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10 Years of Writing!   2 comments

The 2017 staff of Around the Grid — (l-r) Correspondent and Photographer Jem Sternhall; Publisher and Chief Correspondent Harper Ganesvoort; Senior Photographer Conan Bankersbox

Written by Harper Ganesvoort

When I started Around the Grid on November 20, 2007, I had no idea how long I would keep this up, nor that two others would join me over that decade of writing and photography.  I was by myself back then, just getting away from rezzing in and out and using free rooms for a place to camp my buns — my system buns in 2007! — while I hunted for interesting things to do and investigate.  I’d found a cheap apartment in the Dunyvaig region of the Mainland with a sleeping-bunk loft for “nighttime,” and I thought I might be insane enough to take on writing a second blog!  (I was doing some political and general blogging back in 2007.)

Not surprisingly, many things have changed in 10 years.  I look a lot better (grin).  I gave up the poliblogging in 2009, ’round about January 20.  I now rent an entire island, with several additional platforms above the living space.  (One thing hasn’t changed; I still run tight on prims.)  I’ve acquired two others to work with me.  And, from that null start in 2007, this blog has seen 1,370 articles published, 1,304 of them originally written by me.  Assuming around 500 words per article, that’s well over 650,000 words of news, fashion, exploration, poetry and song, short fiction and general balderdash by me.  And that doesn’t even take into account the amount of photography I’ve done.  (Nor the ocean of lindens I’ve spent.)  Makes a girl tired to contemplate that much work on what was supposed to be a pastime.  I hate to think what Jemmy will say when she reads this piece; she’s only 36 articles in her short time — thought that’s still better than one a month, and some 18,000 words on her part.

I know all of us usually have something to say.  We always think and hope it’s interesting, thought-provoking, or just plain beautiful.  The only audience we aim for usually is the Second Life Resident, mostly with a fashion focus, but sometimes using that fashion to illustrate other things that we’ve done as the spirit moved us.  We’ve discussed the occasional piece of SL news, turned a focus on other Residents’ work, and once in a while took a stand on things in Real Life when we felt it was needed.  Whether or not we’ve accomplished our goal is, of course, in the readers’ hands. And we shall continue striving for that goal, through however many years we find Second Life interesting and the power gets fed to the servers in California.  Again, as always, we invite you along for the ride.

A Fast Correction — YS & YS Skin

I want to make a fast correction before I go in to work this morning.  In the OFPC Update 3 article, I said that I wasn’t happy with the YS & YS skin I had on in there, because of the shine on my face.  I just couldn’t seem to dim down the gleam anything I did.  Well, since then, I’ve tried the Akeruka stock skins as well, and I still seem to be awful shiny under high-quality lighting setups with WindLight and shadows engaged.  It may be the shadows and materials are what’s creating the situation.  The strange thing is that Jem was using the same settings, and her face didn’t shine like that.  We’ll need to experiment some — and I can foresee a lot of lindens going to skin people, or at least a lot of questions.  In any case, I want this on the record, along with an apology to YS & YS for my mistake.  I’ll be leaving this piece up for about two weeks, and I’ll go correct the referencing article right now.

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Posted February 28, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal, Meta, Retractions

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Hallelujah, I’m Back!

Well, dropping that news piece yesterday must have been what did the trick for my computer; my tech called me today to tell me my desktop was nice and sanitized.  The nasty news:  it took five different packages to clean out the malware that had accumulated.  The technique of the slime mold that write these programs just keeps getting better and better.  A hint:  if you’re still using AVG, dump it.  They’re no longer the sharp edge they used to be.  My tech installed a program called ESET, and you may want to look into this for yourself.

Any road, I’ll be gradually cleaning up things as time and my gut allow, and things should be running smoothly within a day or two.  OFPC gets priority right now, of course; and, since I’m back well before the contest deadline, the old timetable in the rules holds.  Thanks for your forbearance.

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Posted February 3, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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Bits of News

A few things have been happening here among the Around the Grid world over the past week, mostly in real life.  I’m finally feeing up to sharing them with you, primarily because I’m not flat in my bed now (relatively speaking).

First is that I’m recovering from a nasty bout of diverticulitis that sneaked up on me on Tuesday.  Without going into too many details, it’s an infection that starts up in the bottom end of the piping system called your intestinal tract; and it’s taking some nasty-tasting antibiotics to get me cleaned up.  I’m finally able to sit up and write this now without fighting a constant pain in the bottom of my guts.

