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!
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!
Though it’s still not something to be encouraged, I enjoy the ability to smoke with impunity in Second Life. I don’t do so in RL by choice, but the ability to pose with a cigarette holder like in the Thirties movies is a good thing to me. One of the nicest I own is this piece by JCNY, which I’m not finding in the Marketplace at the moment.
The holder came in three lengths, and is menu-driven — you can set the color of the metal and the gems, and set bling on or off, as well as control the subtlety of the flash. In these anti-bling times, it’s not something I use much of, but you never know. The cigarette isn’t very realistic looking, but it’s compensated for by a well-shaped mouthpiece and a fairly subtle smoke coming from the cigarette’s tip. It might pay to check at JCNY’s in-world store to see if they still carry these holders in stock.
It is claimed that this avatar, who delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference, is Philip Linden, Returned to us from Beyond for a season and a time.
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I’ve had this Vixen cocktail dress from Icing in Inventory for years; it’s system, and I’m half tempted to throw it out with the push toward mesh and the desire for realistic straps on the shoulders and back. But it looks and feels so good….
Specifically, this nice old leather hat from LeLutka. One good thing about Vanessa Blaylock’s challenge is that it’s making me dig through stuff I haven’t opened up for several years. I have to take my hair into account, but the hat still works quite nicely!
After 6 1/2 years, you should know by now how much I love gold. Gold dresses, gold jewelry, even golden skin — it all works for me. So, when an opportunity comes to surround myself with this most luxurious of substances, why not take advantage of it? Specifically, for Vanessa Blaylock’s alphabetical inventory challenge.
The only thing in the entire ensemble I’ve assembled that doesn’t have a speck of gold color is the cigarette holder; and I chose this holder due to its animation, as well as the “breathe smoke” add-on animation and particles.
The skin, of course, is my go-to Wunderlichs Gold Metal Skin, which I don’t think is available any longer. I really wish that someone would come up with a skin as rich as this one, and then create SLink appliers for it, as my choice of footwear is very limited when wearing these old skins. Skin artists, please take note!!!
- Skin: Wunderlichs Metal Skin Gold (No longer available)
- Eyes: Sterling Artistry DollyCandy (Caramel, but they seem pretty gold)
- Hair: Tukinowaguma Sophia Gold
- Makeup (in application order): .:Glamorize:. Champagne Combos 2 (Gold and Gold Bar); *BOOM* Liquid Glaze (lashed); NOYA Golden Glitter Lipstick
- Gown: Baiastice Giulia
- Shoes: BAX Ankle Boots
- Accessories: Mimikri gloves (available?); ER cigarette holder, long; LaGyo Magnitudo jewelry suite (earrings and necklace); RYCA MSQ ring; Muse Catherine Black Pearl Cocktail Ring (no longer available)
Photographed at the Secret (Public) Photo Studio
Furniture by Angel Manor (Rose Theatre)
Furisode (振袖) is Japanese, referring to the extremely long arm style on formal kimono worn by young unmarried women. I can’t say how many of us in Second Life enjoy walking about in a kimono, but I do on occasion, even putting on “Keiko,” my Asian character from my stories, for the moment (as I have here). And, since it was time to update the kimono I have in my Inventory, I went to the currently running Japan Fair 2014 to pick up a new one or two, preferably in mesh. I found this magnificent one in the clothing section, made by AZUL, which is probably really meant for a wedding. The fabric is all white silk, and it’s in the uchikake style (打掛), with a brocaded “overcoat” over the actual gown and obi sash.
I went looking for a hairstyle to fit it as well; and I discovered a booth by Tukinowaguma! I realize that I said in my previous article that this house of fabulously complex hair was moribund, though still open, but it now appears I’m happily mistaken. Hopefully KateForster Akina is rested and refreshed and ready to kick out lots of new styles for us, both Japanese and western.
- Skin: Issigonis Ayumi (no longer available, though the store exists. They only carry two skins or shapes now.)
- Eyes: Sterling Artistry Jeweled Eyes (tourmaline)
- Makeup (in order): Baiastice GlitterNight Eyeshadow (green); Curves Mystique Eyeshadow (gold); Glamorize French Kiss Lips (Love)
- Hair: Tukinowaguma Tokie (ebony; available at Japan Fair 2014)
- Nails: Candy #P000 Basic Prim Nails (Green10)
- Kimono: AZUL Sakura (available at Japan Fair 2014)
- Jewelry: EarthStones Asian Influence suite — necklace and earrings (Peace)
Photographed in Hubbub region
Ebony is the theme for today’s paw through my inventory; and the ebony here is represented by almost everything I’m wearing. The hair is the item that began this plunge, an old, elaborate updo from Tukinowaguma. Tuki hasn’t released any new styles in a very long time, but the store is still in existence, if much reduced in size from what it was at the apex of their success. (I wonder if it was an inability to cope with the change to mesh that did them in? Some of their longer styles could benefit from a mesh treatment, so they don’t get lost in your shoulders.)
The gown is also vintage, a nicely poufy piece from Sascha Frangilli; and the suite of onyx jewels come from EarthStones. Everything is listed below.
Skin: Issigonis Ayumi (no longer available, though the store exists. They only carry two skins or shapes now.)
Eyes: Sterling Artistry Jeweled Eyes (tourmaline)
Hair: Tukinowaguma Serene (Ebony)
Gown: Sascha’s Designs Sassebas No. 4 (black)
Shoes: Detour Glamour Metallic Pumps (black; no longer available)
Jewelry: EarthStones Karuka suite (earrings, ring, necklace and cuff bracelet, gold/onyx and mixed jewels)
Makeup (in application order): Glamorize Arista Eye Makeup (BlackSun); BOOM Liquid Glaze (lashed black); Glamorize Dirty Babe Lips (Bleeding Fire)
Photographed at my home. WindLight: Annan Adored – mysterious suns