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Prim Shaping (Historical Second Life)   2 comments

We were in a bull session on the Maitreya group in world, and we got talking about working in prims, for some reason. Now, most of the older types may think prims are dead as a dodo now, what with mesh … and the younger types may have never known what I’m talking about. (That’s you, Jemmy, Diana and Morgan!) But the primitive is still the foundation stone of Second Life — really, there’s one someplace deep in the heart of Jeogeot (grin). Our clothes and houses and furniture may all be mesh now, but we can still build with prims, for those too lazy or scared to learn Blender or figure out how to do materials graphics.

One of the Residents in the chat shared a link to a 2009 article by Ayumi Cassini on prim twisting. Check it out, and see what’s possible for anyone in Second Life. Don’t let the ancient skills of our foremothers and forefathers die!

Posted August 19, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Tips and tricks

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Research Paper   Leave a comment

In the 48th Century, most organic lifeforms tended to carry several preconceptions about the way that Videran cyborgs lived their lives. The all-too-common impression was that all a ‘borg needed to do was glance at a filmpage or a screen, read the contents, and they knew everything there. However, as Zana Sherman could testify all too well, taking in data was not the same as actually learning. A ‘borg’s computer brain still needed to train on how to use the data, to analyze and discuss, in order to act on the information it received, just like an organic’s. And you needed to prove that acquired knowledge to the Powers That Be, in order to get the accreditation the law frequently required. Such as Ph.D.s in psychology.

Which was why Zana was now where she was, observing a shift of the operations crew on one of the private starbases orbiting Videra, gathering information for a paper due one of her professors. Psychology of xenospecies was her focus of study, and this shift was strongly populated by non-humanoid lifeforms. Indeed, by a fluke of scheduling, two sisters from the planet Tibeon were holding down the main operations chairs during this shift. Staying as unobtrusive as possible, asking the minimum of questions on what they did and why, Zana still found herself tapping reams of notes into her tablet.

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Orlando   Leave a comment

Most emphatically not recommended! (At least not on a real locomotive with the steam up.)

“I’m sick to death of this particular self. I want another.”

Virginia Woolf, Orlando

It’s Fifty Linden Friday, and I had to shoot this fast if anyone wanted a chance to get to the stores and pick up the goodies for the intended price. (Although some stores do sometimes leave a package out for the whole weekend. Your mileage may vary.) But I think that, for once, I did a pretty good job photographing here. (Jem really seems to have a touch, in my opinion, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.)

Orlando is a one-shoulder spaghetti-strap slip dress from Stories & Co., and the deal is two colors, the “oil” I’m wearing, or a paler holo. Either way, the simple satin slip is delicious on all the virtual skin. It also leaves the left leg mostly visible to the him … even nicer!

Along with Orlando, you can go to Livalle and get the mid-heel Danica pumps, with HUD-driven color change, for L$ 50. They make a nice, simple compliment to a nice, simple dress.

And, to finish the simple theme, single pearl drops from Cae, also at L$ 50.

As I said above, don’t despair if you don’t make it before midnight SLT. Go ahead and check whenever you’re able to. If you’re lucky, the vendors won’t be reset yet. If you’re not lucky, a purchase at the full price will still reward for these goodies!

“By the truth we are undone. Life is a dream. ‘Tis the waking that kills us. He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.”

Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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The details:

Available for L$ 50 on August 2, 2019 —

  • Dress: Stories & Co. Orlando slip dress (Oil Spill)
  • Shoes: Livalle Danica platform pumps
  • Jewelry: Cae Ayla suite (necklace and earrings)

Other items:

  • Head: LAQ Noelle 3.06 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2 Bento
  • Eyes: Ikon Sovereign (Electric)
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Halla

Photographed in Petit Char region

Join The LEA 2.0 Group   Leave a comment

Definitely give this a look. Art is one of the reasons SL was created, as I recall, as well as making money, and the LEA has celebrated our creativity for many years now. Do not let it sink gently into the digital sea.

Daniel Voyager

Tansee Resident and Riannah Avora have started a new interesting movement recently to try and keep the LEA alive in Second Life. They have formed a new group in Second Life called LEA 2.0 The New Future – Save LEA ! which is worth joining. The group was formed to find positive people who are willing to share hopeful suggestions.  

120 members have already joined the new LEA 2.0 group which is a good start and hopefully hundreds more will join in the weeks ahead. 

Join the group today (free) and help save LEA! 

Join Group to SAVE The LEA Sandbox, AIR grants, Core grants and the future of SL Virtual Art and Creativity. Be Proactive . This is an opportunity for “Positive” voices to be heard and be a part of the continuing growth and innovation of virtual art and creativity at LEA with dignified and equal respect to…

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Posted July 28, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Uncategorized

Donna Flora Jewelry Returns!   Leave a comment

Donna Flora has Reopened!
Photo by Skye Donardson

I’ve been getting back into Plurk over the recent months, and Cajsa Lilliehook put up a wonderful piece of information on her timeline tonight, shared by Skye Donardson — the jewelry collection of the late Giulia Pelos, better known in world as Squinternet Larnia of Donna Flora, has returned for sale.

Budgetary reasons forced the closure for a time of the store that was being maintained as a memorial to one of the finest maestras of virtual Italian design, as well as a friend to many Residents in world. We lost her close to six years ago to cancer, and the Grid became a touch less colorful and delicious as a result. Her then-current store was maintained in her honor, but had to be closed, as I have noted.

However, Skye Donardson has found some fresh land and opened it back up, with all proceeds after rentals going to Relay for Life to support the fight against cancer. The store is smaller, as Skye is focusing on Squinternet’s jewelry (most of which is sculpted). She looks to have a substantial slice of the collection up for sale, if not the whole thing.

For you younger Residents, who never knew the beauty of a Donna Flora design, this will be your chance to pick up some of the fashion history of Second Life, as well as do good in fighting the disease that took a fine woman from us. Teleport in, and enjoy!

Posted July 26, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion, Fundraising, Jewelry

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Vacation Time   1 comment

Writing’s been a little sputtery lately, as we’re all involved in summer activities. So I’m calling a vacation until about July 22, for us to work through things, get refreshed, and give the designers time to work through a round or two. This will be the first official “vacation” Around the Grid has taken in our 12-year run, and it’s probably high time.

Enjoy your summer; we’ll be back!

Posted July 11, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

Sophisticated Lady   2 comments

They say into your early life romance came
And in this heart of yours burned a flame
A flame that flickered one day and died away

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