TSMGO

Goodbye Osprey…

Friends of Osprey as well as those who followed her online would know of her long time battle with MS. I’m sad to say that its a battle she lost yesterday, although she did so on her terms which sums up Osprey perfectly – she lived life her way.
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Os was my mate in SL, the single person most responsible for my staying in SL after the initial novelty of the place wore off in early 2007. She gave me purpose, diection and a chance to create. She shared her world and friends generously and I will always love her for that.

The Army of Os

You can leave a message on her SL page here.

 

A workaround for the snapshot to postcard issue

I came into SL last night to help Enjah out with the 2010 show – it was good to be back, but the first hour was still a minefield of annoying techy issues that pissed me right off, but I remained calm and did not re-spit my dummy out and in the end I had a good night.

Along the way I got an IM from Mari who told me about Torley’s workaround for the snapshot issue that had pissed me off so royally the week before. The issue is that I couldn’t send snapshots via email anymore (saving to disk did work but as I don’t use that system it’s not an idea alternative for me, more an emergency plan B). It turned out this is one of those ancient issues that had rumbled on in the Jira for a while but seems to have become much worse in the latest server roll out. Torley suggests reducing the size of your snapshot (he explains more here in the Jira). For a few months I’ve been taking my shots at 2880 x 1618 & 80% quality giving me a file size of around 500Kb to 1Mb (1Mb being the cut off limit when emailing out as I do – I email out to Snapzilla and that in turn emails the shot to Flickr – I’ve edited the postcard XML file so it automatically has the correct email address in the To: field). This *had* been working fine but on Torley’s suggestion I dropped the size to 1440 x 809 & 80% quality (giving me a file size of 300Kb to 500Kb) and it worked again.

Now obviously the fact that I should be able too send the larger shots (and until two weeks ago could!) means that this is only a workaround for an error I really hope the Linden’s fix toot sweet, but at least it means I (and you if you have been similarly blighted) can send postcards again! TY Mari & Torley 🙂

A Horrible Halloween Howl!

The halloween special was a blast! Everyone was a zombie or ghoul and the audience came in an amazing variety of horrific outfits. We had two now acts, the Doctor & The Zombie and The Dance of The Ghouls, and both had exposive endings that showered the crowd in blood, bone and brains!

So that’s it folks – the final final end of the 2009 season – we all hope you enjoyed it as much as we did 😀

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO (Halloween Special) - 31st October 2009

TSMGO – Halloween Special!

Rot up! Rot up! Ghouls and Beasties, I have the distinct terror of announcing a special one night only re-animation of the show everyone is screaming about!

TSMGO - Halloween 09 Show

Creep along early to guarentee your plot and come in the scariest costume you can possess to see the undead treat with more than a few nasty tricks… BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

We rise from our graves at 2pm (SLT) on Saturday 31st October 2009 and then come back for a second bite of your brains at 2:50pm. So crawl your foul way to The Lindenburg in Phobos and make sure you don’t miss the show where dying on stage is all part of the fun!

Pssst! Keep up with the latest TSMGO news on our blog and twitter!

Back By Popular Demand!

That’s right folks, we thought it was the end of the 2009 season for The Show Must Go on and Professor Antfarmoffski’s Flea Circus, but you wouldn’t let us go 🙂 So bowing to pressure from our gorgeous and fragrant public, Osprey beat us all on the soles of our feet until we agreed to come out of retirment once more, and what a show we put on! We were packed out for the 2pm showing (nearly 30 in the audience!) and had a fair few for the 2:50pm show and everyone had a great time. It was nice to see some friends from Nova Albion & Bay City as well as Steelhead and from SL Things To Do and of course, the Backpacking Burros! A huge thanks for your support guys!
TSMGO - 10th Oct 2009

TSMGO - 10th Oct 2009

TSMGO - 10th Oct 2009

TSMGO - 10th Oct 2009

TSMGO - 10th Oct 2009

TSMGO - 10th Oct 2009

p.s. This was Kumi Kuhr’s first show with us too! Welcome to the looney bin, Kumi! 😀

Laddles and Gentlebumps, May I Introduce The Lindenburg!

TSMGO - 30th May 09 (Race for Life gig)

If you’ve seen the 2009 show, you’ll have been on the amazing flying theatre airship built by Osprey – well now, thanks to Karuna Sands, it has a name… Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to The Lindenburg!

TSMGO - 29th August 2009

Come to today’s show – 2pm in Phobos! And again next week on the 12th!
TSMGO - Sept 09 Poster

The Show Must Go On… but not for much longer!

I’m sorry to say folks that we are nearing the end of the 2009 show season *pauses for wailing, weeping, teeth gnashing and chest beating to stop* and you only have a few more opportunities to a) see us and b) book us!

The next two shows are 5th September and 12th September and we have no more planned after that. Now I’m sure we will do some more, but as we also need to film all the acts from this and last year, I don’t think we’ll do many more.

TSMGO - Sept 09 Poster

So if you want to see our amazing flea circus and comedy and dance and song show, come along on Saturday 5th September and/or Saturday 12th September.

And if you want to book us, then contact Osprey Therian in-world ASAP. I’d hazard a guess that if you haven’t booked us by the end of September, we may well be full up for the rest of the year filming.

