In Search of Robert Louis Stevenson   2 comments

“…For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints….”

Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879)

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Welcome to the South of France!  I’m actually farther south than Robert Louis Stevenson got on his hiking trip, a self-imposed journey that resulted in his second full-length book.  And, really, I’m not even in France; this region, Flux sur Mer, does a good stand-in job for rural coastal France, though, and fits in somewhat with the theme of this month’s Uber collection, “Rustic.”


Stevenson was a traveler partly by inclination, but also partly for reasons of necessity; he suffered from wretched health for most of his life (though current conclusions are that it wasn’t tuberculosis, as often suggested), and made many journeys in search of a climate that would agree with his constitution.  This journey, however, was not one of those.  Rather, he was in part looking for material for a book, but also to forget about the married American woman, Fanny Osbourne, who he would eventually marry himself.  She and her son would end up following Stevenson in his travels, to America, and eventually to the place Stevenson settled and died in, Samoa; however, this was years in the future from 1878.

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My travel plans were nowhere near as ambitious as Stevenson’s.  This was a morning visit to a French country town, and I dressed appropriately for it:  a soft linen dress, sandals, a big floppy hat and a colorful bag.

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Last-minute discovery: I stuck my hand through the top of the bag (sigh). I want to show this lovely accessory to you, though, and here it is.

A stop for breakfast at a patisserie:

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and I was ready to explore the sim.  (I leave this as an exercise for the reader; just follow the SLurl.)


The details:

  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America – Clean B)
  • Eyes: Poetic Colors berlin nights (small, bright)
  • Hair: Truth Hair Armelle, with hat
  • Dress: Zenith minority long dress (milk) (available at July Uber)
  • Shoes: Pure Poison Katarina sandals (Colors) (available at July Uber)
  • Attachments: SLink Avatar Enhancement Feet (Mid); Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands (Casual)
  • Accessories: Eudora 3D Rustic Tote Bag, Maxi Gossamer Savannah earrings and bracelets (all available at July Uber)
  • Makeup: Blacklace Beauty Hi-Gloss Lips Clear 50%; Baiastice Rio eyeshadow (mod 2)

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No H8 Redux   Leave a comment

No H8

I found some old files from 2010 or so, and I figured this deserved a revisit in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday concerning same-sex marriage.  It’ll take time to work through all the ramifications, and some places (like Alabama, where I live) will need to be dragged kicking and screaming into compliance, at least in some counties.  But the time has come to recognize that there are more sexes than a binary choice, and that they deserve their rights as well.

The original 1920×1080 size is on Flickr; feel free to copy it as a wallpaper, and to spread the smaller sizes as you see fit.

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Posted June 29, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in Real Life

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YadNi s Junkyard has closed down after 11 years in Second Life   Leave a comment

Harper Ganesvoort:

It’s sad to hear this, but nothing lasts forever. Still, I do recall working my way through the Junkyard several times in my early years, until I got my virtual legs under me; freebie stores like YadNi’s are fantastic places for newbies to get themselves established. And and 11-year run is mind-boggling in Second Life.

Originally posted on Daniel Voyager's Blog:

YadNi s Junkyard 001 January 18, 2011

After 11 years the well known YadNi s Junkyard in Second Life has closed down which is a massive loss and very sad to see this landmark disappear. YadNi s Junkyard started back on 6th April 2004 and it was the first freebies store in Second Life history to launch. YadNi s Junkyard was one of the top favourite places for new residents to get freebies, getting started in Second Life and it was a good places to make new friends.

YadNi Monde posted this message on Google+ on June 23rd 2015.

YadNi s Junkyard has closed today.
After 11 years of helping Thousands new residents with REAL freebies, full perms, for free, and one of the most long lasting money trees, I had to close the place today.
I hope you have good souvenirs of that place.

It’s going to be hard to imagine what the grid…

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Posted June 29, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in Reblog

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Opulentia Antiqua   Leave a comment

Opulentia Antiqua

This is more of a photograph for art’s sake — it’s 1920×1080 in the original, which will be added to Flickr after this is published, so you can use it as a wallpaper — but you can still purchase all of the vintage elements, so I’ll include the links.  I’ve had this laying around as a costume for a character in one of my stories; with the coming of new goodies for fashionistas/bloggers, I felt it was time to update the look.


The details:

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Posted June 25, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts, Fashion, Photographs

Searching for Summerfest   Leave a comment

Searching for Summerfest

Actually, you don’t need to search that hard; Summerfest 2015 is easy to find.  Just teleport there. And you can do a few more things than just shop your brains out; take a float on the rafts in the sea, or a swim in the pool I found there.  I think I saw something about music at some point, so check any listings that may be available.

You Gotta Be Kidding Me

But please do remember the clothing regulations….

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12 Years and Still Rezzin’   Leave a comment

Machinima by Inara Pey

SL12B begins tomorrow, June 21 at noon SLT.  You have a week to check out this year’s community fair, and I hope to see you there!

