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From the Archives — “A date which will live in infamy….” (updated)

NOTE: This article was originally published on December 7, 2011, on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Some changes have taken place in Second Life, and so I have revised the article where needed to avoid confusion.

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USS Arizona sinking following explosion of her magazine, 7 Dec 1941; photo from U. S. Navy History and Heritage Command collection

USS Arizona sinking following explosion of her magazine, 7 Dec 1941; photo from U. S. Navy History and Heritage Command collection

“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan….”— President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, speaking to a joint session of Congress.

The world changed — massively — for Americans on that December day.  While most of us were going about our Sunday routines — perhaps sitting in church for the day’s sermon or Sunday school, or getting out for brunch with friends — a squadron of Japanese aircraft carriers were turning into the wind and launching attack bombers.  Japan was stymied in its plans for expansion of its “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” by an American embargo on oil, machine parts and other needed goods, and afraid that the U. S. would respond if it attacked British interests in Southeast Asia, and planned a preventive strike against the American Pacific Fleet in Hawaii to forestall any action against it.  The Japanese had planned to shave its “notification” to the U. S. government of hostile intent as closely as possible to keep a warning from being sent to the American bases in and around Pearl Harbor; but clerical problems in decoding and typing the message eliminated any validity to their weak attempt to observe the niceties.

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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!

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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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Seven Years Old Today

Just a fast note, as I’m crunched for time, but today is my seventh rezz day.  Couldn’t let the day go by without at least making a note!  Peace to all, and I may have more to say on the blog’s 7th Anniversary in November.

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Posted October 11, 2014 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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You Always Remember Your First Doctor!

You Always Remember Your First Doctor!

For me, it was Peter Davison, he of the celery stick in the lapel of his cricket jacket (laughing).  Happy 50th birthday to Doctor Who; it’s been a rocky ride at times, but almost always interesting.  (And you gotta dig the theme song!)

Remember, no matter the body, Who is the Doctor!

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Now We Are Six

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Welcome to the beginning of my sixth year blogging about Second Life (mostly).  Every article after the fourth year has set a new record for me, but I’m definitely getting up there in terms of the Grid.  Without going into everything, the sheer number of articles I’ve written (this one is my 941st) should say something about my love of SL, or at least my determination to use Second Life as my channel for exploration and artistic expression.  I’m still holding to about 3 articles a week; and, after you filter out all the spam, I’ve had 960 comments of various kinds on here — just a little better than a comment per post.  I now have over 600 followers and subscribers via various formats; I’ve recently added in a link to a Tumblr for additional circulation, which has brought in 7 subscribers there; and it’s a rare article that doesn’t get at least one “like” star from WordPress.com readers.  Facebook finally caught up with me and locked me out, but I’ve simply switched my emphasis over to Google+, which does an excellent job.

As always, deep thanks from the virtual heart for those who have read me from the beginning, even with the occasional gaps of a week or two.  I’ve tried quantity publishing before, and I much prefer quality, beyond the fact I don’t have the time and money budget to produce an article a day.  For those who are new to this blog, welcome, and I hope you’ll stay here with me.  I can tell you that there will be an article based on RL for tomorrow — you can probably guess what it’s about.  After that, we’ll have to see what comes as it comes!

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5 Years of Around the Grid!

Well, my ambition to write every day this month has been spoiled, but by a family emergency that I’ve been helping my husband to cope with, so I’ll claim special pleading for this.  But I wasn’t going to miss this day.

It’s been five full years, you see, since I first started publishing the bits of curiosity and supposed art that I call Around the Grid.  Not many blogs of any kind — Second Life, Real Life, fashion, news, personal, LOLcats, whatever — can claim five straight years of reasonably consistent publishing.  I haven’t always hit every week, as I’ve hoped to; but I’ve come pretty close to it, I’ve started a few traditions to add interest and uniqueness to this effort, and I think I’ve improved some over time.  I know my photography, and even my storytelling and poetry, have gotten workouts and practice in the time I’ve used Second Life as a channel for creativity.  It’s given me a way to express things I could not in the Real World, and I’ll always be thankful for that.

If you’re interested in a few stats — very few, I promise you….

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Five Alive!

Today, I hit a milestone of a kind.  I first rezzed in Second Life five years ago.  It’s always a time of reflection for me on what I’ve done, but I don’t think I’d have done much different over this time, if anything.  There have been changes and improvements, though.  I’ve gotten in some more photography that’s getting pretty good, am becoming more involved in my store (Harper’s Fine Art) once again, and am now branching out into Real World sales with prints available through Bigoom (see the sidebar if you’re interested).

My recent purchase of a chunk of sim gives me a location for better work, more pleasant living space in world, and the room to expand if I choose to, such as building a new, larger and more versatile studio.  I’m also considering moving the store to another front, though staying with my current commercial landlord (Tegg Bode), who’s been there to help me from the beginning and has worked with me to solve some sticky problems at times.

One thing hasn’t changed, and that’s friendships.  Most of my interaction with my friends has been via outside social media (Plurk, with connections to Facebook and Twitter, so that everybody gets almost the same thing), but I’m usually available to my friends when in world.  (If anybody needs a temporary model and I have the time, give me a ring!)  Even my landlords have been nice, cooperative folk to work with; I’ve already noted Tegg above, but bo Heartsdale was wonderful when I was living in one of his houses for several months, and I’m hopeful of relations with my current landlord as well.

Thanks for coming along with me so far.  I hope you’ll keep following, and that you’ll look forward to November, when I do the fifth-anniversary piece for this blog.

Posted October 11, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Personal

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