As always, a HUGE thank you to you all for coming and supporting our work – we do it for the fun, nothing more and nothing less and without an audience, it ain’t no fun 😀

Oh, and on a final note, if you think you have an act or talent you’d like to bring to the troupe and if you think you’d like to stand up on stage and make countless people laugh and wOOt! in 2010 then drop Osprey a line – we are always looking for new blood you know 🙂

Meet the TSMGO Stars: Comrade Bumble Bee

Although the management of the theatre usually compile and compose these short biographies, but in this case Comrade Bumble Bee from the Glorious Soviet Socialist Republik Hive has provided us with the text himself(1):

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Dear all western pigs, capitalist dogs and your childer! Greetings from the Glorious SSRH! We bees of the State wish you and your filthy capitalist ways well and hope your pathetic health services are succeeding in keeping you healthy. Nice things said, we move to tale of Comrade Bees, yes?

In Glorious Mother Hive, all Comrade Bees are equal. In Glorious Mother Hive I learn music and dance from workermother for pleasure of Glorious Leader Bee. This is what we are bringing to you, flabby westerners. Yes? Dance and music in air above you all with faces of wonder and smiles.

With music in air, we dance for joy of Communist Utopia created by Glorious Leader and her many, many Glorious Purges and Pogroms. This is happy for us, yes? No! We never happy while trivial things coming in world! Not like westerners with their smiling faces and clowns. Hello Childer, enjoy show yes?

In end, we Glorious Communist Bees of the Hive State equal, You not. We better and dance from joy of knowing and for the small childer with their fat faces and laughings, yes? Goodbyes!
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There you have it folks. And thank you Mr… I mean Comrade Bumble Bee.

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(1) Which we are contractually obliged to reproduce, god help us.

Meet the TSMGO Stars: Pheobus

TSMGO - Flea Circus

Little is known about Pheobus’ background. We know he has a funny accent and is very careful with his money(1) so it’s a safe bet he’s either Scottish or from Yorkshire, but no record can be found to back this up. Still, he’s never bought any of the other fleas or circus hands a drink ever. Not once. Not even a coke. Tight fisted little sod.

Anyway, the first records of him seem to be those of the Linden Youth Offending Board (Corn Field Division) where he was reprimanded for a series of griefing attacks in which unfortunate noobs were set on fire moments after setting foot off the ferry. These poor noobs were heard to say “Hey! What’s going on?” and “What? What’s this fire? HELP!!!1”and “Babe sex please me?” before he pushed them into other noobs setting them on fire too.

Clearly a troubled soul(2), he was sent to the Corn Field which he promptly burnt down. He was then sent to a secure facility in a Linden Lab server farm which he burnt down. From there he was sent to an underwater containment facility just off Nautilus which he burnt down.

The exasperated Lindens held a special secret meeting (delayed three times due to fire alarms as Pheobus tried to burn it down) and decided upon their most radical solution yet. Exile to Prokofy Neva’s Free Tibet! Here amid the snowy wastes the young Pheobus was to be schooled by one of the grid’s most renowned pacifists, The Great and Benevolent Guru Swami Bernard.

Although Pheobus managed to burn down two mountains, one party of hikers and several of Guru Bernard’s best beards, the good Swami’s patience and fatherly concern slowly worked their magic on the dear little troubled soul and within a year the old Pheobus was gone. Instead, in his place, stood the new Pheobus! Focused, caring, dedicated and 90% less dangerous! A tough regime of mental and physical training had yielded great results and the young Fire-Flea was almost ready to rejoin society(3), all he had to complete was Guru Bernard’s final task – a three week long blindfolded hike through the mountains juggling five blazing termites in which he must never stop for food or sleep or drink and he must never, ever drop a termite or allow it to go out.

And so it was that one day from the end of this mammoth task the exhausted Pheobus came to trip over a snoozing Professor Antfarmoffski and drop all his termites. The rest, dear reader, is history…

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(1) It’s rumoured that his purse contains groats and the small desiccated bodies of moths…

(2) In this case, code for ‘right little arsehole’

(3) Probably as a stoker on the Caledon Light Steam Rail Network.

Meet the TSMGO Stars: Frollo

TSMGO - Flea Circus

Frollo Shamus O’Murphy(1) was born a nomad, his mother and father having eloped in order to give vent to their burning love. From being an egg Frollo never knew one place for long, cast adrift on his father’s endless quest for the pot’o’blood at the end of the rainbow. This endless (hopeless) quest saw the small O’Murphy clan travelling the grid in a grand pea-green boat(2), but when the stolen money and honey ran out they family found themselves in dire straights and had no other option but to apprentice out the young Frollo to a catfish in the Omidyar sea.

Frollo never saw his parents again. Legend says they were killed in a terrible particle storm just off Da Boom, other reports say they were roasted by the firece underwater Sea Osprey in Bodega, whilst still others just say they found the pot’o’blood and forgot about poor Frollo altogether. Whatever the truth, which will be mostly lies and make believe, one thing is for certain, young Frollo was raised on the back of the kindly catfish and became the grids first (and only) Sea-Flea!

Although he traveled the Seven Seas of the grid, he never forgot the inland sea of Omidyar and often returned to play amongst the kelp, gambol amid the sponges and bite the arse of anything with warn blood in it. It was the latter activity that led him dto develop his superflea-like dextrity as his favourite pasttime rapidly became shark taunting and Sea Osprey biting.

It was during an attempt to beat his personal best and not only taunt the Bodega Bay shark but also twist the sea-snakes into a balloon poodle and bite the dreaded Sea Osprey right on the arse in one daring lightning raid, that Frollo came across the good Professor Antfarmoffski trembling under a large lily leaf. and the rest, dear reader is history…

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(1) His Father was Irish who lived in Athlone on a shark in the local aquarium. His mother was a minor French aristocrat passing through on the back of a particularly fine Persian. It’s the beautiful age old love story of the haughty and the lowly crossing the social divide to rut like two monkeys sugared up on love juice and UmBongo. Awwww.

(2) Filched from a sap of an owl and his soppy cat lover when they weren’t looking.