However, that isn’t the main thing that’s been limiting my in-world work (although that would have been enough).  Right now, my desktop — meaning my Second Life machine — is in the shop, getting an antibiotic treatment of its own.  I picked up some malware from something or other, probably from Chrome, and I just couldn’t find the culprit myself, so I’m getting the thing worked on by a professional I trust.  I’ll probably need to update to Kaspersky antivirus software after this as well.  If the tech can’t clean it out, that means that I’ll need to replace the desktop, and I’m not looking forward to this; but it can be done.

Lack of access, incidentally, means that it’s difficult at best to get in to any of my Flickr groups — including the Oscar Fashion Photo Contest group — to approve photos.  For OFPC entrants, don’t give up hope; I think I should be back in operation within another week or so.  I can’t do much right now due to the limitations of Web-based Flickr on a tablet (which is how I’m writing this piece).  But, if nothing else, consider it an extension of the contest if it does take me a while to get going again.

The next piece of news is a little unhappy for me on a personal level, though nothing affecting me directly.  My co-writer for a year, Jem Sternhall, has let me know that RL commitments mean she won’t be able to spend writing time now on the blog.  She was not a frequent writer before, and I understand her reasons for choosing to back out of the hard graft of writing.  She’s promised to still help me with photos in future for my storyboarding work.  I’ll maintain her account on the blog back door for her as a guest writer just in case, and I wish her all the best for where her RL path is taking her.

Finally, and on a happier note, keep your eyes on your local pubic radio schedule (or check their Web site) for an upcoming episode of The TED Radio Hour.  One of the people on it will be Philip Rosedale — blessed be Philip, and health to his codpiece.  I don’t know how much he’ll be talking about Second Life, but it’ll be interesting to hear what’s going on in Philip’s head now.

Consider my usual signature appended here; another fun thing working with tablet software — I can’t get to the online graphics library.

Posted February 2, 2017 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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9 Down and 1 to Go

9th-anniversary

Nine years.

That’s not a record, and it probably never will be.  Hamlet Au’s been writing New World Notes for years longer, I’m sure.  But it’s still something of an achievement, and definitely one for me.  My old RL poliblog, which I wrote during the second GWB administration, went only four years, and I ended it with Barack Obama’s inauguration, and I was terribly sputtery by the end — because I’d started writing this blog.  This one has been written continuously, if irregularly, since before Obama was elected the first time!

WordPress nicely breaks down the total number of articles to indicate how many I wrote — by far the lion’s share, of course, since I lured (or is that lulled?) Jem and Conan into writing with me only a year or so ago.  But in nine years, I’ve done 1,266 pieces, counting this one.  That works out to a little under 12 articles a month, or just under three articles a week.  The quality I leave to your judgment, as always; but I will claim determination at generating all those words, if nothing else.  How many words?  Well, if you assume 500 words to an average article, that would be over 600 thousand words in nine years!  It won’t be that many, I’m sure; many have been shorter, especially the pure poetry or lyrics pieces.

In the end, it’s all up to you, my readers, how well I’ve done in all that time.  As I ever wish, I hope I’ve entertained you, informed you where it was a news piece, given you something to think about once in a while, and introduced you to good art, fashion and photography across all of that time.  Many of you have been generous with your praise, for which I thank you most gratefully.  I hope I continue to justify your following me.

I’m looking forward to next November 20, I promise you.  When that one comes along, look for a new header to celebrate our tenth anniversary!  In the meantime, I haven’t given up on the plans I’ve made for a radical change or two, and you should watch following Christmas for our yearly tradition, as Oscar voting season kicks off and the Oscar Fashion Photo Contest opens up.  (That will be the eighth edition when that opens, and there’s another thing that just may be a record; has any other photo contest run so continuously in Second Life, or given away so much money?  L$166,500 over seven years, and there should be at least another L$40,000 come next February.  Time to start thinking about finding a good gown….)

As always, especially in these parlous RL times, peace be with you, and I hope you’ll stay with me for another year.

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OFPC EXTRA — Group Still Open

Writing from Orlando, Florida

For some reason, Flickr isn’t letting me in to my account down here.  Anyone who wants to submit an entry will get a break until sometime Tuesday afternoon, when I can get home to my own desktop.   I’m heartily wishing I’d brought my laptop with me on this trip, but we chose to travel light.

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How my head feels right now.  Okay, gotta get ready for the brother-in-law’s wedding. Enjoy the extra time!

Posted February 29, 2016 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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Eight Years Down the Road

2015 blog portrait

So much has changed on this blog in the eight years I’ve been writing Around the Grid.  Second Life most of all, of course; the constant changes, the occasional battles with Linden Lab over that time, the way we look and dress and live in the digital world.  I don’t know if I’ve always been a reliable reporter, but I’ve certainly tried to be over all these days living in two lives.

More on my 8th Anniversary on the next page.

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