampump ' notification . I am looking after the local antiquarian bookshop and will unable to attend .

I was thinking of suggesting a meet up in Ballarat at the goldrush theme park , Sovereign Park , sometime later in the year .

At 2:40pm on December 23, 2010, Prof. Sebastian Fate said…

Just noticed your change of name .

Have a good festive season .

 
 
 

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