P is for — Pipe   Leave a comment

P is for Pipe

Smokin’ again, I know.  But it’s such a nice pipe:  one of the two Bouhachi kiseru pipes released by Rozoregalia.  Script-driven with nine poses and smoke on or off.

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O is for — Orange   Leave a comment

In salute to the inauguration of the new King and Queen of the Netherlands, her home country, Sascha Frangilli has created a new gown named Queen Máxima, in the orange of the Royal House.  It will be right in the front of the New Items section of Sascha's Designs, and at a very special price.

The first thing that occurred to me for O in Vanessa Blaylock’s alphabetical inventory challenge was orange; and this gown from Sascha’s Designs, which I featured last year for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, is as orange as it gets.

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N is for — N-core   Leave a comment

N is for N-core

N-Core has good shoes, and here’s one of my stock ones, which I actually managed to match the skin to!  I’ll admit that SLink feet and appliers make color matching simpler, but once in a while I get it right.

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Heartbleed Concerns   Leave a comment

It’s sad to do my 1,001st article on a thing that shouldn’t be happening in a rational society, where everyone obeys the law.  Unfortunately, the Real World isn’t that rational.  If you aren’t sick about reading about the Heartbleed flaw in OpenSSL, keep going here, because this brief piece on Around the Grid concerns you.  If you are sick of reading about it, keep reading anyway; you probably have at least one account affected by the crisis.

Mashable has run a recent article on Heartbleed, and it identifies a number of sites that were running the flawed version of OpenSSL, which could render your passwords and personal data vulnerable.  This is really vital reading to everyone!!!  Most of us have a Facebook account; many of us use some service offered by Yahoo or Google, run a Tumblr blog, or do a mess of pinning on Pinterest.  And other services may be affected as well.  The Mashable article has a substantial list of businesses and whether or not they admit they were running a site with the bug.  Every one that you have an account on which is marked with a green check mark, get yourself there soon and change your password.  And make it a good one as well; there are references available to teach you how to construct memorable, reasonably safe passwords — longish phrases with a mix of cases, numbers and punctuation are excellent in my experience.  Record your new passwords in several different places that you can access easily to update them when needed — and then change them on a periodic basis, whether there’s a security crisis or not going on.  It’s just safer that way.  (I keep two separate password vaults:  one on my desktop and one on my phone.  Both are password locked themselves, and are mostly mirrors of each other.)

As for Second Life, it didn’t make the Mashable list, but I don’t know if anyone has checked with Linden Lab.  I’m taking no chances, and changing my password again with them in a few minutes as part of my overall upgrade to my security.  I’d encourage you to do the same, just as a reasoned precaution; I think the account servers can handle the strain.  I also have accounts on Flickr, Google and Tumblr, and I’ve changed the passwords there as well.  Other services I’m doing just as a precaution; I’ll probably throw in my financial accounts within 24 hours, just to really be on the safe side, although every bank claims to be safe.

Call it raving paranoia, if you wish.  I call it constructive paranoia at the worst, and sound precaution at the least.  Change your passwords!

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M is for — Messenger Bag   Leave a comment

M is for Messenger Bag

“Messenger Bag” in this case is an old vintage Truth bag.  I don’t use purses too much, but I hang on to this one for occasional slinging over my shoulder.

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L is for — Lazuri   Leave a comment

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Lazuri is definitely one of the name jewelry houses these days, and Zuri Lyric gets better and better with the large stage pieces she specializes in.  This set, which Zuri calls Precise Frimon, consists of a script-driven suite:  heavy necklace, earrings, rings and bracelets for both hands and a set of individual hair pins (which are shaped similar to the pendants on the earrings; they don’t show up in this shot).  Colors are controllable via the menus, and give you a wide range of possibilities to decorate yourself with.

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These jewels deserved more than a simple one-shot, so I dressed myself up some and trotted out another character from my stories:  I call her Dannta ‘niShantaro, and she’s from the planet Elenia.  Any road, I added to the Lazuri suite a set of prim nails that have some flower or flower-related elements, and dressed myself in a party outfit:

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The details beyond the jewels:

  • Skin and shape (modified):  Tokyo.Girl Amelia – Natural
  • Eyes:  Poetic Couture classic blue hour
  • Hair:  Truth January (crow w/ roots)
  • Nails:  Love Soul Fascinante prim nails (Red)
  • Makeup (application order):  Baiastice Pola bi-colour eyeshadows and lashes (gold/azure); Glamorize Treasured Kisses Lips (Dark raspberry)
  • Dress:  Bliss Couture Lene (with loose gold leggings added; vintage)
  • Shoes:  BAX Coen Regency Boots (black; mesh)

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K is for — Kunglers   Leave a comment

K is for Kunglers

Kunglers is always a go-to for lovely fashion.  I picked up this coat, named Alessandra, last winter; I didn’t model it formally then, but I offer it to you now!

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