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This statue honoring Fred Rogers is more formally titled “Tribute to Children.”  Rogers would have preferred it that way ….  It stands on the North Shore area of Pittsburgh, near where the Allegheny River joins the Monongahela to form the Ohio River.

Google has a new Doodle today, one that I take personal pleasure in for one or two reasons.  I used to live in Pennsylvania, several counties north of Pittsburgh; and, when I lived in Florida, I attended Rollins College.  How connected, you ask?

They’re connected via Fred McFeely Rogers, of course.  Google’s Doodle celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first taping of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (back then it was actually “Misterogers”).

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Top 10 Interesting Updates From The Recent Town Hall Event   Leave a comment

Daniel Voyager, long-time correspondent since his days on the old Teen Grid, gives a quick summation of the recent Town Hall, with some news in brief here. Be sure to read his article, and reply to him there.

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Here are some of the updates that I found most interesting in simple terms during the recent town hall event with Ebbe Altberg the CEO of Linden Lab on Thursday 13th September 2018.

To see the whole video of the Town Hall session, see my previous blog post. It’s definitely worth watching. I hope there will be many more Town Hall sessions in the future with more announcements.


1. Return of Last Names

Linden Lab set a goal to return last names in Second Life in 2018. It’s now probably going to be returning either at the end of 2018 or sometime in 2019. There is no date when it will be deployed but the team are on it.

2. Animesh

It’s apparently very close to release and the Environment Enhancement Project is close to public testing very soon.

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Posted September 16, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in News, Reblog

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Just Do It in SL

While performing some badly needed, time-consuming housekeeping in Flickr (pruning my group load to remove mostly “opted-in” groups), I came across a new group called Just Do It.  in SL.  If you know anything about the Colin Kaepernick affair and Nike’s support of him, you can guess what this group is about.

If you feel moved to support Colin and Nike, click on the link above and check out the rules for submission.  Please do not use the word “Nike” or any of the logos in your submissions, as that is a most definite copyright infringement. The group is just starting, and it will be interesting to see how it develops.

Posted September 8, 2018 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts, News, Real Life

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Kelini Couture is Closing

In case you haven’t heard, Kelini Couture is closing as a house of haute couture.  It’s time for a break, according to sources, and so the emphasis is shifting to their urban line, called Haters.

For gown addicts like me — I’d spend a day swathed in an evening gown, if I could — this is sad news.  But they’re holding a clearance sale, and it’s an opportunity, too, to pick up the Eva Kelini gowns you don’t have.  Most of the store is L$ 350 or less, except for the newest (and last, for a time at least) spectacular on the New rack.  Head on over before they close for remodeling!

Hopefully photos in future….

Together We are Strong

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Another thing that frustrated me about this past week of no computer was that I had work locked up in it, in a barely-begun stage.  Thankfully, I was able to get going on it during the weekend here.  That was some badly needed free time, to figure out how to mask out the background on the basic pictures (ChromaKey green wouldn’t work in every case) and assemble the final photo.  Even after getting everyone in position, it didn’t come together until I decided to replace the background with posters.  I’m not too displeased with the final result, though.  Donald Trump likes pretty women; well, here’s seven of them, about as sexy as he could desire, and each one is strongly tempted to stick a dagger in his ribs and kick him in the teeth.

All seven are me.  These are all of the primary characters I write my stories for:  Ariel, Jo, Sharra, Latifah, Keiko, Maren and Dannta.  All seven are women, and assuredly multiethnic (Ariel is a cyborg from the 48th century, and Dannta is an alien residing in our world and time)1.  All seven are professionals:  entertainer, physician, foundation chairwoman, teacher, businesswoman, lawyer and executive director.  And, to be brutally frank, all seven are pissed at the direction current affairs in the United States are taking.  This photo shows their obvious solidarity with the goals of the Women’s March; but they also protest against the assaults on immigrants and minorities and a more science-based environmental policy; against the attempted forcing of governmental affairs toward a more big-business-friendly, laissez-faire model; against the coming assaults on education, arts and the humanities — in short, against about anything the current administration and its ultra-conservative supporters in Congress plan to do over the next two to four years.

(Yes, this blog is getting political, possibly edging toward strident.  But, babes, men and women, it’s not as strident as it could get.  You oughta see my husband’s Facebook shares; he’s so much looser than I am, this photo is pale by comparison.  He feels betrayed by his party; he’s a fiscal conservative, but liberal on social issues, and the rise of the Tea Party and Trumpites has left him disgusted beyond bounds.  This will probably be the last thing in the blog for some time, unless I get too aggravated again — entirely possible, considering the actions of the current administration — but there will almost surely be more until we can be shut of this man and all his works.)

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UPDATED: See also Strawberry Singh’s article.

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1 I wish I’d had a Hispanic and an Arab or Muslim character now, but I’ve never developed those before.  My next story will need to address that.  (Anyway, I’d have needed to shrink the individual women down to fit nine women in this shot; not to mention the even longer post work.)

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Veterans Day and Election Day 2016

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Jem, Conan (who couldn’t be present) and I all salute our country, our veteran relations and ancestors, and our democratic process.

In part, Veterans Day and Election Day are close enough together this year that I decided to combine the two together into one post. This isn’t normally my practice, but the theme I’m going to talk about here links into both, as it’s a matter that links the two days together.  As I’ve done before, I’m writing for all three of us, and adding their signatures to this article with my friends’ review and permission, for which I thank them most gratefully.

We at Around the Grid all have a father or grandfather who served in the U. S. armed forces at some point — as well, doubtless, as any number of ancestors we have never known — and we were raised “traditionally” enough to have a reasonably strong sense of patriotism, along with belief in our country and its inherent good and decency.  Our ancestors fought on behalf of the United States in any number of wars, going back to the Revolutionary War, because they believed in those facts.  They desired the right of a man — and now of a person — to be free, to determine their own destiny with the least imposition of rule by the government over them, and only by their own consent when the government did institute a law of some kind.  Jem and Conan haven’t mentioned any specifics about their fathers; but I can tell you that my own, as I think I’ve mentioned in the past, fought and bled for those ideals in France in World War II.  (This is the reason I wear the purple duster I have on above, for Dad’s Purple Heart; and the purple strip in Jemmy’s dress is suggestive.)  Many more since have fought, or simply served and stood ready to defend this country against its perceived enemies.  Again, as this blog tries to do every year, we salute those men and women — not always understood, never enough appreciated, often wounded in spirit as well as body, but willing to lay their lives down if called upon for the greater good.

Please don’t stop here; more words, even more important, are past the turn of the page.

Hair Fair Photo Contest 2016

This will be my first Hair Fair; it oughta be interesting!

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Hair Fair Photo Contest Poster

Important:

By submitting your images to the contest you give the Hair Fair 2016 committee the permission to use your photos in world, as well as on the website in a ‘winners’ capacity if they are chosen as such.

NO NUDITY or sexually explicit images, no female nipple exposure (including sheer clothing). This is a contest for a charity event for children. The committee has the final say on all images approved or declined.

All contest entries are done by submitting your pictures to the Hair Fair Photo Contest 2016 Flickr Group pool.

Theme:

This years photo contest theme is ‘Whatever the Weather’. We want to see your use of fantastic hairstyles that show you having fun in the sun, coping with the rain, dealing with a storm, or joy at falling snow. However you can show off your great hairstyles and give them a weather type look is what we…

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