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Jeopardy! Contestant April 26, 2011 -- Do We Know Her?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Fidelius Apr 27, 2011. 6 Replies

Yesterday on Jeopardy! one of the contestants was a delightful young lady, who demonstrated great poise even when the capricious Evil Trebek rescinded his rulings on her answers twice.Her first name…Continue

Discussion List Out of Order

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Fidelius Dec 3, 2010. 8 Replies

Since yesterday, the Discussion List on my Main page is not re-ordering itself by newest post, but seems to be only in the order that discussions were started. Have I done something to my settings? …Continue

Punk in Steampunk

Started this discussion. Last reply by T/Sgt Tobias H. Black Nov 24, 2010. 3 Replies

I'm splitting this off from the Military Steampunk discussio thread because I believe it deserves attention on its own. Personally I thought "Gonzo-historical" was a better name for the literary…Continue

5000 Members?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Delaney Victoria Ellis Nov 10, 2010. 5 Replies

As of 7:30 am Eastern time today (Tuesday, 2 November) we have 4,906 members of the Empire. Does anyone want to start a pool for when we hit an even 5000?  I believe it will happen today before…Continue

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Dr. Fidelius replied to Evelyn Abyss's discussion Tell me your personas
"Dr. Fidelius is an academic, one of the "moss-covered professors in ivy-covered halls." He hold the Carl Denham Chair of Applied Paleontology at Miskatonic U. (Go Cephalopods!) and does freelance work for the Shadow Government as a…"
Apr 11, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Joseph Patrick Murphy's discussion What Do Steampunks Drink?
"Because absinthe makes the heart grow fonder."
Mar 19, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Madame Monique's discussion Beyond gears and googles
"First, what is "authentic Steampunk design?" Speaking for myself, I consider myself to be an "authentic Steampunk," although I do not expect anyone else to replicate my style choices. I often doubt that Steampunk is a legitimate…"
Mar 8, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion Is your costume simple or geared up?
"I don't wear costumes. I wear clothes, many of which happen to be rather tweedy and otherwise "old fashioned.""
Mar 6, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Scott Gleeson's discussion character appearance
"My story would probably be more like "Therefore, always remember to take the spoon out of the teacup before drinking!""
Feb 21, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Lady Rayna Keller's discussion Why did you choose to be a Lord, Lady, Countess, Captain, etc?
"I have been Dr Fidelius on-line for almost twenty years. He has been at Miskatonic for nearly that entire time (previously he was a snake-oil salesman, mountebank, and mender of sore knees). As one of the folks who was naturally Steampunk before the…"
Feb 21, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Scott Gleeson's discussion character appearance
"Okay. Good on you."
Feb 20, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Mercy Baron's discussion Steampunks thrown out of mall in California! Please read and comment!
"I hate to be all Mundane about this, but did anyone think to check with mall management before setting up an event on private property? I understand a similar event happened at a different mall previously, but precedent does not ensure permission."
Feb 18, 2014
Dr. Fidelius and Admiral Binary Dorsett are now friends
Feb 14, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Admiral Binary Dorsett's discussion Struck with writer's block? How do you cope?
"Write something else. Anything. make up that back of a cereal box, write directions for downloading a useless app, describe how the giraffes enjoy the beach, anything."
Feb 5, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to William James's discussion day to day
"Steampunk is an attitude and a state of mind. The clothing just represents the internal Steampunk. That being said, I am known as "that guy with the bow tie" at many places around town. My "Steampunk" look has never included…"
Feb 2, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Adriana's discussion airship brothel
"Dear Madam. Your ideas intrigue me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter. Sincerely, etc"
Jan 23, 2014
Dr. Fidelius updated their profile
Jan 7, 2014
Dr. Fidelius replied to Andrew Newby's discussion Free Steampunk Cufflinks (competition)
"I have very few shirts with french cuffs. Perhaps I should have my wrists pierced?"
Jan 4, 2014
Dr. Fidelius is now friends with Scentless Apprentice and Professor Gustave Morbeus
Dec 16, 2013
Dr. Fidelius replied to Dr. Farnsworth F. Farnsworth's discussion Rare elements
"The pleasure is all mine, sir. As one of the venerable shellbacks of the site I bid you welcome. Dr. Stephen Fidelius at your service. Professor of Applied Paleontology at Miskatonic University and curator of the Anomalous and Enigmatic specimens of…"
Dec 16, 2013

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I am, first and foremost, a paleontologist. I hold the position of Professor of Applied Paleontology at Miskatonic University, and have been the acting Curator of Enigmatic Specimens since the regretable incident with Dr. Cabel.

