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Digital 11   4 comments

As opposed to, say, a natural 11; but then, I don’t shoot craps in Las Vegas.

Rezz Day 11 sneaked up on me this year; it’s been another very active week or so in Real Life, and promises to keep on moving in that direction for several more days.  But yesterday completed another turn around the sun for me.  While I was putting together this style, I was laughing about how we were all gettin’ up there with Belle Roussel and the members of her Chop Zuey group.  Second Life itself is just a few years older than me; but that’s quite mature in the world of computers.  And fairly old indeed in the history of graphical virtual worlds (assuming you begin with The Sims and SimCity).

There are still some old-timers out there, I think, from the days of Linden World; I’m pretty sure I and my contemporaries haven’t outlasted everyone yet of that vintage.  The time is approaching, though, when we are going to be the elders, no matter how youthful we look in world — when myself, Belle, Berry Singh, Gidge Uriza, Winter Jefferson et al. will be the elders of our slice of the Grid.  Hopefully we’re doing what we can to maintain a good Grid, to keep the power running to the shining servers of Second Life so that this game that’s more than a game will thrive and fulfill its potential.

Until then, I keep marking the days, exploring and styling, and looking forward to the next year.  I hope I’ll see at least some of you in world during that time.

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The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Camille 2.5 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: IKON Hope (Sapphire)
  • Hair: JUMO Diva
  • Ensemble: DE.Boutique Reveal gown and Queen Bee heels
  • Accessories: David Heather Richie stole (cream); GeWunjo Mara suite (necklace, earrings, bracelet and diadem); Maddict Starlet gloves; Chop Zuey Pagoda ring; kunst Diva cigarette holder
  • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl Clair (Akeruka, slot 2)
  • Lashes: thick head system lashes, supplemented with FATElashes 2.0
  • Lipstick: .kosmetik Lustre Lipstick.runway (Omega, slot 4 [use ALL ZONES; buttons are reversed)

Posted October 12, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion, Personal

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Contact Sheet 64 — “=PM=”   2 comments

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. All rights to featured images are reserved to the artists under appropriate copyright laws and/or allowances under the Creative Commons. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog or Flickr page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here).

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

NOTICE: Some of the photos/links may contain nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

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Subject No 453

Copyright 2018 by “=PM=”.  Click on the photo for the artist’s page and full-size photo.

This artist, whose Second Life name I do not know, is one of those people I would love to be — she has a mastery of camera, composition and post-production that turns her photographs into something approaching hand-drawn-and-painted art.  I enjoy most of her work, but this one hits all the buttons — the composition and positioning of the model is perfectly framed in the shot; the makeup draws your attention straight into the photo; the hairstyle and accessories frame her face nicely; and then the extended hand with its pipe and swirling smoke pull your eye across to the remainder of the photo.  The spotlight adds emphasis on her, while creating excellent shadows to emphasize the drama of the photo.

Well done indeed!

Posted October 10, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Uncategorized

Family and Friends   Leave a comment

 

4767 C. E.

Ariel Sherman, relaxing one night on the front terrace of her mansion in Vidran City, saw the flitter descend from traffic level outside the estate, aiming for the parking area in front of the garage. The golden cyborg smiled as she recognized the color and markings on the air vehicle. Laying aside her bookpadd on a side table, she stood and headed down the stairs to the ceramacrete pathway between house and garage.

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Contact Sheet 63 — Diconay Boa   Leave a comment

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. All rights to featured images are reserved to the artists under appropriate copyright laws and/or allowances under the Creative Commons. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog or Flickr page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here).

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.


NOTICE: Some of the photos/links may contain nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

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anticipation.
Copyright 2018 by Diconay Boa; all rights reserved.  Click on the above for the full-size version.

Diconay Boa has been around for years, but has never made an edition of Contact Sheet.  This is a bit remiss of me, as I’ve followed her for all this time, and her work is excellent.  This photo, anticipation, amends that lateness on my part. 

I chose it because, in an extremely economical setting, Diconay combines both intensity and humor.  The lack of color forces a focus on the tableau in the foreground.  Diconay is plainly waiting for something or someone; and her desire for resolution creates the intensity of her gaze on the clock.  At the same time, her expression, combined with the fixity of her stare and the cigarette she is smoking, inject a note of absurdity that I find wonderfully irresistable.

Well done, Di!

Neighbors   Leave a comment

This statue honoring Fred Rogers is more formally titled “Tribute to Children.”  Rogers would have preferred it that way ….  It stands on the North Shore area of Pittsburgh, near where the Allegheny River joins the Monongahela to form the Ohio River.

Google has a new Doodle today, one that I take personal pleasure in for one or two reasons.  I used to live in Pennsylvania, several counties north of Pittsburgh; and, when I lived in Florida, I attended Rollins College.  How connected, you ask?

They’re connected via Fred McFeely Rogers, of course.  Google’s Doodle celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first taping of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (back then it was actually “Misterogers”).

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Contact Sheet 62 — JF Daysleeper   Leave a comment

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. All rights to featured images are reserved to the artists under appropriate copyright laws and/or allowances under the Creative Commons. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog or Flickr page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here).

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

NOTICE: Some of the photos/links may contain nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

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JF Daysleeper submitted this photo to the Second Life Smoking group, and it caught my attention.  JF hasn’t done much that she’s published on Flickr yet, but she appears from what I’ve seen to have an excellent grasp of the uses of light and soft focus.

Lunch
Click through for full size.  Copyright 2018 by JF Daysleeper.

The light flare in the back pulls attention to the model’s side of the frame from its possible first attention point, the Styrofoam lunch box in the left foreground; the hazy overall appearance alters the focus quite nicely, while the light gives a warm, golden shimmer to the composition.  The balance overall is wonderfully done, as well.  A purist might carp over the model glancing to “the wrong side,” but that doesn’t really apply in this photo; JF has done extraordinarily well here.

Posted September 18, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts, Photographs

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Top 10 Interesting Updates From The Recent Town Hall Event   Leave a comment

Daniel Voyager, long-time correspondent since his days on the old Teen Grid, gives a quick summation of the recent Town Hall, with some news in brief here. Be sure to read his article, and reply to him there.

Daniel Voyager

Ebbe Altberg Town Hall Meeting Ebbe Altberg At Town Hall Meeting

Here are some of the updates that I found most interesting in simple terms during the recent town hall event with Ebbe Altberg the CEO of Linden Lab on Thursday 13th September 2018.

To see the whole video of the Town Hall session, see my previous blog post. It’s definitely worth watching. I hope there will be many more Town Hall sessions in the future with more announcements.


1. Return of Last Names

Linden Lab set a goal to return last names in Second Life in 2018. It’s now probably going to be returning either at the end of 2018 or sometime in 2019. There is no date when it will be deployed but the team are on it.

2. Animesh

It’s apparently very close to release and the Environment Enhancement Project is close to public testing very soon.

  • Bakes on Mesh is still…

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Posted September 16, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Uncategorized

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