Christmas Eve 2019   1 comment

As always since the beginning of this blog in 2007, Around the Grid presents our holiday tradition, our plea and hope for peace in this world for all creatures and things. The 1977 video, embraced by thousands in the years since, was from Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special, and the only one I know of that David Bowie ever did for the season.

May you and yours find the peace, blessings and joy of the Divine as you perceive it, tonight, tomorrow, and all through the year.

Amen.

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))

Yacht Clubbin'   Leave a comment

Many of us, especially the newer Residents, are told that the old Mainland continents are little more than a wasteland now, full of depopulated regions and old, out-of-date megaprim ad boards. But, if you’re willing to take the time and do the exploring … that was one of the things that Second Life was all about, a decade or so ago … you can find some pretty regions still in existence, such as Bay City on Sansara. Or like this yacht club area up on the north coast of Gaeta V, situated along SL Route 7. The club itself is across the road, inland; but you have a beach here, and several houses.

Here I am on the dock, near the chaises and a few Jet Skis. You only have a few days left on this before Uber closes, so get over there as soon as doable, and snag it. (I’m wearing this without the shoulder option, it should be noted.)

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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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People of the Heart – Friends   3 comments

Continued from Part 2 ….

Zana Sherman was fortunate that this weekend wasn’t as academically busy as it would become closer to the end of term. It seemed that her social calendar was compensating, by sending her invitations to meet with people she loved or enjoyed. Aside from Alon Cohen on Friday night, though, she was holding things to only an hour or so, and joining up with them on the way to other venues, such as the laundry or the Psych House … the graduate students’ name for the departmental offices. Even for a college student … at least one as diligent as Zana … socializing wasn’t everything ….

But she stretched the limits at Saturday lunch, because the meal was with Dara Furtano-Fa. The relationship with “Big Sis” ran back to when Dara had saved the lives of both Zana and her mother on the construction stage of The Land of Fantasy, her mother’s famous theatre. Not only had Zana met Dara that day, but the accident had set events in motion that led to Dara’s getting the cyborg conversion she had desired … and all that had arisen in the ‘borg community since.

Both women had a fondness for a restaurant in Vidran’s Arosen sector that offered what the owner called “Mongolian grill,” but served up al fresco. They were deep in discussion at a shady table outside the restaurant, situated on a food court in one corner of the district’s park. “And so the term’s going well so far?” Dara asked as their tea arrived. The sun of Videra’s primary glinted off her sunglasses, worn mostly for fashion’s sake, as ‘borgs’ eyes were quite capable of handling bright sunshine. (The sun also gleamed off the integuments of both women, golden on Zana and silver on Dara; they had chosen the shady table to spare the eyes of other diners and passersby as much as possible from the reflection.)

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People of the Heart – Family   4 comments

Continued from Part 1 ….

Zana stepped back into her apartment the next morning, thoroughly relaxed by the night’s activities … all of the night’s activities. It had been a stressful term so far, even for a cyborg; of course, graduate studies were always stressful, but psychology was tougher than most. And add into that my personal psychotherapy starts in two weeks, she thought as she moved into her bedroom to change out of her finery, into a casual unitard. God knows what little gremlins will turn up then! She had always considered herself well adjusted and mentally healthy. Who but God could guess what a qualified psychotherapist would find …? Then her lips quirked back in a mercurial change of mood. Although her career would be made, perhaps, as the author of the first case study on a ‘borg in the literature!

The small jest improved Zana’s mood; but she still felt the need for some encouragement, or at least a shoulder to cry on for a few picoseconds. Glancing again at the holographs on the mantel, she regretted not returning home to her parents’ house. Still, there were other ways of getting together with family … not as satisfyingly tactile, but they would do in a pinch …. She said to the room, “Computer, please call Ariel Sherman, home code, full holo.” She sat on her couch as the computer beeped.

Shortly, a full-body image of her mother, wearing a green casual outfit and a purple silk duster, appeared in the holoprojection field created by the comm program. “Hi, sweet one! What makes you call on this fine Saturday morning?”

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