La Marseillaise   Leave a comment

Vive la France 1

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

“La Marseillaise,” first verse

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We seem to be marking national holidays this month, so I figure I’d better do something for the home of great fashion, great food, great bicycling, and a whole lot of other greats.  There was a lot of struggle before all that, though.

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By Jean-Pierre HouëlBibliothèque nationale de France, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=106405

July 14 is known in France as Bastille Day, and is considered their “Independence Day.”  In short, in 1789, the people of Paris got sick of King Louis XVI’s rule of them, and began trying to take matters into their own hands.  The whole history is a lot more complex than just that one-line piece of glibness, and I’d suggest you read it if you don’t remember your world-history classes.  But, as part of it, afraid that Louis would send in the army against them, the Parisians stormed the Bastille, the huge fortress-prison in the city, and took the arms and gunpowder held there.  It was their Lexington and Concord, and essentially sparked the beginning of the French Revolution.  That led in the long run to freedom, the right to vote, regicide, and eventually Napoleon.  France has actually gone through five republics since then, but this fifth one seems to be holding.

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The national colors are blue, white and red (Thank you, Captain Picard), and so I’ve tried to use those colors in my outfit and makeup.  The sundress is from, fittingly, Petit Chat.  I did manage to pull of all three colors in my shoes from KC Couture, since they came with a left and right shoe; I put both on and selected blue metal, then took one off and selected red metal, and put the off one back on.  Voilà.

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I’m wearing:

  • Skin: Amacci Tyne (Cream – 01 Natural)
  • Eyes: Poetic Colors classic (cosmic dawn (l) bright)
  • Hair: rezology Butterfly 069
  • Attachments: SLink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe and Casual Hands
  • Dress: Petit Chat Gleam (blue)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Stefy wedges
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Elizabeta necklace (Silver / blue topaz) and Shani earrings (Blue Opal)
  • Makeup: SlackGirl Naja (01); MONS Showy lipstick (rose); Arte Glamorous Eyebrows (ash blonde)

Photographed in Costa Nero region

(Harper will get the links added later when she has a chance; I have to scoot for work — a different deadline! Check back tomorrow, if not tonight.)

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Match Point   Leave a comment

Match Point

I was in RL Louisiana this weekend, saying farewell to a dear woman I worked with for several years at the bookstore.  She had retired just within the year, and had moved back to Keithville to be with family, so it was something of a shock to us at the store to get the news.  Three of us made the trip across two and a half states to attend her funeral.  I drove by myself; and, as I was rocketing up I-20 on Saturday morning to get to the church, I played with the satellite radio in the car, until I recalled what day it was.  I flipped to the BBC World Service feed in time to catch the opening of the Ladies’ Singles Final at The Championships, Wimbledon.  I heard most of Serena Williams‘ record-matching win1 against Angelique Kerber, whom she dismissed 7-5, 6-3.  And this morning, before I left the hotel to return home, I followed Andy Murray‘s fierce battle against Canadian star Milos Raonic in the Gentlemen’s Singles, with Murray winning 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2).

I remember for years, between about 1977 and 1994, it was my “tradition” to watch NBC’s “Breakfast at Wimbledon” presentation on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  (It’s now moved to ESPN.) I’ve only ever played the game one time; but I’ve always enjoyed traditions, and The Championships is definitely one of those.  It’s given me an appreciation for those who can play tennis at the heights of talent and ability, and I’ve seen some of the more memorable battles ever enacted on a tennis court during the fortnight at Wimbledon, such as the famous 1980 men’s final between Björn Borg and John McEnroe — a nearly four-hour, five set match that included a monster 34-point tiebreaker.  It threatened to last even longer, because McEnroe and Borg tied in the fifth set as well, and Wimbledon doesn’t play a tiebreaker in the last set — you must break the opponent’s serve and win in normal fashion.  (Borg finally won the overall behemoth of a match, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (16-18), 8-6.)

Yes, the newfangled stuff like Second Life is fun and enchanting; it can even be enriching.  But you can’t ignore the traditions….

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1 With her win on Saturday, Serena ties Steffi Graf for most career Grand Slam singles championships in the “Open Era” (when professional players were allowed to compete at the major championships). The overall leader is Margaret Court, with 24 Grand Slam wins.

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  • Annette Sport Tennis Outfit by Jezzixa Cazalet for Prism.  This outfit includes a pair of shoes, ball and racquet, which I’m not using here.

Most links point to Wikipedia articles; standard accuracy disclaimers apply in all cases.

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Building a Story Set   Leave a comment

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When I do storyboarding for my short fiction, as I’m doing a lot of lately for the story based on “Like a Thief In the Night,” I like to get as detailed a set as possible, so that I’ll have the place my characters inhabit as clear in my mind as I can.  When we first meet Melanda, Duconna Ceal of Eldav, we’ll see her in the office of a doctor specializing in biosculpt and cosmetic enhancement technology.  Not surprisingly, though, there aren’t many places even in Second Life that boast a biosculptor’s office and exam rooms.  So I was forced to build one for myself and my partners.

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Happy Fourth of July!   1 comment

Harper said she always tries to do a 4th of July article and photo.

Harper said it would be fun.

Harper said it would be patriotic.

Harper said it would be great exposure for us.

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O Canada   Leave a comment

O Canada! 1

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

More tribute to Canada on her national day on the next page….

Ferosh Fashion Week — Going To a Go-Go   Leave a comment

Going To a Go-Go 1

Well, there’s a brand new place I’ve found
Where people go from miles around
They come from everywhere
And if you drop in there
You might see anyone in town

“Going To a Go-Go,” by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers, and Marvin Tarplin

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Harper and I are hopeless during the summer.  She’s in short-story mode a lot lately and wants to storyboard everything to work out her settings.  We’re both busy with out-of-school families in RL.  But we took a break to get some of the more important work done — like keeping our sanity together with a little fashion fun in world.  We took a quick run — Harper was in one of her Melanda costumes at the time, though she isn’t here — to Ferosh Fashion Week, and I found this lovely, feathery, flirty party dress that I had to get!

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In the Name of the Moon, I Will Shop!   Leave a comment

While I’m doing my usual summer pullback and working on other projects (in addition to an occasional Second Life thing), I caught this note for an upcoming special event.  The Crystal Heart Festival – About will focus on goodies themed around anime and manga “magical girls,” such as the Sailor Senshi of Sailor Moon fame.  I was more into Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman’s Beauty and the Beast than Sailor Moon, but I’ll be checking it out while I’m in world.

Artist unknown; on loan from event blog.

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