6th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest Announcement   4 comments

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Other bloggers are free to copy this photo for republishing on their blog, with a link pointing back to this article.


After consulting with the Editorial Staff of Around the Grid — meaning the voices in my head — and taking into consideration that the time frame for this year’s Academy Award voting is going to be shorter than usual, I’ve decided to go ahead and kick off this blog’s annual tradition.  Once this announcement goes up, I’ll be opening up the groups on Flickr and Koinup for submissions, and the 6th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest will have begun.  If you haven’t already started putting together your look for walking down the red carpet at the Dolby Theater on February 22, now’s the time to get going on it.  You’ll have about five weeks to build a look and get your photos submitted.

Please note, men as well as women are welcome to enter!!!  We’ve had a few fellows in the past, and they made it nicely through the cuts, though they were usually more escorts for the women.  My only criteria in this area is that the photo has to be good.  So find yourselves a good formal suit, all you Male Models, and give this contest a shot.

The prize pool is once again a guaranteed L$28,500, with L$10,000 to first place.  That’ll get a lot of shopping done at Azul and PurpleMoon (grin).  So, if you want a chance at filling your virtual closet at my expense, come on and enter!

Read the rules after the break.

Blarney Stoned   Leave a comment

Blarney Stoned

Have you ever tried to do the twist in platform, high-top zori?  It ain’t easy!

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Posted January 23, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in Humor

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Dream Weaver   Leave a comment

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I’ve just closed my eyes again
And climbed aboard the dream weaver train
Trying to take away my worries of today
And leave tomorrow behind

Ooh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night
Ooh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light

Continue with the dream by turning the page.

6th Annual OFPC — Update 1: Rules change and Renée Zellweger   Leave a comment

Progress is slow on this year’s Oscar Fashion Photo Contest, as it usually is at this stage.  I only have three entries at the moment, but I know there’s interest in the community.  However, I’d encourage any Second Life fashion bloggers to spread the word, as publicity for the contest is always a difficult thing.  I’ve put up ads on several popular blogs and feeds, but the more news that circulates, the better.  Just link back to this year’s rules article, so everyone will have a chance to read them, and all shall be well.

Speaking of the rules, there’s one tweak I’ve had to insert.  Rule 4 now states clearly that you cannot post the same photo on both groups.  This doesn’t improve your chances; however, only one copy will be deleted.  Similarly, to be clear, you cannot put up two entries with different photos, one on each group.  Please take this into consideration.


Turn the page for this year’s featured actress, Renée Zellweger.

Fully Alien, SLink About   Leave a comment

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Since when, you say, is it new that I’m dressed up like some alien creature?  Well, it’s new in this sense:  I’m also wearing SLink hands and feet in all of these pictures.

How has this come about? Turn the page to discover.

Je suis Charlie et Ahmed   Leave a comment

Charlie in Vitual Paris

The masthead of this blog will be dark for one week, in remembrance of the events at Charlie Hebdo‘s offices in Paris, and those who lost their lives there and elsewhere.  I understand the intense displeasure many Muslims have toward such depictions of Muhammad; but what the shooters did was so far out of proportion as to enter the realm of stupidity.  The shooters, by their acts, did not help their cause, did not do honor to the Prophet’s name or teachings, and wrought a great harm to Islam in general.


Lord, we ask you to guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the
ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another
and serve the common good.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.


The Book of Common Prayer, p. 388 (adapted)

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Posted January 11, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Real Life

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Yearbook Daze   Leave a comment


Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs
With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love
Got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk
Singing here’s to never growing up

— Avril Lavigne

For Berry Singh’s new Monday Meme — the Yearbook Photo Challenge.  No, this is not how I looked back in the day; my parents would have utterly destroyed me, no matter how much they loved me.  (Anyway, I graduated in 1976, and we were very red, white and blue that year.)  But I haven’t seen the punk rebel in the challenge yet, so I figured someone needed to do it!

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