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Decade Challenge   Leave a comment

Strawberry Singh may be a Linden these days, but she still can do separate posts — just not plug stuff. She put up a challenge on the Community Forum a few days ago. Below is my contribution to the thread.

The photo on the left is from my November 2010 article, “Sweater Weather.” The one on the right I just took yesterday. Skins were improving by November 2010, although makeup tattoos (what we think of more as Bakes On Mesh these days) were still a few months away. This is probably the best photo I took in 2010; many of the others I’m embarrassed to confess to these days (grin).

Posted January 10, 2020 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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RL Sidebar: Build a Hoosier Cabinet   Leave a comment

What am I doing talking about a Real Life piece of furniture in a Second Life blog? Well, I’ve never considered restricting myself to just Second Life, as long-time readers know. And I found an article on the history of these things on Facebook today — yes, Facebook actually has useful things! Especially useful because it led me to exercise my secret superpower of research training, and I found another article. More on that in a moment.

This piece of kitchen furniture is what’s called a Hoosier cabinet, after the original maker, Hoosier Manufacturing of New Castle, Indiana. These people set off an industry that lasted for 30 years, in making kitchen cupboard and work centers, essentially movable pantries. Stock units held storage for staples from flour and sugar to glassware, crockery and utensils. As more manufacturers came in, the styles and customization increased in elaborateness.

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Posted December 26, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Real Life

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Christmas in White   Leave a comment

(Author’s note: since I didn’t have access to some 50 Residents in the proper skin and costumes, I’m asking you to suspend disbelief on my photos, and supplement things with your own imagination. Either road, here’s a short Christmas story from the 48th Century, and my character Ariel Sherman. HG)

Ariel glanced around her at the four dozen-plus gold and silver people surrounding her. As usual, The Land of Fantasy had put on a phenomenal production of its current revue show, and everyone looked satisfied with things, no matter the changes in the script for the evening. Of course, for cyborg memories, “changes in the script” were rather small beer. It was the human pride in their craft that shone here, pride in performing in a once-a-year show to the satisfaction of both themselves and a demanding audience.

There was still a final act to go before they rang down the curtain for the next four weeks, for the show’s annual break. This would not be the usual finale, though, with its famous nudity; not on this night. For this was Day 357 on the Limlight Standard Calendar. There were children in the audience tonight, and the entire performance was much more family-oriented. Especially for tonight’s finale, the one element of this special show which had not changed from year to year. To Ariel’s demanding eye, everyone looked happy, prepared, and confident. She nodded happily back to them, said, “Alright, people; let’s do it,” and got back words and signs of agreement. “Go, Dalton,” she whispered to her organic stage manager, who grinned back, tapped at his tablet, and gave the needed orders. Recorded music began playing; the “small” curtain in front of Ariel opened thirty seconds later, and Lady Ariel Sherman entered at stage center, sweeping through the curtains in a massive ball gown of white satin.

She dropped into a stage-depth curtsey as the audience cheered and applauded and the rest of the cast and company entered behind her. Each of the feature acts took their own bows, then arranged themselves behind their star artiste. The audience quieted at last, and Ariel said into the amplification field, “Thank you all so much for coming tonight to The Land of Fantasy! It’s always our joy and pleasure to perform for you, but doubly so on special nights, such as this.”

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Christmas 2019   2 comments

From all of us, to all of you ….

Christmas Eve 2019   1 comment

As always since the beginning of this blog in 2007, Around the Grid presents our holiday tradition, our plea and hope for peace in this world for all creatures and things. The 1977 video, embraced by thousands in the years since, was from Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special, and the only one I know of that David Bowie ever did for the season.

May you and yours find the peace, blessings and joy of the Divine as you perceive it, tonight, tomorrow, and all through the year.

Amen.

Flickr In Trouble   Leave a comment

The above was posted by SmugMug on the Flickr Blog on December 19. You can read the entire letter on their site. It outlines a situation that I’ve wondered about for some time — how Flickr pays its bills to pay for what is probably thousands of servers and thousands … if not millions … of terabytes of storage. Clearly, they’ve been having problems, and they’re still having problems, even after being purchased by SmugMug. Nobody can afford to pour water out a flagging-open window forever.

Some fast (and not necessarily authoritative) thoughts —

The concern is not absolutely immediate, but it’s something we users of Flickr need to be aware of, especially if we have photos on the service that we haven’t backed up in recent years. As I’m seeing it, SmugMug has a few options open to them:

  • Let Flickr eventually go under
  • Find outside backing
  • Sell the service to another company

You may see other options I don’t.

We also have choices we can make. The ones I can see at the moment are:

  • Buy a Pro subscription
  • Locate to another service — many did when SmugMug changed Flickr’s terms of service, moving to Instagram
  • Moving our galleries to our own blog spaces

I advocate none of these in particular. I do point out that, whatever choice you as an individual make, you have to do it with your bank account and future purchases in mind. We’re each probably going to end up paying for a service at some point, no matter where we end up if Flickr goes under. We can’t keep on getting something for nothing. (That’s one reason why I eventually bought a premium subscription to Second Life.)

What you decide to do is up to you. I’m probably, since I have a Pro account, going to offer exhibit space to my blog-sisters and -brother again, as I was doing a year or so ago, as I know they can’t or won’t buy a Pro account for various reasons. That’s not a guarantee for the future, though, and we’ll need to discuss this together at some point.

There’s one thing all of us should do, though: back up any photos we don’t have copies of, if we want to save our archive of work. I’m fortunate; I’ve kept an archive of everything since the start of 2013 on an outboard terabyte drive. (Frankly, most of my earlier stuff was trash by current equipment standards, anyway.) The others are so recent (or do so little work in world) that they have their entire archive already safe. Your mileage may vary on what you want to keep; if you do want to preserve all the work you’ve done, whether Flickr survives or not, I’d urge you to get down to it.

And now, as my professors said on the exam papers at the end of an essay question or two, “Discuss.”

Posted December 22, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in News

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Fast Focus – in.SANITY Snuggles   Leave a comment

This is a quick look at a L$ 50 dress being offered during the current Energy Weekend. This knit mini comes in several colors (and I’d wear system panties as a precaution!), and is good for curling up in at home with a fire, a book and a snifter of brandy.

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The details:

  • Skin: Raonhausen Gweneth (BOM, Coconut, Brows)
  • Head: LAQ Cherry 3.07 Bento
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: Ikon Hope (Sapphire)
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Halla
  • Outfit: in.SANITY Snuggles Rocky Road (L$ 50 during Energy Weekend (12/20-22))
  • Shoes: Zaara Kolhapuri sandals (gold)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey Le Mondrian suite (available on Belle’s Advent calendar for a limited time)
  • Eyeshadow: ::KK:: Bodyshop Storm (tattoo, 3)
  • Lipstick: Glamorize Treasured Kisses (tattoo, Auburn brown)
  • Nails: Livia Snowy (L$ 50 during Energy Weekend (12/20-22))
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