It is interesting to do field work for Miskatonic. Marsh may sally forth from Yale and uncover a Brontosaurus, Cope may discover a fine Monoclonius, but our fieldwork tends to disturb that which caused these saurians to go extinct. And we find that it is hungry again.

I understand that many institutes of higher learning do not have a department of Applied Paleontology, and many otherwise well-educated persons are unaware of what constitutes the discipline.

Most Paleontologists limit their study to the fossils found of ancient life. An Applied Paleontologist will be called in when a frozen behemoth discovered in the Arctic wastes is accidentally thawed and begins to run amok on Manhattan, or if an expedition to a newly discovered South Seas island returns with reports of antediluvian creatures.

The most incredibly useful tools developed for the science of Applied Paleontology over the past few years are the variety of mechanical moles, tunnelers, and other burrowing machines our mining interests have turned out.

My own Digging Leviathan, the Claidhaich a Fheumadh, is rather larger than the familiar commercial models, as I have a full laboratory on board. She is approximately the twice the length and diameter of a railway carriage, although with only about the same amount of available space in the interior. Much of the volume is taken up by the engines which power the auger and the drive tracks. The shell is quite thick, to protect the crew from subterranean rivers, magma pockets, Mole People, and the occasional rogue Cave Kraken.

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At 1:10pm on November 23, 2013, Dr Trebuchet Hemmingway said…


May I commend you upon your comprehensive back story. I yearn to have such depth to my own character, however my intrinsic lethargy and general idleness prevents such great work.


I hope this correspondence finds you hale and hearty.


Yours with the kindest of regards


Dr Douglas Hemmingway Trebuchet KCVO ISO FBA CSci  IBERS

At 7:11am on August 30, 2011, Miss Kitty Imperial Tea Hostess said…
Hoping you are safe and well after the Hurricane..
At 9:08am on June 29, 2011, GothFae said…
OK I don't know if i did something wrong and comment didn't get posted or if the system is just slow. We are vending at Danny Greenwolf's Faire in Ansonia. We are up the hill to the left in the main field. We have mostly kids costumes but also have two ,very full, racks of lovely ladies clothing suitable for both Ren or Steampunk pirate attire or even every day wear.
At 8:58pm on April 1, 2011, LaDy eLiZaBeTh PaTcH said…
Many Happy Returns!
At 8:17pm on April 1, 2011, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…
I do hope you had a grand birthday Dr. Fidelius.
At 3:41pm on April 1, 2011, Captain Denvo Pryde said…
Happy birthday, I am stuck between dimensions hopefully your day is full of fun and excitement.
At 2:08am on April 1, 2011, Hephzibah Marsh said…
Happy Birthday!
At 11:19pm on March 30, 2011, Clayton Willoughby said…
Well I'm just gettin back from a show this evening and saw that you had dropped in and had a listen. So glad you enjoyed the music as i have a blast doing it but I try not to let on too much. Gotta hit the hay, busy day tomorrow or today, I mean. Take Care.
At 10:47am on March 10, 2011, Clayton Willoughby said…
My Dearest Dr. Fidelius, Now that sounds like an opera title already, I wanted to thank you for joining me here on this new-fangled contraption and maybe we shall run into one another at some point in time, either the past or present will do. Take  care and have a most enjoyable week. Yours Sincerely, Clayton Willoughby
At 6:46am on February 12, 2011, Lucretia Dearfour said…
Honestly I need to go on here more often lol.

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