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.)
Full-size version available on my Flickr stream
UPDATED: See also Strawberry Singh’s article.
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.)
Anyone who reads this blog regularly (and anyone else who’s seen the right articles) know that I lived for a time in Orlando, Florida, and that my husband is a native. They (clearly!) know by now of my love for Orlando City SC, the predecessors of which I saw playing in the same stadium the MLS team uses now, to far smaller crowds back in 1986 or 1987. They know that I attended Rollins College in nearby Winter Park.
They don’t know of my appreciation for Orlando, if not the same love I have for my native soil of Michigan. My husband is one reason, of course, and his family, who have lived in the area since the 1910s. Despite the tremendous buildup and overcrowding there since I moved to Florida in 1980, there are still many areas of beauty and interest, and I don’t speak of Disney. If I absolutely must live in the south, then my sorrow for the state where I live now, but I’d rather be in Orlando than anywhere else.
This is why the murders of June 12, 2016 move me. Orlando, like any large city, has its share of crime, of shootings and murders; but never anything on this scale before. This is something completely foreign to the area. It makes me fearful on several counts:
- I fear for the lives that may yet be lost by those who were injured but not killed outright by the shooter
- I fear for the inevitable political backlash against Muslims, since the shooter apparently called 911 and stated that he pledged himself and his actions toward the terrorist cell which claims to be a nation-state
- I fear even more for the reactions of area residents against their Muslim neighbors, based not on sense but on fear and suspicion, perpetuating the cycle of hate
- I fear most of all for the lives yet to be lost before our political leaders finally ignore the NRA and similar “unconditional gun rights” lobbyists and pass effective gun control, eliminating or strongly limiting the right to possess AR-style weapons by individuals
The last may not be a popular stand, and surely won’t be among many of my neighbors here in Alabama. But how many of the mass shootings over this past few years have been done by crazies who have gotten hold of assault-style rifles one way or another? There’s no need for an individual who’s a competent shot to have such a gun; it’s surely not needed for hunting, unless you’re lazy and want to “field-dress” your deer into hamburger on the spot. And if it’s suggested that we need this right to “protect our liberties from the government,” well, I’d worry more about the individuals with the private ARs than the government…. (The Michigan Militia, and similar “militia organizations,” have worried me for years.)
I don’t argue here with the right to keep and bear arms — I do argue against an unconditional right. The need for that is gone; we no longer live in a country that’s mostly frontier, facing potential threats coming from the forest. We need to recast the argument in the proper context, and get these things off the street, before more innocents are killed. I recognize the “radicalizing Islamist” aspect of Sunday’s crime as well, but this was not a crime committed on order. The shootings were committed by a single man who had been deluded by a pack of hyperzealous fools, and does not represent the beliefs and principles of all Muslims. I have known many Muslims in my life, especially in my university days; serve many at my workplace; and we all know of at least one prominent Muslim among our many Second Life bloggers, who is just as concerned for those whose lives are lost — and, if I may, who I suspect is filled with worry and grief for her coreligionists who are innocent of any crime.
This article will remain at the top of the blog, and the blog’s background will go to black, for one week in memory of those killed in Pulse. I ask you to join me in prayer to your faith for those dead, for the survivors, for the relatives, and for the government to find sanity and deal properly with the scourge that threatens innocent lives every day.
The above is a personal opinion by Harper Ganesvoort, and is added to this blog with the endorsement of her co-authors.
Why should you do that? ‘Cause, starting on June 15, you’ll probably have fun doing your buying and selling if you’re using their earlier versions. According to their article, LL is changing their “cash register” system for more security. Go ahead and read, and keep those linden dollars flowing! (There’s a few other things of note in the same article.)
Source: Updates to Web Cashier, 4.7.7 Recommended Version « Firestorm Viewer – The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc.
You may have heard recently about the situation which resulted in a permabanning of the owner of the INSILICO sims and the locking of the sims themselves. I found out myself while scouting locations for my project. The good news is that an arrangement has apparently been reached, and the sims are open again, intact; I have visited the regions myself this morning. However, do not pay any rent boxes at this time, as they are old and the money will be going to the wrong account. All rent boxes will need to be replaced with new ones; so, if you were thinking about taking out an apartment in the orbital habitat, hold off for a day or two, until the provisional government can get things fixed up.
Linden Lab has announced that they plan to launch “Second Life 2” (currently code-named “Project Sansar”) in early 2016, according to the Second Life Press —
Source: Linden Labs set to Open Second Life 2 in early 2016 – Second Life Press
Read the article for details; but it does state in there that the Lab promises SL2 won’t be a replacement for the original platform, that their commitment to the vintage Grid remains.
I do not know what more to say than has already been said. I continue to hold to the belief that terrorism more attracts the wrath of the people you are attacking than accomplishes anything, and I shall continue to hold to that belief.
This blog’s masthead shall display the French flag for one week as a tribute and a reminder….