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Posted June 20, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in Announcements, Events, Machinima

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Making an Entrance   Leave a comment

Making an Entrance 1

If anyone can Make an Entrance, it’s Ariel Sherman. Cyborg, onetime unwilling “courtesan” in a pleasure house on the planet Videra,  now the owner and star artiste of her own revue, the largest and finest show in the sector! She’s earned her reputation over decades of acting, singing and dancing, and she has decades more in her future.

My mama always told me
There were two ways to come into a party
Polite and Genteel
Or Make an Entrance

Mama was Philadelphia Old Money, you see
She was brought up right
Governesses and finishing schools
Lessons in deportment and etiquette
And waltzing at the Debutante Ball
With wealthy and well-connected boys

But then she scandalized Philadelphia Society
Its proper ladies from the Main Line
Its tea parties and charity balls
And Right Things to Do

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Anyone, of course, can Make an Entrance in a gown from Sascha Frangilli. Almost every one of her gowns has multiple skirts, so you can walk in demure and sleek (and still wow the hoi polloi), or shoot off a firework in the hall. For Ariel, though, this red-carpet walk demanded something even…larger. So I took advantage of Sascha’s offer to make a skirt addition for her standard fee of L$100. I added the extension to the larger stock ball skirts, and now — wow!! (With the script resizer, I can make it even bigger, but you can go only so far before it gets overwhelming. In fact, for a lark, I clicked on Max Size — and almost filled up the sim with blue taffeta. That was a little too big.)

Oh no, not that for Mama —
She became an Actress
And a big one too
And the Main Line —
When they think of her at all —
It wobbles!

She told me
Polite and Genteel has its time
Its place
You wear a proper skirt and a proper hat
You arrive on time, to the beat of the clock
You ring the bell and the maid answers the door
You say hello to the hostess
Get introduced around, sip tea
And munch petits fours

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Sascha works in mesh as much as normal prims these days. This gown combines both, not only in the skirt add-on I ordered, but in the “normal” prims she uses, here in the additional “stock” skirts and the luxurious collar framing Ariel’s face.

Oh no, not that for Mama —
Grandma taught her Emily
But at night she read Eloise
Dreamed of marrons glacés from room service
And roller skates in the Palm Court
She hit it big in her first movie
And became the toast of two continents
Invited to premieres and events
Setting the fashion, not following it
Some say Anna learned from her
Before laying out her first September issue

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I’m combining a few rings from a previous Lazuri suite with her latest release, most of the set from the Viva La Diva collection. I left out one necklace; the back-duster I’m wearing already is plenty! Ariel smokes — tobacco is safe in the 48th Century — and so she is carrying an old, favorite cigarette holder (no longer available).

Whenever you can, Mama always told me
You Make an Entrance
Come late to the party
Come last if you can
They won’t mind it
And if they do
It’ll be so big, they won’t dare admit it

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Never buy your own dress
When designers beg you to take theirs
Wear the biggest you can
The bigger the house, the bigger the Entrance
The bigger the Entrance, the bigger the gown
And the jewels
And the hair —
All in taste, of course
But make it there!

Put that Di chick to shame
Make Lady G green with envy
Come up or down the stairs and stop the show
Wave to your friends, air-kiss your enemies —
And own the spotlight!

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A new eyeshadow for Ariel, along with an old favorite liner. I hope BOOM’s owners read this and re-introduce the Liquid Glaze collection of liners; they did the job wonderfully, and are still my go-to for eyeliner, unless I’m seeking some different look.

Sometimes I think
I’m too much like Grandma
I’ve never taken the dare
To Make an Entrance….
But then again, I’m not my Mama

Harper Ganesvoort,
Writing from Atlanta, Georgia, 2015


The details:

  • Skin:  Fallen Gods Materica (Aureum, w/ appliers)
  • Hair:  Vanity Hair Diavolo (dyed “Ariel blue” by me for this character; tintable hairbase from another hair product)
  • Eyes:  LIM CyberEye v. 3.0
  • Attachments:  SLink Casual Hands and High Feet
  • Gown:  Sascha’s Designs Pleasure
  • Shoes:  Baby Monkey Arizona sandals (HUD driven)
  • Accessories:  Lazuri Perles de Gloire Rings; Lazuri Viva La Diva suite (back-duster necklace, earrings, rings and bracelets); JCNY cigarette holder (no longer available)
  • Makeup (in application order):  MUA (Make Up Addiction) Shade Eyeshadow (Baby Blue); *BOOM* Liquid Glaze (lashed Silver; no longer available); Mystic Canvass Pucker Lip Gloss (Dark Blue)

Photographed at the Rose Theatre.

A note:  I still use the BOOM Liquid Glaze and list it here, despite it’s being out of stock at BOOM for some time, since it has so many colors and can be used “lashed” or “unlashed” as needed.  I continue to list it to ensure anyone looking for eyeshadow won’t think this particular liner is part of the shadow pack they’re purchasing.  I wish it were still available for you, as it’s a fine product!

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