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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))

Travel in dreams…. 175   Leave a comment

The collection in toto is good; but I like especially the Chop Zuey suite joys wears here.

Unconditionally part of me

Travel in dreams…. 175

Travel in dreams…. 175

Photo and video by  joys Cuttita:

    • Gown : ::TD:: Sierra Mesh Gown ~ 16 Textures  @ :: TIFFANY DESIGNS ::
    • Necklace and bracelet : Chop Zuey – The Chains of Calypso Set  CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLERY Mainstore  @ CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLERY Marketplace 
    • Shoes: AZOURY – Happiness Does Not Wait
    • Hair : Stealthic – Intrepid (Blondes)
    • Eyeshadow ~Shiny Stuffs~ Genus Powder Pack Dec 2019
    • Lips :Clef de Peau.Glossy Lipstick [GENUS]
    • Skin: [theSkinnery] Mycha (Genus Applier) peach
    • Shape: edit by me.
    • Head mesh: GENUS Project – Genus Head – Strong Face W001 – Mocap
    • meshbody: [LEGACY] Meshbody (f) (1.1)
    • Scene e pose photo  : .:(CW):. REZZ My little sweet Christmas  @ .:(CW):. New Store Celestinas  

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Posted December 19, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion, Reblog

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REBLOG — This World Needs More Neighbors Like Mr Rogers   Leave a comment

John Pavlovitz

As I promised back in 2017, this blog wasn’t going to stay aloof from sensitive things in Real Life.  We do, however, pick and choose what we fasten on to for speaking on or republishing, which is why the political world hasn’t intruded as much as we might have.

However, this piece, written by John Pavlovitz, needs to be read, please.  If we remembered the core message of all Fred Rogers did, ignoring the surface hagiography that has accumulated since his death, and put those teachings into effect, we might not be in the state we’re in currently.

Please click through and read this.  They who have ears to hear, let them hear ….

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I got to visit with an old neighborhood friend today. When I was a child, Fred Rogers always made me feel that his home was my home, and I gladly spent countless afternoons there learning and listening and dreaming. Sitting in a packed screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a much older, much more cynical… Continue Reading This World Needs More Neighbors Like Mr Rogers

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Posted November 23, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Real Life, Reblog

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12 Years of Around the Grid   2 comments

Yes, it’s been 12 years since I started publishing this blog in 2007. And I got a present for it this time, in a sense:

It just happened that Cajsa Lilliehook contacted me a few weeks ago, asking if I’d like to participate in Eclipse Magazine‘s monthly feature, “Voices From the Grid,” with the question this month as “Thinking of the many things you have done here in Second Life, what makes you most proud?”

My answer is here. Here’s a surprise: it’s not this blog (though I am proud of at least some of what my friends and I have done over the years). It’s something more personal and face-to-face.

Thanks much for the opportunity, Cajsa!

Posted November 22, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Uncategorized

Sudden Surprise   Leave a comment

I came in world the other night, and discovered a notecard waiting for me … and got quite surprised when I read it. I’d been invited to give my profile for a magazine that’ll be coming out in a little time (I don’t know when at the moment). They said they could send a photographer out to shoot me; but my schedule is hectic at the moment, to say the least. So I decided to take the other option, and shoot myself according to their specs. (Be kind … always follow the instructions.)

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Veterans Day 2019: The 442nd   Leave a comment

We of Around the Grid always try to remember the men and women who have served in the military on Veterans (or Remembrance) Day. This year, I want to touch briefly on one group of veterans from World War II. It’ll be brief, only a few paragraphs, because I’m far from a professional historian, and all that the unit did in the European Theater would compose a book of its own.

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