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Christmas Fashion 1 — O Holy Night   1 comment

All of the blog women have shot photos for Christmas card — which will be coming up on the 25th, by the way — and we’re also adding our dresses as fashion photos.

O holy night
The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine
O night, o night divine

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The details:

  • Head: LAQ Noelle 3.06 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: IKON Hope (Sapphire)
  • Hair: C H A R M E Roxy (available at current round of Swank)
  • Gown: Sascha’s Designs Snow Princess (available at current round of Swank)
  • Shoes: Italiano Linda
  • Accessories: Zuri Rayna Ariel Elite suite (necklace, earrings and bracelet); Zuri Rayna cross pendant necklace; Sascha’s Designs short gloves (white) (available at current round of Swank); Paper Couture diamonds and pearl ring (vintage); Agata Mode Carla fur stole (vintage)
  • Eyeshadow: POUT! Star Dust (Omega, slot 3)
  • Lipstick: Zibska Miya (Omega, slot 1)

Photographed at the Old High Church (Church of Scotland), Inverness City region

Earthrise   Leave a comment

Far too hectic a week for Advent time, in my opinion — but, then again, I’ve never particularly celebrated Advent as the Episcopal Church encourages us to do. In any case, none of us has had much time, in the preparations for next week, to do much Second Life work — it is Second Life, after all, not the First (and more important) life. But I did take a few minutes to scan through Facebook and various other things, and I was reminded of this event from my childhood.

How many of you know this photograph? Some have called it one of the most important photos ever taken, and I recall it from stamps issued in 1969, in the months before Apollo 11 launched. It is rather prosaically identified in the NASA image catalogue as AS08-14-2382; however, it was popularly given the easier name of Earthrise. It was shot on December 24, 1968 by the crew of Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to fly clear of Terran gravity and orbit another celestial body. One author, Robert Poole, credits this photo with giving rise to the environmental movement 1, though I would suggest it more emphasized the fact that we only know of life on this one spot in the universe.

The photo was not revealed until the film was developed back on Earth, following Apollo 8’s splashdown. (This was 1968, after all, way before digital downloads of images.) But radio and television signals could be transmitted the thousands of miles between Terra and Luna, and the duty personnel at NASA Houston could hear the excitement in the voices of Frank Borman, James Lovell and Bill Anders as they saw Earth ascend above the lunar terminator (the horizon edge of the Moon as they orbited it, a constantly moving value). They instinctively realized that someplace in here was a photograph and a half, and they “scrabbled” (as much as people could in the cramped confines of the Apollo command module) for a roll of color film to record the moment.

Later, during the second scheduled television transmission to Earth, the crew read a “message” for the people of Earth ….

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1 Poole, Robert. Earthrise:  How Man First Saw the Earth. New Haven, 2008: Yale University Press. ISBN: 9780300137668. DDC: 525.0222. LC: QB637 .P66 2008. (Cited in Wilford, John Noble (July 13, 2009). “On Hand for Space History, as Superpowers Spar”. The New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2018.)

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Posted December 21, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in History, Real Life

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Okay ….   1 comment

… There’s gotta be an easier way to make a livin’ than having a piece of fabric stuck up my nose while I … I ….

ACHOO!!!!!

Posted December 16, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Humor

Contact Sheet 65 — Meriluu   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.

My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around

If you’ve been checking the Flickr streams lately, you’ll have seen this costume, the Crystallize gacha from Moon Amore (available, if you want to drop the lindens, at the current round of The Epiphany).  I’m not surprised it’s become so popular — this is one of the prettiest fantasial costumes I’ve seen in over 11 years in world.

But there are photos, and there are photos.  Meriluu has given this photo some post treatment, and brought out all the potential such a magnificent costume latently carries within its folds.  Some might argue about the “Rule of Thirds” being broken here; but rules were made to be broken in some cases. I’m tempted to tell them to let it–  No; actually, I’m not that tempted.  (Grin)

Any road, the flare of the gown’s skirt, with its burden of embedded crystals, forces an “off-balance” approach to the photograph.  Meriluu solves this by cropping in tight, framing herself between the hem of the skirt and the sweep of icy power in the spell she casts.  The orb she holds anchors her to the center of the photo, drawing your eye to this point first; for me, I tend to sweep around the composition counter-clockwise from there, starting with the skirt.  The off-focus border surrounding the entire composition adds an additional touch of fantasy.

Morgan in London City   Leave a comment

Morgan Vanderzwaan is brand new to Second Life, unlike “Old Hands” like me, or even Jem, who’s been in a few years now.  (And I can never get her to write a rezz-day piece, hint hint!)  She’s gradually starting to build a wardrobe that goes along with her style, which is a little edgier than ours at times, I’ve noticed.  But she still goes for taste and elegance for the most part.  (I think she’s younger than us, but we haven’t traded personal information like that yet.)

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Bay City Tree Lighting 2018   Leave a comment

One of many great ways to open the holiday season before Christmas begins on December 25.

Daniel Voyager

Bay City in Second Life will be hosting its 2018 annual tree lighting event between 1- 4pm SLT on Sunday 9th December 2018.

The event will be taking place over at the Bay City Fairgrounds in the North Channel region where there will be live music, ice skating, refreshments and much more. 

I’ve attended this event in previous years and I have to say it’s great fun generally during the Christmas festive season. 

Here is the full press release…

Bay City — Annual Tree Lighting 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

1-4 pm SLT

It’s that most wonderful time of the year!

Once again, the Bay City Alliance will host its annual Tree Lighting event, now in its eighth outing, on Sunday, 9th December 2018 from 1-4 pm SLT.

The event will be held at the Bay City Fairgrounds, in North Channel (SLurl) and will feature DJ GoSpeed Racer as well as…

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Edge of Winter   1 comment

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.


“The Snow Man,” by Wallace Stevens

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The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Aurora 2.5 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign (Fjord)
  • Hair: Mina Sira (available at current round of FaMESHed)
  • Outfit: Rebel Noah (excepting the stocking cap, which is part of the hair in this case; however, a stocking cap is part of the outfit package) (black) (available at current round of Versus)
  • Stole: Ade yakko JW2017 MikoMiko Stole (Black) (Part of the MikoMiko black outfit; currently available at the Okinawa Winter Festival)
  • Shoes: Equal Sierra ankle boots (available at current round of FaMESHed)
  • Earrings: AvaWay Sharon earrings
  • Eyeshadow: Livia Nella (Omega, bottom row, slot 1)
  • Lipstick: alaskametro Mage (Omega, slot 6)

Photographed at The Forest Winter Wonderland (Misty region)

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