I thought I was gonna have a hard time with U for Vanessa Blaylock’s alphabetical inventory challenge — but I ran across these glasses/sunshades from Urizaska. They’re menu-driven, and my current preferred glasses when I go walking in the sunshine.
This Audrey tube dress from PurpleMoon is made of mesh leather, and fits quite nicely…. (knowing smile)
As in Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia. And how did I fit Sidney Harbor Bridge into my Inventory, you ask?
Very simple. I’ve admired this poster, released to publicize the opening of the Bridge in 1932, for years, and turned it into a print. (I first saw it at an Outback restaurant in Tuscaloosa.)
Rebel Hope has been on the Grid as long as I can remember, and I’ve been stopping in more and more over the past year. I picked up this gown, Lola, for the — intriguing — halter top covered with stars; and I match it here with similarly decorated pumps from Danielle. (It’s red, too — another R!)
No, Q is not for “queen,” although that would be the easiest thing. (How many of us girls don’t have a few royal costumes socked away in inventory [grin]?) I wanted something different. Quartz is also a “common” available item, but not as common as royalty, I suspect. So, for Vanessa Blaylock’s alphabetical inventory challenge, I pulled out these Ruffle Around earrings with quartz centers. They’re probably best for a daytime look, but they have some versatility to them, depending on the nighttime dress you choose.
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.
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.
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.
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!