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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


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.


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

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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.

6th Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Advance Warning

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This is a heads-up for long-time readers and participants:  the preliminary balloting has begun for the 2015 Academy Awards.  The nominees will be announced on January 15.

That means that it’s time to start planning your entries and booking studio time (or finding locations) for the 6th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest.  The submission groups will open on January 15 immediately following the announcement of nominees — but you’ll only have until the end of the Oscar ceremonies on February 22 to get in your entry.  For reasons unknown to me (can’t say why they didn’t consult me on the matter, but there it is), they moved the program up a week or so from its usual early March point.

That’s not going to give you much time this year to pull your look together, and I was tempted to extend the contest by a week or two to compensate.  However, I’ve chosen to hold that in reserve for the off chance that we don’t get many entries by “official” contest end.  Any road, I wouldn’t dally or shilly-shally about choosing your look and getting it photographed, hoping that I will stretch the deadline.  Take what time you need, and remember to be creative.  Here’s a link to last year’s rules, but don’t count these as completely gospel for now, as there are often tweaks made to cover new situations — one reason why it’s 11 lines long now.  This year’s rules will be published officially on January 15.  It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway:  read them in full and carefully.

But, most important, have fun with the contest!


Here below find the past winners’ announcements.  You can see the progression in theme and quality over the years.  I’m looking forward to good stuff; the Flickr and Koinup groups will open on January 15!

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Reflecting on My 7th Anniversary

Reflecting on My 7th Anniversary

Seven years of this blog — that’s three years longer than when I was writing about politics.  Almost nobody wanted to listen to what I had to say on that old blog, which has long since been deleted; here in Second Life, I’ve been able to do things more creative, develop friends, and just plain have fun — and I’m pretty sure that others are paying attention to me, based on my stats.

Not that I have it perfect.  I was talking about this anniversary with Harper Beresford of A Passion for Virtual Fashion while I was shooting this picture, and I had to wince and laugh at some of the stuff I’ve inflicted on you in these electronic pages over seven years.  Underexposed photos; overblown styles; a few journalistic gaffes as well — I claim no perfection here.  It’s a constant striving toward that impossible goal, never reaching it, but always trying to hit it, and resolving to do better if at all possible.

As always, thanks for indulging me enough to visit and give me the encouragement (and ego-boo) to keep on with that striving.  Let’s see where the next year takes me!


Just before I published this article, I remembered this song done by Janis Ian a few years ago.  It’s been a few years for all of us since the young girl who wrote and performed “Society’s Child” in the Sixties and “At Seventeen” in the Seventies.  Janis has seen a lot of heartbreak and joy, the loss and then refinding of her most prized possession, and coming out of the closet to the world.  So she figured it was time to share her memories….

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Posted November 20, 2014 by Harper Ganesvoort in Blogs and blogging, Meta, Personal

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My 1,000th Article!

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Photo taken in 2011

I’ve come no place near this achievement in my past attempts at blogging — 1,000 articles!  It’s taken over six years to get here, but the determination has been present, even when the creativity has been shaky at times. This is definitely a moment to celebrate a little in my head, and rededicate myself, as I do every year on this blog’s anniversary, to writing as good a piece as I can for you, my readers, every time I sit down to my computer. Thanks for staying the course with me so long!

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Posted April 11, 2014 by Harper Ganesvoort in Blogs and blogging, Meta

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